Thursday, June 20, 2024

Justin Timberlake Confirms Our Scoop: First New Album in 6 Years


UPDATE: Monday will bring a single only, possibly called “Suit and Tie,” co-produced by Timbers lake and land. Album not ready until later this spring…

Just as I reported exclusively some months ago (hello Hollywood Reporter!), Justin Timberlake has recorded his first album in six years. From September 30th:

Now it’s now like this is Marvin Gaye or Michael Jackson. It’s not as important news as David Bowie’s first new album in 10 years. Lest we forget, Timberlake has only made two solo albums past his career with boyband NSync.

But I’ll bet the folks at RCA/Sony-etcetera are happy to get some new product. And of course, his announcement is a coy process that he started on Twitter last night and advanced to Tumblr today. On Monday he will actually have something to announce, right in the middle of post-Oscar coverage.

Timberlake’s album is produced by Timbaland, just as I told you on September 30th. Details are forthcoming. Timberlake has spent the last four or five years devoted to his acting career with mixed results. He had good notices in “The Social Network” and from “Saturday Night Live.” But his other movies have been torture. He’s said to be very good in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which may show in Cannes if not earlier.

PS Because we’re so close to the Grammys (February 10th) and for a variety of reasons, I will say with certainty you can expect this project to get its real boost on the Grammy show. Stay tuned. (And Hollywood Reporter, you can remember I said this today.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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