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Justin Timberlake Pulls For R&B, Announces Album in Open Letter

Njai Mon, Jan 14, 2013
Justin Timberlake Pulls For R&B, Announces Album in Open Letter

JT is back. The former N'Sync member and award-winning actor has just announced the official title for his anticipated third studio album and it will have a little R&B (maybe even a lot) thrown in the mix.


Led by the single "Suit & Tie," which features Jay-Z, Timberlake's new album is titled "The 20/20 Experience."


All of that said, what is Justin's forthcoming album going to be like? What should we expect?


For one thing, Justin has teamed up with Beyonce and she believes they will help to bring R&B back together. Their collaboration on "End of Time" proves they can do a little something...


"I've been working with Pharrell and Timbaland and Justin Timberlake and [The] Dream. We all started in the '90s, when R&B was the most important genre, and we all kind of want that back: the feeling that music gave us," Beyonce told GQ last week. "Mostly R&B. I always have my Prince and rock/soul influences. There's a bit of D'Angelo, some '60s doo-wop. And Aretha and Diana Ross."


While Beyonce was pretty straight forward there, Justin is enjoying the craft of teasing us music fans here and there. Just last night, he released an open letter detail how this album came about and confirmed that it will be out later this year.


Read the letter in its entirety below:


I hope this gets to you the right way. It's the only way I know to do it. Some people may criticize me for the last 3 days. But it was fun, right?? Right?!?! Besides, I'd rather speak directly to all of you. And, who can knock me for having a little bit of fun with it?


Well... No more teasing. Although, it was A LOT of fun. (Did I mention that I'm having fun with this?? Ha!)


*Makes a serious face*


So, here goes:

This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the "grapevine," I'm gearing up for a big 2013. Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.


The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career... Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.

What I came up with is something I couldn't be more excited about! It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I've discovered along the way.


I'm calling it "The 20/20 Experience," and it's coming out this year. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it.


That's all I'm giving you for now... I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!! Get ready. This is going to be fun (well, at least it is for me).

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