In 2002, he was Justified. In 2006, he brought "Sexyback." And in 2013 he gave us all The 20/20 Experience (twice). Now, in 2018, Justin Timberlake is a Man of the Woods and is ready to kick off the next chapter of his career, and it all begins with the lead single from his upcoming new record, "Filthy."
The electro-heavy "Filthy" was co-written and co-produced by Justin, Timbaland, and Danja, along with additional writing credits from James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson.
Along with Justin's new single, also came the official music video, which was directed by award-winning filmmaker Mark Romanek (marking the second time the two have worked together). In the futuristic visual, it's the year 2028, and Justin is an inventor, dressed in a black turtle neck and jeans (very Steve Jobs-ish) who presents his latest creation -- a robot that follows his every move -- at a conference in Malaysia.
Man of the Woods will be Justin's fourth full-length studio album, and is set to be released via RCA Records on February 2nd. The album is said to combine the sounds of "traditional American rock with modern influences of a few of his collaborators," which include The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, and Alicia Keys. And as for lyrical content, the stories behind the songs are inspired by his son (Silas), his wife (Jessica Biel), and his personal journey from his hometown Memphis, Tennessee, to where he is today.
In a video trailer for the album, Justin said, "This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I've ever written, where I'm from. And, it's personal."
While February 2nd is still a few weeks away, Timberlake fans can expect to hear -- and see -- some more of the album before its official release date. Leading up to the release of the full album, Justin will share three more music videos from three different directors. Beginning January 18th, the songs will be released weekly.
Justin is going to have the greatest album release celebration of all time when he takes the stage and headlines the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 4th -- just two days after his new album officially drops.