Besides his well-established music career both as part of the boy band NSYNC and solo, Justin Timberlake is no stranger to acting. Central roles in movies such as the SF In Time, the biographical The Social Network or the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits proved to be successful. But it’s 2016 that sees him for the first time composing movie scores. Two different, upcoming pictures will feature Timberlake’s music: one is The Devil and the Deep Blue Sea and the other Trolls, an animation in which the pop star will also voice the lead character.
Can’t Stop the Feeling! was released as a single from the Trolls soundtrack and it is a song-writing collaboration between Timberlake himself, hit-maker Max Martin and producer Shellback. The first two go back a long way as Martin penned multiple NSYNC songs, including the band’s #1 hit It’s Gonna Be Me. But Can’t Stop the Feeling! marks the first time the two join forces for a solo Timberlake cut.
Justin’s main objective was that of creating songs that would feel like being part of the movie’s DNA and for this he went back for the albums that mastered the genre: “I thought back to like classic soundtracks of a certain era, like I was referencing Saturday Night Fever and Urban Cowboy and Grease even.” Composing the soundtrack inspired Timberlake to immediately start working on new material and rumors of a solo album have already surfaced.
Can’t Stop the Feeling! spent one week at number one in Billboard Top 100 before being dethroned by Drake’s One Dance (featuring Wizkid and Kyla).