Will Justin Timberlake Tour In 2018? A Concert Mix-Up May Have Given Away The Singer's Future Plans
Rumors have been circulating that former *NSYNC singer turned solo performer and actor, Justin Timberlake, is planning to release new music to coincide with his Super Bowl performance, but now it looks like Timberlake may be going on tour in 2018 as well. The rumor began because of an apparent mix-up involving a potential show in Canada reportedly being added to Ticketmaster, then posted as an event to Facebook. The links have since been deleted, but luckily, people took screenshots so you can see the supposed evidence. (Bustle reached out to Timberlake's agent and Ticketmaster for comment, but did not receive an immediate response.)
As Us Weekly reported, a concert date was added to Ticketmaster on March 13, 2018, in Toronto, Ontario at the Air Canada Centre starring Timberlake. Unless it was a complete error, the scheduled concert date suggests that Timberlake will be touring North America in Spring of 2018, immediately following his Super Bowl half-time performance in February.
BreatheHeavy captured a screenshot from Ticketmaster's mobile app, which lists tickets as going on sale to the general public on Jan. 16, 2018. Given the fact that March is only a few months away, and that Ticketmaster had listed mid-January for tickets becoming available for purchase, it would seem likely that Timberlake would announce the tour in the near future — if he is indeed going on tour this spring, that is.
The Air Canada Centre even added the Timberlake concert as an event on their Facebook page, as you can see from the screenshot below.
In case you don't remember, back in October the "Cry Me A River" singer announced that he would be headlining the Super Bowl halftime show in February 2018. Timberlake uploaded a skit to Instagram featuring Jimmy Fallon. "Excuse me, sir. Do you have the time?" Timberlake asks Fallon in the clip. The two joke for a moment about the phrase "have time" before Timberlake announced, "I do halftime!" It was the first official confirmation that Timberlake would be returning to the Super Bowl halftime stage.
Timberlake's February performance will mark 14 years since he was a guest during Janet Jackson's halftime show. It was during that concert that Timberlake pulled away Jackson's top, which led to the now infamous "wardrobe malfunction."
While a member of *NSYNC in 2001, Timberlake performed alongside Aerosmith when the two bands co-headlined the halftime show that featured guests like Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige, and Nelly.
The Grammy winner is also expected to release new music to coincide with his halftime show and rumored 2018 tour. His website was recently updated with what could be a logo for an upcoming album, but Timberlake has yet to offer an explanation for the image.
Multiple sources claimed to Us Weekly that Timberlake intends to release a new single sometime during the first week of January. The outlet also reported that "Man of the Woods" is likely to either be the name of Timberlake's new song or album.
Timberlake's last studio album, The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2, was released in September 2013. It was the second part of his two-album 20/20 Experience, and featured songs like "Take Back the Night" and "Not a Bad Thing." In 2016, he released the single "Can't Stop the Feeling!" for the Trolls soundtrack. Timberlake provided the voice of Branch, and also served as the film's executive music producer. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" went to number one on the U.S. Billboard charts and was certified four times platinum by the RIAA.
It's also been rumored that Timberlake's new single could be titled "Fresh Leaves," however, until the singer releases anything official all of this is just rumors and speculation. However, given the timing of everything, fans should get some kind of announcement in the coming weeks.