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Justin Timberlake Takes A Leave Of Absence?

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Die-hard Justin Timberlake fans were upset last week whenthey heard that he was not planning to release a new album anytime soon.

Why? He could use a break.

The former Mousekeeter, N'Syncer and "SexyBack" singer told Entertainment Weekly that he wasn'texactly in the mood to make a new record.

"Right now, I like the idea that things can just kind of popup and if they feel right I can do them," he said. "Committing to my own sortof project, that's like, 'Okay, let me black out two years of my life and doit.'"

In the meantime, Justin is fine taking on al a carte musicprojects with the likes of Ciara and T.I. Otherwise, unless he gets a burningurge to record an album, he will keep himself busy with all of his otherprojects.

He is producing an MTV show called The Phone which appears to be a reality thriller. The show willpremiere on the music channel on April 21 at 10 p.m.

J.T. has done well in his movie roles, Saturday Night Live skits, and award show hosting gigs. He shouldcontinue to follow his gut and explore his other interests. In the end, it willonly make him a more, well-rounded artist.

Why should he record an album if he is not in the mood? Whyshould he force out a project if he isn't in the right creative mindset?

If he is not feeling passionate about making an album rightnow, but makes one anyway, it will feel contrived. There's no way it will liveup to his last album, 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds.

Maybe he could talk to some of his friends in music who releasealbums every year or so just becausethey can.

Clearly, some of them are also due for a break. And I'd putBeyonce at the top of that list.

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