In case you didn't get the message the other thousand times he's said it in the past 12 months, Justin Timberlake is not doing music right now. He hasn't done music for himself since 2006, when he released his second solo disc, "FutureSex/LoveSounds," though he has done music for others, including his buddy Timbaland, T.I., and Ciara, in 2009. (If you count "Motherlover" as new music, that arrived last year, as well.)
However, tucked at the end of a new Los Angeles Times interview pegged to the movie "Yogi Bear" (JT has the distinct honor of voicing Boo-Boo), there's a piece of potentially tantalizing information, depending on where you stand on former boy banders channeling the wizardry of the Thin White Duke (note: we have seen an actual wizard do this recently, and it kind of scared us):
"He looks forward to a time when he can combine acting with his singing and producing talents for a movie project and even envisions stealing a page from the David Bowie concept-album playbook on a future album.
'I want to conceptualize something a little bit more,' said Timberlake. 'And it's probably because of the experience I'm having working with directors and screenwriters and getting to play cool characters. If that means I come up with, like, my version of "Ziggy Stardust," so be it. Who knows?'
'What I've learned from acting in movies, I want to apply to music and see what happens.' "
So the answer to the question, "What will it take to get Justin Timberlake making music again?" is "the Spiders from Mars." Maybe Bowie isn't the best rock star for Justin to emulate, though, considering the original Ziggy hasn't released a studio album since 2003.
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