Music icon Justin Timberlake returned to his roots with a live, free performance at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, Tennessee. Fans were treated not only to a show-stopping concert but also to the debut of Timberlake's latest single, "Selfish," and a sneak peek at his upcoming album.
This was a night to remember for both the artist and his hometown audience. The 42-year-old Grammy Award-winning artist, known for his dynamic stage presence and hit songs, graced the stage in a chic dark blue double-breasted suit paired with a navy T-shirt.
His appearance was polished, showcasing a neatly trimmed beard and dark blonde hair, complemented by a double string of white beads and sleek dark trainers. His stylish ensemble was a hit with the crowd, adding an extra flair to his charismatic performance.
Fans Brave Cold for Timberlake
Despite the freezing temperatures and light snow in Memphis, dedicated fans gathered in anticipation, capturing moments of the performance on their phones, eager to share the experience on social media.
Timberlake's new song "Selfish," which he performed live, delves into the complexities of relationship jealousy, with poignant lyrics that resonated with the audience: “Uh, 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”.
The reveal of "Selfish" marked Timberlake's first solo release since his 2018 album, "Man of the Woods," signaling a significant moment in his music career. But the surprises didn't stop there. The star also teased fans with a glimpse into his new album, "Everything I Thought I Was," elevating the excitement in the theatre.
The teaser for the album, seemingly inspired by Wes Anderson's "Asteroid City," captivated the audience. Narrated by Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro, it featured a toy vehicle approaching a petrol station in a desert setting.
Del Toro's voice adds a layer of intrigue as he comments, “Ooh, that’s a nice car! Wait, it’s a model. Did that say JT? OK, that sunset is definitely not real. Oh, there’s Justin!” The teaser builds suspense, leaving fans eagerly awaiting the release as it concludes with bold yellow text against a black backdrop: "Justin Timberlake Presents: Everything I Thought It Was." Timberlake's Memphis performance was more than just a concert; it was a multifaceted showcase of new music and artistic evolution, underscoring his enduring influence in the music industry.
The event not only highlighted his deep connection to his hometown but also set the stage for his next artistic chapter.