I know a lot about Justin Timberlake and where he’s from, so I’m not entirely sure how woodsy he is, but the official confirmation that Chris Stapleton will be featured on his upcoming album, Man of the Woods, leads me to believe he has at least driven by some wooded areas.
In a release, Timberlake revealed, “Combining the sounds of traditional American rock with the modern influences of collaborators The Neptunes, Timbaland, Chris Stapleton, and Alicia Keys, this new material explores storytelling inspired by his son, his wife, and his personal journey from Memphis to where he is today.”
Stapleton and Timberlake’s first collaboration was a jaw-dropping, 9-minute long performance at the 2015 CMA Awards that people are still talking about today. As far as his personal journey, one can assume that would be Memphis to Orlando, to LA, to Nashville? Or something. Also, any material featuring Keys should not be overlooked, even in the excitement of featuring Stapleton on a track.
Last fall, Timberlake and Stapleton got together at the Pilgrimage Festival and called Nashville “his new hometown” and told the crowd he didn’t want to play any shows in Tennessee without Stapleton, “I think we should make a deal. Every time either one of us plays Tennessee, the other one is there.” Stapleton played a sold-out Nashville a couple of weeks later without Timberlake.
Timberlake’s first single from the project, “Filthy” is available January 5, along with a “colorful, futuristic” video.
The song was co-written and co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja with additional writing credits from James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson