Timberlake Aiming To Push Boundaries Of Pop
Justin Timberlake wants to push the boundaries of pop music with his new album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds," due Sept. 12 via Jive. "I realize that I have a platform to push the sound of pop music. That'sJustin Timberlake wants to push the boundaries of pop music with his new album, "FutureSex/LoveSounds," due Sept. 12 via Jive. "I realize that I have a platform to push the sound of pop music. That's the only responsibility that I put on myself in recording the album," Timberlake told reporters today (July 7) in Paris. "If I'm not going to push it, then who's going to push it?"
The first single from the album, "SexyBack," features a pounding bass beat and electronic sounds, and does not include the falsetto singing that has become Timberlake's trademark. He said, however, that the album featured "a lot" of such singing.
"The best way I can describe that song is say David Bowie and David Byrne decided to do a cover of James Brown's 'Sex Machine,'" Timberlake said.
He said the new sound was the product of a broad variety of influences, from soul legends Al Green and Marvin Gaye to bands such as the Beatles and the Eagles. "I think it's important on your sophomore album to broaden your sound, to try something new, because if you do the same thing, then your third album has to be the same thing and your fourth album has to be the same thing and, you know, you don't grow," he said.
Timberlake wrote songs on the album with producer and rapper Timbaland. Rapper T.I. and Black Eyed Peas leader will.i.am make guest appearances.
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