“Filthy” began trending on Twitter soon after the track and its music video dropped at midnight, as the pop superstar’s followers turned it up en masse. The electro track is in a different solar system to the uncomplicated sugar-rush that was 2016’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling,” and its left some listeners feeling, well, filthy.
“People are hating #filthy because it sounds different and unlike anything on the radio right now. It’s amazing,” tweeted one fan. Another wrote, “have one conclusion…we desperately need Timbaland to produce this whole album. Disappointing single.”
“Filthy” is the first song lifted from Man of the Woods, Timberlake’s fifth solo album due out Feb. 2. It’s the first full-length album from the 36 year-old singer since Sept. 2013’s The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. Check out some of the “Filthy” reaction below.
— b r i t t_m a r i e (@nuggetbritt) January 5, 2018
First I thought JT’s song new song #filthy was trash. Upon second listen I think it’s garbage.
— Brant (@brantbum) January 5, 2018
— e R O K (@itserok) January 5, 2018
— YetAnotherSJW (@YetAnotherSJW) January 5, 2018
People shit on creative artists for doing new stuff. Same people who hated Suit & Tie when it came out for 20/20 part 1 came around. #Filthy is beyond a banger. It’s innovation personified. Embrace change.
— James Cibella (@JamesCibella) January 5, 2018
— pystolpete (@opinionFromME) January 5, 2018
My favorite thing about #Filthy is JT is making the music he wants to. No pressure to be inherently pop or prove himself. It actually sounds v Future Sex/Love Sounds to me, and uses a lot of the instrumentals he incorporates on tour to transition to new songs.
— Kirbie Johnson (@kirbiejohnson) January 5, 2018
— Steph (@Lemmunaid) January 5, 2018
— Stephanie. (@qsteph) January 5, 2018
I am a huge Justin Timberlake fan, but after waiting till 12 to hear his new single #Filthy off the #ManoftheWoods, I have one conclusion…we desperately need @Timbaland to produce this whole album. Disappointing Single. Last two albums were incredible. JT and Timbo are a must pic.twitter.com/h4KkKAGJPx
— Amir Eldick (@AmirToThe) January 5, 2018