Justin Timberlake’s second single may or may not be about his old flame.
“Cry Me a River,” which the ‘NSYNC star co-wrote with producers Timbaland and Scott Storch (Dr. Dre, Pink), addresses relationship woes, but that’s about all the singer will reveal.
“I’m not going to specifically say if any song is about anybody,” Timberlake insisted recently in New York. “I will say writing a couple of songs on the record helped me deal with a couple of things. To me songs are songs. They can stem from things that completely happened to you personally or they can stem from ideas that you think could happen to you.”
While Justified, due November 5, is jam-packed with dancefloor ditties, like the first single, “Like I Love You,” there are moments where Justin wears his heart on his sleeve. “Cry Me a River” and “Last Night” are the most obvious examples.
“It was therapeutic, completely,” Timberlake said of recording the tracks. “I got some stuff off my chest, I got some ideas down that I wanted to try. So creatively, personally, spiritually, physically, mentally, sexually, it was a very satisfying experience.”
Timberlake is filming the video for “Cry Me a River” in Malibu, California, this week with veteran director Francis Lawrence, best know for his Aerosmith epics and for staging a car crash in P.O.D.’s “Alive” (see “VMA Lens Recap: The Story Behind P.O.D.’s ‘Alive’ “ ). Neither Timberlake’s nor Lawrence’s publicists would reveal the concept of the clip.
The video will debut November 25, while the single is slated to hit airwaves November 11, according to Jive Records.
Timberlake has lined up a bevy of appearances to promote Justified, including Thursday on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,” November 4 on “20/20,” November 5 on “TRL”, November 7 on BET’s “106 & Park” and November 8 on “The Today Show.”
For a feature interview with Timberlake, see “Justin Timberlake: Justify My Love.”