During an interview with BBC this week, Justin Timberlake revealed just a smidge
tn about what he's been up to in the studio. The question came after BBC Breakfast's Louise Minchin bought up Timberlake's recent collaboration with country group Little Big Town on the song "C'Mon" and asked if we could expect his upcoming album to have a country sound (remember our pop is going country conspiracy theory?)
NBD... Just writing with @littlebigtown This band is the truth!! So good!!!!
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Timberlake was coy with details surrounding the album's sound, only saying, "I would not say that I'm making a country album. But I also don't like to say that I'm making an R&B album."
He did go on to give us something to work with, revealing he has worked with his typical set of big-name producers. "I did work with Little Big Town but that was because they were working with Pharrell," he told Minchin. "I have been in the studio with Pharrell, I have been in the studio with Max Martin, I have been in the studio with Timbaland."
It's interesting to see Timberlake work with producers other than longtime-collaborator Timbaland, who was the sole producer on Timberlake's last two albums The 20/20 Experience (2013) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006). Timberlake first broke away from his signature neo-soul sound earlier this year with the Max Martin-produced top 40 track "Can't Stop The Feeling".
But there's something about what Timberlake says next that makes us curious as to whether or not he will take on an Americana sound. He goes on to highlight the fact that he grew up in Memphis, one of the musical capitals of the world. "I really did grow up in a place in America where it was like two hours from the country music capital of the world, home of the blues, birthplace of American rock and roll," he says.
Sooo…. we're just gonna assume that means: "Get ready for another yee-haw meets pop banger."
You can watch the full BBC interview here.