19:19 GMT, 30 July 2013
20:32 GMT, 30 July 2013
New York is known as the city that never sleeps, and Justin Timberlake certainly takes that to heart in his new video for ‘Take Back the Night,’ shuffling and dancing his way through NYC like Fred Astaire on ecstacy.
The video premiered Tuesday and was supported by a social-media campaign that prompted fans to tweet out a URL to unlock photos of the various shooting locales.
The retro, disco-tinged tune is the lead single off JT’s upcoming (and awkwardly titled) fourth studio album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, and the video features some of the on-the-street flair seen in Michael Jackson’s iconic ‘Billie Jean’ video.
Rock your body: JT explores New York City in the ‘Take Back the Night’ video, which premiered Tuesday
Group project: JT mingles with passersby in the Chinatown scene of his new video
That’s no coincidence, considering the strong King of Pop influence you can hear in the track’s funky, R&B-laced sound.
In the song, JT tells a would-be lover to ‘use me up until there’s nothing left’ as they ‘take back the night.’
He definitely does the latter in the video.
First, Timberlake cruises the darkened streets in a classic 1970 Chevelle SS before landing in historic Chinatown.
Dance dance revolution: A youngster takes on JT as he shows off some quick footwork on the sidewalk
There, JT somehow managers to tumble into a pop-and-lock battle with a talented youngster in a red cap and matching kicks.
They both show off some fluid moves, with the youngster throwing down some body isolations and JT answering back with some slick footwork and a leap onto his toes – again, a la MJ.
That scene gets spliced with live footage from JT’s epic show at Yankee Stadium before jumping to shots of him crooning in the middle of a crowded club dancefloor.
Club life: JT’s anticipated new album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 is set for release on Sept. 275.jpg
Paying homage: JT references various dancing styles of the 20th century in ‘Take Back the Night’
Always the consummate dresser, Timberlake sports a unique white button-down with a black-printed chest, casting the illusion of a vest.
He matches that with slim black slacks rolled up just enough to flash a little ankle and show off his spotless white sneakers.
The new single entered the Billboard Hot 100 last week at No. 47 and has risen to No. 39 this week, no doubt on its way to the top 10.
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But the track also hit a roadbump along the way, stirring up controversy with anti-sexual violence group Take Back the Night.
The organization owns the trademark and took some offense to the combined context of the song’s title and slightly provocative lyrics.
Timberlake apologized promptly, stating that he was not aware of the group’s existence but wanted to rectify the mistake.
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‘As I’ve learned more about The Take Back the Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women – something we all should rally around,’ he said in a statement via RadarOnline.
‘It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause,’ he added.
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For its part, Take Back the Night has not pursued any legal action.
‘If Justin is on the side of healthy, respectful relationships, then we’re a fan of his,’ said TBTN Executive Director Katherine Koestner to Rolling Stone. ‘And I hope we can move forward with his voice, and all of those throughout the world that stand against sexual violence.’
At least the group should have no problem with the video, a clean-cut journey across New York that pays homage to Michael Jackson, Astaire and partner Jay Z.
Dance battle: JT hams it up with a young dance prodigy in a colourful Chinatown locale
City of dreams: The video pays tribute to various corners of the New York City experience