Jay Z & Justin Timberlake Take Chicago By Storm At Soldier Field

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R&B star Justin Timberlake and rapper Jay Z took their Magna Carta Holy Grail joint show to a sold out concert to the Chicago's Soldier Fields stop on their world tour. Their gig was certainly a spectacle of music, light and performance but The Chicago Tribute notes an intriguing moment during their joint headline concert when Timberlake apologised to the crowd after he launched into his own rendition of Sinatra's 'New York, New York' to a chorus of boos from the Chi-town crowd. "You know I love you, Chicago, right?" asked JT after he sensed unrest from within the audience. However, festooned with gold bling, rapper Jay Z strode up for an unapologetic performance of 'Empire State of Mind'; a serenade to his beloved home city, commanding the 50,000 fans to join in with the pre-recorded Alicia Keys performance.

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Jay Z Weighed Down By Heavy Chains.

The Journal Sentinel remarks that the duo "fell short of delivering the No. 1 concert experience of the year," with "minimal banter" and interaction other than singing between the performers that "came off more as obligation than admiration." However, theirs was reportedly a highly slick collaboration that blended the distinct musical talents of the pair well, such as Jay Z's 'I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)' weaving in and out with Timberlake's 'Rock Your Body' and, of course, the MCHG track 'Suit & Tie' in which JT sings whilst Jay Z raps.

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Jay Z & JT Executed A Slick & Spectacular Performance.

The show was part of the stars' Legends of Summer world tour, with support from almost twenty musicians, including backing singers and a horn section, who were on stage for over two-and-a-half hours performing nearly 40 songs including '99 Problems', 'Heart of the City', 'Rock Your Body' and 'Big Pimpin' as Timberlake danced, slid and spun to Jay Z's more stationary swagger.

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Timberlake Showed Off His Vocal Range & Musical Prowess.

Jay Z's recent album Magna Carta Holy Grail shot to number in a great many countries across the world with 528,000 copies sold in its first week, and Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience (with a Pt. 2 to come this September) is the biggest selling album of the year so far. They were most certainly the kings of their hit-filled set but those who came for a nuance of warmth and poignancy were left wanting in the wake of the explosive, big beat extravaganza that pulled out all the stops to be unquestionably spectacular.


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