Feb. 2 marked two years since Justin Timberlake’s Man of the Woods album arrived, and it seems there may be new Justin Timberlake music on the horizon — and that Max Martin is involved.
Timberlake posted four studio photos to Instagram on Wednesday (Feb. 19), including one shot with the Swedish superproducer. But as fans may notice, JT’s pic with Martin, as well as another photo, feature a little blue troll.
That troll is Tiny Diamond, a new character from Trolls World Tour, the sequel to the wildly popular animated film Trolls, for which Timberlake curated the soundtrack. Timberlake will also be serving as executive producer for the second Trolls compilation, and from the looks of it, Martin will be involved this time around as well (he co-wrote and co-produced four tracks on the Trolls soundtrack, including Timberlake’s Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 “Can’t Stop the Feeling”).
The “Sexyback” singer has been teasing studio sessions with several superstars since last May, sharing behind-the-scenes pics and footage with Lizzo, Anderson .Paak and Haim.
One week before posting his pic with Martin, Timberlake unveiled the track listing for the Trolls World Tour soundtrack, which has 20 tracks and will also feature Kelly Clarkson, Mary J Blige, SZA and Icona Pop.
Though Timberlake hasn’t revealed any plans to release non-Trolls music this year, he did just team up with Meek Mill on the inspirational track “Believe” that arrived on Feb. 7. Here’s hoping Timberlake’s time with Martin spawned some other Justin Timberlake bangers.
Trolls World Tour is due to hit theaters on April 17.