Justin Timberlake recently released an explicit video for his latest single, "Tunnel Vision."
Approximately two-thirds of the almost 7-minute video showed models appearing topless and about a third of the clip showed them baring their chest. The video can be seen here (Warning: Video contains nudity.)
Billboard reported that the video was briefly pulled from YouTube due to the nude content, but the video currently appears on the site with an explicit content warning that asks users to click "continue" in order to play the video.
On VEVO, an Internet music video service that is a content partner of YouTube's, the video displays a "Parental Advisory" label next to the title, which has "Explicit" in parenthesis. An "Explicit" watermark can also be seen in the first few second of the video while it plays on VEVO.
According to ABC News, Google, which owns YouTube, does not usually allow nudity on the site, but made an exception for Timberlake's video.
"While our Guidelines generally prohibit nudity, we make exceptions when it is presented in an educational, documentary or artistic context, and take care to add appropriate warnings and age-restrictions," a Google spokesperson told ABC News on Friday, July 5.
It should be noted that Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" video also prominently featured topless models and Google pulled the video shortly after its release in March. ABC News reported that Google would not comment further on why an exception was made for "Tunnel Vision."
The song is the third single from Timberlake's third solo studio album "The 20/20 Experience," which was released in March. The video had 1.4 million views on YouTube and 1.2 million views on VEVO at the time of this writing.
The video was directed by Jonathan Craven (son of director Wes Craven), Simon McLoughlin and Jeff Nicholas. Timberlake's team tweeted about the video's explicit nature before sending out a link to the clip on July 3.
"Check out the new video for Tunnel Vision and be ready...it's explicit. -teamJT," a Tweet from Timberlake's verified account reads.
It was reported back in May that Timberlake announced the release date of the second half of his album "The 20/20 Experience" via a photo on Instagram. The photo showed Timberlake holding a guitar in a recording studio and a sign that read The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2) SEPT. 30th."