In a stunning artistic evolution, Justin Timberlake, formerly of NSYNC fame and Britney Spears' ex, has released a new music video for his song "Selfish," showcasing a bold new direction in his career. This latest single, co-written by Timberlake himself, is a highlight from his album "Everything I Thought It Was," which debuted in 2018 as a follow-up to the less favorably received "Man Of The Woods." "Selfish," a romantic ballad, reveals a more intimate and vulnerable side of Timberlake.
With lyrics like "I want every bit of you—I guess I'm selfish," the song captures a yearning and deep emotional resonance. The music video further complements this narrative, featuring Timberlake in a form-fitting white t-shirt that emphasizes his toned physique, adding a visual depth to the song's heartfelt lyrics.
Interestingly, the title "Selfish" echoes a song from 2011 by Britney Spears, Timberlake's former partner. Spears' recent memoir, which candidly discusses their past relationship, adds a layer of complexity to Timberlake's choice of song title and theme.
Timberlake's Vulnerable Expression
In a poetic turn of lyrics, Timberlake croons, "Cause your lips were made for mine, and my heart would go flatline if it wasn't beatin' for you all the time," encapsulating a sense of romantic urgency.
This single was first performed live by Timberlake at a show in Memphis, adding to the anticipation ahead of its official release on Thursday. During an insightful interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music, Timberlake revealed the inspiration behind "Selfish." He shared that the song was influenced by John Lennon's "Jealous Guy." Timberlake elaborated on the significance of the song's emotional transparency, stating, "We were talking about the song itself and just breaking down the idea that you just don't hear that from men often, that they would express an emotion that makes them vulnerable,” as reported by ABC.
As this new single makes its way through the charts, it not only marks a turning point in Justin Timberlake's musical journey but also signifies a more introspective and sincere artistic expression, resonating with audiences seeking depth and authenticity in music.