Justin Timberlake is going country, y’all.
That’s nothing new. Timberlake is from Memphis, Tennessee and already began exploring his country roots with The Tennessee Kids on “That Girl” off 2013’s The 20/20 Experience and with “Drink You Away.” Timberlake performed the latter recently with country superstar Chris Stapleton at the Country Music Awards which helped rocket the song up the charts since its live television debut. In 2013, JT said of the track, “It’s a country song to me.”
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?