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Justin Timberlake's musical comeback has officially kicked into high gear. The singer-turned-actor performed his first concert in over five years on Saturday night, doing a solo set at DirecTV's Super Bowl charity concert. Not only did he perform his current single with Jay-Z, "Suit and Tie," but J.T. also debuted two new songs from his upcoming album The 20/20 Experience.
Watch the performances below!
With a 13-piece orchestra and four singer-dancers backing him up, a tuxedo-clad Timberlake crooned two hours of music, including his own hits ("Cry Me a River," "SexyBack," "Rock Your Body") and some retro covers (including The Jacksons' "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and INX's "I Need You Tonight"). That alone would have been enough to get everybody talking -- but just to guarantee it, the dapper singer premiered some new material of his own.
First there was "Pusher Love Girl" -- or possibly "Push Your Love Girl." (Justin has yet to clear that up.) This slow jam features everything we love about Timberlake's sound: a make-out-worthy groove, lots of falsetto, and a sound that hearkens back to the early hits of Prince and Michael Jackson.
Next up, Timberlake introduced the song "That Girl," a funky R&B ballad that showcased his musicians and his talent for harmony. The refrain: "I don't care what people say, 'cause I'm in love with that girl." (Could it be about Jessica Biel?)
We're glad that J.T. didn't wait to unveil these new tracks. Even though "Suit & Tie" is a hit, a lot of fans have been on the fence about it, speculating that Timberlake's best musical days are behind him. (Keep in mind that he hasn't released a studio album since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds, so expectations are sky-high!) With these two songs, it's clear that Timberlake hasn't entirely abandoned his old sound -- and, more importantly, that he's still got the magic.