Justin Timberlake stole the first big music headline of 2018 when the former boy band member announced on Tuesday that Man of the Woods, his follow-up to 2013’s The 20/20 Experience, would be arriving on Feb. 2. Now that the all the commotion from the album news has subsided thanks to a few big lineup announcements from Coachella and Governors Ball, Timberlake has also revealed that fellow pop artists including the Neptunes, Timbaland, Alicia Keys and country hotshot Chris Stapleton all play a part in his upcoming LP.
As Pitchfork reports, the production duo known as The Neptunes (comprised of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo) worked on the new album with their old friend. The two produced a handful of tracks on Timberlake’s 2002 debut studio album Justified. He’s also worked closely with Timbaland on past projects including The 20/20 Experience and 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. Timbaland also helped co-write the first single set to arrive from Man of the Woods, a track titled “Filthy.” The new single is set to arrive this Friday, Jan. 5, and will come with a music video directed by Mark Romanek, who was also at the helm for Timberlake’s video for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” back in 2016.
It’s unclear what role Stapleton will play on the upcoming album, but with Timberlake being a southern kid from Tennessee, aka the country capital of the world, fans should expect to hear some solid country/pop crossover tracks when Man of the Woods arrives early next month.
Timberlake is also scheduled as the headlining performer for the upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show next month, which will most likely see the pop singer debuting some new songs as the entire country tunes in.