Justin Timberlake - "Suit & Tie" video

Justin Timberlake spent a whole lot of time away from music so that he could try acting, but he really only made one good movie, The Social Network. That movie’s director, David Fincher, got his start making videos for people like Madonna and George Michael, and now he’s returned to the form for “Suit & Tie,” Timberlake’s big, slick comeback single. The clip, shot in gleaming black-and-white, doesn’t have much going on conceptually, just a whole lot of footage of light choreography and recording studios and models, with Timberlake and guest Jay-Z always getting to be the coolest motherfuckers in the room. But it’s fun to see a glossy big-budget video put together by one of the best ever to do it. Watch it below.

And here’s a remix:

JT’s new album The 20/20 Experience is out 3/19 on RCA. Check also the new track “Mirrors.”

Comments (14)
  1. His mic keeps changing. Whoops.

  2. yeah, it’s fun. but it’s all also very whatevs 5K

  3. Stunning imagery from the master, Mr. David Fincher!

  4. They obviously wanted to make a really cool video, with lots of STYLE but ended up with something rather conventional. Rather tame, I should say.

    • Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2013 0

      Which is incredibly fitting given the tame nature of The 20 / 20 Experience‘s first couple listens so far.

  5. I like it. I understand that after FutureSex/LoveSounds people are expecting JT to release some magical, groundbreaking album of perfect pop music, but I think its clear we’re going to get a good album with a bunch of really fun jams on it and there’s nothing wrong with that. I just hope the album doesn’t get too much hate for not doing what FutureSex did.

    • Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 14th, 2013 +11

      I don’t disagree with that, but I think a lot of the expectation sets itself up for that sort of reaction due to how Justin began to be looked at by the press and listeners like he was some sort of pop genius after FutureSex / LiveSounds and to that I say remind yourself that he made more albums as part of a manufactured boy band while his solo debut was just okay for the era it came out in. Mainstream pop musicians are as good as the producers behind them nowadays. Timbaland reinvented his edge and relevance with both JT and Nelly Furtado’s albums, but unfortunately, he over-saturated himself by working with everyone and running that sound into the ground (i.e. the track on M.I.A.’s Kala that I recall she thought sucked, that Madonna album, his Shock Value series that tried on his style with a whole mess of randoms.)

      Every massive pop star always gets one defining album that wins over radio and critics alike for being a complete album experience. (Beyonce had 4. Britney had Blackout. Rihanna had Rated R. Taylor Swift’s will probably be Red.) I think FutureSex / LoveSounds was Justin’s, but I’m not saying he won’t live to sing another day. Just settle down with thinking this is going to reinvent the music world until it actually does.

      • YES.

        Totally agree.

      • I think you’re right Michael, but I think there is something to be said for Justin’s very distinctive voice and knack for melody (and the lyrics for Senorita are also delicious) that doesn’t come with a producer neccisarily. So he may not be a pop genius, but I certainly think he’s a pop talent beyond just being a medium for other songwriters.

  6. You can say what you want about the song or the video but you have to admit the man can dance. The choreography is seamless and doesn’t feel forced (sorry Usher). He’s fully entrenched himself as the all-time #2.

  7. This video is classy and sexy, things that many videos nowadays don’t have. He is def. bringing back good music back… he’s done the sexy thing already. Hope the album does great, i know it will. Also, great video, kind of reminds me of this video by Jeremy Mooney and these guys: http://youtu.be/XcOZk-kxKwQ

  8. When did Mayer Hawthorne lose his glasses, accent, and low pitch?

    This is a pretty gorgeous video.

  9. this is a wicked video but why do they women have to be in their underwear? they’d look just as sexy if they were wearing suits like the men. i dunno, hate to be whiny or whatever but it’s just such a slick classy video that the tits and panties seems to be a bit incongruous with the overall style… meh

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