Timberlake's "Drink You Away" was already shipped off to country radio.
He's not alone. The song saw a huge demand on country radio – a shortened, four-minute version (from five-and-a-half) of the song was sent out for distribution in the last week.
This was the spark Timberlake needed to pursue country full force. According to producer Timbaland, who's played a key role in all of Justin's albums beginning with 2002's Justified, they have plans to make a country record.
"We are country. He’s from Tennessee and I’m from Virginia. We were raised in the country,” Timbaland tells TMZ Live.
"I gotta tap into country. I’m already posted up in Nashville. I don’t discriminate against any genres. I love it all."
When asked if he and Timberlake were making a country record, Tim responded: "You know what? Now that you put it out there... why not?"
The move from pop to country is giving us Gaga teas. She successfully crafted a jazz record with Tony Bennett, which landed at No. 1 on the charts and introduced younger fans to the original form of pop. Who's to say JT can't do the same?