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Justin Timberlake emulates Steve Jobs in new ‘Filthy’ video

It's the first single from his new album, 'Man of the Woods.'


Bryan Rolli


Posted on Jan 5, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 5:56 am CDT

Justin Timberlake released a video for his new song “Filthy” on Friday morning, squashing any speculation about whether he’s making a full transition to country with his upcoming album, Man of the Woods.

The Mark Romanek-directed video shows Timberlake, dressed as a Steve Jobs figure, giving a presentation at the Pan-Asian Deep Learning Conference in Malaysia in 2028. The singer introduces a robot and leads it through a series of dance moves that grow increasingly elaborate and risqué. The routine culminates in a half-dozen scantily clad women simulating sex with the robot, earning a standing ovation from the previously conservative audience.

Musically, “Filthy” sounds right at home next to other JT smash hits such as “Suit & Tie” and “SexyBack,” as fat guitar riffs give way to a slinky bass line, digitized drum beats and pounding electronic flourishes. Timberlake delivers a sensual, understated vocal performance, proclaiming, “Haters gonna say it’s fake; so real.”

Man of the Woods arrives Feb. 2, marking Timberlake’s first full-length album since 2013’s The 20/20 Experience. It will feature production from Timbaland and the Neptunes, as well as guest appearances by Chris Stapleton and Alicia Keys. Timberlake will likely give some of the upcoming songs a live debut during his Super Bowl halftime show performance on Feb. 4.

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*First Published: Jan 5, 2018, 8:27 am CST