It might be more than just a Trolls soundtrack song.
In an interview with Kelly Clarkson for her talk show Monday, Justin Timberlake teased that he and the *NSYNC boys — JC Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick — have been making music.
“We’ve been in the studio,” Timblerkae told Clarkson. “So there may be a little something in the future.”
Timberlake nodded after the crowd erupted in applause. Before then, he reflected on how quickly the guys picked things back up when they made “Better Place” for Trolls Band Together last year.
“It’s kind of crazy,” he said. “There’s so much that picks up right where it left off as far as chemistry.”
The return of *NSYNC has been teased little by little. The group reunited at the MTV Video Music Awards when they presented Taylor Swift with the Moonperson for Best Pop. “I’m not doing well pivoting from this to this, like I had I had your dolls,” Swift said, calling the five-piece “pop personified” as she accepted her award. She asked: “Are you doing something? What’s going to happen now?”
*NSYNC later dropped the Trolls track and posed for photos on the red carpet for the premiere.
The Clarkson interview comes after the singer was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. There, he performed two tracks from his sixth solo album, Everything I Thought I Was. Among the tracks was a gospel song called “Sanctified,” which he performed with rapper Tobe Nwigwe. The pop star had premiered a snippet of the tune during an ESPN ad earlier in the week and, live from New York, performed the song in full for the first time. He also played “Selfish,” the LP’s lead single
“We were talking about the song itself and just breaking down the idea that you just don’t hear that from men often, that they would express an emotion that makes them vulnerable,” Timberlake said of the song in an Apple Music interview. “And then, growing up the way I grew up, you’re taught not to do that. But I don’t know, it just felt like a really honest song.”
He continued, “The lyrics just started to come out honestly. And when I listened to the whole album, I felt like it’s probably, of all the songs on the album, production-wise, probably the most straightforward, and I don’t want to say simple because it’s complex within its simplicity to me.”