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New Song: Justin Timberlake – ‘Suit & Tie’ ft. Jay-Z *Updated*

Published: Sunday 13th Jan 2013 by Rashad

Looks like Justin Timberlake‘s looking to bring more than sexy back if his latest single is anything to judge by!

A mid-tempo groove similar to his early 2000’s hit ‘Senorita’, Timberlake enlists the help of rapper/mogul Jay Z for ‘Suit & Tie’ – his Timbaland-produced return to charts.  The first song lifted from his yet-titled follow-up to 2006’s ‘FutureSex LoveSounds’, the song hasn’t been available on Itunes for 30 minutes yet and is already skyrocketing up the digital charts.

Teasing his highly anticipated return for the last week or so, you tell us:  is this just what the doctor ordered to heal those in desperate need for a fix of Justin?  Take a listen to the new Robin Thicke joint below:

Not exactly what we were expecting from the long-awaited sessions of Timberlake and Timbaland, but we must say – we like.  Timberlake shows off his much missed brand of confidence and cool in the horn-heavy number (something we’re certainly not hearing from popular radio).  But, in this electro-pop dominated climate, many were sure J.T. would take the obvious route and produce numbers similar to those from his 2006 LP.

While we do long for the ‘Sexy Back’ and ‘My Love’ -esque joints, we can tap our feet to this.  Let’s hope though that this is just a taste of what his next set is offering and not fully representative of its tracklisting.  For, while fans may miss ol’ JT, the inevitable Justin Bieber comparisons are looming. So, it helps to make records that will appeal to the diehard 2002 Timberlake fanbase as well as the new, up-and-coming 2012 (and beyond) fanbase.

Grade:  B-

 

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  1. HoneychildPlease January 13, 2013

    …..oh

    • I DON’T SPEAK VERMIN!! January 13, 2013

      Right, Timbaland needs to lay down and take a nap cus his beats are outdated and Justins voice is outdated. TRASH 101

      • NAVI January 14, 2013

        shut up f*****

    • BEYHIVE January 14, 2013

      oh god i’m kinda nervous now to hear beyonce new single and the sound he did with her 🙁

    • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

      Outta the songs that just dropped these few days heres my honest opinion of the worst to the even worst songs

      1.)Destinys Child- NUCLEAR- ITS JUST HORRIBLE IT WINS FOR BEING THE WACKEST SONG OF 2013 SO FAR

      2.)Kenya-GONE WITH THE WIND- ITS LIKE A PARODY SONG GIRL BYE…

      3.)Justin Timberlake-SUIT&TIE SO DISAPPOINTED JUSTIN PLEASE BABY COME HARDER I CAN’T WITH THIS AT ALL

      4.) Ciara-WAKE UP NO MAKE UP- THIS IS ACTUALLY AN OK CLUB SONG BETTER THAN THE 3 ABOVE #SORRY

      • Sleazy January 14, 2013

        Those are official songs Wake up Turn up is a mixtape song and its not even her mixtape

    • AmbeRussell January 14, 2013

      what song is not bad, it is everything else that is going on about the record that makes it bad. justin voice is not good, too high and thin, robin thicke woulda killed the singing for this track. next, the beat is some what dated. and too cheesy. jay being on it does not help it either. and it was too long

  2. Es January 13, 2013

    ill wait til I hear full song before final judgement, but not impressed so far…

    • glum January 14, 2013

      That was the full song…

  3. BeeBee January 13, 2013

    YESSSSSS JUSTIN! COME BACK AND CLAIM YOUR SPOT! Jusin Bieber will fadeinto the light because he will be NO competition for you! I cant f****** wait!!! Sometimes, it’s great for old musical stars to comeback and claim what’s rightfully theirs, if they know how.
    #JustinTimberlake2K13

    • angela January 14, 2013

      WTF does Bieber have to do with Timberlake? He is 18 years old. Justin is 32. They are NOT peers.

  4. HoneychildPlease January 13, 2013

    I just feel that Robin thicke would have done this song justice..but you know i’m going to wait before i go completely in. His voice though ummm..

  5. HoneychildPlease January 13, 2013

    Oh they just posted the full song.. Back to the studio boo..

  6. HoneychildPlease January 13, 2013

    Jay-z on the track??

    • HoneychildPlease January 13, 2013

      guess it’s more..

  7. blacklover January 13, 2013

    YASSSS!! I HAVE BEEN SLAYED INTO ANOTHER REALM!! OMG SOMEBODY HELP! I NEED T0 FIND MY WAY HOME!! THIS HASNT HAPPENED TO ME SINCE WILLOW SMITH’S WHIP MY HAIR!!

    • skintightjeans January 14, 2013

      Chile please sit with the dramatics.

      • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

        like forreals this song didn’t slay no one

    • NAVI January 14, 2013

      girl shud up..and what’s with the caps.

  8. Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 13, 2013

    WTF IS THIS??????? I’m disappointed I hope this Is a buzz single or something cause this isn’t a good comeback song he’s been gone to long to being putting out some mediocre s*** like this I’m like so upset right now 🙁

    • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 13, 2013

      & this is coming from a true fan…

  9. lolax January 13, 2013

    BORING :S

  10. Teacher January 13, 2013

    Well I was enjoying it until it sped up…*shrugz*

  11. QueenBIsLilKim January 13, 2013

    First Destiny’s Child “Nuclear” and now Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” Not impressed by both. I was expecting more from both DC and JT, guess they lost their touch.

  12. Steve W. January 14, 2013

    I like it. Yeah, it wasn’t the comeback everybody was expecting, but it’s still a nice track. Back when SexyBack first came out, people wasn’t really feeling it, then it took off and I see the same happening for this song. The video & live performances will really show how much potential this one got. All in all, JT is BACK!!!

    • Ayo January 14, 2013

      But SB was still something fresh, this is seriously what Robin Thicke has been doing for the past how long now…

  13. Cream January 14, 2013

    It’s s*** because he was working on Beyonce ablum he did not have time for his own s*** onley the King B****** get ready # I be on my suit & tie s*** ??? WTF he tried tho

  14. Cream January 14, 2013

    The DC song is a old song it’s not a new song DAMN!!!! And comeing from a lil Kim fan??? Girl no thank you

  15. mc the place to be! January 14, 2013

    The full song is on YouTube thank you bscott for being the first person for everything! And Jay verse at the end is good!

  16. Remi Remz January 14, 2013

    I’ve never been a JT fan, but this is stellar!!! He has matured!

    • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

      why is it mature because he’s talking bout suits & ties??? girl bye

      • angela January 14, 2013

        LMAO

  17. Nay nay January 14, 2013

    FLOP!

  18. mc the place to be! January 14, 2013

    The full song is on YouTube thank you bscott for being the first person for everything! And Jay verse at the end is good! It sounds great to me atleast it ain’t no electronic pop s*** I hated it when it was chopped though I hope they cut that out when he does it live #satisfied

    • Smurf January 14, 2013

      No actually Perez was first NOT B.s*** I mean scott

  19. toohotfortv January 14, 2013

    I like that he is at least trying something a little different with his voice. this is very Marvin Gaye inspired (vocally, at least)… the track reminds me of something Janet would rock with.

    • I LOVE RIHANNA!!! January 14, 2013

      THIS IS HOW I KNOW YOU DONT KNOW MARVIN PENTZ GAYE!! FOR YOU TO COMPARE THIS WACK S*** TO THE PRINCE OF SOUL THEN YOU HAVENT NONE OF MARVINS MUSIC OR VOICE!!! MARVINS VOICE WAS SMOOTH AS SILK AND WITH SOUL!! JT IS FAKE WANNABE WHITE SOUL SINGER BUT HE AINT GOT NO SOUL IN HIS BONES!!_/

  20. Whyjustinwhy January 14, 2013

    WTF. I don’ t usually post on this site. But this sounds like Robin Thicke leftovers. Like it really sounds just like him. If his whole album is like this he aint selling nothing unless he pulls a Beyonce and gets back with his boy band.

  21. mc the place to be! January 14, 2013

    His new album is called the 20/20 experience coming out later this year

  22. BABY T January 14, 2013

    I’m disappointed. This is a weak lead single. But I shouldn’t be surprised because Timbaland’s recent work is s***! I just pray the songs Timbaland did for Bey is soooooo much better than this.

  23. skintightjeans January 14, 2013

    **sigh** I hate it.

  24. NAVI January 14, 2013

    sounds like a robin thicke joint, meh. come harder JT i have faith in you.

  25. You Wanna Bey Me January 14, 2013

    I been stressing 7 years and this is what the f*** u give me? Huh b****?

    • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

      Girl I’m so disappointed….like really WTF is this??

      • You Wanna Bey Me January 14, 2013

        He could’ve kept this unreleased Music S** Love Sounds track, I’m over it. I just knew he was about to come back slaying….fooled me lol

      • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

        lol I’m saying tho…..I thought this dude was bout to come & shut s*** down aaaaaaaah so disappointed in this…

  26. Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

    Justin gotta come harder than this or you will end up like Nelly & her 6k album sales I don’t want that to happen to you I really don’t 🙁

    • You Wanna Bey Me January 14, 2013

      He’s so above this song, timbaland gassing his ass up trying to stay relevant with his ancient ass beats.

      • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

        lol his beats are truly ANCIENT boo…I just really hope it’s a buzz single cause I can’t with this song

      • You Wanna Bey Me January 14, 2013

        Okay! Lol, I hope it’s a buzz single too, I would hate to see him flop because I’m truly a big fan, I still play FSLS til this day, hopefully round 2 will be a smash but it’s going to be hard to top his last album, it’s such a classic.

  27. Dane January 14, 2013

    This s*** is fly…groovy……… I’m so glad he didn’t come back to that dance pop b*******….

    • irene46 January 14, 2013

      fly? groovey? is this sarcasm? anyway i couldn’t vote because i really like it but can’t say i love it.

  28. mc the place to be! January 14, 2013

    What this be a hit like sexyback no one liked that either and he said in a letter before releasing this is that he expected criticism and he just walked in the studio one day and did whatever he liked

  29. aurora January 14, 2013

    The song nice n smooth hopefully all the artist coming out 2013 will bring the death of electro pop trash justin take the lead

    • irene46 January 14, 2013

      oh, yeah!

  30. meccamaddness January 14, 2013

    I’m loving how it’s NOT dance/pop/house/euro/electro/indie/pop-rock/country-pop or any of the rest of that f** s*** that’s been contaminating up the airways since 2008. JT came back similarly to the way he went out, which means that he hasn’t sold out or compromised himself to any fad…and watch the s*** STILL wind up slaying iTunes. Take note Usher, Chris and Neyo. It’s a damn shame when white boy keeps it realer than yall do. And I’m hoping you’re listening too Beyonce, just in case you were contemplating going pop this year.

    Hate to say it, but JT and all his Caucasianness might wind up reactivating urban music.

    • NAVI January 14, 2013

      whats wrong with indie music…kid stfu.

    • SO Fresh January 14, 2013

      you said that!

    • Dev January 14, 2013

      Really, Did you miss Miguel? The underrated Brandy & SWV albums? Yes! The caucasians may end up reviving urban music, but that will be only due to hype from the media that real urban acts are not getting. Remember, the media is not an even playing field

    • angela January 14, 2013

      We praising white folks now? Sit your black sambo ass down.

      So we are just going to pretend Miguel, Frank Ocean, etc. don’t exist? As for Usher, isn’t ‘Climax’ R&B? I don’t recall any of Ne-Yo’s songs straying from his sound either. So all you’ve got left for your argument is Chris Brown, who was never really R&B to begin with.

      • ronnoc January 14, 2013

        usher is a sellout whether you like it or not. climax is pretty much his only recent r&b song. everything else is electro trash

      • Hush January 14, 2013

        Ummmm did you not hear Chris’s debut album? His music was totally R&B when he came out. Most of his second album was R&B too. It wasn’t until “Forever” and “Yeah x3” that his music started getting noticeably poppier. Neyo? I take it you haven’t heard “Let Me Love You” and “Give Me Everything” with Pitbull. And Usher? “Climax” may have been R&B, but its those “electronic” syths and light dubstep influences seemed like a subtle ploy to make it sound compelling to pop audiences at the same time. It wasn’t as full on R&B like “Burn” and “U Got It Bad.”

    • ronnoc January 14, 2013

      bey aint doing any electro pop this year.. she’s already said its another r&b ish album

  31. Evan January 14, 2013

    Its okay. It’s supposed to be amazing!

  32. Girrrl January 14, 2013

    This song is cute. It’s definitely not as forward thinking as Adorn or Climax but I expect this to chart higher than those songs because… it’s Justin Timberlake. I’m buying some Robin Thicke on Itunes since this sounds like him.

  33. Dev January 14, 2013

    Justin was never a great singer in or out of in-sync, he was captured in a time when good songs, good looks and mediocre singing was becoming accepted (see jennifer Lopez for reference also)
    As we are once again in this moment in time this is the perfect time for JT to come back, but the music has moved on from this somewhat dated track leaving Justin’s shortcomings of full blast.

    Did i really see a comment talking about a Marvin Gaye vibe?
    Some people really have no idea

    • I LOVE RIHANNA!!! January 14, 2013

      YES GORL!!! THEY TRIED THE PRINCE OF SOUL!!! MARVIN!!

  34. christinastherealtalent January 14, 2013

    I hate that i love this song. I hate it because all of Timbalands production on every song he does sounds reminiscent of previous works but i love it because its classic Justin and its not dance pop s***. People say what yall want about this song but if you can endorse the salty s*** that Justin Beiber, Rihanna, or Nicki Minaj do then yall can endorse this.

  35. Jamiejames January 14, 2013

    This is for grown folks. Justin isn’t a child anymore and I’m glad he’s not trying to be. Grown ups want melody and a great hook. Y’all can keep the mess most of you Stan (except the beyhive) most you guys simply have no clue what good music is. This ridin in your car after you off work kinda music.

  36. CzarM January 14, 2013

    That it’s not electro/dance is enough for me to wanna give daps. There’s nothing wrong with this song at all. At first I was iffy on how draggy the intro was, but when it sped up, I started finger snapping. It’s infectious as hell. And when that intro beat came back toward the end with Jay, I wasn’t even mad. This is classic JT, with some upbeat soul mixed in.

    Justin is probably one of the very few who could get away with this today, and I’m not mad at him for it. Those complaining were probably expecting some OTT, over-produced, headache inducer with a thousand BPM that the swaggots could bounce around to in their sagging skinny jeans and Obey snapbacks. How predictable. He didn’t do that and I’m glad. He didn’t come back trying to be (or compete with) the other Justin. He came back as himself. Good on him.

  37. RIHANNA’S H***** January 14, 2013

    I THINK THEY WANT TO BRING BACK URBAN MUSIC ON THE RADIO…

  38. Rope Burn January 14, 2013

    This just confirms what I’ve felt about Justin ever since the day he went solo…..HE IS A POOR MAN’S ROBIN THICKE!!!!!!!!

    • L21480 January 14, 2013

      How’s that when Justin’s solo debut came BEFORE Robin’s debut?

      People love to talk and critique, trying to be snotty and judgmental, while not knowing a damn thing they’re saying. If you knew what you were talking about, you would not only know that Justin was out before Robin BUT that Robin started out much different than he is now. Robin’s earlier music was more bluesy-alternative-underground soul, and image-wise he was more bohemian and hippish. It was after that failed to catch on (while Justin was blowing up) that he cleaned up his image, pepped up his tempo and became more rhythmic…like Justin. If anyone “copied” anyone in this scenario, it’s Robin who can be charged with biting off Justin, not the other way around.

      • angela January 14, 2013

        Robin is much more like Jon B than Justin. Justin makes POP MUSIC, with a *slight* R&B flare to it.

    • Avenger January 14, 2013

      And Janet is a poor man’s Michael. You’re just another bitter Janet fan who never got over the SB incident and how Justin’s music career continued, while hers…eh…

      • angela January 14, 2013

        Janet is a legend who’s career started in the 1970s. What are you talking about? JJ is nothing like Michael either.

    • BEAUX January 14, 2013

      “This just confirms what I’ve felt about Justin ever since the day he went solo…..HE IS A POOR MAN’S ROBIN THICKE!!!!!!!!”

      ***********************************

      * Justin Timberlake – debut – Justified – released: 11/5/2002
      * Robin Thicke – debut – A Beautiful World – released: 4/15/2003

      L2 is right. Thicke’s debut album wasn’t much like his now trademark sound. It was Pharrell who steered Thicke there with “Wanna Love You Girl” after he produced half of JT’s solo debut, which sounded a lot like it. So that means that JT was the template for RT, not the other way around!

      • skintightjeans January 14, 2013

        Who f****** cares!!! Damn ya’ll kill me comparing mafuckas on here. Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake are both great and talented artists!

  39. Mc the place to be! January 14, 2013

    When people try to do stuff different and try to take us back to that place where music was pretty decent we decline it and that’s the reason why electronic pop is the main attraction I wish some of y’all would go by what you write OK the song is not up to some peoples potential but on YouTube and everywhere else it is but its not a horrible song I’ve heard worst last year and I’m still getting his album like a fan would and he’s been working with timbaland since his first album why would he stop now that’s clearly where he makes his magic with o well can’t please everbody

  40. JER January 14, 2013

    it’s a good ALBUM track. This is not single material. I can here this as like the 4th song on his album. The song that comes after the singles and before a slow bedroom jam. It’s OBVIOUS this is more of a buzz single and there will be another single out before the album drops and PROBABLY a third song out right before the album drops (you know how they do these days)

    MY issue with the song is it doesn’t slay me. But it doesn’t suck either at all. It’s just not the giant edgy future song I was expecting. I was expecting more of “We Found Love” less “Run the World”

    • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

      “I was expecting more of “We Found Love” less “Run the World”

      Lmao okaaaaay!!

    • EnRanc January 14, 2013

      ROFLMAO! Justin would never record a song like WFL. That’s not his style. It’s funny that you were even expecting something in vein of that from him. You’d sooner get something like from Bieber than Timberlake.

      • JER January 14, 2013

        You obviously don’t get the comparison. I was referring to how edgy, different, and successful “We Found Love” was for Rihanna VS how uncomfortable, flat, and a bomb “Run the World” was for Bey.

  41. Bonganie January 14, 2013

    Usher’s Climax (one of the best rnb tracks last year!) didn’t reach the top 10 on the Hot 100, Ne-yo’s R.E.D (one of the better rnb releases last year, it was mostly rnb!) also flopped, even Miguel’s Adorn didn’t reach the top 10 on the Hot 100! Fact is rnb is nolonger selling, so artists got to go with the trends or we forget about them!

    • EnRanc January 14, 2013

      Yeah and in five years from now 80% of the people playing “follow the leader” won’t be remembered, and their sound-a-like hits will be dismissed as well. You kill me endorsing conformity like that. That’s not what real artists who are out to carve their own lane, and who would like to have longstanding careers, make a habit of doing. Justin played that game when he was with Nsync. He doesn’t have to do that now.

  42. Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

    I’m not saying the song is bad it’s just very mediocre to me it doesn’t stand out at all he needs to come with something stronger he’s been gone for to long for him to put out a miss like this…I’m sorry it’s how I feel

    *please baby Jesus let this just be a buzz single*

  43. Together Again (Beyonce’s Weave) January 14, 2013

    Justin NO, I didn’t want this to happen but it looks like it’s happening. I might have to buy 10 copies of “suit and tie” on iTunes to stop it from happening.

    Justin should have come harder than this, I cannot believe this is happening, he might flop.

  44. Together Again (Beyonce’s Weave) January 14, 2013

    I had to listen to Usher “Climax” and “Scream” just to relieve the pain. Justin how could you? I waited a freaking long time and this is what you give me??

    Usher would have blown up this era if he released the right material. Climax, Dive and Lemme See should not have been singles because RnB is dead.

    Back to Justin, I spotted iTunes already promoting this single, I hope it does well because I am extremely worried about you. You should have never worked with Timbaland too, he hasn’t had a hit in years.

    • Monstarebel (F** Boy) January 14, 2013

      I’m just as disappointed sis 🙁

  45. Ralphy January 14, 2013

    Like im trying to love this but i dunno its almost as bad as the duet with ciara ;( … jus saying yeahhhhhhh

    • Sleazy January 14, 2013

      Do you even have ears? Love.s**.magic was everything even got a Grammy nod!!!! That song slayed

  46. Always January 14, 2013

    Kudos to JT for not coming out with some wack ass Taio Cruz, LMFAO, Rihanna sounding mess. This is like “Rock Your Body” 2013 and it’s all good.

  47. RoyalKev January 14, 2013

    Ummmm, this killed my high a little bit. This sounds like an authentic Justin track, but when he goes this route I honestly get bored. It’s the kind of track that makes me think , he’s talent, but that you won’t listen to more than once. I was so in need of some Future S** Love Sounds! 🙁

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

  48. tia January 14, 2013

    First of all, who wrote this review up? This is not an electro pop song, this is more up tempo neo soul with a more r&b feel in the beginning….and it sounds NOTHING like senorita, one thing I do agree with is that he stole Robin thickes swag on this one. Def should he a Robin song.

  49. Together Again (Beyonce’s Weave) January 14, 2013

    Wait, wasn’t Beyonce supposed to be on this song? My guess is she heard the song and bolted, what a B****.

    • JER January 14, 2013

      I’m sure Justin played her the songs and she had her pick of the litter. Her and Jay then probably went in the studio and she re-recorded the verse so now her name is on the writing credi… i mean that song. Beyonce gets first dibs

  50. JER January 14, 2013

    Ok after multiple listens, I’m concluded that this song is like Rihanna’s “Diamonds.” It’s flat, nothing new, kind of boring, and slightly annoying, but it’s ok. It does the trick. People will eat it up because it’s just satisfactory enough. So here’s hoping his album is like Rihanna’s and has songs miles better. I’m still waiting with baited breath for Bey’s new sangle. Beyonce better serve FIRE and not “Girl on Fire” (Ch…)

    • Smurf January 14, 2013

      …….And diamonds just became the longest running single on the r n b charts

      • JER January 14, 2013

        my technicality let’s not forget.

  51. Avi January 14, 2013

    You can really tell the age group here. You brats are just mad that it ain’t some cookie cutter, pulsating, synthy beat from Dr. Luke or Max Martin that you can fist pump and queen out to. I’m sure Justin is very aware of what the trend is right now, and deliberately went left. That’s the good thing about being an established act who has already paid their dues and sold millions. You don’t have to fall in line with what everyone else is doing and can make the music you want.

    Don’t be fake and get on here talking about “I looooved FS/LS….” and then complain about this song, which is basically cut from the exact same cloth. And real talk, if you don’t like this single then you probably won’t like the next one, or the one after that. Timberlake ain’t giving you Katy Perry.

    • skintightjeans January 14, 2013

      You stupid as hell! So you think a person who like Justified and FSLS AUTOMATICALLY has to like this song??? And if they don’t like this song, then they are fake?? Where did you find your logic in that? In the f****** trash can? Apparently YOU’RE in an age group that believes you have to stan for every single song that comes out whether a person likes it or not and that’s just dumb. I have both of Justin’s albums AND an NSYNC album AND have seen him in concert 2 times. I’m a huge fan. But I don’t like this song and not because it’s not produced by certain people or I need to fist pump to it. It’s just not a good song to ME. You can’t disqualify someone being a fan just because they don’t like certain songs from their fav. That would actually make them delusional if they’ve like every single thing a person puts out. without criticism.

  52. dannehlicious January 14, 2013

    Glad he didn’t try to fit into mainstream music, it’s a nice song.

  53. Keep it cute or keep it mute! January 14, 2013

    Fantastic!!!! Welcome back, this is the type of R&B i need in my life!!!!

  54. Matthew Charlery-Smith January 14, 2013

    Whoever said JT makes Pop music with a slight RnB inflection was right; his music (and in particular his voice) lacks soul.

    Whoever said it is a buzz single is probably wrong. A buzz single featuring the high profile (and expensive) Jay-Z? I doubt it.

    The song is a good Pop record. When it started I thought it’d be a disaster but when it spedup it vastly improved. No doubt the video and live performances will give everyone the scope they need to really understand and enjoy the song much like how the short films for Black or White and Scream improved the whole experience of the records.

    He has shown growth and for someone who could hsve easily dropped some triple cheese Euro-Dance track he did well with this slightly Jazzy production – kudos to Timbaland.

    As for this “Savior of RnB” thing let’s get something straight: one must be able to SING RnB to DO RnB. Justin is a straight up Pop singer. Emoting over a beat produced by The Neptunes or Tim doesn’t make one an RnB singer, such takes technique, tone, soul and improvisation which originally started out in the oldest forms of Black American music, Blues, Jazz and Gospel. The reason his music or style seems so unique is because like MJ his music has become rare and only released on a blue moon. This is a stark difference to other RnB stalwarts like Beyonce and Usher who seemingly in a bid to be relevant release new slbums almost every 2/2.5 years.

    Good effort JT, I’ve never been a fan but you might make a new one. Now for some non-desperate I’m-better-than-Usher performances and some real thought-out productions.

    • blue January 14, 2013

      buzz singles are just songs on the album that are great but not single worthy but could very much appeal to your fanbase. so yes a song one an album that fits that description and just happens to have jay on it could be a buzz single

  55. Daz-One January 14, 2013

    This is a club banger for grown folks. I’m glad he choose the smooth routine and not the typical super played-out euro techno urban pop sound. I love the vibe. Very mature and a original setting for the industry that has become mesmerized by trends in this era (error) in music of today!

  56. Hot_Acid January 14, 2013

    Most of you commenting clearly don’t know classic music. This song is FLY, may not be your tea but it’s classic!

    Go play that played out pop/emd sounding ish that you worship

    Justin you got me excited w/what your bringing! Justin, beyonce, lady gaga, and Ciara are leaving me anticipating!

    • NAVI January 14, 2013

      lady gaga? i can’t and you have the nerve to talk about pop/emd s****roll eyes*

  57. blue January 14, 2013

    this is the kind of s*** that ends careers. if he is serious about a music career he should have come wit a bang! put riri on a track if you must, just make it a hit, then release the artistic crap as the 4th single

  58. Hilly January 14, 2013

    This song is s***! I’m enjoying it, it’s on repeat! It’s not electro, there is no Autotune!
    I was expecting something more revolutionary from the guys who brought us SexyBack but I still love, it’s a song I want to listen in the car with my friend on the road to a party, or at home with a glass of wine!
    Anyway, well done JT!

  59. blue January 14, 2013

    looking at itunes, if this is the reaction ppl have to a jt single after 7 years of anticipation, some b****** better make sure their s*** is so hot it could rocket to the moon, or i see a lot of flopping for dinner

  60. jamilaa January 14, 2013

    LOVE IT!

  61. Oh Baby (B****** will deal) January 14, 2013

    Omg, I am kinda disappointed jt. Please bey please please please let this not be your fate too! I’m expecting a banger this time. And lessrun world but more irreplaceable/if I were a boy (mid tempo with an amazing beat/lyrics) time to leave the ‘up tempo first single’ formula now love. I still love the up tempo’s, but just not as the lead single. It’s getting dated. Still love you and want you to slay like I know you can!

    • Cass January 14, 2013

      Um, this is about JT not Bey…

      • oh baby (b****** will Deal) January 14, 2013

        Well I just made it about bey so….

  62. dee January 14, 2013

    I love it! Great R&B song!

  63. XoMoDe January 14, 2013

    Be as “disappointed” as you want, we all know JT is about to smash with this song/album/era. Already #6 on iTunes after just a few hours. The media adores him and is gonna eat up this “comeback” like cake.

  64. Mark79 January 14, 2013

    Even though I was never a huge Timberlake fan, I have to credit him for not caving to peer pressure by conforming to Pop and returning with a decidedly R&B/Soul song. Props to him for being part of the solution rather than adding to the problem. I’m finally starting to sense a climate change in mainstream music. If this song becomes a hit, perhaps it’ll help turn a tide away from the way things have been since the late 00s. It’s been a long time coming.

  65. hjgjh January 14, 2013

    LMFAO. THIS IS IT???? ALRIGHT ROBIN THICKE,

    AND UGHH HE COULD HAVE KEPT THIS JAYZ FEATURE… HOV STAYS REPEATING THESE VERSES.. THIS IS BASICALLY A REHASH OF WHAT HE SAID ON TALK THAT TALK… NOW HE IS SOMEONE WHO REALLY NEEDS INSPIRATION..

    I KNEW THIS S*** WOULD BE AN ANTI CLIMAX…. BEYONCE UP NEXT, ABOUT TO DISAPPOINT YOU STANS WITH A ‘THROWBACK FEEL’ SONG..

    (IT IS A NICE SONG THO. JUST NOT EVEN REMOTELY WORTH THE HYPE)

  66. Cbhousing January 14, 2013

    I’m hoping that Justin sticks with what he feels is genuine. Sometimes it’s not all about how high you chart. Especially if it would compromise your previous work. I get it, the music industry is a business, but even if this song wasn’t to do well do you really think it would effect Justin’s career negatively??? Personally… I don’t think so. He has a good team. He will be alright.

    Also everything shouldn’t sound the same… I don’t think people really realize how much trouble the music industry is in… Consumers aren’t happy, why do you think all these artist are endorsing all these random products & companies??? Because the record industry is drying up.

    So if Justin, Beyonce, or whomever wants to experiment allow them… I really feel that music is on its way to something else… Dance is tecnically getting old. This is only the first track from his new material that we’ve heard. Give it time I am sure the complete package will make sense.

  67. Mad-On-Her January 14, 2013

    Wow, I quite liked it but I would have thought he would come back with an undeniable hit, rather than something that people would debate over. Although, it’s true that I remember a similar reception for Sexyback, this is a different age. Now if something from a high profile star doesn’t impress straight away it has practically no chance of picking up later.

  68. RICHANDBLACK11 January 14, 2013

    I like this no shade

  69. ENOUGH ONIKA (0 GRAMMY NOMS…) January 14, 2013

    Justin Justin Justin……….with ALL the hype around your comeback, THIS is what you thought would satisfy your fan base??? What in the rejected beat hell is this?? I official declare the music industry is in a “creative recession” because NO ONE is able to come out with anything worth buying post 2009. Ciara, Destiny’s Child, Ke$ha, Lil Wayne, Onika, Nelly Furtado, Ashanti, Kelly Rowland, Rita Whora, Christina Aguilera, Eve, Missy Elliot AND NOW Justin Timberlake are all official seated and positioned on the flop chart until further notice….

    • Mad-On-Her January 14, 2013

      Christina’s flop was nothing to do with the music not being good.

  70. Music Soul Harmony January 14, 2013

    Umm DC’s song Nuclear was recorded years ago therefore is not going to be a single. Why do people keep talking about that??? And I love the disco vibe of this song. Yesss. Get it Justin. Bought some Bee Gee’s type s*** back!

  71. Music Soul Harmony January 14, 2013

    Chile Boo! Robin Thicke was not the one that invented male falsettos. JT has been singing like that his whole career! *rolls eyes*

    • PYTFROMAL January 14, 2013

      I meant to touch on that as well. Why would JT be trying to imitate RT(whom I like as well) when he was doing this before RT. LOL.

  72. Everyone’s A Critic January 14, 2013

    I love it. His voice is the s**! It’s so feel good, it’s gonna have longetivity.

  73. Pop Royalty January 14, 2013

    my opinion : Average at Best.

    But I’m so happy he’s back , i can ignore my initial opinion above for it.

    WB J.T. 😀

  74. IDK January 14, 2013

    I like it.

  75. PYTFROMAL January 14, 2013

    Some of these comments are ridiculous. You cant blame the success of JT’s song on the fact that he is white. If you want the black artists to succeed then buy their music.It comes down to the supporters. Period. Anyway, the song is just OK. Maybe it will grow on me but I hope Justin comes with some End of Time/My Love/Sexyback type music! Heis capable of making dope music plus he is very talented.

  76. Suicide Blonde January 14, 2013

    It’s a nice song but not single material, there are rumors that this is a buzz single just to see how people react, i really hope this is true cuz i need him to kill those wannabes and not join the same club of Usher (once hot, not anymore) + i don’t like Jay-Z as a rapper, he has not emotions, btw those comparisons to Robin Thicke and Justin Bieber are ridiculous, anyway, i will wait for more music, i love him so just the fact that he is making music again makes me happy.

  77. Darren January 19, 2013

    Love it! It’s classy and brassy. I guarantee this is just a small taste of this amazing music to come. So glad Justin’s back.

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