Justin Timberlake Says Rihanna's New Songs Are 'Awesome'

'She's grown up a little bit and she has things that she can say,' Timberlake says of the content of Rihanna's new album.

[artist id="1940303"]Rihanna[/artist] has been in the studio lately crafting her forthcoming album, working with everyone from Tricky Stewart, All-American Reject Tyson Ritter, Norwegian production team Stargate and Justin Timberlake. With fans eager for the new release, we got a few more details on what to expect from the tunes.

Timberlake spoke to MTV News Saturday at the second annual Justin Timberlake & Friends Concert in Las Vegas, and told us his new songs with Rihanna are not just a rehash of what fans heard on Good Girl Gone Bad, but instead a whole new sound for the singer.

"I think she's got, like, a million people writing songs for her, but the ones that we worked on she's grown up a little bit and she has things that she can say," he explained. "So that's what we tried to do — craft things that are that of a young woman."

Timberlake added that because of the huge success of her last album, Rihanna wants to make sure she isn't pigeonholed into one sound or vibe. "She broke onto the scene so hard with the last record — to have that many songs on the charts is impressive," he said. "I think that the smartest thing she's doing is not trying to emulate what she did but move forward ... I've heard some of the stuff on the record and it's awesome."

In related Rihanna news, a rep for the singer confirmed that she shot her new video over the weekend in New York City, but declined to elaborate on concept details, title or producers for the record.