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Saturday 23 August 2014

Timberlake sees why critics laughed

Justin Timberlake says he's not surprised critics didn't like his second album at first

Justin Timberlake has said he can understand why critics laughed at his album FutureSex/LoveSounds.

The 32-year-old singer was criticised for his second solo album where he said he tried to do something different.

In an interview with MySpace, Mirrors singer Justin said: "When I put it [FutureSex/LoveSounds] out, everybody was laughing at me - critics, radio programmers and to their credit, I understand why.

"But I wanted to do something different at that time. I wanted to do something that was like, this is like nothing I hear on the radio. That was my effort with that one.

"I got like terrible reviews on that record, and so to talk about it now... I just think that Tim [Timbaland] and I were onto something different and I just think that anytime you put out something different, it's polarising. And polarising is good, I think, because polarising starts a conversation."

The Social Network actor also talked about his collaboration with Jay-Z on new album The 20/20 Experience and their upcoming tour together.

He said: "I think he likes to do things for his fanbase that are special, as do I, and we just thought, we share a lot of the same style, actually. I bet we share a lot of the same fans, you know what I mean?

"I remembered artists like Billy [Joel] and Elton [John] went on tour together and you just see them mash up their songs together, and I said, that's what it has to be. We have to just go out on stage for two hours and just non-stop, kill it and then go have a beer or whatever.

"We're both on this thing where we're not into a lot of tricks. We just want to come play and fry everybody's face off with the songs and everybody have a great time. Almost festival style."

To read the full interview with Justin go to new.myspace.com.

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