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The Return of Justin Timberlake
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The Return of Justin Timberlake

When Timberlake steps onstage at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis in February, he will likely perform music from Man of the Woods, his first album in four years, due out two days before the big game. "The music we just made? It's gonna put him on another plateau," his longtime producer Timbaland told Rolling Stone recently. Though Timberlake is pushing 40, he proved he's still a chart-topping force with 2016's Number One "Can't Stop the Feeling!" Someone who's heard the new album says it "pushes boundaries in ways you don't expect. It's gonna have a lot of hits" and includes a collaboration with country star Chris Stapleton. Another source confirms that Timberlake is also planning an arena tour. His last one, the 14-month 20/20 Experience world tour, earned $230 million. "It's going to be humongous," says one promoter.