Little Big Town went into the studio to record their seventh country album The Breaker with newfound freedom thanks to a 2016 collaboration with Pharrell Williams and Justin Timberlake on a unique project titled Wanderlust. The eight-track release showed a sultry new side to the country quartet with beat-driven tracks and striking vocals. It was during this new adventure that Little Big Town ran into Timberlake, and the band recently told Taste of Country that the chance meeting wasn’t planned.
“We were in the studio working with Pharrell in Los Angeles,” Phillip Sweet recalls of their Timberlake studio encounter. “We went through the little kitchen and there sits Justin having his coffee.” While Little Big Town had previously met Timberlake, Karen Fairchild jokes that they reintroduced themselves as Chris Stapleton’s friends. The band and Timberlake began talking about their project and invited him to listen to the new music.
Justin has been Interviewed by hollywoodreporter.com where he talked about his new album. At this juncture of his career, Timberlake still is more pop star than movie star. He doesn’t have his next film lined up after the Allen project — which wrapped in November — but he sure knows what his next album will be (even if it doesn’t yet have a release date).
He’s been working on it for months, collaborating with The Neptunes, Timbaland and Max Martin (who helped write “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” and two of the other four original songs Timberlake penned for the soundtrack, which Timberlake also executive produced). In fact, just the other night, he was holed up in the studio, “caught up in a creative tornado,” until three in the morning. “It sounds more like where I’ve come from than any other music I’ve ever made,” he describes what he’s been working on. “It’s Memphis. It’s Southern American music. But I want to make it sound modern — at least that’s the idea right now.” Thanks to thepestilence.
Photos by Miller Mobley. Songwriter Roundtable: Justin Timberlake, Sting, Alicia Keys and More Hitmakers on Gender Bias, Trump’s “Hitler-Level” Rhetoric and Fears of a “Divided States Of America” The artists behind songs in this season’s movies — also including Tori Amos, John Legend and Pharrell Williams — join THR’s first-ever Songwriter Roundtable discussion to reveal the feeling of “blacking out” (in a good way), the freedom of not wearing makeup and their concerns for a post-election America.
Tori Amos, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, Sting, Justin Timberlake & John Legend
Gather six of Hollywood’s top singer-songwriters and what you get, not surprisingly, is more like a symphony than an ordinary conversation. Each of the celebrated artists on THR’s first-ever Songwriter Roundtable — Alicia Keys, 35 (who composed “Back To Life” for Queen Of Katwe); Justin Timberlake, 35 (“Can’t Stop The Feeling!” for Trolls, in which he also stars); Tori Amos, 53 (“Flicker” for Audrie & Daisy); previous Oscar nominees Sting, 65 (“The Empty Chair” for Jim: The James Foley Story), and Pharrell Williams, 43 (“I See A Victory” for Hidden Figures, which he also produced); and 2015 Oscar winner John Legend, 37 (“Start A Fire” for La La Land) — has a unique voice that came through loud and clear as they shared their artistic and political passions.
On Nov. 7, the day before the election, they all were hopeful for a Hillary Clinton victory and concerned about the bruising campaign. “It’s dangerous for us to be complacent” in the face of Trump’s divisive rhetoric, Legend said. But he also noted this group’s place in fighting that complacency. “Part of the power of art and music is that we are able to transcend those boundaries.”
Justin Timberlake sat down with Variety to talk about his upcoming projects and his new album with The Neptunes. Photo by Tom Munro. The last time Timberlake released new music, it was the double-album blitz of “The 20/20 Experience,” which saw the singer flood the airwaves with two and a half hours of new music in a single year, sell six million albums, make appearances on just about every televised venue, and embark on a series of tours that stretched for two years.
Timberlake had to prove himself as a credible adult solo artist in the 2000’s. “Justified,” executive produced by Pharrell, started that process in 2002, and 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” — the first of Timberlake’s three album-length collaborations with producer Timbaland — finished the job. Unlikely collaborators when they first crafted Timberlake’s 2002 No. 3 hit, “Cry Me A River,” the former boy-band star and the hip-hop-bred producer have since become one of the most forward-thinking star-producer duos in pop music. Their work on Timberlake’s second solo album not only brought the star into his own, it also helped recalibrate the sonic frequency of several years’ worth of pop-radio trends.
I’m pretty sure, y’all haven’t heard this before. Here is a new (old) version of Justin Timberlake’s ‘I’m Lovin’ It’ track produced by The Neptunes from JT’s solo album ‘Justified’ that contains only Justin on the track. The previous versions have Pharrell and Vanessa Marquez on vocals, thanks to CMP. You can check out all versions below.
Justin Timberlake – I’m Lovin’ It (Official Video) (2003)
Justin Timberlake – I’m Lovin’ It (Alternate) (03′)
Justin Timberlake – I’m Lovin’ It feat. Clipse (McDonald’s Theme Song) (03′)
Justin Timberlake – I’m Lovin’ It feat. Vanessa Marquez & Snoop Dogg (Remix) (04′)
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