Watch: JT Slips Into ‘Suit & Tie’ With Jay-Z
Just days after throwing it back with a big-band orchestra during his two-song Grammy set, Timberlake dropped the official music video for “Suit & Tie,” his chart-blazing, Jay-Z-featuring hit single off his much-anticipated comeback album, The 20/20 Experience.
“Here it is… All pressed up in black and white,” Timberlake wrote on Twitter early Thursday. “Enjoy! #officialvideo #suitandtie #JT2013.”
Much like his raved-about Grammy act, JT’s monochromatic much video feels retro through and through. Helmed by Academy Award-winning director David Fincher — who masterminded iconic videos like Madonna‘s “Express Yourself” and The Rolling Stones‘ “Love Is Strong” — the clip features Timberlake as he readies to take the stage — from a relaxed rubdown and an on-the-rocks drink, to a chess contest and an NBA-waching chill-out with Jay-Z.
Then it cuts to Timberlake, clad in a Tom Ford tux, stepping in to the spotlight, smoothly sliding up to the mic and serenading the crowd with, “I can’t wait to get you on the floor good lookin’.” From shots of him sashaying center stage, to him two-stepping with three well-dressed back-up dancers, to him making music magic with a big band in a studio, “Suit & Tie” showcases the classic Timberlake swag at its best.
About midway through the music video, the time comes for Jay-Z to drop his verse. After sitting in the shadows of the stage with a wine bottle, Hova strides to the spotlight, settles into a bar stool and spits his first line. Between shots of scantily-clad females and the rapper in the recording studio, Jay and JT duet with drinks in hand. Before the five-and-a-half minutes are up, Timberlake takes a bow, poses for an on-stage picture, and closes out the clip dancing in a puddle in the dark.
The “Suit & Tie” video fits perfectly into Timberlake’s recent publicity push. Just before performing at the Grammys and a post-show Hollywood Palladium gig, Timberlake joined Instagram, sharing snaps throughout his music-filled Sunday.
releasing “Mirrors,” a new The 20/20 Experience song. Though the eight-minute tune is a far cry from his “Suit & Tie” sound, “Mirrors” brings back the more traditionally pop-centric, synthetic-laced JT, with Timberlake crooning about his “other half” Jessica Bielover a classic mid-tempo Timbaland beat.
After also announcing a documentary about the making of his album, multiple media reports suggested Timberlake is set to take off on a 10-stadium summer tour with Jay-Z. The rumors began to swirl after the New York Post speculated that the pair will announce an upcoming joint tour, with details to be revealed soon on JT’s Twitter account.
Timberlake’s album — his first since his 2006 release, FutureSex/LoveSounds — will hit shelves on March 19 in Target with two exclusive tracks. Late last week, Timberlake, 32, released the The 20/20 Experience‘s full track listing and artwork, which features JT rocking a suit and tie while getting his eyes checked — a cheeky reference to the album’s title.
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