On Wednesday evening musician/actor Justin Timberlake tossed off a mysterious tweet that said, simply, “Thursday, January 10th, 9:01 am PST.” With that little message, the online world erupted: Has the one-time N' Sync member, absent from the album charts for nearly seven years, finally decided to release new music?
If so, it's certainly taken a while. The last time we had solo music from the superstar, George W. Bush was still president and "American Idol" (arguably) mattered. In 2006, Timberlake dropped the transformative pop album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds." That record, a pop classic that married R&B, funk, hip hop and dance music into one multi-platinum amalgam, was produced by Timbaland, and featured gems such as "LoveStoned," "SexyBack" and "My Love."
According to Billboard, Timberlake's new material was also overseen by Timbaland. The Virginia Beach (by way of Miami) producer, whose work over the years with Aaliyah, Missy Elliott and Nelly Furtado changed the sound of pop in the '00s, has been relatively quiet as well of late, failing to continue his once ubiquitous reign on the charts.
Musically, Timberlake's most high-profile gigs since then have been cameos, most notably with the comedy-rap team the Lonely Island, whose "D*** in a Box," "Motherlover" and "3 Way (The Golden Rule)" each went viral after airing on "Saturday Night Live."