Justin Timberlake has announced his next studio album, titled Man of the Woods, will be released on Feb. 2.
Timberlake released an announcement video on Jan. 2, which features new music and an appearance from Pharrell Williams.
Williams and Timberlake appear in the studio with Williams exclaiming, “That is a smash.”
“This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any album I’ve ever written, where I’m from,” Timberlake says. “And it’s personal.”
The album teaser trailer includes clips of new music with prominent acoustic guitars and a voiceover promising that this grown and woodsy new Timberlake album sounds “like mountains, trees, campfires. Like Wild West, but… now.”
Some Timberlake fans took to Twitter to share their excitement about the new album.
— chels (@fgschelss) January 2, 2018
— Crystal (@crysc6mar) January 2, 2018
This is literally the best way to start the new year!!! pic.twitter.com/ixEppm8JAI
— Tacos Are Tasty (@JessicaSiler) January 2, 2018
— Patryk Filipek (@theReal_Patryk) January 2, 2018
— The Constant Runner (@RunnerConstant) January 2, 2018
Just saw Skateboard P in the Justin Timberlake album ad and my eyes did this pic.twitter.com/0awNwYqqR9
— Craig Bro Dude (@CraigSJ) January 2, 2018
Other fans were confused by the Sexy Back singer’s switch from R&B to folk-rock, with many comparing the teaser clip to the British band Mumford & Sons.
So Justin Timberlake is making an authentic folk album but he's having Pharrell produce it? The algebra seems off, but ok
— Ivie Ani (@ivieani) January 2, 2018
if there's not a three 6 mafia feature on the new justin timberlake album then i don't want it
— Shea Serrano (@SheaSerrano) January 2, 2018
“Justin Timberlake is rebranding as a white man” lmaoooooooo I’m SCREAMING.
— lil bougie vert 💅🏽 (@kaytbaybeee) January 2, 2018
Justin Timberlake doing a country album ??? pic.twitter.com/uveNLw5yVT
— Ahmed/Drakeo & 03 Greedo are the greatest (@big_business_) January 2, 2018
Call me when Justin Timberlake walks into the woods with a big shovel and digs up an apology to Janet Jackson.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) January 2, 2018
— Justin Timberlake News (@JTNEWSBRASIL) December 29, 2017
Listens to Bon Iver's "For Emma, Forever Ago" once. https://t.co/FhuiPeNsSW
— Allison P Davis (@AllisonPDavis) January 2, 2018
Siri is Justin Timberlake friends with Marcus Mumford https://t.co/Qqar33VdY9
— Sarah MacDonald (@sarahsmacdonald) January 2, 2018
so ur telling me justin timberlake went camping once and now he's a mumford and/or son?
— amy brown (@arb) January 2, 2018
Timberlake shared what might be the album cover on Instagram, featuring photos shot by Ryan McGinley.
Timberlake’s album release date is well-timed, as the singer is set to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show two days later on Feb. 4.
He will release the first single from Man of the Woods on Friday, Jan. 5.
Man of the Woods will mark Timberlake’s first LP since The 20/20 Experience in 2013.