The new single and music video for “Selfish” by Justin Timberlake was released today, only a few hours before his scheduled performance on The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon tonight, and two days before his scheduled appearance as a musical guest on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
It has been a long time coming, but he finally released his first track from his upcoming album, Everything I Thought It Was. This is his first album since the release of Man of the Woods in 2018, and it is scheduled to be released by RCA on March 15th.
“I worked for a long time on this album, and I ended up with 100 songs,” Timberlake says in a promotional interview with Zane Lowe that was released today to coincide with the introduction of the single. The interview was conducted on Apple Music 1.
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“So, whittling them down to 18 was a thing, and then, yeah, I’m really excited about this album,” she said. Probably every artist will agree with me on this, but I believe that this is my best work.
Louis Bell, Theron Thomas, and Amy Allen were the writers of the song “Selfish,” which Justin Timberlake sang during a concert in Memphis last week. The song was written by the artist. Timberlake, Louis Bell, and Cirkut are the producers of this project. The video, which may be viewed in the previous section, was directed by Bradley J. Calder.
Timberlake discusses in the conversation with Lowe how he ended up appearing as a guest on Saturday Night Live this week rather than returning to host for what would have been his sixth time being a host on the show.
According to Timberlake, “I toyed with the idea of whether I should host or ask to host,” and he does so. “At that moment, I simply had the notion, ‘No, this album is truly significant to me in a new, different way.’…On the other hand, I can’t even fathom the possibility that I won’t get drawn into a sketch or two.
This is quite normal. And I am here to witness it. That’s always a good time. SNL, in whatever manner, is my favorite show. There have been five times that I have hosted the show, but I have no idea how many times I have appeared on it.
According to the name of the album, the song itself is firmly rooted in the tradition of the well-known dance ballad style that Timberlake is known for recording.
In the interview with Apple Music, Timberlake is quoted as saying, “I was playing [the album] for people around me.” “They are saying things like, ‘Oh, this feels exactly like everything we know you for.'” And then another friend of mine was like, ‘Oh, this sounds like everything I thought I wanted from you.’
One may say that a phrase of such nature was there in the atmosphere in some form or another. After that, I reflected on the fact that some of the songs are more introspective than others, while others are more in line with what I believe people are familiar with me for.