65. 4 Minutes (Featuring Justin Timberlake) (2008)
The song with Britney is piffled compared to this. 4 Minutes, co-written with Madonna and Mr JT, is a stonking powerhouse track. The lyrics cleverly rest on a double meaning of being a call to arms to save the world (make poverty history, and all that) or a “Hey, the world is ending - let’s have sex” moment.
Madonna and Justin appear in the videos as absolute equals. She’s not his chick and he’s not her beefcake. If she takes off his shirt, he takes off her corset. Tit for mantit.
The pair are being pursued by a giant black screen that absorbs everything in its path. We’re treated to the sight of a young couple pashing the the screen hits them, making visible the inner workings of their mouth love, tongues and all.
A burst of hot Madonna-on-Justin action is hinted at as he pulls her into a car, but obviously there’s no time for such carry on - they’ve only four minutes to, etc.
Interestingly, they don’t have many shots together, though will be in the same room at the same time. I think this may be due to Madonna having special lovely-face natural glow lighting that would look weird shining on beardy Timberlake’s face.
But despite the seemingly egalitarian relationship between Justin and Madge, it seems the rules still apply - if you think you can go one-on-one with Madonna and win, you’d better think again. Since recording this song, Justin Timberlake has not released any more albums, focusing instead on his acting career.