Third Justin Timberlake album overdue

By Zachary Gray

This week, Justin Bieber’s new single “Boyfriend” was released on iTunes. Although it is number one on the singles charts, there has been much criticism to the song. Many fans and critics have said the song sounds similar to another Justin in the music industry. The mention of the former ‘N SYNC star got me thinking: why hasn’t Justin Timberlake recorded a new album?

Born in Memphis, Tenneesee, Timberlake has been part of the music industry since ‘N SYNC’s early beginnings in 1995. The boy-band’s first and self-titled album dropped in 1998, selling over 11 million copies. ‘N SYNC’s second album, No Strings Attached, was released in March of 2000. It became the fastest-selling album of all-time, with 2.4 million copies sold in its first week. In 2011, the band released its third album, Celebrity. ‘N SYNC dissolved in 2002.

But Timberlake would continue his musical career, as he released his first solo album, Justified, in 2002. The album features hits such as “Rock Your Body” and “Cry Me A River.” The album was a successful solo debut, as it sold over seven million copies.

Justified, Timberlake's debut solo album

Timberlake’s second album is arguably his best work. FutureSex/LoveSounds, released in 2006, turns away from the boy-band beginings to an adult feel. The album is simply about sexiness, as funky bass lines and smooth vocals make this album irresistible. Some of the hits include “Sexyback,” “My Love,” and “What Goes Around…Comes Around.”

After his second album, Timberlake went on to make appearances in several songs, including Madonna’s “4 Minutes” and 50 Cent’s “Ayo Technology.” Yet JT hasn’t released his own material since his 2006 album. Instead of releasing new music, Timberlake is focusing on his acting career, which isn’t exactly as successful as his singing.

What JT needs to do is get back in the studio instead of acting. Music needs him more than ever, as auto-tune and “artists” like Justin Bieber are taking over the airwaves. As much as I love listening to his two albums, I’m still craving for a third.

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