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Justin Timberlake is pulling back to the curtains on his music-making, announcing a brand-new documentary about the making of his upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience.

And believe it or not, fans have already laid eyes on a sneak-peek snippet. Following a six-year singing hiatus, JT teased the world with a countdown video to his imminent comeback, just days before dropping his new hit single, “Suit & Tie.” Now Timberlake has explained that the one-minute clip is just a slice of a much bigger pie to come.

“Not to give too much away because you know I like surprising the fans, but that little piece of footage is from a documentary we started working on throughout the making of the album, which started last June,” Timberlake told Ryan Seacrest on his radio show, On Air with Ryan Seacrest, on Monday.

“So it was more a little excerpt from that, which I kinda thought about after I put it out,” he continued. “I was like, oh, people don’t know about the documentary. This seems a little weird.”

After hitting the recording studio last summer with longtime pal, producer Timbaland, Timberlake explained that much of the music — “more than” 20 songs, he noted — was wrapped up by last October, before he tied the knot with longtime love Jessica Biel. But not all of those tracks make the cut for the final product.

“We’ve probably done even more than that,” Timberlake explained of rumors that he recorded 20 songs in just 20 days. “But yea, we’ve done a lot of music.”

“For me, you write a lot of stuff and working with Tim, we always have a great time doing it,” he said. “But when we work, we end up with twice as much stuff than ends up going on my records. Sometimes it will go on his record; sometimes we will use them for something else. You do end up with stuff you kind of scrap along the way.”

But for longtime JT fans, the new collection will be bring a similar feel to his 2006 album, FutureSex/LoveSounds. “We touched on the last album with the interludes and the pieces that connect the song to another song. We’ve really gone deep on that part of the process; a lot of the songs are really two-in-one,” Timberlake said. “For instance, when you’re putting a song out like ‘Suit & Tie,’ it’s kind of two different things happening at the same time. I know that there aren’t many R&B dance records on the radio and I think we kind of felt, it seemed fresh to Tim [Timbaland] and I and obviously Jay — we just felt like, yea, let’s put it out. I love the record.”

And as far of the new album’s title, Timberlake explained that it was inspired by a few wise words from a pal. “It more or less came out of I was playing some of the stuff for my friends and they would come in and out of the studio and I’d say, ‘What do you think of this?'” Timberlake said. “And my best friend said, ‘This is music that you can see,’ and for some reason, that stuck with me.”

Take a listen to Timberlake’s entire interview with Seacrest, and catch another glance of the countdown clip off his upcoming documentary.

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