On the second night of "Justin Timberweek," the singer performed a new song, "Mirrors," from his upcoming album, but it was his unusual rendition of "SexyBack" that was the standout moment of the episode.
At the suggestion of a viewer, Timberlake teamed up with "The Ragtime Gals" -- "Late Night's" in-house barbershop quartet, known for their covers of raunchy songs like "It Wasn't Me" -- on a new version of the infectious 2006 hit single.
Somehow, the song's PG-13 lyrics ("Dirty babe/You see these shackles baby I'm your slave/I'll let you whip me if I misbehave") sound even racier in a cappella, five-part harmony.
It's the latest destined-to-go-viral collaboration between the musically oriented comedian and the comedically oriented musician, whose series of "History of Rap" videos have been a massive hit online. (We're crossing our fingers that another installment will land sometime this week.)
While Timberlake is already reaching Beyonce-like levels of media saturation just days into a promotional press blitz, the singer's weeklong residency has delivered "SNL" its highest ratings in more than a year.
Hey, NBC: You might want to put this Timberlake fella on retainer.
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