Justin Timberlake Says His New Album 'Punches You Between the Eyes'

The 'Can't Stop the Feeling!' hitmaker explains how his forthcoming record will differ from his 2013 album 'The 20/20 Experience'.

AceShowbiz - %cJustin Timberlake% opens up about his upcoming album in a new interview. The "Can't Stop the Feeling!" hitmaker reveals how his forthcoming fifth album will differ from his 2013 record "The 20/20 Experience".

"I wouldn't say [my new material] is the antithesis of '20/20', but it does sound more singular," Justin tells Variety, "If '20/20' sounded like it literally surrounds your entire head, this stuff feels more like it just punches you between the eyes."

For his new record, Justin is collaborating with %cPharrell Williams%, %cTimbaland% and %cMax Martin%. "Tim is a sound junkie, the same way Pharrell is a song junkie. And then Max is like music's Morpheus," he shares.

Pharrell reveals that they have completed six songs. "Songwise, I think we've got a good solid six that are like, 'Whoa, what was that? Play that again,' " he says, "I would pay Justin a huge compliment to say he's just discovering who he is now."

The "Happy" hitmaker explains, "For the biggest pop stars in the world, the place where they have the most trouble is honesty. It's hard for them to know that the beauty of a record, the sweetest spot in the song, is where they show vulnerability. Because there's a formulaic sort of vulnerability, like, 'Baby, I can't sleep without you ...' and that's not really it. But if you're able to really screenshot your own vulnerability, and frame it properly, and color-correct it, then it becomes something that every human can relate to. And I think Justin is in the place where he's mastering that right now."

Justin still has no release date for his fifth album. "I think everyone I'm working with right now knows that I'm notorious for being like, 'Yeah let's work. I have no idea when I'll put it out, though.' I'll put it out when it's done - when it feels right," he says.

"I'm just in the now of now," he adds, "I think it's an effect of just enjoying my life more. For a long time I lived my life for a lot of other people, or for the idea that those other people had an idea of me. And whatever - there's a guy who's gonna wake up tomorrow and transfer an organ from one body to another and save someone's life - so what are we even doing?"

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