Is sexy back yet? Because Justin Timberlake just announced his new album “Man of the Woods” with an accompanying lumberjack midst nature aesthetic. The first single of the album, “Filthy”, is out now. The video for it features a mind-controlled sexually explicit dancing robot. If that just made you raise an eyebrow, we are totally with you. You kinda have to see it to believe it.
Timberlake wrote “Filthy” along with his longtime partners in crime Timbaland and Danja, with James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson contributing additional writing. The song is an experimental electro-funk sex jam that is not entirely similar to Timberlake’s 2006 “FutureSex/LoveSounds” album but does share a bit of the same vibe.
The music video was directed by Grammy award-winning director Mark Romanek and sees Timberlake playing a tech inventor, introducing his robot invention to an audience. The character Timberlake plays is said to be loosely inspired by Steve Jobs and the video toys heavily with artificial intelligence and augmented reality.
It’s kind of amazing but also kind of doesn’t make any sense as Justin’s previous previews of the album (not to mention its title) seem to be based around nature and specifically, woods. How exactly do robots and pulsating electro synths match pictures and video snippets of Timberlake in forests and fields? We won’t have to wait long to find out because Justin is releasing the second single and video on January 18. After that a new song and accompanying video will be released every week up until the album’s February 2 release date. Each video will have a different director but they are all rumoured to make sense once you can play them back to back.
Collaborators on Timberlake’s new album will include Alicia Keys, The Neptunes (that’s Pharrell in case you didn’t know) and Chris Stapleton. It’ll be released February 2, just days before Justin will headline the Super Bowl Halftime Show in Minneapolis on February 4. Justin has already faced backlash over his upcoming Superbowl performance with many arguing he should not return after the 2004 Superbowl incident. In case you forgot: Timberlake ripped of a piece of Janet Jackson’s wardrobe, exposing her breast to a worldwide audience and causing a straight-up meltdown with conservative viewers. After the wardrobe malfunction, Jackson’s career was permanently damaged and Timberlake’s thrived. He never publicly said anything about the double standard that was so very evident. This left many people disheartened about his choice to return to the Superbowl 100+ million viewers, while Janet remains allegedly blacklisted from both the Halftime Show and many media outlets and radio stations. If we were art-directing Timberlake’s performance, we’d beg Janet to return for a surprise cameo appearance.