Justin Timberlake Says He Might Hit The Studio 'This Summer'

'I haven't been hired for anything so I may hire myself to write some music,' says 'The Social Network' star.

Time and time again, [artist id="1231683"]Justin Timberlake[/artist], busy with acting, has said that he wasn't ready to return to the world of music. But with no forthcoming film gigs on his plate, it appears that the multi-talent is finally ready to make some new tunes.

"I think I may spend some time in the studio this summer," the 30-year-old singer/actor told E! Online's Marc Malkin at this year's Academy Awards.

As for why 2011 is the year to return to his musical roots, J.T.

explained that it's all a matter of scheduling as he hasn't signed on to any other project. "I'm unemployed right now," he admitted. "I haven't been hired for anything so I may hire myself to write some music. ... It's right around the corner."

While Timberlake hasn't put out a solo album since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds, the pop star has collaborated with a range of other artists, including Madonna, Rihanna and Ciara, on their material. In November, Drake also teased a possible collaboration with the pop megastar, saying, "I've always wanted to work with him and it's in the works right now; me and Justin Timberlake will probably have a song soon."

Just a few months ago, Timberlake opened up about his fans' response to his shifting career trajectory. "They're looking at me like, 'Why aren't you staying with one path?' " he told the Los Angeles Times. "They look at me like I'm ungrateful for my music career because I want to do film."

The pop star explained that he wanted to hold off on recording new music to develop his ideas. "I want to conceptualize something a little bit more," he said. "And it's probably because of the experience I'm having working with directors and screenwriters and getting to play cool characters. If that means I come up with, like, my version of 'Ziggy Stardust,' so be it. Who knows? What I've learned from acting in movies, I want to apply to music and see what happens."

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