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The second 'retired' museum to make an appearance on the world's radar this week demands rather more fanfare than Bowie

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Music fans had a few surprises this week. Two artists who had “retired” from music, David Bowie and Justin Timberlake, both announced they weren’t done quite yet.

But whereas Bowie nonchalantly uploaded a new track (the first in a decade) onto the internet on Tuesday, Timberlake obviously felt his return (after a five-year absence) deserved rather more fanfare.

At 5am yesterday he tweeted telling people to head to his website at 5pm. Pop fans everywhere held their breath all day for a new track. Five o’clock arrived and instead of a tune, a one-minute video appeared featuring Timberlake giving a pretentious speech.

“I don’t want to put anything out that I feel is something I don’t love. You have to wait for it”. He finishes by stepping into a recording booth and saying, “I’m ready”.

Then we’re informed to come back in three days’ time, when presumably a new song will drop. Or perhaps he’ll string it out for a bit longer. I think I preferred Bowie’s resurrection.