There are a few things I know for sure about Justin Timberlake: Country loves him, and he appreciates country.
And he’s been singing this music since he was a kid – contestant No. 122 – in talent shows.
So it seems likely that the former boy-bander and current massively-popular pop star would do a country album, especially since a shortened version of his “Drink You Away” is sitting on the desks of country radio bosses everywhere right now.
(Country newcomer David Fanning released his own version of that Timberlake tune back in 2014, but it peaked at No. 58 on the charts.)
“We are country: He’s from Tennessee, I’m from Virginia. It’s only right that we try to tap into what we was raised in. And we was raised in the country. That’s who we are,” he said.
And while he wouldn’t specify where they were in the process – are they shopping for outside songs, in songwriting sessions, in the recording studio – he did say that he already has a place to live in Nashville.
“I don’t discriminate no genres,” Timbaland explained. “It’s like one day you might like ice cream, one day you might want some apple pie.”
If country is the apple pie, and Timberlake is the one serving it, I’ll have a big slice of that.