Remember a while back when I said that the biggest music news about Justin Timberlake’s 2013 comeback was the announcement of the Legends of Summer stadium tour with Jay Z?
Questlove from The Roots recently revealed in an Okayplayer chat board posting that Timberlake is planning to release new music later this year around November.
“spoiler alert. 20/20 Vol 2 comes out in nov. (10 songs now…..10 songs later= 20 vision)”
Of course, Quest wasn’t happy when he found out the info leaked from Okplayer and had spread all over the internet like wild fire.
“friggin mofos done ran with this info snitching and shit.
this is why i really can’t eff with this site no more.
back before social media i was all sharing treats and happy in our insular world.
now mofos all using my position to get their blogs posting on.
im going back to the shadows”.
I find it cute that Questlove is naïve enough to think this wouldn’t happen. I mean with today’s music blog sites being run by anyone with a laptop and spare time on their hands (i.e. me), news like this is bound to find the light of day at some point.
Timberlake had to eventually respond to the rumors because news spread so fast. Fortunately for us fans, he did confirm that the 20/20 Experience was only “the first half of the album.”
Whether this is an effort to continue on the commercial success of The 20/20 Experience by releasing more music later this year around the holidays or an attempt to make up for the mixed reviews he’s received from fans regarding the overall quality and direction of his album (i.e. me), I’m not complaining either way.
I was admittedly disappointed with J.T’s comeback album. As a fan, I expected some artistic growth with Justin’s music after he took such a long hiatus from the music industry.
Although the songs are good, they all sound like updated leftovers from his FutureSex/LoveSounds album that he released years ago; a remastered version of what was released back in 2006 from the pop star.
This new album he plans to drop later this year will probably be filled with tracks he was afraid to release with the first one.
It was a safe bet on his part. By repeating the sound he perfected on FS/LS with producer and friend Timbaland, Justin basically guaranteed himself moderate success with his comeback album.
However, he sacrificed originality and quality by playing it safe and not taking any chances.
I do applaud Timberlake’s efforts to avoid the current trends that are over saturating the pop music scene, but he managed to still miss the mark regardless.
My only hope is that with this second half 10 track album coming out in November, Justin will venture out more and REALLY experiment with is sound.
In other news, if you haven’t seen it already, check out J.T.’s new music video for Mirrors below!