For a hot minute, it looked like Justin Timberlake was finally in the studio working on his much-much-much-anticipated third album. Producer Jim Beanz, who notably co-wrote Britney Spears’ “Gimme More,” updated UK site Digital Spy about progress being made on Timbaland’s “Shock Value 3,” a project that Timberlake is helping with.
“It’s still in the early stages, but they have a lot of tracks,” Beanz stated. “While I’ve been over here in the UK they’ve been working, so by the time I get back they’ll have a whole load of ideas and I’m going to have to catch up!”
However, the headline “Justin Timberlake working on ‘crazy’ new album” caused mass head-scratching. New album by the man behind “FutureSex/LoveSounds”? Nope.
Timberlake’s publicist tells Billboard that while it’s true the superstar is collaborating with Timbaland, there are no plans for a third solo album. Further, Timberlake is currently shooting a movie, “Runner, Runner,” in Puerto Rico.
Upon its release in 2006, “FutureSex/LoveSounds” peaked at No.1 on both the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Timberlake’s solo debut, “Justified,” peaked at No. 2 on both charts.