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EW 100 honoree Justin Timberlake is putting his own projects on the backburner as he prepares to launch his new label and lends his production skills to new records from Madonna and Duran Duran

By Simon Vozick-Levinson

In the midst of traveling around the globe promoting Shrek the Third and playing sold-out venues on his worldwide FutureSex/LoveShow tour, Justin Timberlake took time out to call EW.com from Cologne, Germany, to share some of the other projects he's somehow fit into his schedule. In this revealing chat, the artist talks for the first time about his sessions with Madonna, reveals the artists he's signed to his new label, and explains why he's taking time off from his own release schedule.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You and Timbaland have been writing and producing songs for Madonna's next album. How's that been going?

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: The records that we've done so far are really exciting. There are some dance records, there are some mid-tempo ballads, there's all types of different stuff. But I don't want to gas it too much. People might like it or people might not. I don't want to say, like, [carnival-barker voice] ''It's going to change the world!'' You know what I mean? But we like it.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: How about the songs you've recorded with Duran Duran for their new album?

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE: It's crazy to be sitting in a room with people that you admired as such a young kid, and now they're looking to you for answers and suggestions and opinions. Literally, I'm just a fan.

Justin Timberlake

Courtesy Entertainment Weekly