It’s been a long-hard minute since we’ve gotten some new music from Justin Timberlake— five years to be exact. But as the superstar prepares for a solo stint during this year’s Super Bowl Halftime show, he’s also planning to release new music and make the most of that plum promotional opp.
JT’s next album, Man of the Woods is due out Feb. 2, and fans will get to hear the first single on Friday, Jan. 5. He shared a video announcing his upcoming efforts this morning. He notes that the earthy sound of the album is inspired by his wife, Jessica Biel, his son, Silas and his hometown upbringing in Tennessee. We get to hear a snippet of new music playing in the background, and an enthusiastic co-sign from long-time collaborator and friend, Pharrell Williams. “It feels so earthy,” Williams tells JT. “It’s just where you are in your life right now.”
It’s still unclear whether Timberlake will perform new cuts from Man of the Woods during the Super Bowl Halftime show on Feb. 4, just a couple of days after the album’s release. There’s also no word on possible collaborators— although a “Suit And Tie Pt. 2” with Jay-Z on his 4:44 grown man status could be exceptional.
There’s also no word on whether or not we can expect any special guests during his halftime show. The last time JT made an appearance was 14 years ago, during the infamous “wardrobe malfunction” with Janet Jackson.
With all of these unknowns, it’s still quite clear that 2018 could be a huge year for Timberlake. It’s been five years since the release of his last album, The 20/20 Experience, and his appearances on other artists’ material have been quite few and far between.
Big week for Timberlake and his fans for real.
Check out Timberlake introducing his new project, Man of the Woods, below.