Justin Timberlake took center stage at a hometown concert in Memphis on Friday night (Jan. 19), treating fans to the live debut of his latest solo endeavor, the soulful R&B track titled “Selfish.”
This marks Timberlake’s first solo release since his fifth studio album, 2018’s “Man of the Woods.”
The lyrics of “Selfish” delve into themes of longing and desire, with JT crooning, “So if I get jealous, I can’t help it/ I want every bit of you, I guess I’m selfish. It’s bad for my mental, but I can’t fight it.” A tantalizing snippet of the song has been shared on TikTok, offering a taste of the silky-smooth melody.
But the surprises didn’t end there. On the same night, Timberlake revealed more about his upcoming musical journey by unveiling a trailer for his highly anticipated sixth album, now officially titled “Everything I Thought It Was.” Fans were led on an intriguing path of discovery after Timberlake’s earlier Instagram teaser captioned “EITIW.”
The album trailer, narrated by the charismatic Benicio Del Toro, exudes a Wes Anderson-meets-Asteroid City vibe. It features a model car cruising toward a desert gas station, providing a visually captivating backdrop to the enigmatic new project.
Del Toro’s narration adds an element of mystery as he reacts to the unfolding scenes, saying, “What do we have here? Ooh, that’s a nice car! Wait, it’s a model. Did that say JT? OK, that sunset is definitely not real. Oh, there’s Justin! Why won’t he turn around? What the f— is he staring at?”
As the trailer concludes, yellow words against a black screen announce, “Justin Timberlake Presents: Everything I Thought It Was.” The captivating visuals and cinematic narrative leave fans eagerly anticipating the full album experience.
Timberlake had dropped several hints about his return to solo music, beginning with a social media cleanse as he wiped his Instagram clean in early January. The excitement heightened with the mid-week Instagram teaser and announcements of his appearances on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live.”
While an official release date for “Selfish” is yet to be disclosed, fans can already pre-save the track on Spotify. In a remarkable year of comebacks, Timberlake’s reunion with *NSYNC and collaborations with longtime musical partners Timbaland and Nelly Furtado in September further fueled anticipation for his solo endeavors.