In a new cover story from Variety, Justin Timberlake says he's been back in the studio working with Pharrell. According to the article, the "Rock Your Body" collaborators will reunite on songs "with an eye on" an as-yet untitled fifth studio album.
The news follows an Instagram post from March, in which Timberlake hinted at the collab by posting a photo of the two in the studio together.
“Songwise, I think we’ve got a good solid six that are like, ‘Whoa, what was that? Play that again,’ says Justin in the interview. Pharrell, also interviewed in the piece, notes that their creative process will home in on a more personal, emotionally transparent vibe:
"For the biggest pop stars in the world, the place where they have the most trouble is honesty. It’s hard for them to know that the beauty of a record, the sweetest spot in the song, is where they show vulnerability," Pharrell explains, "And I think Justin is in the place where he’s mastering that right now.”
Being that the piece runs in Variety, the discussion also centers on Justin's work on a variety of film projects, including new films from Woody Allen and Jonathan Demme, plus Disney's new Trolls movie. There are also some quality anecdotes about Justin doing Justin-y stuff, like "a capella beat-boxed renditions" of Frank Ocean songs in a crowded restaurant. Read the full story here.