Justin Timberlake Distances Himself From ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ / Says He “Never” Would Have Written It For Himself

Published: Monday 5th Oct 2020 by Sam

‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ was the song the world couldn’t escape. But, as it turns out, one person who wishes they could is none other than the man who sings it – Justin Timberlake. 

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JT sat down with Zane Lowe recently to discuss his biggest hits on Apple Music‘s Essentials. 

When the 2016 chart-topping ‘Trolls’ soundtrack single was brought up, he offered a surprising response. One that saw him distance his artistry away from the song.

Speaking about ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling,’ he explained:

“This song trips me out. It is not something I would have ever written for myself. Again, this is a song I don’t feel is mine. Honestly. Because we wrote it for this movie. It just turns out that they said “no, you have to sing it [too]. And I was like ‘ok.”

Timberlake isn’t the first nor will he be the last to open up about having an aversion to some of his own cornerstone hits.

His words are drenched in a coating of irony, though. Because ‘Can’t Stop The Feeling’ is his last “hit-hit” to date.

2018’s ‘Man of the Woods’ album yielded two #9 charting singles in ‘Filthy’ and ‘Say Something,’ but struggled to move the needle much beyond that.

As reported, he’s working on new music with both Timabland and Pharrell Williams. So, he’ll no doubt be hoping his incoming material sets the charts ablaze.

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  1. Only Facts October 5, 2020

    Distancing yourself from the last hit of your career? Fool. Does he realize we do not fux with him? APOLOGIZE TO JANET! APOLOGIZE TO BRITNEY! APOLOGIZE TO YOUR WIFE! APOLOGIZE TO MARSHA AMBROSIUS! APOLOGIZE TO JESSICA SIMPSON! The list goes on and on…and on…and on. Hell, apologize to the entire black community! He is a disgusting human being and my sympathy for him is NON-EXISTENT!

    • Nicky October 5, 2020

      Exactly! Hate this dude with a passion

    • Anne October 5, 2020

      Don’t forget he disrespected Prince as well, before his death (the ‘when was the last time you were on the charts’ comment) AND after his death (the Super bowl/hologram/video episode).

      • Only Facts October 5, 2020

        Damn. I forgot about that.

    • Lmfao_Hoe October 5, 2020

      Don’t forget Cameron Diaz

      • Only Facts October 5, 2020

        Forgot about this too! He’s disgusting. Surprised his career lasted as long as it did TBH

    • SLH October 5, 2020

      Apologize to Marsha Ambrosius for what? You guys are crazy! Britney and Janet are not thinking about this guy and he already apologized to his wife.

      • #WAP October 5, 2020

        She sang cry me a river and didn’t get acknowledged

    • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(da Nasty one👵🏿) October 5, 2020

      Only flop! U dumb ho! Britney was cheating on JT first. Cry me a river. Apologize for what???? U can go kiss my savage black a-s-s💅🏿💅🏿💅🏿.

      • 🍭marilyn monh-O-E🍭(da Nasty one👵🏿) October 5, 2020

        You thirsty. Boy bye. 😂😂💁🏼‍♀️🖕🏻🖕🏻💋

      • Milliv October 6, 2020

        YES YES YES !!!!! He has Nothing to apologize for. Damn sure not Janet and Brittany was the one cheating. So y’all can all forget it.

  2. Clarks0o0ñ October 5, 2020

    Gurl, this song gave u are number one
    Gave u an oscar nomination
    And won u a Grammy.

    Be grateful
    I know ur trying to be cool by distancing yourself from this song cause it sounds like a kids bop but u should be grateful

    Instead of downing this song, disown the entire man of the woods albums

    Disown take back the night.

  3. tyty October 5, 2020

    Typical Jt always distancing himself from something that helped boost his career…he ditched the urban crowd when it suited him, ditched Janet Jackson to save himself and constantly ditches his wife for a new flavour of the week.

    • SLH October 5, 2020

      He never ditched the urban crowd.

  4. eric October 5, 2020

    Just be appreciative and say, “I had no plans to record it, but I’m fortunate that I did and that this song became a hit for me.” His attitude stinks.

    • i hate whhyy n blll bitchh October 5, 2020

      that is called being blessed a******

  5. Haterz Gon’ Hate October 5, 2020

    This clown just exposed himself that at this point in his career he STILL doesn’t call the shots and his label is TELLING HIM what to do 😬😬😬 Like dude if not now when will you have artistic control? It’s not like you’re going to outpeak any of your previous releases. Now it’s clear Man of the Caravan Park was probably dictated to him to record and release as well as the label saw it as the only viable route for his career at that point. It’s only downhill from here Justina cash them royalty cheques and patent a gym for the face!!! 🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️🤷🏾‍♂️

    • 1988 October 5, 2020

      You have no clue what you are talking about. 🙂 And why are you pressed about someone who has already sold more albums than most of these new artists can or will ever dream of? Justin Timberlake has already had the BEST SELLING BILLBOARD ALBUM OF THE YEAR TWICE. Once with NSYNC and once solo. That is very hard to achieve (and twice for that matter!). 🙂 I’ll wait to see the next solo male that will sell 968,000 in PURE ALBUMS the first week and I will be happy to congratulate them on doing so no matter who it is. Now let’s talk boy bands. Even BTS will NEVER sell 2.4 Million PURE ALBUMS IN THE USA the first week like NSYNC…..lol.

      You keep looking at those “peaks”……LMFAO

  6. 1988 October 5, 2020

    Your S*** fans are ready for the new JT songs. Don’t worry about the Trolls (pun intended). 🙂

    • 1988 October 5, 2020

      S…E….X…Y…..and I mean it! Good lord! 🙂

  7. Moose’s Wig October 5, 2020

    He’s an idiot. Never like him. Always felt like he was a poser.

  8. Fast Persuader October 5, 2020

    Justin Timberlake, humbly stfu.
    Be thankful for the black coattails on which you have been
    beyond fortunate enough to ride and feed your family.

  9. me October 5, 2020

    He can get it. 💋

  10. Ropeburn October 5, 2020

    This is some clickbait ish. He’s not saying he’s ashamed of it or that the song is beneath him. He’s simply saying that the song is not a “Justin Timberlake” brand song. It was written specifically for the Trolls movie with the characters in mind. Ya’ll be reaching like a mf.

    • 1988 October 5, 2020

      Thank you Ropeburn! I was about to say the exact same thing! Intelligent minds think alike! 🙂

      What I wrote: These comments are taking this way too seriously (as usual). JT was only being completely open and honest. He co-wrote the song for the MOVIE (a children’s movie at that!) and I guess he didn’t imagine his character (in the movie) would be the one that was going to sing it until the movie studio (or screenwriters) decided his character would be lead on it. He didn’t distance himself from the song like the title says AT ALL. He only said he wouldn’t write a song like that for HIMSELF (for a studio album). He obviously likes the song as he co-wrote it…lol.

      Now I wonder what they would say if he said, “it’s my career best and most favorite song of all-time”….we all know what they would say. HATERS!

  11. Angela October 5, 2020

    Wow too bad because,in our house from age 60 to 1year “we can’t stop the feeling”
    We dance to it nearly every day! Makes us happy. Thanks anyway its our c********** staying inside happy dance song! Thanks anyway Justin!

    • Angela October 5, 2020

      What wrong with say the virius name?

      • Lindareyes128 October 7, 2020

        We do the same thing to, at least once a day! My 4 year old loves to dance to it and my 6 month old loves watching us and listening to the song!

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  12. Lisette October 6, 2020

    I seen a youtube video back in 2017 he says he wrote the song for his son. So did he write it or not?

  13. Rosemarie Gumpert October 6, 2020

    I am sorry justin This is so amazing , when my daughter is down and uninspired we play this song, and gives her that will to keep going. We are homeless and have been for a year. I just played it for her, and it brought her spirit back to not give up. This song is so you. Nobody else could sing it like you. You give people that good feeling Dont say you shouldn’t have sang this song. It is so you with your personality. She saw you when she was 10 with n’sync and then with Christina. My daughter loves your music. Living in a car and hearing that song just makes us want to get up dance. Eventhough we cant dance. I am saying thank you for this song .

    • Khangwelo October 6, 2020

      Why do Americans advertise being homeless like its in fashion. Where i come from you dont go around announcing your problems like that.

      I’m just sayin’…

      • BYTI October 7, 2020

        Is there something wrong with the OP being honest and giving context? Also if y’all (whatever country it is you’re from) have homeless people and they aren’t letting people know theyre homeless how will someone know to give them the help they do obviously need? Or maybe your country has no homelessness issue, in which case come up off of some of that bread or tell us what country you’re in so we can try to get in and get one of those houses/flats/apartments/cottages/government provided housing that you’re over there enjoying.

    • Thatguy October 7, 2020

      Jt and Christina concerts were in 2002. If she was 10 then. Why is your 28 yr old daughter still living with you while you’re homeless?

  14. Derby lee Preston October 7, 2020

    Don’t want to be included here due to a brief scan of comments that were so negative …. having little to do with Justin’s music and too much to do with their opinion of his personal or non Musical achievements

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