In an interview with MySpace, Justin Timberlake has been speaking about the reaction to his new album and how he came to be working with hip-hop legend Jay Z. JT’s comeback album The 20/20 Experience has been a stellar, record-breaking success and proved that he’s more than capable of winning back the hearts that he neglected with his seven year break between albums, as well as winning over a few new ones along the way.

“Jay-Z and I have known each other for a while. Always had a great relationship,” Justin explained. “I think we're just kinda the same type of guy. He's very relaxed. Easy-going. ‘Suit & Tie’ came out of that - we were just having fun. We had an extra room in the studio in New York, and I said, I want to do a dance record, but not like a 120 bpm dance record. I want to do like a Marvin Gaye ‘Gotta Give It Up,’ Curtis Mayfield, ‘Move On Up.’” And that ladies and gentlemen, is the song that re-launched Justin Timberlake’s music career. Simple as that. Guess it’s easy when you have friends in the right places.

Whilst some were a little perplexed by the sound of ‘Suit & Tie,’ Justin insists that listening in the context of the album lends the song more gravitas. “Friends of mine have said that to me, they're like, I like the song, but hearing it after 'Pusher Love Girl' and before 'Don't Hold the Wall,' I get what you're doing.” It seems that Timberlake has managed to convert people to his new way of thinking, judging by the 968,000 copies it sold in its first week. Now there’s the just the small matter of that summer tour to look forward to.  

Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake, there, wearing a suit & tie...