Could it be? Have our pop prayers finally been answered? Could Justin Timberlake actually be working on a new album? Apparently not, as EW Music Mix is refuting producer Jim Beanz‘s claims (as reported by Digital Spy) about Timberlake recording a new album. “According to Timberlake’s publicist, there are currently no plans for a new album, though JT is working with Timbaland on tracks for Shock Value 3,” the music site reports. “That’s it,” claims JT’s spokesperson, too.
Beanz is quoted as saying that Timberlake is currently hard at work creating “crazy, crazy stuff” with his Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds collaborator Timbaland.
“When I get back to the States I’m going to be helping out on Shock Value 3 with Timbaland and the Justin Timberlake project,” allegedly said Beanz (who has previously worked with Britney Spears on Blackout and Nelly Fertado on Loose) to Digital Spy. ”It’s still in the early stages, but they have a lot of tracks. While I’ve been over here in the UK they’ve been working, so by the time I get back they’ll have a whole load of ideas and I’m going to have to catch up!”
Beanz sure has a lot to say about JT’s return to the music landscape. When asked if Timberlake was feeling pressure to top his last chart-topping, Grammy-winning album, 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, Beanz replies, “There are certain artists who live in the moment and the reason why FutureSex/LoveSounds was so amazing is because he didn’t try to top Justified.”
“There are certain artists who can get inside with great charisma and energy and make great music every time,” he continues. “So it’s not really about topping the last record, it’s more about topping music that comes on the radio.”
“Everything is so similar that it’s about topping that and doing something different, and that’s what they are going for,” he says, adding, “He’s going to kill it.”
We knew we should take these quotes with a grain of salt right from the start, if only because we don’t want to get hurt when this so-called “crazy, crazy” music somehow never gets released while Timberlake goes on to star in a slew of romantic comedies and action movies, you know, when he’s not running MySpace or composing film scores or designing home decor or rapping on Jimmy Fallon or planning his wedding.
If JT is truly working on his first album in six years, we’re curious to see whether he slides right back in at the top of the pop heap, or if the climate has changed so much since FutureSex/LoveSounds that the 31-year-old artist struggles to compete with the other insanely famous Justin currently ruling radio at the moment.