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Justin Timberlake returns with cheery pop

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 28, 2016 shows US singer and actor Justin Timberlake arrives to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party  in Beverly Hills, California. Pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned May 6, 2016 with his first new song in three years, a cheery pop number that will appear on his upcoming movie "Trolls." Timberlake released a video for "Can't Stop the Feeling" in which the singer dances across his studio with appearances by other voice actors from the movie including actress Anna Kendrick and fellow pop star Gwen Stefani.  / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ

(FILES) This file photo taken on February 28, 2016 shows US singer and actor Justin Timberlake arrives to the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California.<br />Pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned May 6, 2016 with his first new song in three years, a cheery pop number that will appear on his upcoming movie “Trolls.” Timberlake released a video for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” in which the singer dances across his studio with appearances by other voice actors from the movie including actress Anna Kendrick and fellow pop star Gwen Stefani.<br />/ AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN SANCHEZ-GONZALEZ

Pop superstar Justin Timberlake returned Friday with his first new song in three years, a cheery pop number that will appear on his upcoming movie “Trolls.”

Timberlake released a video for “Can’t Stop the Feeling” in which the singer dances across his studio with appearances by other voice actors from the movie including actress Anna Kendrick and fellow pop star Gwen Stefani.

“Trolls,” a three-dimensional animation to be released by studio DreamWorks on November 4, is based on troll dolls, the frazzled-hair toys that have enjoyed periodic popularity in the West since the 1950s and are based on the mischievous small hermits of Norse mythology.

But “Can’t Stop the Feeling” has little obvious connection to trolls and instead takes on a summery party vibe, with an electronic backdrop to the chorus in which Timberlake sings, “Nothing I can see but you when you dance, dance, dance.”

The sound is stylistically consistent for Timberlake, who has recently appeared with country stars Little Big Town and Chris Stapleton, raising speculation he would make a musical turn back to the genre rooted in his native state of Tennessee.

Timberlake became a superstar in the late 1990s as a member of NSYNC, one of the most successful boy bands.

He managed not only to stay successful but to win critical respect as a solo artist, often adopting an R&B sound.

The song is his first release since his double-album “The 20/20 Experience” in 2013 and since he and his wife, actress Jessica Biel, had a child a year ago.

Timberlake, 35, has also been an active actor, playing roles in films such as the Facebook drama “The Social Network” and “Inside Llewyn Davis,” the Coen Brothers’ dark take on a struggling folk singer.

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