This story has been updated since it was first posted on the morning of Jan 10.
Justin Timberlake has confirmed that he is making his return to the music industry, posting a video online saying that he is “ready”.
Timberlake last released an album in 2006 and has spent recent years focusing on his acting career. However, in the video message you can see at the bottom of the page, Timberlake is shown in the studio and talking about his reasons for getting back into music. “It (music) means more to me than anyone else in the world. I’ve only done two albums in ten years, that’s the way I look at it. What does the next decade hold for me? As close as I get to it, I don’t know that I could physically torture myself that much year in, year out. I don’t want to put anything out that isn’t something that I love. You just don’t get that every day, you have to wait for it.”
could be set to release new music with Jay-Z, it has been rumoured.
According to unconfirmed reports, Florida’s Radio Now 97.9 reported that the singer, actor and Myspace entrepreneur is prepping a new single that will feature Jay-Z and long-time collaborator Timbaland. It is understood that something will be revealed in three days time following the countdown clock found on Timberlake’s website which runs out at midnight on Sunday (Jan 13)
Prior to posting his video online, Timberlake stoked the fire with a cryptic tweet this morning, which read: “Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST…” which, it has been suggested, could be the time the reported new material could be ready to hear.
Timberlake has previously said that he tried to work with Jay-Z on his second solo album, 2006’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’, but it never came to fruition.
There are also unconfirmed rumours that Beyonce could feature on the new material.
Last year, Timberlake insisted that his music was not on the back-burner after being linked to a number of acting projects, including a role in the new Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, which is set against the backdrop of the 1960s folk music scene in New York.
In November (2012) he unveiled the new Myspace. The singer invested in the ailing social networking site in June 2011 and is set to relaunch it as an artist-centric service with co-owners and media tycoons Chris and Tim Vanderhook.