January 14, 2013:
In a letter directed to his fans on his official website, Timberlake confirms "Suit & Tie" is part of a forthcoming new album entitled The 20/20 Experience, which he'd been working on since summer of 2012: "Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC. The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career. Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process."
"[Usually artists] put the single out then wait three or four months before dropping the album then and promote it all over the world," Wright said. "But we said we really want to do this in a shorter period of time, so let's put the single out and [release the album] seven or eight weeks after that -- make it a short window, and because we have such a short window we have to make a big impact."
January 21, 2013:
"Suit & Tie" makes a record-setting debut on Billboard's Pop Songs chart, which measures mainstream top 40 radio airplay. Soaring in at No. 14, "Suit & Tie" achieves the most first-week total plays, marking the highest bow for a song by a male artist in the chart's two-decade history.
January 24, 2013:
Timberlake posts a "Suit & Tie" lyric video on YouTube, which fleetingly reveals The 20/20 Experience release date of March 19, 2013 for the first time.
January 30, 2013:
Timberlake is officially announced as a performer on the 55th Annual Grammy Awards telecast.
February 2, 2013:
JT performs his first solo concert appearance in five years at a DirectTV/AXS TV event in New Orleans during Super Bowl weekend, debuting two additional songs from The 20/20 Experience, "Pusher Love Girl" and "That Girl," alongside a selection of his greatest hits.
February 6, 2013:
Timberlake puts The 20/20 Experience official artwork and tracklist on the Internet.