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Justin Timberlake Debuts 'Suit and Tie' Single: Listen

Singer's new album, 'The 20/20 Experience,' due this year

January 14, 2013 12:55 AM ET
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
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Three days after announcing his return to music with a video called "I'm Ready," Justin Timberlake has released a new track, "Suit and Tie." The Timbaland-produced cut, which features a guest verse from Jay-Z, was dropped on early Monday morning and is the first new music from the singer-turned-actor in over six years.

In an open letter to fans posted on his website, the singer also revealed the title of his forthcoming new album: The 20/20 Experience. Timberlake wrote that it will be released at some point this year.

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"What I came up with is something I couldn't be more excited about!" he said. "It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I've discovered along the way." He added that the sessions for the album were "probably the best time" he's had in his career, "creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process."

"Suit and Tie," a horn-addled shuffler likely to inspire many new dance routines, finds JT waxing poetic about his love for dapper duds. "I be on my suit and tie shit/ Can I show you a few things, little baby?" he croons. Jay-Z later joins in with lines about "truffle season," wearing tuxedos for no reason and the trendy designer Alexander Wang. Listen to it here.

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