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2 April 2013, 11:05
The 'SexyBack' singer says his 2006 album was about doing something completely different to what was popular.
Justin Timberlake says he felt "everybody was laughing" at him when he put out his second album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds' back in 2006.
The 'Mirrors' singer explains that he and producer Timbaland aimed to "do something different" with the record, and defied critics and fans who derided the album on its release.
"When I put it out, everybody was laughing at me," Justin revealed in a new interview with Myspace. "Critics, radio programmers and, to their credit, I understand why.
"But I wanted to do something different at that time," the 'Suit & Tie' singer explained. "I wanted to do something that was like, this is like nothing I hear on the radio. That was my effort with that one.
"I got like terrible reviews on that record, and so to talk about it now," Justin continued. "I just think that [Timbaland] and I were onto something different and I just think that anytime you put out something different, it's polarising.
"And polarising is good, I think, because polarising starts a conversation," the US star added.
Check out a picture of Justin Timberlake on stage at South By Southwest Festival 2013 last month below (Credit: Getty):
Last month saw the release of Justin's third studio album 'The 20/20 Experience', which has gone on to give the singer his best record sales to date.
Justin Timberlake will tour alongside Jay-Z on their 'Legends Of The Summer' jaunt in a few months time, while he is widely expected to announce a new solo world tour later this year.