Justin Timberlake is almost certain to release a new album in 2018, and it seems like the release could well be imminent.
Earlier this month, it emerged that Timberlake had trademarked the phrases “Man Of The Woods” and “Fresh Leaves” for use in music and merchandise, suggesting a nature theme to his musical comeback.
If those titles hinted at a possible album title/lead single combo, then there’s more evidence if you visit his official website JustinTimberlake.com today.
While his Twitter page is covered in references to his upcoming performance at the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show, itself usually a hint at new material being released, his website shows only a logo on a simple background.
Unpicking the elements, it’s easy to make out the letters M O T W – for Man Of The Woods.
Timberlake being chosen for the Super Bowl spot has proved controversial, following his appearance 14 years ago at the same event alongside Janet Jackson.
During that performance, Timberlake accidentally ripped open Jackson’s top to reveal her right breast and nipple jewellery for about half a second in what was later called a “wardrobe malfunction”.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) launched a high-profile investigation and CBS forced Jackson to release a video apology.
However, it was felt that Jackson was unfairly targeted in the aftermath, while Timberlake who actually ripped the top received much less criticism.
Timberlake’s next album will be the follow-up to 2013’s two-part ‘The 20/20 Experience’.
That release followed a near seven-year gap after 2006’s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ and four year break after his 2002 solo debut ‘Justified’.
He’s been working on the release for some time, and spoke last year about collaborating with Pharrell Williams on the project.
In the gap between albums, Timberlake provided ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’, written by Max Martin, to the soundtrack of 2016’s Trolls.
He also collaborated with Foo Fighters on the track ‘Make It Right’ from their ninth album ‘Concrete & Gold’.
Timberlake recently returned to live performance, and worked in a cover of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘HUMBLE’ to his own ‘Cry Me A River’.