Justin Timberlake announced his first new album in five years, “Man of the Woods.” The album will come out on February 2, only two days prior to his much hyped Super Bowl performance.
This is the singer’s second appearance on the Super Bowl half time show. He first performed at the event in 2004 alongside Janet Jackson where he ripped her top causing a major wardrobe malfunction that reportedly ruined Jackson’s promising career. The incident gave Timberlake the nick name “Teflon man,” as his career survived the episode unscathed.
In a one-minute trailer of his new album, Timberlake runs through mountains and cornfields in a vivid poncho much like John Mayer’s 2012 album cover for “Paradise Valley.” The video also features cameos from Timberlake's wife, actor Jessica Biel and longtime collaborator Pharrell Williams.
"This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I've ever written, where I'm from – it's personal," Timberlake says in the video.
The promo however fails to communicate what the album will sound like. With all-out farmland visuals, the internet was adequately confused.
@EbtheCeleb wrote, “I’m confused at that Timberlake promo. He bout to put out a country album or something?” while Hugh McIntyre wrote, “JT looks like he's about to try something for the first time in a tent with Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain)..” among many other perplexed fans on Twitter.
The first single of Timberlake’s new album will be released Friday, January 5.