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Justin Timberlake To Release “20/20 Experience” Sequel This Fall

For some artists, it’s apparently feast or famine. After a seven-year hiatus from releasing new music (during which he ventured into several acclaimed acting roles), superstar Justin Timberlake made a highly respectable comeback earlier this year with the release of The 20/20 Experience. Even then, we were hearing reports that Timberlake had been extremely productive in the studio preparing for 20/20 and had actually come up with far too much material for just one album.

Turns out the reports were true. Never mind the fact that 20/20 is the top-selling album of the year so far—there’s still more to come. This week, Timberlake unveiled an 11-track listing for The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is now set for a September 30 release. The follow-up album’s first single “Take Back the Night” (which almost prompted a lawsuit from an anti-rape foundation bearing the same name) is already sitting at No. 38 on the Billboard Top 100.

Track names on the new LP like “Murder” and “True Blood” (compared to tamer titles like “Strawberry Bubblegum,” “Suit and Tie” and “That Girl” on the first installment) suggest that part 2 might carry some darker themes compared to its predecessor. In a conversation with Rolling Stone, Timberlake’s manager Johnny Wright suggests this was intentional, that songs were grouped for the two releases according to mood. “For me, the first half is about new love, the honeymoon, when you’re just getting into a relationship,” Wright tells Rolling Stone. “And when you get to the second part, the relationship is established and things are going on.”

The full track list for The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 can be found below, as well as a video for the single “Take Back the Night.” The album is available for pre-order on iTunes.


Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)
True Blood
Take Back the Night
Drink You Away
You Got It On
Only When I Walk Away
Not A Bad Thing


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Tim Ferrar's interest in pop and rock started as a child, listening to Top-40 radio for hours on end while playing air guitar in his bedroom. Eventually air guitar led to electric guitar, and Tim began playing in bands and writing his own songs. With an admitted weakness for "a great hook or a great guitar riff," Tim's musical tastes are broad and varied, ranging from Michael Jackson and Lady Gaga on the pop side to Bon Jovi and Foo Fighters on the rock side- making him the ideal guy to cover our Rock and Pop categories. By day, Tim is a mild-mannered accountant in Chicago. By night, he rocks out on electric guitar in a cover band in various clubs around town- much to the surprise of some of his clients.

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