To promote his Facebook flick The Social Network (opening tomorrow), a flannel-wearing Justin Timberlake appears on two different covers of this week’s Entertainment Weekly. The mag asks JT some pretty pointed questions about the fact that it’s been, oh, four whole years since his last album. Oh, well—at he tuned out a highly entertainment medley of rap songs with Jimmy Fallon on TV last night. Watch below.
In the sneak preview of the Timberlake article posted on EW’s site, the singer/actor (or is it the other way around these days?) is asked if people in his camp are pressuring him to put out the follow-up to 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds.
“Does a painter make a painting because he has to make it by December 21st?” Timberlake asks rhetorically. “No, he doesn’t. It happens when it pours out of him. That’s how music is for me….” (Meanwhile, the guy didn’t even show up to appear in the video for Sheryl Crow’s “Sign Your Name,” a song on which he contributes vocals.)
Then comes this ballsy question from the publication: “Do you think it’s dangerous to wait so long? Christina Aguilera waited four years between albums, and her fans don’t seem to care about her right now.”
Ouch! Justin toured with Xtina back in 2003 on their joint Justified/Stripped tour. Those, of course, were different times.
“If you’re asking me, no. I never stop making music,” Justin says. “I don’t know what else to tell you, except that I just don’t know [in] what capacity I want to be involved anymore.”
Timerlake’s last significant hit on the Billboard Hot 100 came in the form of Timbaland’s “Carry Out,” which peaked at #11 earlier this year. The onetime *NSYNCer finally offered this: “All I’m saying is, in very simple terms, I’ll know when I know. And until I know, I don’t know.”
Well, JT fans, at least you got his tour through the history of hip hop with Jimmy Fallon on Late Night last night. Check out the pair as they spit out rhymes from songs made famous by everyone from Sugarhill Gang all the way up to Jay-Z.