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Justin Timberlake Announces New Album, World Tour

New album to be released Sept. 30

Capitalizing on “The 20/20 Experience,” the year’s bestselling album to date, Justin Timberlake will launch a second RCA album on Sept. 30, prefacing a Live Nation-promoted world tour kicking off Oct. 31 in Montreal.

Fresh material and projected lengthy jaunt reflect a deepening commitment to music by Timberlake, who has made his mark as an actor (“The Social Network,” etc.) during a protracted layoff from recording and touring.

The new release, also titled “The 20/20 Experience,”  will contain 10 new songs written and produced by Timberlake, and will succeed by just six months the March bow of “20/20,” the vocalist’s first new set of music in nearly seven years. That collection, launched with an enormous media blitz, bowed with first-week sales of 968,000, and has shifted 1.67 million to date; it is the only 2013 release to sell in seven figures so far.

Move to issue an entire album’s worth of fresh material hot on the heels of a certified smash is rare in the biz these days. While top performers like Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber have swiftly followed up hit releases with remix or acoustic collections, gambit of pushing a set of entirely new tracks into the market in the same calendar year as a mega-hit has been virtually unseen since the ’60s, when even the biggest acts were contractually obliged to do so.

Timberlake’s trek, which lifts off with the Halloween date at Bell Centre, so far comprises 23 North American arena dates, running through next February. No appearances have yet been announced in either L.A. or Gotham.

Vocalist’s first tour in six years will also take him to Europe, South America and Australia.

Members of Timberlake’s fan club the Tennessee Kids and MasterCard card holders will get preferential pre-sale access this Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. The musician announced a two-year partnership with the credit card firm in late April.

Ducats will go on sale to the general public for most announced dates on May 13 and 17.

The “20/20 Experience Tour” dates announced so far:

Date                       City                                         Venue

Oct 31                    Montreal, QC                        Bell Centre

Nov. 13                  Raleigh, NC                           PNC Arena

Nov. 15                  Nashville, TN                        Bridgestone Arena

Nov. 16                  Columbus, OH                      Nationwide Arena

Nov. 18                  Memphis, TN                        Fedex Forum

Nov. 19                  St. Louis, MO                        Scottrade Center

Nov. 21                  Tulsa, OK                               BOK Center

Nov. 29                  Las Vegas, NV                       MGM Grand Garden Arena

Dec. 2                     Phoenix, AZ                           US Airways Center

Dec. 4                     Dallas, TX                              American Airlines Center

Dec. 5                     Houston, TX                          Toyota Center

Dec. 11                   Indianapolis, IN                  Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Dec. 12                   Cleveland, OH                      Quicken Loans Arena

Dec. 14                   Pittsburgh, PA                      Consol Energy Center

Dec. 15                   Louisville, KY                        KFC Yum! Center

Dec. 17                   Atlanta, GA                            Philips Arena

Dec. 19                   Orlando, FL                           Amway Center

2014

Jan. 13                   Edmonton, AB                       Rexall Place

Jan. 17                   Seattle, WA                           Key Arena

Jan. 22                   Denver, CO                            Pepsi Center

Feb. 7                     Fargo, ND                              FARGODOME

Feb. 9                     St. Paul, MN                          Xcel Energy Center

Feb. 10                   Omaha, NE                            CenturyLink Center

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