Justin Timberlake is going sci-fi in his new futuristic robot dance video, and fans are divided.
The single, "Filthy" dropped today and is the first song off Timberlake's upcoming album Man of the Woods, which will be released Feb. 2. It will be his first studio album to 2013's The 20/20 Experience. Between his new album and upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, 2018 is looking to be a big year for Timberlake.
Many fans were surprised by the song and video, which are a stark contrast to the woodsy, lumberjack, Wild West vibe Timberlake seemed to be striving for in his album announcement earlier this week.
"Filthy" is far from this pop-Bon Iver image.
The music video takes place in the year 2028 at a "Pan-Asian Deep Learning Conference" in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, with Timberlake showcasing a dancing robot as he grooves along on the side of the stage.
The song itself is heavily synthesized and filled with wubwubs. "Filthy" was produced by Timberlake, Timbaland, and Danja -- the same team who created his 2006 smash "SexyBack." But unlike its universally loved predecessor, some fans aren't sure how to feel about the new release.
But the JT fans were quick to his defense, arguing that the haters weren't fans of "SexyBack" at first, either.
All the debating caused the single to trend on Twitter and is stirring more conversations about what we can expect from the rest of Man of the Woods. Will it be fire or filth?
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