Justin Timberlake, talks about his new album, tour, and working extensively with Timbaland and Jay-Z.
Justin Timberlake is dropping his first album in 7 years, The 20/20 Experience next week. The pop legend is staying busy in the meantime, hosting his 5th SNL appearance, dissing Kanye, and planning an ambitious tour with Jay-Z. Timberlake sat down for an interview at 106 & Park yesterday to chat about his new album, tour, andÂ collaborations with Timbaland,Â Jay-Z and BeyoncÃ©.
Timberlake shed some light on hisÂ longÂ working relationship withÂ Timbaland, revealingÂ "we're like brothers". "We met and the first song we ever did together was 'Cry Me AÂ River'" he said, adding that he told Timbo "Let's try to do a song that you think IÂ probably shouldn't do, and let's see what comes out of that." Ever since that moment the two have made magic together, with an artistic partnership Justin likens to an actor and director, though he says their roles can switch at times. "The lines get blurred, sometimes Tim comes up with melodies, and sometimes I mess around with the arrangement."
The triple threat star spoke of his work with Jay-Z, indicating that it came through working withÂ BeyoncÃ© for her album.Â âWell âSuit & Tieâ really came about, I was with Tim and we were working on stuff for Miss BeyoncÃ©. And she made the mistake of letting Jay and I have another room at the studio." Justin revealed that the two knocked out more than just "Suit & Tie" during the sessions. "I donât want to give too much away, but weâve done a lot of songs together. So hopefully those will find a way to see the light of day.â
Justin thenÂ spoke of his tour with Jay, and how it started off as a joke until Jay took it to the next level.Â âOriginally it started off as a novelty type of idea and we were laughing about it,", but then Jay came back to him with dates planned, and they made it official.
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