Justin Timberlake is back, but his new single ‘Filthy’ isn’t going down well with fans.
The singer, who last released an album in 2013, dropped the track today, but the reaction so far has been underwhelming.
Many fans have been complaining on social media that they were ‘disappointed’ and described the funk track as ‘annoying’.
Justin Timberlake's new song is trash. The video is also trash. I'm so disappointed, I usually like is music. #filthy
— Sophia Aggadi (@SophiaAggadi) January 5, 2018
— 🎉Henry New Year 🎉 (@HenryB1992) January 5, 2018
I’m so disappointed 😔 this song is repetetive and almost annoying. I had to stop it before the end. I get the Future Sex Love Sound vibes, but you can’t even sing a song like this – and the beat is too loud compared to his voice. It’s a NOPE #Filthy
— Giorgio Nardini (@giorgionardini) January 5, 2018
Timberlake co-wrote the track with Timbaland, Danja, James Fauntleroy and Lawrence Dopson.
The song was co-produced by Timberlake, Timbaland and Danja while Timberlake encouraged listeners on Twitter to play it ‘very loud’.
The track harks back to the skewered beats, futuristic R&B and experimental pop hooks of his 2006 album FutureSex/LoveSounds.
While some considered it a bold move by a star keen to keep pushing himself, others said they couldn’t even listen to the whole track and it wasn’t on a par with his hit ‘SexyBack’.
— Alexis (@SaLeM_xo) January 5, 2018
— Stephanie. (@qsteph) January 5, 2018
First I thought JT’s song new song #filthy was trash. Upon second listen I think it’s garbage.
— Brant (@brantbum) January 5, 2018
I never thought anyone could give a worst lead single after a decent run than when Taylor dropped Look What You Made Me Do but at least that had some semblance of structure. This new JT song is weak. #Filthy
— Y'all ugly (@thacondition) January 5, 2018
#Filthy ewwww nope nope nope. Hate the hipster jt look. The lyrics are terrible and the beat is annoying. I waited years for jt comeback ugh
— cesar riverdale (@cesarval23) January 5, 2018
But some fans have defended the track and claimed the haters will soon be eating their words:
People shit on creative artists for doing new stuff. Same people who hated Suit & Tie when it came out for 20/20 part 1 came around. #Filthy is beyond a banger. It’s innovation personified. Embrace change.
— James Cibella (@JamesCibella) January 5, 2018
The more i listen to “Filthy” the more 🔥🔥 it gets. This song is gonna glow on y’all the same way “SexyBack” did. Just wait..
— Aaron Busby (@MrBusby4o8) January 5, 2018
The reaction I’m seeing for @jtimberlake new music reminds me of people’s reaction for his past music. You don’t get it? You don’t have to, his fans do. His sound stays evolving. #Day1Fan #ManOfTheWoods #Filthy
— Krystal Pino (@KrystalPno) January 5, 2018
Same people not feeling #Filthy weren’t ready for Sexy Back either. Now it’s in their top five.
— Scott Armistead (@scottyarms) January 5, 2018
— Alex Niedt (@AlexNiedt) January 5, 2018
Timberlake also released a video to accompany the song and stars as a Steve Jobs character in the clip, who controls a dancing robot with his own moves backstage at a tech conference.
He announced earlier this week that he will be dropping his new album Man of the Woods on February 2, two days before he performs at the Super Bowl half-time show.
In a video announcing the upcoming LP, he said: ‘This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I’ve ever written, where I’m from – it’s personal’.