Cedar Crest College newspaper since 1923
Sarah Pilikington, News Editor
After six years of keeping fans waiting and wondering when he would release new music, Justin Timberlake has finally released a new single “Suit & Tie” , and it has already proven to be quite a success.
Although Timberlake may not have been in the recording studio, he wasn’t completely out of the spotlight. During his long hiatus from music, Timberlake began acting. Timberlake went from smaller roles in movies such as Alpha Dog, to starring roles in movies such as Friends with Benefits.
Fans grew impatient waiting for new music however. A video was released on YouTube of fans begging Timberlake to release new music. The video was popular among fans. Still fans waited for new music. That wish was granted with the recent release of “Suit & Tie.”
“Suit & Tie,” Timberlake’s newest single, was released at midnight on Jan. 14. A few days prior to the release, a video was released on YouTube showing Timberlake returning to the studio, stating, “I’m ready.” The video spread like wildfire online leaving fans wondering when the new music would be released. A few days later the single was released and has proven quite successful.
According to Billboard, an online music industry resource, “Suit & Tie” made a record-setting debut on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart premiering at number 14. The song had the highest first-week plays total in the charts’ 20-year history and marks the highest bow for a song by a male artist, according to Billboard.
But Timberlake is no stranger to success. His second album, “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” was certified multiplatinum after its release in 2006.
The new single, which features Jay Z, is a different sound for Timberlake, who collaborated once again with record producer Timbaland. The song has a more sophisticated sound than many of Timberlake’s previous singles and features Timberlake singing in falsetto.
Cedar Crest students are more than excited to see Timberblake making a return to the studio. It’s making them feel like the poster hanging, boy banding loving, pre-teens with braces and high pitched screams all over again.
“I suppose I love JT because he transistioned from boy band to solo artist fantastically, basically recreated himself, and put out music that is not only catchy but has such a smooth sound,” said Brianna Coleman, junior psychology major. “He is also pretty hilarious, which I find is a remarkable attribute to his already phenomenal music.”
For those who don’t remember, Timberlake and Andy Samberg were nominated a few years ago for a Grammy for the song “D— In A Box”, which originally appeared on a Saturday Nigh Live Digital Short.
“I love JT because his music has a good beat to it and he’s got a distinctive voice,” said Lauren Jorgensen, senior music major. “And come on, he’s hot.”
“His music was always original and catchy,” said Devin Paylor, senior psychology major. “I am super excited he’s back to give me more beautiful music to put in my ears.”
Timberlake, who started with the boy band N’Sync, has kept a loyal following among fans since his “No Strings Attached” days.
“I grew up with him basically,” said Morgan Ferrari, freshman nursing major. “As sad as it sounds, me and my mom got all of his songs down pat, including the guest raps. Not to mention the attractiveness, he just has an amazing voice that I’ve loved since N’Sync.”
To some students, Timberlake represents perfection.
“Justin Timberlake is the all-around perfect man,” said Catly Athanasantos, junior social work major. “Not only is he super talented, attractive and charitable, he is also the single best person ever to be on SNL.”
“Suit &Tie” is the first single on Timberlake’s upcoming album “The 20/20 Experience” which will be released later this year. This will be the third solo album for Timberlake following the multiplatinum “FutureSex/LoveSounds.”