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.
The MTV Music Video Awards are being held in Brooklyn this year, because some executive somewhere is just now hearing that BK is like, super cool. And what else is super cool? Boy band reunions. Wait am I being sarcastic? I don’t think so. Because rumor is that someone out there is toying with the idea of doing everything they can to reunite *NSYNC for the VMA’s. And honestly…that would…be…AWESOME.
But only if they actually reunited for a song/performance. Getting them all on stage in front of a podium to give out an award for Most Improved Wardrobe or whatever the f-ck the VMA’s gives awards for DOES NOT COUNT. So if they’re gonna do that, save Timberlake the trouble (because he’s obviously the only one who is ever going to hold out, let’s be real).
From the Daily News:
Producers of the Barclays blowout set for Sunday night are “trying to make it happen,” an MTV source told US Weekly, adding that the much anticipated reunion is steadily “coming together.”
This year’s MTV bash will see top nominee Timberlake, 32, adorned with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which is probably why a reunion was thought up.
So there you go, that’s all we got to go on. I do not think it will happen, but lord knows that with Lady Gaga and Katy Perry and even Miley performing, we’ll still have lots of great GIFs for years to come.
Justin Timberlake has contributed some cool stuff to pop music, I guess, and all the young, hip folks seem to like him. I think he’s got some good songs, but he’s no messiah. Still, MTV has decided to honour him with their Michael Jackson ‘Video Vanguard’ award during next Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, which is going to turn parts of my borough into an obnoxious deathtrap. Residents of Brooklyn, you’ll need to hit up the Brooklyn Junction Target instead of the Atlantic Center… unless of course you’re going purposely in hopes of catching a glimpse of Selena Gomez‘s butt or whatever people wait outside events for.
Anyway, Justin! He’ll join such luminaries as Britney Spears, Madonna, Beastie Boys, REM, David Bowie, Bon Jovi and The Rolling Stones in receiving the award, which is a pretty big deal. He’ll also be performing that night, as will Katy Perry (LUV U, GURL), Lady Blah-Blah, Miley Cyrus and Yeezus himself. Should be a fun evening.
For the record, Justin has already won 14 VMAs during his career. Do you think he deserves such a prestigious accolade, though?
Justin Timberlake‘s new single is called ‘Take Back the Night’, which, if you live under a rock, you may not know is also the name of an anti-domestic violence/rape organisation who are none too happy with the whole “coincidence” (Justin’s words). In fact, the group has threatened potential legal action as they feel Justin used the phrase “without permission”.
Now Justin has spoken out about the whole fiasco, insisting that it totally wasn’t on purpose and now that he knows about the ACTUAL Take Back the Night, he’s working towards stopping violence against women. Uh, in the span of a week, dude? Okay…
From Radar Online:
“Upon the release of my new single ‘Take Back The Night’, I was made aware of an organization of the same name called The Take Back The Night Foundation.
“I wanted to take this opportunity to let all know that neither my song nor its lyrics have any association with the organization. As I’ve learned more about The Take Back The Night Foundation, I’m moved by its efforts to stop violence against women, create safe communities and encourage respectful relationships for women — Something we all should rally around.
“It is my hope that this coincidence will bring more awareness to this cause.”
So… is he still just gonna let the song drop and hope for the best, or…? I mean, to be fair – and y’all know I’m a “Feminazi”, LOLZ – but I think this is a bit much, and I do think it was coincidental. When I’m sitting down to write, I don’t think to myself, “Huh, I wonder if any women’s advocacy groups share a name with any of the phraseology I’m using here?” Like, it sucks and now that he knows he should “correct it”, but I don’t think he’s taking anything away from the organisation by naming his song ‘Take Back the Night’. Eh, whatever.
I think it’s pretty safe to say that Justin Timberlake thinks of himself as THE MAN when it comes to laying down smooth beats for the ladies. Sure, he’s married and in luv with Jessica Biel, but you can’t tell me he doesn’t think his shit smells like roses. That being said, I like him, and I like his music, but what in the hell is going on with his video for ‘Tunnel Vision’?
The concept is simple: Justin sings alone as silhouettes (and then actual full blown shots) of naked women dance in what I think is meant to be a seductive way. There’s a lot of titty action, and while I feel I shouldn’t blaspheme and ask this, I just must: WHY? It makes no sense. I know it’s supposed to be ~artistic~ and sensual but I just kinda feel like… yeah, we get it, you write sex music. I don’t need to see naked ladies to get that.
What do you think of the ‘Tunnel Vision’ video? Also, has anyone else noticed that Justin Timberlake finally looks like a grown ass man in his 30s? It’s kinda bugging me out. He’s giving me major professor vibes.