Justin Timberlake is set to release the second part of his 20/20 Experience album at the end of this month, but he’s given us another teaser of what we can expect with his new track ‘TKO’. It’s another whopper at over seven minutes long, but I guess that’s what ~artistry~ is all about… right? It’s been produced by Timbaland, of course, so it’s all very much the JT we’re used to.
What do you think? Were you a fan of The 20/20 Experience and will you get The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2?
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If Justin Timberlake could pucker up any harder to kiss Jay-Z‘s ass, he’d give himself a hernia. Sure, they collaborated on Magna Carta Holy Grail and they’re “friends”, but take it down a few notches, bro. Now Justin is insisting that Jay-Z is nothing like his on stage persona of some hardened thug or something (which… that’s definitely not his persona anymore) and he’s actually just a cool, normal guy and is actually acting when he’s performing.
From T Magazine:
“I try to talk to people about how much acting goes into music, how much of a character goes into what you put on stage.
“You ever sit down with Jay? He’s not the guy he is on stage. I’m not the guy I am on stage. I am a performer. It’s an elevated idea.”
Thanks, Captain Obvious. I mean… I dunno, am I missing something? Jay-Z is a great rapper and he clearly lives the lifestyle of flashing his money about and being a “boss” when not performing. So what? As for Justin, I don’t see a “persona” there, I see a singer… singing songs. It’s not like Lady GaGa or someone who puts on elaborate stage production and dresses up in wigs and costumes and shit, so I don’t know that this applies.
That being said, I like both JT and Jay-Z, I just kinda don’t get his point.
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Okay, here’s the deal: Apparently Justin Timberlake said that *NSYNC was better than One Direction during some interview on The Breakfast Club and now he’s trying to backtrack and claim that that question was really who would win at a pie eating contest. Uh… LOL. Here’s the comments in question:
“I have not seen them on stage, but I’d be willing to say that we’re better than them.
“But I don’t feel like I’m laying down any gauntlet. I’ve seen them a couple times and I like those guys. It’s interesting to see this whole wave of that come back around.”
Okay, so in what world could that ever have been about pie eating? And what reporter would be dumb enough to even ask a question like that in the first place? Also, he isn’t even making sense considering at one point he says he’s never seen them on stage and in the next sentence, he’s saying he’s seen them a few times. Which is it, Justin?
Obviously he started getting a lot of shit for this, so he hopped on Twitter to clear things up:
Sorry, Justin, I don’t buy it.
Justin Timberlake is a huge fan of Justin Timberlake. Which is why Justin Timberlake thinks Justin Timberlake would be a perfect choice for The Riddler. Look, we already have Ben Affleck as Batman — do we have to make more poor decisions? How much can one franchise take?
From Rolling Stone:
Timberlake said in a recent interview on New York radio station Fresh 102.7 that he would rather play a bad guy than take on a role like Batman’s sidekick Robin. “Now, a villain! I’ll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything – because I grew up loving Batman – funnily enough, is the Riddler,” Timberlake said. “The Riddler is my favorite villain. The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I’m gonna play crazy, I wanna play proper crazy.”
Cool story, bro.
WAIT A MINUTE — I just realized that I don’t care about any of this. Carry on!
But who would you like to see as The Riddler?
Jay-Z (oh, I’m sorry – Jay Z?) released his latest album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, earlier this summer to mixed reviews. I really like 1/4 of it, like about 1/2 of it and the rest I’ll skip whenever it comes up on my iTunes, but that’s neither here nor there. Jay worked with quite a few other artists on this record, and the opening track – aptly titled ‘Holy Grail’ – features Justin Timberlake. That song is the new single, and now there’s a video for it! Woo hoo!
Here’s a random question: do any of you actually really like music videos as a medium? I ask because I never have. I don’t think they add anything new to the music and I often find them distracting or disappointing. I don’t really have an opinion on this one either way, but I just don’t “get” music videos as a whole. I know they can be another medium for an artist to express his/her “vision”, but I dunno. Just doesn’t do it for me. If you’re a big music video fan, why do you like them? Shed some light!
*NSYNC reunited for a hot second during the VMAs on Sunday night during Justin Timberlake‘s medley performance commemorating his win of the Video Vanguard Award. This little appearance got some people without brains excited, thinking the boyband is back together and they might do a tour together. Not unheard of, but definitely not happening for these guys.
JC Chasez let everyone down gently during an interview on Ryan Seacrest‘s KIIS-FM radio show (via DS):
“It was just about five guys who were great friends, who spent 10 or 15 years together touring, and we wanted to give that back to our fans, but we were there mainly to support Justin.
“Literally just a few days ago, Justin gave me a buzz and he pretty much said, ‘Hey man, listen, I’m getting this award and they’ve given me a pile of time to perform, and we started our careers at MTV and I think we should get the band back together’.”
“It really was about [Justin], and all that he’s accomplished. He wanted to acknowledge that part of his career, and so we all decided to do it.”
Well, that’s nice. If only Justin was struggling a bit more financially – it would really help these dudes out and go on a reunion tour. It would definitely sell out – nostalgia is really in right now.
Yo Timberlake, I really appreciate you taking the time out of your day to get back together with *NSYNC for the 2013 MTV Music Video Awards, but do you think you could have given them maybe more than one minute? Yes, the rumors of a reunion were true. It was so exciting to see *NSYNC back together — even Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga were rocking out in the audience — but if you blinked, you missed it.
Can’t find a good quality video yet, and hopefully by the time you watch this it’s still up.
I still screeched like a little girl, I just wished they could have at least done a whole song.