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The last time Justin Timberlake hit the studio, he dropped the genre bending classic LP, Futuresex/LoveSounds over six years ago. Since then, instead of attempting to top what many call the best album of the decade, Timberlake delved into acting more than ever. With the wild success his film career had, a return to the studio for Timberlake looked bleak, up until now.

Jim Beanz, a producer who is closely associated with Timbaland spilled the beans (no pun intended) that Timberlake is indeed working on a brand new album. “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,” Beanz told 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! He has some crazy, crazy stuff.”

Beanz also told the publication if the pressure to live up to FutureSex/LoveSounds contributed to the hold up. “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,” says Beanz.

“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’s going to kill it.”

Timberlake’s last album featured T.I., Three Six Mafia, and


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