American pop icon Justin Timberlake has once again captured the hearts of music enthusiasts with the release of his new track "Selfish," simultaneously announcing the eagerly awaited release date of his upcoming album, "Everything I Thought It Was." At 42, Timberlake reaffirms his musical prowess with this romantic lead single, marking his triumphant return to the solo music scene after a five-year hiatus.
The former *NSYNC member recently treated fans to a live debut of "Selfish" at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, his hometown. Further heightening anticipation, Timberlake shared a snippet of his album trailer on Instagram, much to the delight of his followers.
The new track, enveloped in romantic undertones, vividly portrays a lover's profound devotion and unguarded vulnerability. Its lyrics, "So if I get jealous, I can’t help it / I want every bit of you, I guess I’m selfish / It’s bad for my mental, but I can’t fight it, when / You’re out lookin’ like you do, but you can’t hide it, no," resonate deeply with anyone who has experienced the intensity of love.
Selfish Video: Surreal Love
The music video for "Selfish," directed by Bradley Calder, adds a layer of visual storytelling to the song. In the video, Timberlake, known for his hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!," is seen entering a small door on a soundstage, leading him into a surreal space where he appears as a colossal figure, scrambling to answer a red phone affixed to a wall.
This imaginative concept parallels the song's theme of overwhelming emotions in love. Fans can look forward to the release of "Everything I Thought It Was" on March 15 via RCA Records. This album is Timberlake's first since the 2018 release of "Man Of The Woods," which received high praise from NME.
In addition to his musical endeavors, Timberlake is set to grace the stage as the musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" on January 27, with Dakota Johnson as the guest host. This appearance marks his first return to the show since December 2013.
Timberlake, a five-time host and six-time performer on SNL, including his debut with *NSYNC in 2000, also made headlines recently with the band's comeback single "Better Place," their first in over two decades. In a contrasting note, comedian Katherine Ryan recently criticized Timberlake for his past interactions with pop stars Britney Spears and Janet Jackson, calling him "a grubby little eel face." This comment adds a layer of controversy to Timberlake's otherwise triumphant return to the music scene.