SETTING: The office at the Timberlake estate.
PLOT: Justin Timberlake reviewing his monthly bills.
JUSTIN: Let’s see here… mortgage, cable, electric, $10 million loan from record label…. What!?!?
But what for?!
Justin Timberlake recently dropped back into the music business, and boy did he hit the ground running. He released his new single “suit and tie” on January 14th and by the end of the first week, shattered numerous records. The very “Justin Timberlake-y” song clocked 6,045 radio plays in its first week, passing former record-holder lady gaga, whose "Born This Way" reached 4,602 plays during its first week in February 2011.
In a video posted by JT himself (below), he says that music “means more to me than anybody else in the world”. He goes on to say how he obsesses over his music before anyone else gets to hear it…but now, he’s “ready”.
But back to the original scene… it turns out that our friends at US Weekly were able to get the scoop on why Justin is all of a sudden “ready” to release another album. A few years back, his record label RCA smacked a giant $10 million check into the hands of the former boy band member as an advance for a new album and a tour that would have to be completed by the end of 2013. The terms were simple… honor his end of the contract, or regurgitate the 10 million bucks. Scott and Todd were not surprised by Justin’s choice…
“It’s funny how he made up his mind that he was ready rather rapidly… ‘what time you need me in there (the studio)?’” said Scott. After hearing the specifics, Todd added, “If you have to do that, you get custom checks made because that check they give ya… doesn’t give you enough lines for all of those zeros. What would that be, like size five font?”
So ten million bucks to do something that “means more” to someone “than anybody else in the world." When life gives you a big fat paycheck… you don’t give it back.