Justin Timberlake's new album feels like a movie

13 February 2013 / 3 years 8 months ago

Justin Timberlake's movie career helped make his music more visual.The 'Suit & Tie' singer - who returned to music after a six year hiatus while he tried his hand at acting - feels his experience on film sets has taught him how to create a more vivid picture with the songs on his new album.Speaking to Rolling Stone magazine, he explained: "You spend so much time developing a character when you do a film. So much of your work is done before you get set to shoot because you've been working on the character: the way he walks, the way he talks, what might upset him, what might make him happy."Now I can really paint a picture for people 'cause being involved in the film process, you get to see the writing change, you get to see the direction change, you get to see all those things change. You go, 'You can really do this with music, too.' You can play a character but you can also write the world that you want your character to live in and then what does that world sound like? Are there more strings in that world? Are there more horns in that world? Is there more percussion in that world?"The 32-year-old star added that he named the album 'The 20/20 Experience' to connote the more visual approach to his music after a friend told him his songs felt like a movie.Justin said: "My best friend came into the studio. He goes, 'I really feel like I can see where I am when I'm listening to these songs. I just feel like the music is very visual.'"He said, "I feel like I'm in a movie. I feel like I can see the music; I feel like I can see different colours for different songs.' "Justin also admitted that fame has ruined some of his relationships.The singer - who married his long-term girlfriend Jessica Biel in Italy last October - insists that he is still the same person despite his success but claims he was forced to ditch some of his close friends because their attitude towards him changed.Justin, who previously dated Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears, told Rolling Stone magazine: "The older you get, the more you realise people come in and out of your life and you realise that person changed or that person wasn't exactly who I thought they were."And I found with friends, close friends that have come and gone in my life, they're like, 'Oh, you changed.' Everything else around you changed, you're still the same person. If you want to say that I didn't have to worry about a paparazzi following me around in my car has made me change, then yeah, sorry, I've changed, but I didn't know what that was like before."I was just a young person trying to express myself. It's just a crazy world that we live in. I don't want to paint a picture that's jaded or anything because I'm super happy to be back and doing it and I have a great time wherever I go. But the things around you change the older you get and that's just life."The 'Friends with Benefits' actor also revealed he didn't take time away from his music career to focus on his acting.He said: "I would have taken a break regardless of if I would've done films or not because my last record was all-consuming and to go on tour like that, for me, I will not be the type of artist that puts out 10 to 15 albums. That's just not who I am. They're really special to me. I write music all the time, but until you really feel that desperate need to shout from the rooftops and express yourself in that way, I just kind of keep it to myself. I enjoy making music so much that if it doesn't come out, that's okay."

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