Last week Justin Timberlake teased us all with a video showing him walking through a house and into a recording studio. After a long narration about how he’s not giving up music and he needs to let it come to him, he ends the video by putting on headphones and saying simply, “I’m ready.” With a countdown clock and all, everyone guessed that he was ready to release new music, and now it’s here. JT’s “Suit & Tie” was released this past Monday at midnight. The only question now is, what do you think of it?
If you were to ask that question shortly after waking up Tuesday morning, you’d have the answer. The song quickly took over the top spot on iTunes, even beating out Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” The song even beat out Justin’s previously biggest hit, “Sexy Back,” in downloads — a total of 310,078. But were fans just eager to hear new music from JT? And are they happy now that they have?
Initially, they weren’t, taking to Twitter to ask why the music was so different this time around, and practically begging JT to bring either bring back his old style, or go back to the big screen. To be fair, Justin’s newest hit is definitely different than what fans were expecting. It’s part jazz, part disco, part R&B, and part hip hop all at the same time. But that’s what growing as an artist is all about, isn’t it?
The one weak (very weak) portion of the song is actually Jay-Z, who comes in to spit some lines for JT; but it’s clear that he doesn’t need the support. Compared to Jay’s other work, this clearly wasn’t his best and seemed very much like a half-hearted attempt. That’s most likely because he’s a busy man, attending presidential inaugurations and taking care of Blue Ivy. Still though, can JT really be blamed for that?
Fans don’t seem to think so, as Jay’s lackluster rap style hasn’t stopped them from continuing to scoop this single up; or from practically demanding that JT release his newest album ASAP. It’s clear that fans have just wanted him back and now that he’s here, fans aren’t going to let him go again!
If you haven’t yet, check out Justin’s “Suit & Tie” here!