Justin Timberlake announces new album ‘Man of the Woods’

Just in time for his Super Bowl halftime performance, Justin Timberlake has new music on the way.

The pop star announced Tuesday morning that he has an album called Man of the Woods hitting shelves Feb. 2, and the first single will drop this Friday. It’s been four and a half years since Timberlake’s last album, The 20/20 Experience was released, and from the one-minute teaser video, it looks like we’re in for a crunchier version of Timberlake than the one who brought us “Suit and Tie.”

The video is full of American nature imagery: snow-capped mountains and campfires, herds of wild horses and tall grass. At one point, someone literally says, “It feels so earthy.”

“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve written, where I’m from,” he explains in the voiceover. “It’s personal.”

As Vulture’s Jesse David Fox joked on Twitter: “Impersonates Bon Iver on SNL once.”

The Super Bowl airs Sunday Feb. 4, just two days after the album drops, so it’s safe to say some of these new songs will make their way to Timberlake’s halftime performance.

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.