Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton’s duet at the Country Music Awards a few weeks ago ended up being good for both of them — Stapleton’s debut album shot to #1 on the charts, and Timberlake’s old country-tinged 20/20 Experience single “Drink You Away” has been doing pretty well for itself, too. Now it looks as if Timberlake’s long-time collaborator and producer Timbaland is feeling particularly inspired by the whole experience because he hinted that they’re working on a whole album worth of country songs together in a new interview with TMZ.
“Guess what? [Timberlake and I] are country,” he said in response to a prompt about the two of them going country. “He’s from Tennessee, I’m from Virginia. It’s only right that we try to tap into what we was raised in. […] “Drink You Away” was on The 20/20 Experience. It’s now starting to be one of the biggest songs. We always wanted to do country music — we thought some of them lyrics are country.”
He went on to clarify: “I gotta tap into country. I’m already posted up in Nashville, I’ve got a little spot in Nashville, so that’s something I wanna do. I am music, so I don’t discriminate no genres. I learn it and I study it and I love it.”
TMZ presses on: “So you and Justin are doing a country album?” they goad.
Timbaland smiles devilishly: “You know what — now that you put it out there? Why not?”
End scene. Watch video of his interview below.