It’s not a new album, but it looks like we’ll have to stop teasing Justin Timberlake for being lazy. JT’s new single, “Follow My Lead,” debuted on MySpace Music on Tuesday (November 18). The tune is a fundraiser for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and it features vocals from the first signing to Timberlake’s Tennman Records, Internet sensation Esmée Denters, who appeared with her new boss at “Total Finale Live” on Sunday night.
The funky track was recorded live at the recent [artist id="1231683"]Justin Timberlake[/artist] and Friends concert benefiting the Shriners Hospitals for Children. It opens with a rap-style intro from Timberlake, followed by Denters’ powerful Rihanna-meets-Beyoncé-style vocals. Timberlake pitches in on the empowering chorus, “Listen to me/ Love is a song/ I’ll be the melody/ You be my drum/ Follow my lead, we’ll go where no one goes.”
Timberlake shakes off the rust mid-song as well, reprising his opening verse: “Hands up, I show you what I do, I got my stance up/ Everybody knows this is the anthem/ Everybody knows this is the anthem,” over a funky live drumbeat and snaky keyboard line.
The tune is currently available for purchase for 99 cents, but MySpace Music users can also add it to their playlist for free.
Timberlake, who hasn’t released a new album since 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, has been creeping back into the spotlight recently. He gave a rave-worthy pair of cameos on last weekend’s “Saturday Night Live,” can currently be heard in a guest spot on T-Pain’s remix of “Can’t Believe It” and appears in the video for Rihanna’s “Rehab,” which he co-wrote. He also recently took the stage with Madonna in Los Angeles , though the night ended without him collaborating with his ex, Britney Spears, who also appeared at the gig.
A spokesperson for Timberlake said he’s not currently working on a solo record but is in the studio writing and producing songs for Denters as well as Tennman Records artists Matt Morris, Free Sol and Brenda Radney.