Is Justin Timberlake about to release a new album?
Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that a cryptic tweet posted by the singer-actor late on Wednesday night -- which simply read: “Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST...” -- signifies the announcement and possibly instant arrival of new music.
And not just a song, but a full album produced by longtime collaborator Timbaland. Timberlake, who some might call the original Justin, is believed to have around 20 new tracks recorded.
Timberlake’s last studio effort, the enduring FutureSex/LoveSounds, came out in 2006.
Although Timberlake has focused much of his energy on movies in the last few years, an insider says the former NSync standout has been quietly and methodically preparing to release an album with almost no warning.
To wit: the 9 p.m. tweet that hinted at something transpiring exactly 24 hours later. Within an hour, Justin Timberlake was the top trending topic on Twitter.
Curiously, around the time of his tweet, news broke that Britney Spears, Timberlake’s former girlfriend, was leaving The X Factor.
Timberlake's rep could not be reached for comment.