In March, Justin Timberlake returned to music after a seven-year absence with The 20/20 Experience. On September 30th, he will release another 11 songs from those same sessions, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2. What prompted such a flood of new material?
“We had a month prior to Justin shooting a movie with Ben, Runner Runner, so the idea was to get into a studio and see if the chemistry was there,” Timberlake’s manager, Johnny Wright, tells Rolling Stone of the sessions, co-produced by Timberlake with Timbaland and Texas hip-hop producer J-Roc. “The first thought was just a single or an EP.”
One night, Wright joined Timberlake for dinner at the singer’s mother’s house in Memphis. There, the manager heard that the chemistry was proving exceedingly productive. “Those guys got into a groove and cut a record every day,” Wright says. “In the end, they had more than 20 songs.”
Wright says he and Timberlake knew from the start they had too much material for one album. “Because the songs weren’t just three minutes long, if we put all this on one record, we’d probably have a three-hour experience, and that’s too much music,” he says. “So we had the conversation about splitting it up and putting them both out in one year.” Read more here.