Justin Timberlake talks 'polarising' second album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds'

'Everybody was laughing at me,' says the 'Mirrors' singer

Justin Timberlake talks 'polarising' second album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds'

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Justin Timberlake has said he understands why some people laughed at his second album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds'.

The 'Mirrors' singer, who has just released his third album 'The 20/20 Experience', says he was criticised by some sectors of the media and fans for "trying to do something different".

In an interview with Myspace – via PA – he said: "When I put it ['FutureSex/LoveSounds'] out, everybody was laughing at me - critics, radio programmers and to their credit, I understand why. But I wanted to do something different at that time. I wanted to do something that was like, this is like nothing I hear on the radio. That was my effort with that one."

He continued: "I got like terrible reviews on that record, and so to talk about it now... I just think that Tim [Timbaland] and I were onto something different and I just think that anytime you put out something different, it's polarising. And polarising is good, I think, because polarising starts a conversation."

Timberlake is set to co-headline headline this summer's Wireless festival in London with Jay-Z. Both acts will headline individual dates prior to the joint show, with Justin Timberlake headlining the festival on Friday July 12, and Jay-Z closing the Saturday (July 13). The pair will then come together for a special preview of their US tour, titled Legends of the Summer, on Sunday July 14.

Speaking about the gigs with Jay-Z, he said: "I remembered artists like Billy [Joel] and Elton [John] went on tour together and you just see them mash up their songs together, and I said, 'that's what it has to be'. We have to just go out on stage for two hours and just non-stop, kill it and then go have a beer or whatever.

"We're both on this thing where we're not into a lot of tricks. We just want to come play and fry everybody's face off with the songs and everybody have a great time. Almost festival style."

Tickets are on sale and are priced at £75 plus booking fee. To check the availability of Wireless tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0871 230 1094.

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