Justin Timberlake is set to release “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” on Sept. 30. The album is the second installment of a group of songs that the superstar created over a year ago. At the time, there was a chance that the material would never see the light of day.
“Tim and I went in (to the studio) over a year ago with Rob Knox, Jerome Harmon… a bunch of great producers,” said Timberlake via telephone on “The Ralphie Show,” referring to producer Timbaland. “I just told them, I said, ‘Look, I don’t have any expectations for this music even coming out. Let’s just write a bunch of music and have fun doing it and keep it to ourselves.”
Joking that the group prevented leaks by simply taking their hard drives or threatening people, Timberlake and company went to work. They produced 30 songs in 20 days without even a murmur that something was brewing. The result is “The 20/20 Experience” and an experience in creating music that pushed Timberlake into a new mindset.
“I actually think taking such a conscious break from ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ up until last year… you recharge your brain in a way where you come in with all of these ideas for songs,” he reflected of the process. “I think that’s why we ended up with so much material.”
Originally, “The 20/20 Experience” was to consist of 10 tracks on each of the proper, standard releases with bonus material on deluxe editions. The second LP now includes 11 songs on the final track listing because Timberlake simply wanted to share what he created. With the album and supporting solo tour on the horizon, the singer agreed that this entire year back in music has reinvigorated his interest and desire to write, record, release, and tour behind albums.
“I would go even further to say, yunno, it’s always been my first love,” Timberlake noted. “I feel like now we have something to say, and that’s why we decided this was the year to do it.”
ONE DIRECTION STAR COMES THROUGH FOR DUNMORE TEEN
Kelcey Hallinan is a Dunmore teen fighting for her life in Philadelphia’s Children Hospital due to a rare form of lymphoma. The cancer made the recent high school graduate so ill that she was unable to go through with a meet-and-greet that the Make-A-Wish foundation wanted to set-up with her and One Direction.
So, despite the boy band’s very busy schedule, Harry Styles found a way to reach Hallinan and lift her spirits – and he didn’t even have to hop on a plane.
The most recognizable member of 1D tweeted a message to the teen Sunday.
“Hi @kelceyhal it’s nice to ‘meet’ you,” the singer wrote. “I’m thinking about you.. And sending you all my love. H .xx.”
Over 72,000 people have “retweeted” the update, with over 100,000 users marking it as a “favorite tweet.” Kelcey had about 500 followers over the weekend. As of press time, she sits at above 30,000.
Styles didn’t stop there. According to WBRE, the star had a Skype chat with Kelcey on Monday and promised her that he would have a cancer ribbon tattooed on him in her honor.
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