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Justin Timberlake still not jumping back into music

June 15, 2011 | 12:17 pm


For the umpteenth time, Justin Timberlake still has no solid plans to return to music anytime soon.

Though the Grammy-winner is top-lining two upcoming summer films, “Bad Teacher” with ex-girlfriend Cameron Diaz and “Friends With Benefits” alongside Mila Kunis, he is still being quizzed about his largely dormant recording career. And the answer remains the same.

“I don’t have a single song ready to go,” Timberlake told Playboy in a recent interview. “People keep asking me when a new song or album is coming out, and I don’t know what to say. Music is not my focus right now. It may be someday. It could happen next month or next year but right now it’s not where it’s at for me.”

Timberlake has become a mainstay on “Saturday Night Live's" digital shorts, but hasn’t released a disc since 2006′s platinum-selling “FutureSex/LoveSounds.”

Last year, Timberlake told The Times that his acting success -- the singer garnered critical acclaim for his role in “The Social Network” -- had created a backlash among some of his loyal fans.

"They're looking at me like, 'Why aren't you staying with one path?'" he said. "They look at me like I'm ungrateful for my music career because I want to do film."


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Photo: Justin Timberlake. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times