Singer describes his journey back to music.
After teasing the world with the announcement of imminent new music three days ago, Justin Timberlake has delivered with the release late last night of "Suit & Tie," his first single in almost six years. The track features a verse from Jay-Z and was produced by longtime Timberlake-collaborator Timbaland.
On his website, Justin posted an open letter to fans describing his journey back to music after such a long hiatus.
"Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC," he wrote.
"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."
The recording sessions culminated in a new album dubbed The 20/20 Experience, which Timberlake says will be released this year.
"That's all I'm giving you for now," he wrote.
Justin's linking up with Jay-Z for "Suit & Tie" is particularly significant given the pair's missed connection on FutureSex/LoveSounds. In 2011 Justin revealed that he reached out to Jay to collaborate on that album, but was rebuffed. Jay reportedly told the pop star, "I'll get you on the next album," a promise he apparently kept.
Read Justin's full letter and listen to "Suit & Tie" over at his website.
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