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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