The wait -- all three days of it -- is over.
After posting a cryptic video message on his website Thursday in which he said he was "ready,"
A slow-rolling electro-soul jam with a guest appearance by Jay-Z, "Suit & Tie" was co-produced by Timberlake,
"Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC," the singer wrote in a so-called open letter to his fans. "The inspiration for this really came out of the blue and to be honest, I didn't expect anything to come out of it. I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I've had in my career... Just creating and with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process."
In the intervening years, Timberlake, 31, concentrated on an acting career with roles in "The Social Network" and on
At press time "Suit & Tie" -- still percolating here at Pop & Hiss headquarters after half a dozen spins -- was at No. 1 on