Surprise! Justin Timberlake’s third solo album, The 20/20 Experience, has sold close to a million first-week copies. So clearly, the comeback worked. The pop star flexed a little nepotism, speaking to
The New MySpace (the site he’s in bed with) about the making of that album, the epic-ness of FutureSex/LoveSound and linking up with Jay-Z (are you reading, Kanye?). Excerpts below.
On feedback about The 20/20 Experience
“Honestly, I don’t read reviews all that much, but you hear through your team and everything, Oh, this person liked the record, this person didn’t care for the record, but for the most part, I’m hearing that people appreciate that I did something different.”
On the legacy of FutureSex/LoveSounds
“I find it hilarious that people would even associate the word ‘legacy’ with FutureSex/LoveSounds because when I put it out, everybody was laughing at me—critics, radio programmers and to their credit, I understand why. But I wanted to do something different at that time. I wanted to do something that was like, This is like nothing I hear on the radio.”
On the making of “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z
“Tim and I were in the studio working on some stuff—some potential stuff—for Beyoncé, and Jay came in and we started messing around with stuff, and we worked on a handful of songs together. It would be fun to find a way to put them out… “Suit & Tie” came out of that—we were just having fun.”
JT also talks about putting together a band (the Tennessee Kids) and his creative process. Read the full interview at MySpace.