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Justin Timberlake Launches New Album

Justin Timberlake Launches New Album

It's been four years since Justin Timberlake released his multi-platinum solo debut Justified. Before he went into the studio to begin work on FutureSex/LoveSounds,...

Justin Timberlake Launches New Album

  1. 01FutureSex/LoveSound(4:02)
  2. 02SexyBack(4:02)
  3. 03Sexy Ladies(3:58)
  4. 04My Love(6:10)
  5. 05LoveStoned/I Think She Knows Interlude(7:24)
  6. 06What Goes Around...Comes Around Interlude(7:28)
  7. 07Chop Me Up(5:04)
  8. 08Damn Girl(5:12)
  9. 09Summer Love(4:12)
  10. 10Until the End of Time(7:33)
  11. 11Losing My Way(5:22)
  12. 12(Another Song) All Over Again(5:45)

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It's been four years since Justin Timberlake released his multi-platinum solo debut Justified. Before he went into the studio to begin work on FutureSex/LoveSounds, which comes out September 12, he told MTV News that he "got over my own ego" and enlisted creative partners both old and new. Here are some behind-the-scenes facts about Justin's new album:

Timberlake described the album's first single, "SexyBack," as David Bowie and David Byrne covering James Brown's "Sex Machine." The song "began with Timbaland messing around," he recalled. "He gets in the studio and he looks like a mad scientist. There was no real formula as to how we were doing it except that it was just free-flowing. I was like, 'I'm bringing sexy back,' and he goes, 'Yeah!' -- we just flowed from there."

"What Goes Around Comes Around" could be misinterpreted as the sequel to Justified's Britney Spears-inspired "Cry Me a River," but Timberlake insists it was "specifically written about a friend of mine." The moody song about a relationship gone wrong was produced by frequent Timberlake collaborator Timbaland, and includes the biting lyric "I was ready to give you my name."

"(Another Song) All Over Again" is the only track Justin recorded with producer Rick Rubin -- a pairing suggested by Chris Rock -- to make the album. The song is an homage to Justin's "all-time favorite singer." "[Rubin] said, 'If you were to write a song for [the late] Donny Hathaway, what would it sound like?'" Justin recalled. "'Sing it and make it your own.'" Timberlake's friend and fellow former Mouseketeer Matt Morris co-wrote the track.

"Losing My Way" tackles the most serious subject matter on FutureSex/LoveSounds -- it was inspired by a documentary about a person's drug abuse. "All of [the album's other] songs are obviously motivated by sex and love," Timberlake said, "and then I watched that documentary and I just sat there and soaked up all of it. It was a specific story about someone who lost his relationship with his wife and daughter, but on the surface, he didn't look like someone you would assume with an abuse problem would look like. It just struck a chord with me."

"My Love," the album's second single, is a slow and saucy Timbaland track that features rapper T.I. "The second hook finished and I said, 'Oh, a rapper would sound good on this,' and Tim goes, 'Yeah,'" Justin recalled. "It was Tim's idea to get T.I., and he was so freakin' white hot, I didn't know if he would say yes, and I am so thankful that he did."

FutureSex/LoveSounds also includes cameos by Three 6 Mafia and Timbaland on "Chop Me Up" and Will.I.Am on "Damn Girl." Justin also produced tracks on the disc on his own and with Will.I.Am.

Timberlake says the entire album reflects the influence that Bowie and late INXS frontman Michael Hutchence have had on him: "What I love about them is I felt like they were capturing something raw and unrehearsed, and that was something that I wanted to take."

-- Caryn Ganz, with reporting by John Norris -- Provided by MTV News