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What parents need to know about Justin Timberlakes new risqu pop single Filthy
Just days after the pop singer announced hes back with a new album, Timberlake unveiled his first single and music video from the project on Friday. - photo by Herb Scribner
Hold onto your beats, America: Justin Timberlake is back.

Just days after the pop singer announced hes returning to the music scene with a new album, Timberlake unveiled his first single Filthy, along with a music video, on Friday.

Is it clean?

Timberlake, who has had such poppy family-friendly hits like Cant Stop the Feeling, but also more racy tunes like Bringing Sexy Back, here presents a catchy song that runs on the less clean side of his catalog.

USA Today called the new song risky and risqu. And Timberlake himself admits the song isnt meant to be clean within the lyrics of Filthy

Go on and put your filthy hands all over me / No, this ain't the clean version, he sings.

Whats the music video like?

The video shows Timberlake pretending to be a Steve Jobs-esque tech mogul, showing off his latest robot creation. The robot dances along to the beat.

At the 3:30 mark, the video takes a turn, as scantily clad women begin dancing with the robot.

Heres how Rolling Stone described it:

Working the stage Steve Jobs-style, he's met by a welcoming audience before he introduces his latest creation, a robot that follows his movements and later gets a bit frisky with the dancers that join the robot onstage. The line between inventor and his invention blurs by the clips end.

Uproxx writer Philip Cosores said the song is classic clean Timberlake until the end.

For the Mark Romanek-directed video, Timberlake parades his dancing skill while playing a modern day inventor showing off his latest creation: a grooving robot. Its the kind of good clean fun that Timberlake excels at, until things get a little racy by the finish.


The song created a division among internet music listeners. Several tweeted that the song isnt exactly the bopping fun theyd expect Timberlake to bring after his hit Cant Stop the Feeling from the Trolls soundtrack brought so much joy.

Others said they enjoyed Timberlakes new song because of its unconventional beat.

Why does this matter?

The song is a change of pace from what people have come to expect from the 36-year-old pop star. As Huffington Post reported, Timberlake said in an Instagram post when he announced his new album, Man of the Woods, that it was inspired by his family.

This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album Ive ever written, where Im from, and its personal, he said.

In fact, both Timberlakes son Silas, 2, and wife Jessica Biel, 35, appeared in a promotional video for the album.

When does JTs album drop?

The album drops on Feb. 2. Timberlake will perform at the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.