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Justin Timberlake On Why He Hasn’t Collaborated With Pharrell Again

January 18, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Justin Timberlake

In an interview with Zane Lowe (via Variety), Justin Timberlake explained why he has yet to work with Pharrell Williams on any music since his debut album Justified. Here are highlights:

On revealing Janet Jackson’s breast in 2004: “Naturally, that’s something we talked about. To be honest, it wasn’t too much of a conversation. It’s just one of those things were you go like, yeah what do you want me to say, we’re not going to do that again. I had my wires crossed and it’s just something that you have to look back on and go like, Ok, well you know, you can’t change what’s happened but you can move forward and learn from it.”

On not working with Pharrell: “Clipse was signed to Jive Records, which I was signed to. I don’t know what went on with their deal, but I do remember that Pharrell was very adamant about getting them out of the deal. So it became from my understanding, it became challenging for him to work with any Jive artist at that point. If I’m being totally honest about it I was extremely hurt being caught up in the middle of it, but at the same time I had a s—load of money stolen from me by somebody else when I was in the group, I had already gone through legal troubles, and I kind of felt like I’m at this point where I feel like I have so much ahead of me, I don’t want to be in the middle of the record label and somebody that I consider a friend. So I feel like I kind of removed myself from the situation.”

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