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12.30.2017

Justin Timberlake Teases New Music with Mysterious ‘MOTW’ Logo

It looks like J.T. season is almost here. A mysterious new logo has appeared on Justin Timberlake’s official website, prompting speculation about his forthcoming material.

Earlier this month, TMZ reported that Timberlake was trying to trademark the phrase “Man of the Woods,” leading to questions about whether that would be the name of his next album. Now, a logo featuring the letters “MOTW” has popped up on his website without explanation.

At the time of the initial report, Timberlake was also trying to trademark “Fresh Leaves,” which could be the name of a single from the project, though that remains unclear.

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On Dec. 21, Mary-Jo Morin, an assistant music director at Montreal radio station 92.5 The Beat, revealed that Timberlake’s first single would arrive on Jan. 5. The tweet and Morin’s account have since been deleted, but many believe that Timberlake will in fact release new material at the top of 2018.

The pop superstar has been in the studio with frequent collaborators Pharrell, Max Martin, and Timbaland, who executive produced 2013’s The 20/20 Experience. “The music we just made? It’s gonna put him on another plateau,” Timbaland recently told Rolling Stone.

A new album could arrive in time for his upcoming halftime performance at Super Bowl LII, which is scheduled to take place Feb. 4 in Minneapolis.