it’s been six years since Justin Timberlake released his latest album, forest man, which sold 422,000 copies in the United States: his first album that does not exceed one million. To promote the release of her sixth studio album, Everything I thought I wasdue out March 15 on RCA Records, the former boy bander was the musical guest on tonight’s show. Saturday night live In support of his Social network co-star dakota johnson.
After appearing during Johnson’s monologue and joining his comedy partner, Jimmy Fallon, for another edition of “The Barry Gibb Talk Show,” Timberlake performed the first of two songs that night: “Sanctified,” presumably the second single from EITIW (after “Selfish”). The pop star had debuted a snippet of the tune during an ESPN ad earlier in the week and, live from New York, performed the song in its entirety for the first time.
Endorsed by the rapper Tobe Nwigwe and dancers on, the gospel-funk hybrid track, buoyed by Timberlake’s distorted vocals, was received as a big hit with the crowd.
Fallon returned to present Timberlake’s second number, the aforementioned “Selfish,” an R&B ballad with the hook: “So if I get jealous, I can’t help it/I want every part of you, I guess I’m selfish.”
“We were talking about the song itself and just breaking down the idea that you don’t hear that often from men, that they would express an emotion that makes them vulnerable,” Timberlake said of the stunt in an interview with Apple Music. “And then growing up the way I grew up, they teach you not to do that. But I don’t know, it seemed like a really honest song to me.”
He continued: “The lyrics started coming out honestly. And when I listened to the whole album, I felt like probably, of all the songs on the album, production-wise, it’s probably the simplest, and I don’t want to say simple because to me it’s complex within its simplicity. “