Justin Timberlake’s black-and-white drenched video for “Suit & Tie” starts quietly, with the dressed-down singer in various domestic situations: at a piano, getting a rub-down, mixing drinks and eating cereal while Jay-Z, his collaborator on the track, reclines in front of television. Chill.
Cut to the club where a dapper JT slips on his appropriate tux and settles into a smooth performance with his orchestra, the ?Tennessee Kids?. Backed with a trio of dancing fellas, Timberlake deploys moves that were previewed at the Grammys on Sunday.
Directed by David Fincer and released on the singer’s website on Thursday morning, the video’s other location is an appropriate one: the studio, where we find Timberlake directing the Kids in the song’s recording.
Jay-Z rolls back into view at the 3:00 mark, at which the hip-hop icon holds court on a stool, center stage, with various leggy female dancers doing their thing. “All black at the white shows/ White shoes at the black shows.”
By video’s end, there’s a bit of gratuitous trampoline action with Timberlake floating amid a white background, as well as some splash-dancing in a skim of water.
“Suit & Tie” is the lead track from Timberlake’s third album, “The 20/20 Experience,” due March 19. After debuting at No. 84 on the Hot 100 four weeks, the song then retreated to No. 13 for two frames before climbing back to No. 8 this week, aided by his performance at the Grammy Awards.
Fittingly, the ad running before the “Suit” video is for a pre-order Target’s version of “The 20/20 Experience,” which features two extra tracks.