Justin Timberlake: ‘If Led Zeppelin can have 10 minute long songs why can’t I?’

Singer cites Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen and Bob Dylan as influences

Justin Timberlake has said that his new album is inspired by Led Zeppelin and Bob Dylan.

Timberlake, who recently revealed the eight-minute long single ‘Mirrors’, told Capital FM that his attitude towards long songs is similar to that of some of the biggest bands in the world. “When we were making the record I said, ‘If Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin can do 10-minute songs and Queen can do 10-minute songs then why can’t we?’ We’ll figure out the radio edits later.”

Timberlake also spoke about the atmosphere he creates in the studio, something he learned from his “idol”, Bob Dylan. ”Music is for dreamers,” he said. “You should be able to create another world that you can live in. I’m not gonna speak for Bob Dylan – he’s one of my idols – but from my perspective, as a fan, it seems to me that he started creating music that made him feel like another person and that’s what it should do. [The studio] really is one place that you can still go to that you can be completely free. You can lock yourself in a room and make a whole other world.”


Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake has been announced as headliners at this years’ Wireless Festival alongside Jay-Z. The London bash, which for the first time this year will take place in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London, as opposed to its previous home in Hyde Park, will see Timberlake and Jay-Z make their only UK festival appearances of the summer.