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Justin Timberlake Promises A Return to Music

Singer says he will hit the studio sometime this summer

March 1, 2011 10:15 AM ET
Justin Timberlake Promises A Return to Music
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Justin Timberlake has spent the past few years focused on his career as an actor, but he may be returning to music very soon. In an interview on the red carpet at the Academy Awards last weekend, the singer told E! Online "I think I may spend some time in the studio this summer." Timberlake didn't provide any specifics, but he joked that since he has no acting gigs lined up at the moment, he is "unemployed" and ready to begin work on new material.

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Even without a firm schedule in place, the promise of a new Justin Timberlake album should come as a relief to fans who have been waiting nearly five years for a follow-up to FutureSex/LoveSounds. Timberlake has been active as a collaborator and guest singer in that time, appearing on tracks with Madonna, Lonely Island, T.I., Ciara and Jamie Foxx.

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