It's been more than four years since Justin Timberlake dropped a new solo project, and after the surprise announcement of Man on the Woods on January 2, the singer didn't wait long to give fans a taste of his upcoming record. Timberlake promised a new track on January 5, and took to Twitter to say that "Filthy" would be the first single off his fifth studio album.
"Filthy" sees Timberlake reconnect with Timbaland, who he has collaborated with on hits like 2002's "Cry Me a River," 2006's "SexyBack," and 2013's "Mirrors." Timbaland also handled much of the production on FutureSex/LoveSounds and split duties with Timberlake and J-Roc on The 20/20 Experience. Danja co-produced the uptempo cut, which is something of a departure from the rural, natural aesthetic Timberlake seems to be honing for on this latest album. In the announcement video he says, "This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I've ever written, where I'm from," over a montage of shots where he's waist-deep in a river and walking through snow-covered crops.
But the track should certainly fit well into his halftime set during Super Bowl LII in February, just two days after Man on the Woods is released.
Timberlake previously posted a photo with Timbaland and Pharrell in the studio in March 2017, and Pharrell was included in the video announcing Man on the Woods. "It feels so earthy, it's just where you are in your life right now," Pharrell tells Timberlake of his new music.
Timberlake also teased the single and video with a short clip of him in a Steve Jobs-esque outfit. In that same post he revealed that veteran director Mark Romanek, who did Jay-Z's "99 Problems" and Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off," helmed the visuals for "Filthy."