By Pavithra Mohan

Myspace pulled back the curtain on its new redesign with today’s posting of a new Myspace video preview, which boasts a streamlined format visually reminiscent of both Facebook and Pinterest, but with the added edge of horizontal scrolling. The new look emphasizes modularity while still preserving an image-driven layout that’s easy on the eyes.

Myspace was always largely frequented by musicians—established artists as well as those looking for a break—and this focus is furthered by Justin Timberlake’s role as an investor and creative mind working with Specific Media, the company that acquired Myspace for $35 million in 2011.

It’s quite fitting that the new Myspace redesign has heavily exploited Timberlake’s celebrity and brand, splashing this new Myspace  video preview with glossy photos of him and other artists in a fashion similar to some of Facebook’s Timeline features—particularly the cover photo idea.

With the new Myspace redesign, the company is perhaps hoping to carve out its niche, again, by revitalizing its artist base, so that it’ll stand alone in a climate dominated by Facebook and Pinterest and Twitter. We’ll just have to see how it’ll hold up against the heavyweights.

The new Myspace landing page welcomes users, old and new, with a simple message: “We’re hard at work building the new Myspace, entirely from scratch. But we’re staying true to our roots in one important way—empowering people to express themselves however they want. So whether you’re a musician, photographer, filmmaker, designer or just a dedicated fan, we’d love for you to be a part of our brand new community.”

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