Justin Timberlake cleans up in 'Suit & Tie' video
January 24th, 2013
09:47 AM ET

Justin Timberlake cleans up in 'Suit & Tie' video

Justin Timberlake is serious about his style, and the new lyrics video for his single, "Suit & Tie," is proof.

The song, written by Timberlake and Jay-Z along with Timbaland, Jerome “J-ROC” Harmon and James Flauntleroy, is a playful offering of an elevated experience to a love interest.

Timberlake plays the "suit and tied" gentleman in the clip, which uses animation to emphasize the horns on the track as the lyrics bounce across the frame. Conceptually, it sounds like it could be an eyesore, but the production is as sharp and seamless as Timberlake's wardrobe in the video.

If you've heard the song, the lead single from his upcoming album "The 20/20 Experience," you know that the lyrics aren't nearly as clean as the singer's accessories, so if you watch the clip below be forewarned that it contains strong language.

"Suit & Tie" has been performing well since Timberlake released the song earlier this month. Billboard reports the single is now at No. 4 on the Hot 100, and it's at No. 2 on the Digital Songs chart with 315,000 downloads in its first week.

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  1. donjuan moody

    can you please copy this link >https://soundcloud.com/donjuan-moody thank you

    January 31, 2013 at 8:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Echilibru

    Justin, get your OWN sock signature! kthxbye!

    January 28, 2013 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Gag

    balcony–your a putz

    January 28, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. Nathan

    Jay-Z's section is the only redeeming part of this terrible song.

    January 28, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. Tommy

    Wow Wee. A song with and electronic beat and a catchy phrase" suit and tie" repeated several times and in the middle a guest rapper (Jay-Z) used as a time filler. Followed by more "suit and tie". I'm not what everyone calls a hater, I'm just tired of the same old crap.

    January 27, 2013 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. putz@putz

    1 ringie dingie 2 ringie dingie 3 ringie dingie....

    January 27, 2013 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  7. READ and HEAR

    Cool to see how Justin Timberlake rips off Michael Jacksons style re: the white socks, high pants and same shoes

    January 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Parade committed to Justin!

    well alright!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 27, 2013 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  9. Justin is the best

    parade will be there ...yes!!!!

    January 27, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Best Local Entertainer

    in town....house down!!!--yay seniors!!!

    January 27, 2013 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Munch

    justin is number 1 and a key to bringing a house down where he lives...

    yes justing m.

    January 27, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hypocrite.

    times yet...

    January 27, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. David

    Complete garbage. Between the profanity and the poor grammar this is a joke.

    January 27, 2013 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. Its justin...yep its justin

    how could he do this too me....

    January 27, 2013 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
  15. a b

    only 4 writers for this song? must have gotten lazy

    January 27, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
    • c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y and z

      now i know my abc's next time won't you DRINK A SCOTCH WITH ME..

      January 27, 2013 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  16. Lola

    I absolutely LOVED Justin's new song. Every song that was ever written has been loved by some and hated by others. You either like them or you don't. There are some songs that I hate that were considerd to be the greatest songs ever written. I don't care....that still doesn't make me like them or even appreciate them.
    As the old woman said when she kissed the cow..."It's just a matter of taste."
    I still think Justin has terrific talent and I don't care whether you or any of the music critics do or don't. It makes no diference to me.

    January 26, 2013 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |

    will remain with brandi as long as SHE remains with us

    January 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |

    The song sucks! I love Justin Timberlake and am VERY disappointed!

    January 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  19. who cares

    leave people alone.

    January 25, 2013 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  20. jcoltrane

    Reblogged this on vinylphishrecords and commented:
    Coming in March. DOPE!

    January 25, 2013 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |


    that's your management sweetie.

    January 25, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Swearengen

    Forgettable garbage.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  23. D in a box

    For all you numb nutz haters.......did you read the article?.....the song is doing quite well.......your petty comments just make you sad little people and evidently a poor judge of succes.

    January 25, 2013 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  24. Blah Blah Blah

    Another song that will be forgotten in the musics anal of time.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Offended

    Worst song he's ever recorded and Jay-Z, to me, still cannot write a song I'm remotely interested in. Rap or otherwise.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • debianhelp

      I thought the song was alright. Jay-Z knows what he is doing. However, this isn't a hit. Not by a mile. But I think it is good.

      January 24, 2013 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
  26. 7pm

    i have my business card with me...see you shortly.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  27. italia58

    This is a highly stylized video. The boys got some snazz bout him. I loved the video. he should venture out into design, I loved everything in the video, the clothes, It was cool.

    January 24, 2013 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Hollywood

    Doesn't anyone know how to use the English language anymore...

    January 24, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  29. DaddyJameo

    Just another white boy tryin to be black. Boring. Snooze. What's up with all these Jay-Z wannabes?

    January 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |

    I could of won the Tour-de-France in a suit and tie with all the ROIDS I took.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Alvarez

    It's time to pelt this pretty boy with a barrage of stink nuggets.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  32. That was a PERSON

    can't wait to see the video

    January 24, 2013 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  33. don't like being embarrassed?


    January 24, 2013 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Brian

    this is horrible!!!!!!!!!

    January 24, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  35. she probably hacks into his every move also...

    disgusting----BUSINESS AS USUAL THIS WEEKEND...the bourbons...

    January 24, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ffcrf's even wearing Michael Jackson socks and shoes...

    Timberlame, has always been a hack, from the start. A disney pop defect.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Justin does not care or he would not do it....

    don't get upset again...forge ahead...

    January 24, 2013 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
  38. pls copy all video's and pics on 1 disk

    for this evening....we had a meeting and its time too let people know whats going on - you've backed him up enough.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  39. this appears to be another..

    get into the drive so we can show all tonight...

    January 24, 2013 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  40. GRS62

    Had to mute it after 15 seconds. When did Timberlake become Jay-Z's bit@h?

    January 24, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  41. oprah is doing it tonight...

    at "that" house....we don't want uninvited visitors to show up. the public should have left oprah alone.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  42. foobar

    Get rid of the first 50 seconds and it's great.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. oprah is doing it tonight...

    at "that" house....we don't want uninvited visitors to show up. Oprah's rainy days will be ending soon...

    January 24, 2013 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  44. James Doule

    It took five people to write that mediocre song? Wow.

    January 24, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  45. RainyDay

    What an empty nothing of a song. Terrible. Expect better from Timberlake. This has no class.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  46. i have all committments for sunday

    we can wave to the TV also...she'll be right there....there a bunch of vids this way we can finally show you what
    gaga is all about...she'll be able too see who's in my living room –we'll give her a huge wave of honor.

    the new employee and her parents will be there too for video fun.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  47. i have all committments for sunday

    we can wave to the TV also...she'll be right there....there a bunch of vids this way we can finally show your
    gaga is all about...she'll be able too see who's in my living room –we'll give her a huge way of honor.

    the new employee and her parents will be there too for video fun.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Fool For Life

    she's a terrible director and a lousy performer and i will show you all of her productions....thanks

    January 24, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  49. This song is generic R&B

    This might as well have been released by Robin Thicke

    January 24, 2013 at 12:20 pm | Report abuse |
  50. look at how stoopid their video looks today

    dont give her a sympathy card....i have all the videos and pictures too prove she's disgusting..3pm sunday?

    January 24, 2013 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  51. that is how madonna was honored for her loyalty

    please all be at my house sunday for videos and everything we have so we can share the joy

    January 24, 2013 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  52. let's see how many vid and photos do i have

    on madonna....what ias the latest count...

    January 24, 2013 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  53. i have a bunch all on me...

    we'll have brunch then we'll head to my house and watch all my video's and photos that were made in honor of me as a customer in and establishment.

    January 24, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. AGREED

    lets get the whole neighborhood and show everyone gaga's movie productions....kay

    January 24, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  55. we have it all honey....

    and will make sure alllllllllllllll see it in a few weeks.....we're having a party in honor of GAGA

    January 24, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Great video

    nope no embarassment....that's why nobody wants to be near it....the heart of NOT being professional is right in
    gaga's videos....she looks like Nikki

    January 24, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  57. robert

    tree photographs framed prints

    January 24, 2013 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  58. Everywhere....

    yet does NOT wantyou around...she's disgusting...we cant' stand her–she is a poor representation in business and a poor example to justin....

    January 24, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      Great visuals. Too bad for the breaking glass at the end–it cheapens the whole deal.
      Intro and bridge sound like a parody. All in all, it's nice to bring some glamor and elegance back.

      January 24, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  59. jess

    is use to being hated.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  60. unprofessionalism at its best....

    video sucks ....we've seen you jess....your NOT ALL THAT...

    January 24, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  61. trigtwit palin... America's favorite tard baby

    Blooorkksshftttpp !!! Fheettppurrrpfffttp... scchhllleeyaa ? * drool *

    January 24, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  62. Jessica


    January 24, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  63. Wife

    i'm looking at jessica....guys?

    January 24, 2013 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |

    but does NOT want you around.....SING LIKE A CANARY TO ALL

    January 24, 2013 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  65. JUstin move to England and leave us alone

    you look tired and old .

    January 24, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  66. SHUT UP


    January 24, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  67. He is too old for that stuff...and a bad actor

    Justin T , i am glad he is not activing anymore, he was really a bad actor and as a singer he is just ok.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |



    January 24, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  69. Jeff

    He needs to quit singing and stick to acting. He is also one off the best guest hosts I've seen on SNL. Very good with comedy.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |


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    January 24, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  72. Robert Gemerek

    jesus cnn, THIS IS NOT NEWS! This is an advertisement for a pop albumb/artist and i use the term "artist" extremly loosely......their iraq and afghanistan and a million more important things to report on. Leave the celebrity gossip and entertainment news to tmz and people mag, etc.....what a joke....did his record company pay you to "report" this? the song sux so bad btw.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • uh

      moron dont you see where it says entertainment. afghan and Iraq stuff dont belong on a entertainment section what entertaining about that?

      January 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  73. she wants too snoop

    but does not want me around.....get the drift ladies?

    January 24, 2013 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
  74. Person

    ...and Michael Jackson shoes...

    January 24, 2013 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
  75. Tempo

    i love when the temp speeds up–best part of the song.

    January 24, 2013 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  76. PigBodine

    this vid and wordvomit is tired old suit tied,.... Flush

    January 24, 2013 at 10:58 am | Report abuse |
  77. Mark

    I I have to admit my first reaction to the early part of the song was "This stinks." But it improves when the tempo speeds up.a

    January 24, 2013 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  78. Maddie

    dying too see the video.

    January 24, 2013 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  79. Mo

    That new JT video is terrible and so is the song. I don't get it. We've come to expect awesome things from JT and this is a let down. 🙁

    January 24, 2013 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  80. kathy

    LOVE it

    January 24, 2013 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |

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