Justin Timberlake sent the Internet into a frenzy back in August after he uploaded a video in the studio jamming with Lizzo on a assumed potential collaboration.
In a new interview with Entertainment Tonight, the crooner chatted about how the link-up came to be. “To be honest, I just called my publishers and I said, ‘You know, I just want to work with young, fresh people and I want to collaborate more'”, he explained.
“I’ve been songwriting and producing for so long, I want to experience that energy and I want to work with people that I think are truly amazing”, he continued, before adding that he also worked with SZA and Meek Mill. “I’m having these experiences that are fueling me in such a different way and, again, I think it was really birthed out of feeling like, ‘What can I do right now to just be a part of my community and integrate?'”
As for the “Truth Hurts” rapper in particular, Timberlake recalled meeting her at the Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony. “I was like, ‘I’m such a fan if you ever want to write’, and she thought I was lying. And we got in and we got a couple of ideas—I don’t know when they’re gonna come out but they’re pretty good”.
And though he wouldn’t give much info on the duo’s new tunes, he revealed that “it’s flames, it’s so good”.
Justin Timberlake is ready for fans to hear his new music!
ET’s Brooke Anderson caught up with the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” crooner in Memphis, Tennessee, to talk about working with Lizzo, family life and his new projects, including joining the kids of Stax Academy as part of the Levi’s Music Project for a songwriting workshop.In Monday’s episode of ET, Timberlake spills all the details about what he’s been up to, and we have a sneak peek.
“I just called my publishers and I said, ‘You know, I just want to work with young, fresh people, and I want to collaborate more”, Timberlake explained. “I’ve been songwriting and producing for so long — I want to experience that energy, and I want to work with people that I think are truly amazing”.
That includes working with Lizzo, whom Timberlake met at the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and approached about getting in the studio together.
“I think she thought I was lying, but we got in and we got a couple of ideas”, he teased. “I’m not going to tell you too much about what we did together in the studio. If she wants to tell you she can, but it’s flames. It is so good. I am so excited about it”.
Back in August, Timberlake shared a video of him and Lizzo in the studio, getting fans excited about a collaboration.
“I worked with SZA the other day and just worked with Meek Mill”, he shared. “I’m having these experiences that are fueling me in such a different way and, again, I think it was really birthed out of feeling like, what can I do right now to just be a part of my community and integrate”.
The 38-year-old singer is not only working on new music, but he’s also created an entire song lab in collaboration with Levi’s at Stax Academy.
“This is the song lab, but this is not the only one”, he said while showing off the impressive room. “This is specific to these instruments, and there’s other rooms where they get to work with things hooked up to their laptops, and they can program music as well. I want them to make live music and sequence music and bring it all together”.
The father of one also hopes that the kids who enter the song lab are “able to make their music as well”. “I want them to be able to cover Aretha Franklin and Otis Redding, but I also want them to be able to sample them and turn it into something else”, he expressed.Timberlake will also be launching his new Levi’s Fresh Leaves fall collection on Tuesday.