Collaborating with producers Louis Bell and Cirkut, along with songwriters Theron Thomas and Amy Allen, Timberlake explores the complexities of his emotions within a relationship. The song reveals his deep admiration for his partner, expressing unease at the thought of anyone else taking his place.
In the chorus, Timberlake confesses, “So if I get jealous, I can’t help it / I want every bit of you, I guess I’m selfish / It’s bad for my mental, but I can’t fight it, when / You’re out lookin’ like you do, but you can’t hide it, no.”
Accompanying the single is a video directed by Bradley Calder, providing a glimpse into the song’s introspective themes by blending the line between performance and reality.
“Selfish” serves as the inaugural release from Timberlake’s album, Everything I Thought It Was, scheduled to drop on March 15 under RCA Records. The album, available for pre-order, comprises 18 tracks and follows his 2018 release, Man of the Woods.
Timberlake is set to grace the stage of Saturday Night Live on Jan. 27 as a musical guest, and he’s also nominated in two categories at the 2024 NAACP Image Awards for his collaboration on Coco Jones’ “ICU (Remix).”
Listen to and watch the new song “Selfish” by Justin Timberlake, a harbinger of what’s to come from his highly anticipated album.