Here’s some more future sex music we love the sound of: Justin Timberlake and FutureSex/LoveSounds producer Timbaland have been in the studio with dance-pop pioneers Duran Duran.
The collaboration is still in the early stages, but a spokesperson for Duran Duran said it will appear on the group’s upcoming album. “They are currently trying to schedule more time to get together again and finish the project,” the spokesperson said. A rep for Timberlake confirmed the collaboration but did not provide further details.
Duran Duran and an “extremely complimentary” Timberlake first met backstage at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards after the band was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award, according to the group’s spokesperson.
A year later, at the Brit Awards, Timberlake presented Duran Duran with the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award and later talked about collaborating with them. Duran Duran later decided against it in favor of recording Astronaut, which marked the first album in more than 20 years to feature the original five members (see “Duran Duran Skip Collaborations With Gwen, Justin To Focus On ’The Original Five’ “ ).
Duran Duran, who formed in 1980 and debuted their first single, “Planet Earth,” the following year, reconvened their original lineup in 2001. They toured in 2003 (see “Duran Duran Announce North American Tour Dates” ) and released a new album in 2004 that was three years in the making. Dallas Austin, Don Gilmore and Jason Nevins were among the producers who worked on Astronaut.
In other Justin news, the singer told reporters last week he plans to launch a tour in 2007.
“We’re going to begin in January in North America,” Timberlake said. “I don’t want to say too much about it, but with the creative ideas that I’ve come up with, it’s going to be an amazing show.”
Timberlake, who has yet to decide on the opening acts, admits that capturing the energy of his recent shows will be a challenge in the larger venues.
“The trick for me is to find a way to bring the vibe that we’ve created — myself and my band, with the club show — to an arena,” he said. “That’s definitely what I’m going after. Whether we can pull it off or not definitely remains to be seen.”
For more on Justin Timberlake check out the feature “Justin’s Future Shock.”