Justin Timberlake's new single 'Filthy' is dividing the internet
One person's 'garbage' is another's 'perfect song.' Read the reactions here
Justin Timberlake’s comeback single dropped Friday, and fans have mixed reviews about both “Filthy” and its sci-fi dance video.
“First I thought JT’s song new song #filthy was trash. Upon second listen I think it’s garbage,” wrote Twitter user @brantbum.
An electric-funk track designed for the dance floor, “Filthy” was produced by Timberlake, frequent collaborator Timbaland, and Danja — the same production team behind Timberlake’s 2006 smash “SexyBack.” Some fans compared the two songs.
“Same people not feeling #Filthy weren’t ready for Sexy Back either. Now it’s in their top five,” wrote @scottyarms.
“Just like “SexyBack”, #Filthy is way ahead of its time, and people will need a while to get adjusted. Expected nothing less from @only1DANJA @Timbaland and @jtimberlake,” shared @alexneidt.
But another fan, @eoghanmcdermo, was confused why Timberlake on Tuesday teased a Southern-inspired album — Man of the Woods, due Feb. 2 — that celebrates his roots and family, but instead released a music video “about a futuristic sex robot simulating an orgy.”
Directed by Mark Romanek, the clip finds the former *NYSNC heartthrob channeling the late Steve Jobs as he introduces a technological advancement to an excited audience. That advancement turns out to be a dancing robot that steals the show as Timberlake spends most of the video hidden by the side of the stage, observing the robot like he’s the mother in Mean Girls.
“#Filthy is polarizing, unique, weird, funky, & surely gonna divide a lot of people…” summed up @kbyrd2. “But I think I’m digging it.”
To his credit, perhaps Timberlake saw this coming: “Haters gon’ say it’s fake,” he sings in his new jam. “So real.”
Read on for more reactions to the single, and watch the video above.