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This year saw the release of so many incredible albums, that trying to list the top 20 really doesn't do 2013 justice. However, after some strong analysis of what the year had to offer, we unveil the most listenable collections - from the super-hyped major label releases to the lesser-known but just as sensational offerings.
Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampire in the City' - 'Modern Vampires in the City' makes it three for three for the New Yorkers and their latest release could very well be their best yet. It shows evolution for the band, but they have retained that essential quality that made 'Contra' and their self-titled debut such wonderfully upbeat and genuine pleasures to listen to each time. 'Modern Vampire in the City' is also the release that marks Vampire Weekend as a band that should be taken seriously, but one who you can still have immense fun with. 'Diane Young' is yet another indie floor filler, standing shoulder to shoulder with previous bangers 'A-Punk' and 'Cousins.' Where the album really excels, however, is when VW reach out to new quarters and sound completely inimitable. The yelps of 'Ya Hey' bring fun to a song that essentially deals with the theme of lost conviction, the graceful 'Hanna Hunt' erupts in the most complete song released this year and album opener 'Obvious Bicycle' sets the whole thing in motion with its refreshingly angelic melodies and steady, train-like clunks that lie beneath all the splendour. Vampire Weekend are no longer the Brooklyn minions rattling at the gates of eminence, the gates have been swung open for them and the welcoming committee should have made them feel rightly at home.
Continue reading: Contactmusic.com's Top Albums Of 2013
He's acted before, so this'll be breezy
Drake will be at the helm when Saturday Night Live returns for its first episode of 2014. The rapper will be facing the twin concerns of presenting and performing when he takes the microphone in January, the show announced last night.
Drake will have the spotlight on him come January
Will he be able to emulate, or even outdo, Justin Timberlake Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and Miley Cyrus who have all taken the mantle recently?
Continue reading: Drake To Juggle Presenting And Performing On Saturday Night Live In January
The promos are here! It's happening!
Are you counting down the days until Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake host/guest on Saturday Night Live? Of course you are. We all are. Only three days left. Despite Fallon being an SNL alumn himself, he wasn’t spared from having to brave the NY cold and record some promos for the Dec 21 event alongside Kenan Thompson and Kate McKinnon. And we’re glad for that, because, predictably, Fallon’s promos are pretty hilarious.
Brace yourselves, the SNL show you didn't even know you needed is almost here.
And, uh, we hate to break it to you... but JT won’t be there, because of a cancelled flight. Nah, of course he’ll be there, but they did give us a start with that particular joke. Though Fallon and Thompson would be forgiven, since they were apparently forced to stand in the snow (or pigeon droppings, as Jimmy joked in true NY style) for hours to film those promos.
Continue reading: The Saturday Night Live Promos With Jimmy Fallon Are Here! Time To Be Excited
The singer helped Joshua Clemons propose to his partner Kim Martin in Louisville, Kentucky
Let it never be said that the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky, isn't fit for a romantic setting. During his recent concert at the arena on Sunday (15 Dec.) night, Justin Timberlake helped out a fan in need with one heck of a grand statement, by helping the fan propose to his girlfriend midway through the show.
JT put on one heck of a show in Louisville
After making his way through his hit 'That Girl,' Timberlake brought the show to a stop and helped Joshua Clemons on stage, giving him a helping hand in asking for Kim Martin's hand in marriage.
Continue reading: Ain't He Sweet! Justin Timberlake Helps Man Propose To His Partner At Concert [Video]
The Coen brothers have a wry twinkle in their eyes as they take us on a lyrical journey with a hugely likeable musician for whom success is only barely out of reach. It's also an engaging exploration of both the the early 1960s New York folk music scene that gave us Bob Dylan and the tenacity it takes to make your dreams come true.
It's 1961, and Llewyn Davis (Isaac) isn't sure he wants to fight anymore. His career has stalled, and he's moving from couch to couch trying to pick up gigs. But he doesn't have anything to lose, and when he inadvertently acquires a pet cat he has a bit of purpose for a change. On the other hand, his longtime friendship with husband-and-wife folk duo Jim and Jean (Timberlake and Mulligan) is strained when Jean tells him she's pregnant with a child that might be his. In need of cash, he takes a job in Chicago, taking a long road-trip with two nutcases (Hedlund and Goodman). And he even considers re-enlisting in the Merchant Marines.
Despite Llewyn's quiet desperation, the Coens keep the film's tone light and endearing, with constant comical touches that keep us smiling right to the cleverly elliptical ending. They also pack the movie with folk music that's gorgeously produced by T Bone Burnett, offering emotive counterpoints to Llewyn's sardonic sense of humour. His snappy wit often gets him into trouble, but we can immediately see his depth of character as well, and Isaac is terrific in the role, the kind of guy we would happily spend a lot more time with.
Continue reading: Inside Llewyn Davis Review
'N' Sync reunite for a second time in 2013 at Chris Kirkpatrick's wedding!
'N' Sync star, Chris Kirkpatrick, has married his long-time girlfriend, Karly Skladany.
The wedding ceremony took place in Orlando, Fla., at Loews Hotel on Saturday (Nov 2nd).
The celebrations were extra special as the entire 'N' Sync crew were all in attendance to see their fellow band mate on his big day.
Continue reading: Chris Kirkpatrick's Wedding Sees 2nd 'N' Sync Reunion Of 2013
Justin Timberlake's comeback is 100% complete.
Justin Timberlake scored his second No.1 album of the year on Wednesday (October 9, 2012) when it was announced thatThe 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 sold 350,000 copies in its first week. The first instalment sold 968,000 copies, the biggest opening week sales of the year so far.
It's an incredible feat for the 32-year-old, who returned to music after a five-year hiatus during which he turned in some decent movie performances. The albums charting at No.1 is an achievement in itself, though the volume of sales proves both Timberlake's enduring popularity and the healthy nature of the record business. Second place Drake only managed to shift 148,000 copies, while Lorde's debut Pure Heroine moved 129,000.
Earlier this year, Timberlake had returned with new single Suit & Tie, featuring rapper Jay-Z. It became a chart-topper and The 20/20 Experience was adored by both critics and fans.
Continue reading: Is Justin Timberlake The Biggest Pop Star On The Planet?
Justin Timberlake's year just keeps getting better as he earns his second No.1 album of 2013.
Justin Timberlake’s domination of 2013 continues as the singer reaches No.1 with his new album ‘20/20 Experience Part 2 of 2’.
The album is the highly anticipated sequel to the release of ’20/20 Experience’ back in March (2013) and in its first week of release it reaches the top spot on the Billboard album chart.
‘Part 2’ seems to be repeating the same success as the first instalment as JT’s new set sold 350,000 copies since its release at the end of September (27th), according to Nielson SoundScan.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Earns Second No.1 Album Of 2013 - Greatest Comeback Ever?
It was a tightly-fought contest between the two artists, but it was the all-girl three piece that managed to walk away victorious
Haim and Justin Timberlake battled it out in one of the most closely contested fights for the top of the UK album chart this weekend, with the all-girl trio only just managing to out muscle Justin's second album of 2013. Earlier this week, it was Justin who led the girls, but after a long-fought weekend it was the 'Don't Save Me' hit-makers who were able to finish the week as the no. 1 artist in the UK.
Haim managed to beat JT after a long week of competition
According to the Official UK Album Chart, Haim managed to score 2,100 more sales of their debut album, Days Are Gone, than Justin's The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, which at one point in the week had led the girls by just 28 copies. Ultimately though, it was the three piece from Los Angeles who made the top spot, making Justin have to wait before he can claim his fourth UK number one album.
Continue reading: Haim Edge Out Justin Timberlake To Claim UK Album Chart Top Spot
The film made over $55 million during it's first weekend at the box office, exceeding expectation by some distance
Gravity has proved to be the unlikely success story of early October thanks to the overwhelming word-of-mouth success. Having been heralded by the internet long before it was given it's official release on Friday, 4 October, the film rode out it's first weekend stay at the box office with immense success, gaining further praise and breaking the October box office record along the way.
Gravity has soared to success
Starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, both of whom (Bullock in particular) are being touted for awards success thanks to their performances in the film, Gravity has been described as an out of this world ocular treat, held together thanks to the gripping direction of Alfonso Cuaron and the performance of the two stars. This critical and internet-fuelled momentum has seen the film smash previous box office records for the month of October by bringing in an estimated $55.6 million over the weekend. As well as beating the record previously held by Paranormal Activity 3, the film is also the best opening for both of the film's stars, beating The Heat and Batman and Robin respectively.
Continue reading: 'Gravity' Leads The Way At The Box Office And Sets New October Record Too
Justin Timberlake and Haim are neck and neck for the UK's No.1 Album spot, but who will become victorious?
Haim and Justin Timberlake are in an intensely close battle for the top spot on the UK Album Charts.
According to the Official Charts Company between Sunday and Thursday Haim have sold 26,417 copies of their debut album 'Days Are Gone'.
Whereas Timberlake's '20/20 Experience 2 of 2' has sold 26,445 copies, thus JT is leading the Californian sisters by selling 28 more copies.
Continue reading: Haim Vs. Justin Timberlake For No.1 UK Album
We take a look at the three front-runners and their chances.
Three films go head to head this weekend, all with reasonable claim to the top spot. But will the audiences go for a historical to learn about the demise of JFK; head for the stars with Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck or be sucked in by Gravity’s delightful pull.
Colin Hanks and Zac Efron in Parkland
Despite some mediocre reviews, Parkland strings together some attractive qualities: a bona fide history lesson, a great cast and, of course, Zac Efron’s face, which has proven to be a marketable asset up until now, so why would that change now? There are two things that mean Parkland won’t be top of the box office come Monday.
Continue reading: Box Office Preview: Can 'Parkland' Take On Gravity's Pull, Runner Runner's Star Quality?
He's made us wait until the end of the year to listen to it, but has the follow-up to the first '20/20 Experience' been worth the wait?
Justin Timberlake triumphantly returned from his stint in Hollywood to reclaim his title as the reigning king of the pop world earlier this year when he released the widely-praised The 20/20 Experience Part 1. It's been six months since the March release of JT's first 2013 experience, and with that time he's been able to perfect each element of the album and fine tune it into potentially one of the best pop albums of the year. But before we can claim it as the release of 2013, what have the critics got to say about The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2?
Has Justin delivered with his follow-up 'experience'
The final verdict is hard to determine, as Justin has managed to split the critics into three categories; ones who say the album is an exceptional finish to what he started in March, some who say the album is a huge failure and a disappointment at that, and finally those who don't really know what to think, and are sat on the fence as to whether the album should be heralded or lampooned. The first 20/20 Experience had many strong points, but sometimes missed the mark and outran itself on a number of tracks, but it had few people claiming it was an instant classic bar a few notable songs. It looks as though this is the overwhelming verdict with part 2 as well, with critics mostly complaining that the album needed to trade some duds with a few bonafied pop hits to be considered a classic.
Continue reading: The Reviews Are Here: Has Justin Timberlake Delivered With 'The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2'?
Is a new partnership blooming? Could Timberlake be - ahem - Affleck's Robin?
The distinctive smell of a bromance is filling Contact Music’s nostrils. Matt Damon might be scribbling into his diary with excessive force this weekend as new buds Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake cuddle up together. The Argo actor and new Batman has been waxing lyrical about his Runner Runner co-star.
Justin Timberlake and Ben Affleck in Runner Runner
"I love Justin. Being around Justin is inspiring, he works really hard, he's incredibly gifted. There's nothing the guy can't do. I really am the biggest fan of his. I'm trying to win tickets to the show," Affleck said in a statement. (IMDB)
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Is One In 400 Million, Says Ben Affleck
Clearly something went horribly wrong as this thriller was being made, because despite a solid cast, gorgeous locations and an intriguing premise, the film is an incoherent mess. Sure, it looks achingly cool, but there isn't a single moment when the characters' motivations make any sense. And there's never a hint of suspense or danger.
It doesn't help that the set-up revolves around two of the least cinematic things on earth: finances and computers. Timberlake plays Princeton grad student Richie, who runs a gambling website to pay his tuition but loses his savings when another site cheats him. So he heads to Costa Rica to confront the online casino boss Ivan (Affleck). Impressed with his initiative, Ivan offers him a job, and soon Richie has more cash than he can possibly spend. But for some reason, all he wants is Ivan's colleague-girlfriend Rebecca (Arterton). Then a nosey FBI agent (Mackie) forces Richie to help him take Ivan down.
Director Fuhrman showed considerable promise with another renegade loner in The Lincoln Lawyer, but this film simply refuses to fill in enough of the gaps. Nothing that happens here is remotely convincing, as the characters are continually thrust into half-developed scenarios. Perhaps there's a more coherent longer version out there, because this one feels like it was edited with a machete. Even as a cautionary tale about the dangers of greed, this story has nothing relevant to say.
Continue reading: Runner Runner Review
Once suffering from 'only child' syndrome, JT has plenty to be thankful for now.
It may come as something of a surprise, but as a child, Justin Timberlake wasn’t the charming, all-singing, all-dancing package he is now; no, indeed, he was quite shy. Up next for Timberlake is the second half of his album duo: ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 Of 2’ and his new film, ‘Runner Runner’.
Timberlake's comeback has been emphatic
“Funnily enough,” he told Metro, “until I discovered the stage, I really was a pretty shy kid and didn’t talk a lot. I was an only child and I think I had only-child syndrome.”
Continue reading: From Timid Child To Global Superstar, Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake ended the iHeartRadio festival event with a few new surprise tracks.
Music lovers at the iHeartRadio Music Festival last weekend (September 20th-21st 2013) were in for a treat as Justin Timberlake rounded off the event with a few new tunes.
It was a rather special set from the 'Suit and Tie' singer who has dealt well with the endless live shows and televised performances pretty much running through the whole year. He was introduced to the stage by undefeated welterweight boxer floyd mayweather who crowned him 'the heavyweight champion of music'; a prestigious title that his thrilled audience certainly didn't appear to dispute. As well as performing some timeless hits from 'Cry Me A River' to 'SexyBack' to 'Mirrors', JT unleashed some brand new tracks from 'The 20/20 Experience' follow-up, 'The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2'. He sang his most recent single 'TKO', as well as 'True Blood' and 'Only When I Walk Away'. Even aside from the music Justin was an act not to be missed, oozing with charisma as he owned the stage with his entertaining and often comedic dance routines.
Other notable performances from the weekend came from everyone's favourite controversy Miley Cyrus, who belted out hits such as 'Wrecking Ball' and 'We Can't Stop' wearing a customary revealing outfit; Joan Jett, who teamed up with Ke$ha in an unusual performance which celebrated her 55th birthday; and Paul McCartney, who was promoting his, quite literally, 'New' album set for release on October 15th.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Brings IHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 To A Lively Close
Th second day of the iHeartRadio Music Festival saw Justin Timberlake and Paul McCartney perform new material for the first time and Miley Cyrus becoming once again, the most talked about performer of the night.
Day 2 of the Las Vegas ‘iHeartRadio Music Festival’ kicked off this Saturday (Sept 21st) and the MGM Grand Garden arena witnessed yet another amazing crop of talent perform their best hits to in the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’.
Paul McCartney opened the second day of the music festival
But how did it match up to the festival's stellar opening day?
Continue reading: Day 2 Of Las Vegas' IHeartRadio Music Festival Is Nothing Short Of Eventful
Justin Timberlake's latest single was released this week with just days to go until the full album drops.
After many teasers in the form of tweets and videos, Justin Timberlake’s new single, TKO, is finally here. This is the second single of Justin’s newest album, or rather, the deluxe edition of The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2. The album features vocals from Drake and Jay Z, the latter of whom Timberlake recently collaborated with on a summer tour, as well as several tracks on both his 20/20 and Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail.
This is the second release off 20/20 part 2.
The track, released via Timberlake’s youtube channel, is a 7-minute ode to a former flame of Timberlake’s. It’s an impressive, rather upbeat electronic mix of sound and, like all tracks on 2 of 2, it was originally intended to go on the first release, but just didn’t make the cut. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest recently, the singer explained that the sheer bulk of songs made it impossible to fit everything on to the first album, but that he wanted to release all the songs none the less and that was how The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 came about. The album’s release date – September 30, is fast approaching.
Continue reading: TKO Starts The Countdown To Justin Timberlake's "The 20/20 Experience Part 2"
Justin Timberlake releases second single 'TKO' from the upcoming 4th studio album '20/20 Experience 2 of 2' and hopes it carries a winning blow.
Justin Timberlake released his new track 'TKO' this week (September 19th 2013) and yet again he is duelling it out with an enticing female partner in a losing effort. The lengthy track weighs in at just over 7 minutes and it is the second single to be taken from Timberlake's upcoming 4th studio album '20/20 Experience 2 of 2'.
As the title suggests, the song is full of boxing metaphors that describes a toxic relationship and the 32 year old is the loser in this bout as he chooses not to expose his cheating lover for what she is. The single is much more solid than the 1st track from the upcoming album 'Take Back The Night' and the strong backing Hip-Hop beat can only indicate Justin teamed up once again with regular collaborator Timbaland.
The track, that Timberlake teased fans with via his twitter account, is released in the same week as the crime drama movie 'Runner,Runner' hit theatres and sees the former 'Micky Mouse Club' member star alongside the future Batman, Ben Affleck.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Releases New Track 'TKO'
Ahead of the release of the second half of 'The 20/20 Experience,' JT has a new single out called 'TKO.'
Justin Timberlake is continuing his pursuit to make sure 2013 is his year and ahead of the release of his second album of 2013, the singer, actor and all-around Renaissance man has released the second full track from his upcoming release, 'TKO.' With production and backing vocals from regular collaborator Timbaland, the song has got us looking forward to the completion of the 20/20 Experience series all the more.
Justin will release the second edition of The 20/20 Experience this month.
Clocking in at a lengthy 7 minutes 6 seconds, it continues Justin's recent attempts to make challenging yet rewarding pop songs. The singer had three songs that clocked in at 8 minutes or over on the first 20/20 Experience and a further four clocking in at over 7 minutes, and when it comes to the second instalment of the 20/20 Experience, Justin will be continuing this trend. With only eleven songs stretched out across 74 minutes, the average length of each song in his will be over 6 and a half minutes long.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Unveils His Latest Track 'TKO' In Full
A gambler movie which delves into the complexities of morality, "Runner Runner" sounds like a great new film from Timberlake.
Despite his undisputed success with The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake is still actively working in his film career, most recently with the crime thriller Runner Runner. The movie, which also stars Ben Affleck and Jemma Arterton, centers around Richie Furst (believable names clearly weren’t a priority here), a gifted college student, who excels at mathematics and puts his talents to use playing online poker.
Justin Timberlake goes from a poor college student to an international criminal over the course of this movie.
His mostly harmless hobby later evolves into a much more sinister affair, as Richie struggles to pay his school fees – a situation, painfully familiar to many students. When he discovers an algorithm, which cheats players, he decides against blowing the whistle, instead opting to travel to meet the website's owner Ivan Block who offers him a job with a guaranteed 7-figure salary in just a few months.
Continue reading: "Runner Runner" Is A Gambling Movie With A Moral Dilemma [Trailer + Pictures]
Justin Timberlake is nowhere near ready to wind down after an already hectic year!
When Justin Timberlake publicly announced his return to music in January, we had no idea how spectacular a re-entrance it would be. The star has well and truly left no stone unturned in making sure that everybody knows he's bringing sexy back!
Suit & Tie Promo Shot
He abandoned his music career in 2007 after releasing his multi-platinum second album 'FutureSex/LoveSounds', his last single being US top 10 'Summer Love'. He made several guest appearances on other artists' tracks such as Madonna's 2008 hit '4 Minutes' and Jamie Foxx's 'Winner' in 2010, but generally he's been focused on his acting career appearing in the likes of Academy Award winning Facebook flick 'The Social Network' and romcom 'Friends with Benefits' opposite Mila Kunis, as well as voicing the character of Arthur Pendragon in 'Shrek The Third'.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake: The Biggest Comeback Of 2013?
Timberlake has done a lot of (good) acting for a pop star, but he might have overshot with his latest comment.
Ben Affleck is Batman, that’s a fact we’ve all almost come to terms with, but now it looks like Justin Timberlake – another one of those too-popular-to-be-any-good-at-acting types – is vying for a part in the rebooted batman franchise. And he has a very interesting (we’re not even being sarcastic with that) idea of who exactly he should play. We’ll give you a hint – it’s not Robin. Sidenote: as perfect as the idea might seem, Matt Damon won’t be the sidekick either, he has already rejected the possibility.
Paint that suit green and slap on a mask... it's not that hard to imagine.
No, Timberlake has a different idea of the character he should take on, as he said in Fresh 102.7's Jim and Kim Show: “"I ain't playin' Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie. Now VILLAIN! I'll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler. The Riddler is my favorite villain.” In fact, as E!News noted, Timberlake is already in the midst of promotion of another film where he collaborated with Affleck, Runner Runner.
Continue reading: Riddle Me This: Justin Timberlake As The Riddler?
The rapper has dropped his new music video, but only through Facebook at first.
Jay Z has made history by choosing to release the video for his new single, 'Holy Grail,' solely through social media in the first 24 hours. Facebook have an exclusive window to show the video for the first 24 hours, and from then on it will be on wider release.
Jay Z Has Teemed Up With Facebook, As He Did With Samsung To Launch His Album.
Nick Grudin, head of content partnerships for Facebook spoke of the company's enthusiasm for the unusual video launch: "What we're doing with Jay Z today is really exciting and we think emblematic of the evolution for music and how musicians can connect with their fans."
Continue reading: Jay Z Releases Smashing 'Holy Grail' Video On Facebook In Worldwide First
Turns out, it's all about Justin.
Any Nsync fans out there latently hoping for a full-fledged reunion to add to the band’s mini one at the MTV VMAs better get ready for some disappointing news: they’re not getting back together, and if anything, their brief flirtation with a comeback simply reminded them what split them up in the first place.
"It was funny because all of us getting back together, we remembered what we love about each other and what we hate about each other," band member Chris Kirkpatrick said Monday in a Florida radio interview with Johnny's House. "It was just a bit of fun. (U.S Magazine)
According to Kirkpatrick, the whole thing was designed to help Justin out; they were part of his set, and the goal was not to mess it up for him. "Honestly, when he talked to us I thought we were just coming out with mic stands and singing," he admitted. "When I came home from rehearsals my girl's like 'Why are you drenched?' . . .I'm too old for this! I was so worried about not messing up for him."
Continue reading: VMAs Reminded Us Of Why We Hated Each Other - No NSYNC Reunion Then?
Other winners on the night included Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and of course, One Direction
Sunday (25 August) night saw the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York taken over by the biggest names in pop for one night only, as the 29th annual MTV Video Music Awards took the recently-completed venue by storm in an awards show that, like most VMAs, will be long remembered. In all there were eleven different winners in the sixteen different categories, whilst the ceremony itself was an onslaught of musical surprises and memorable performances, as the VMAs continued to live up to it's billing as the 'Oscars for youth.'
Justin was the biggest winner on the night
The biggest winner of the night was pop's returning prince Justin Timberlake, who not only won the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for his services to the music industry, but also took home another three awards for two of his The 20/20 Experience music videos. His comeback single 'Suit & Tie' won Best Direction, whilst the follow-up single 'Mirrors earned the former N*Sync singer the Best Editing and the coveted Video of the Year Award. And speaking of N*Sync, during Timberlake's medley of hits prior to the Video Vanguard handing over, we were finally treated to the long-overdue reunion of N*Sync, who performed their memorable hits 'Girlfriend' and 'Bye Bye Bye.' We would have been more surprised, if it wasn't such a poorly kept secret.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake & Macklemore And Ryan Lewis Are The Toasts Of The Night: MTV VMAs FULL Winners List
Justin Timberlake will hook up with his old band mates at the upcoming Video Music Awards... apparently
N Sync reunion at the VMAs? Surely this is too good to be true! Well apparently this is supposedly what is going to happen at the Snday, 25 August awards show, according to reports coming from within MTV. Vulture first reported that it had heard from people working behind the scenes at the VMAs that Justin, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass and JC Chasez will once again be hooking up for a long, long awaited reunion.
Justin will be awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Awards at this weekend's ceremony
As already reported, Justin is already going to receive a special award on the night; the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award in honour of his long-serving career in the music biz, but as good a news this is, the fact that he'll be there with the boys from his N Sync days just makes this the best news we've heard all week. After a thoroughly triumphant return to the music scene this year with his well-received 20/20 Experience and the upcoming follow-up, The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2, it was thought that Justin's own success would get in the way of any N Sync reunion ever happening, but luckily this clearly isn't the case.
Continue reading: N Sync Reunion On The Way? Band Reportedly Planning Comeback For VMAs
'N Sync will be performing at the MTV Music Awards on Sunday 25th August. Sources have suggested the band may be reuniting. The award ceremony will be broadcast live from the Barclay's Centre in Brooklyn.
'N Sync may be reuniting at the MTV Music Awards on Sunday (25th August). If reports are correct, this will be the first time the band have appeared together, and performed, on television in a decade.
Justin Timberlake presenting an award at the 2013 BET Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre in L.A.
It was confirmed, by the New York Post, that 'N Sync members Jc Chasez, Lance Bass, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick will be appearing on stage alongside Justin Timberlake. The group last performed in 2004 at a charity event, but their last televised performance was at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
Continue reading: Are 'N Sync Reuniting After Their MTV Music Awards Performance?
J.T announces the titles of the 11 songs that will be on the '20/20 Experience Pt.2,' released on 29th September...but is there something a little spooky about the track names?
Justin Timberlake has announced the follow-up to March's mega-selling 'Pt. 1' of his 20/20 Experience album project. The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2 can be expected to hit on 29th September this year and - not only this - Justin has recently announced the track listing for his upcoming record and fourth studio album as a solo artist.
You'll recognise a track or two already from 20/20 Pt. 2 such as lead single 'Take Back The Night' with its dancey New York at nighttime music video. Despite controversy from a rape charity with the same name, who complained that their cause would be compromised if listeners started to associate the phrase with lyrics such as "use me," the song saw middling success with its highest position in the charts at No.8 on the USA's Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart.
Continue reading: Is Justin Timberlake A Vampire: Track List For '20/20 Experience Pt. 2' Revealed
The star used Instagram's video service to to debut 11 new tracks from his upcoming follow-up to 'The 20/20 Experience'
In case you forgot, Justin Timberlake is back! And never one to do things lightly, the singer has unveiled the tracklist for his follow-up to this year's The 20/20 Experience, which he has imaginatively titled The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2, in a typically cool fashion. The singer/actor/everyman took to his Instagram page to reveal the 11 new tracks, but rather than send them all out at once, Timberlake preferred to bide his time and release each track name over the course of a few hours.
Justin will release his second album of the year at the end of September
Beginning on Wednesday (14 August) afternoon, eventually finishing his grand unveiling by the end of the night, the singer uploaded 11 different videos to his Instagram account, each one revealing a new song name. Writing down each track title in a blank notebook, by the end of the day we had the full tracklisting in all it's glory. Judging by some of the song names, like 'Murder,' 'True Blood' and 'Drink You Away,' it seems as though the album might very well be a much darker side to Timberlake than his March release was, not that we're complaining about anything. All JT is good JT after all.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience - 2 Of 2' Tracklist Goes Viral
Gaga gears up to bring 'Artpop' to London during next month's iTunes Festival.
Lady GaGa has left the irritation of Monday's 'Applause' new single leakage behind her and has turned her attention to September, tweeting her excitement for next month's iTunes Festival. The singer announced that she's be gracing Camden's Roundhouse on the 1st September - the first night of the month of free concerts - with the Tweet: "I'M HEADLINING ITUNES FESTIVAL ON SEPT 1 AT ROUNDHOUSE IN LONDON. ONE HOUR OF ALL NEW MUSIC. #UKMonstersGetReady" to make sure all her UK fans knew what awaited them.
Lady Gaga's New Look.
The NY singer called a "911 pop emergency" on Monday after a snippet from the lead single from her upcoming album, Artpop, leaked on the internet. "Little Monsters" rushed to their idol's aide by reporting illegal uploads to record company UMG but the hot new track spread like wildfire across the internet. Gaga made the radical decision to change the single's release date to the 12th Aug, dropping the new track immediately on American radio stations to combat the pirates.
Continue reading: Lady Gaga Promises "One Hour Of All New Music" At ITunes Festival
Miley Cyrus has finally conquered the UK singles chart.
Miley Cyrus has scored her first UK number one single with 'We Can't Stop,' which incidentally is her first Top 10 hit in the country.
The 20-year-old sold 128,000 copies of her new single last week to reach the top spot, ousting Swedish DJ Avicii and his hit track 'Wake Me Up'.
Miley had previously peaked in the UK singles chart at number three with See You Again in 2008 and at 11 in 2009 with The Climb and Party in the USA.
Continue reading: Surprised? Miley Cyrus's 'We Can't Stop' Is Her First Ever UK No.1
Beyonce's 50 million Pepsi deal is unprecedented in the celebrity world.
Beyonce's £50 million Pepsi deal opened up a wider debate on celebrities, advertising and promotion last year, with Mrs Carter seemingly having no qualms selling sugary carbonated drinks despite helping Michelle Obama's Let's Move fitness campaign.
For years, Pepsi and Coca-Cola have been criticized for targeting children, with many arguing that when consumed to excess the drinks have negative effects on long-term health. However, in a recent interview with Flaunt, Beyonce rejected the idea of hypocrisy, saying, "Pepsi is a brand I've grown up seeing my heroes collaborate with. The company respects musicians and artistry. I wouldn't encourage any person, especially a child, to live life without balance."
The singer - the biggest R&B star in the world - has been heavily criticized for lending her name to the brand.
Continue reading: Beyonce 50 Million Pepsi Deal And Other Massive Celebrity Endorsements
Despite dispute from a rape charity, singer Justin Timberlake dances like Michael Jackson in a newly released music video for his latest single, 'Take Back The Night.'
Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' video has dropped onto our radar, showing the performer dancing his way through the streets of New York City at night in the lead single from upcoming album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2.
Justin Timberlake Was Unaware He had Chosen The Same Name As A Rape Charity.
The release of the music video comes not long after anti-sexual violence charity Take Back The Night accused him of stealing their name - and therefore affecting their brand - without their permission.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake's 'Take Back The Night' Video: Channels King Of Pop In Wake Of Charity Dispute
The 'Suit & Tie' singer is back, and he's got a brand new video too (which you can watch below).
Following various sneak peaks at his latest video, on Tuesday (July 30) morning Justin Timberlake finally unveiled the brand new music video for the track 'Take Back The Night.' Shot in various occasions throughout New York City, including Times Square, a downtown club, his live show at the Yankee Stadium, popping shapes with some local kids and of course, with it being NYC, hanging out at countless bodegas.
Justin is looking forward to bringing out his next album
'Take Back The Night' was released on July 12 as the first single from Justin's upcoming album; The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, his second of the year and the follow-up to The 20/20 Experience, which was released in March. His fourth album to date, The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, is set to hit stores this September, with critics predicting that the album will perform as well as his well-received and high-selling third album.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Premieres His Body-Popping Video For 'Take Back The Night' [Video]
Robin Thicke could feature prominently on both the albums and singles charts by next week.
The sixth album from R&B singer Robin Thicke hits shelves today, though...it's kind of irrelevant, given all anyone cares about is the single, Blurred Lines, and its unrated video.
Could it possibly provide fans with anything more than the pop-tastic Billboard No.1 hit that will comfortably become the biggest selling single of the year?
Well, it turns out the album is pretty good, too.
Continue reading: Blurred Lines? Turns Out Robin Thicke's Album Is Pretty Good, Too
Jay Z and Justin Timberlake brought 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' to Chicago on Monday (22nd July).
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.
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.
Continue reading: Jay Z & Justin Timberlake Take Chicago By Storm At Soldier Field
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake kicked off their Legends of the Summer tour.
Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z kicked off their joint 'Legends of the Summer' tour at Toronto's 45,000 seater Rogers Center on Wednesday (July 17, 2013). Backed by a 15-piece jazz band, the performers treated the sell-out crowd to hits from both back catalogues with each lending the other a helping hand.
Fresh from news that his twelfth studio album Magna Carta Holy Grail had topped the US Billboard Top 200, Jay-Z kicked things off with new tracks 'Holy Grail,' and 'Tom Ford,' as well as classic '99 Problems.'
Afterwards, Timberlake performed 'Let The Groove Get In' from his latest record 'The 20/20 Experience,' as well as oldies 'Rock Your Body' and 'Cry Me A River.' JT also performed 'Take Back The Night,' which serves as the lead single from the second volume of his latest album, due for release on September 30, 2013.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake And Jay-Z Kick Off 'Legends Of The Summer' With Jazz Band
The MTV Video Music Awards have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake sharing six nods.
The nominations for the MTV Video Music Awards 2013 have been announced, with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Justin Timberlake leading the field. Armed with their videos for 'Can't Hold Us' and 'Thrift Shop,' the hip-hop duo will square off against JT at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on August 25, 2013.
Both acts received six nominations, with Timberlake getting nods for his 'Suit and Tie' and 'Mirrors' promos. Elsewhere, Bruno Mars appears to have every chance of taking home the prize of 'Video of the Year' with 'Locked out of Heaven,' though Robin Thicke's controversial clip for 'Blurred Lines' and Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' will also be popular.
The VMAs - one of the biggest events on the pop music calendar - represents the first time a major awards show has been held in Brooklyn. The place has been a mecca for art and culture for years, though the Barclays Center appears to have truly put it on the map.
Continue reading: MTV Video Music Award Nominees: Will Macklemore Clean Up?
Jay-Z visited Salisbury Cathedral to see the namesake of his latest album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'.
Jay-Z made an unscheduled appearance to Salisbury cathedral to see the Magna Carta, the 13th century English rights document, which is the namesake of his album: Magna Carta Holy Grail. He visited the cathedral shortly after the Sunday (14th July) service finished.
Jay-Z at The Great Gatsby premiere, New York.
One wouldn't imagine Jay-Z, a.k.a. Shawn Carter, would be such a tourist and he doesn't seem the type to spend his time wandering around English churches. He's proved everyone wrong though by visiting Salisbury Cathedral in order to see the Magna Carta.
Continue reading: Magna Carter? Jay-Z Visits Salisbury To See His Album's Namesake: The Magna Carta
Jay-Z scored his first UK No.1 with Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Incredibly, Jay-Z has landed his first ever UK number one album, with Magna Carta Holy Grail storming the chart and holding off Mumford & Sons and Rod Stewart. The rapper's previous highest-charting album was the 2011 collaborate effort with Kanye West, Watch the Throne, which entered at No.3.
Holy Grail managed to hold off Mumford & Sons' Babel despite a surge in sales following the group's triumphant headlining show at the Glastonbury Festival. Jay-Z also comfortably outsold Rod Stewart's number-one album Time. Passenger took the third spot with All The Little Light, with Canadian crooner Michael Buble dropped two places to No.4 with To Be Loved.
Jay-Z has been performing in the UK this weekend, headlining the second night of the Wireless music festival at the Queen Elizabeth Park on the former Olympics site. "I feel the love tonight," Jay-Z, 43, told the crowd, "You've been an incredible audience tonight." The rapper - still one of the biggest hip-hop acts in the world - was joined by Timberlake during the encore for a rendition of Holy Grail.
Continue reading: Q. How Many UK No.1's Does Jay-Z Have? A. Less Than You Think
Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake brought rap and R&B to the adoration of thousands over three days at London's Wireless Festival until the unthinkable happened.
It was the glorious festival collaboration that turned sour: Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake collaborated on tracks from Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail in a three day series of surprise performances and "I was there" moments. Sunday evening's performance approached and the 40,000-strong crowd of music fans waited for the joint headline performance that would serve as the cherry on top of a one-in-a-lifetime celebration of hiphop sounds. However, in currently unknown circumstances at 9pm two men were stabbed and had to be rushed to hospital where one is reportedly currently stable, yet one is said to be "in critical condition," according to Scotland Yard via BBC News.
Jay-Z Performed A Festival Set During Which Two Men Were Stabbed.
The attack occurred at approximately 21:00 BST in the midst of the crowd, many of whom were exultant in the presence of their musical heroes yet a select few will have had their evening's experience marred by the nightmarish attack.
Continue reading: Double Stabbing During Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake's Wireless Festival Set, One Man In Critical Condition
Justin Timberlake has been reportedly issued with a legal warning by anti-sexual violence charity Take Back The Night who say the singer used their name without permission.
Timberlake debuted new track 'Take Back The Night' at London's Wireless Festival during his Friday headline slot, to great excitement from fans but one organisation apparently is not impressed with the 'Sexyback' singer's choice of track name. Take Back The Night, an anti-rape charity, are "shocked" to learn that Timberlake chose the name of their organisation for his new song which features overtly sexual lyrics. "Tonight the night, come on surrender/ I won't lead your love astray, astray, yeah/ Your love's a weapon/ Give your body some direction/ That's my aim," sings Timberlake who clearly graduated from the same school of persuasive courtship as 'Blurred Lines' singer Robin Thicke.
Justin Timberlake Is In A Spot Of Trouble With A Charity Whose Name He Used Without Permission.
Essentially, it's a typical Timberlake track, laced with whistles and a horn section and those distinctive falsetto vocals, i.e. it's bound to be a mega hit. So it's no wonder really that JT's ruffled a few feathers over the identity of the titling phrase; the charity are perturbed to say the least, with Take Back the Night Foundation Executive Director Katherine Koestner explaining to Radar Online: "We have some big concerns. For example, all of a sudden on Wikipedia, Take Back the Night has a different definition. That's not been helpful." Turning scrutiny towards the song's sexually-themed lyrics, Koestner adds "The lyrics are definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence. 'Use me,' for example, is not a great phrase for anyone affiliated with the organization."
Continue reading: Will Justin Timberlake Be Sued For 'Take Back The Night' Track Title?
Rapper Jay-Z and R&B artists Justin Timberlake performed tracks from Jay-Z's new album 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' live for the first time at London's Wireless Festival.
Overshadowing all over artists at this weekend's Wireless Festival 2013, Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake have dominated the main stage, with guest appearances during each other's headline slots across the weekend. During Timberlake's Friday night headline slot of the Olympic Park-based festival, not only did he debut new single 'Take Back The Night' but also introduced NY rapper Jay-Z for a performance of 'Suit & Tie', Yahoo! Music reports.
"Atchoo!" Jay-Z Performs At Wireless Festival.
As if that wasn't enough for the hyped crowd to content with, the following night they were treated to another Jay-Z/JT epic double act as Jay-Z welcomed Timberlake on stage during his Saturday night headline show. Fans present leapt in the air as two of the biggest names in R&B and rap entertained, bringing their latest studio collaboration 'Holy Grail' from Jay-Z new record Magna Carta Holy Grail. Amongst choice tracks from his new album, Jay-Z also performed hits including '99 Problems', 'Empire State of Mind' and 'Jigga What Jigga Who' to an adoring crowd of 40,000.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake & Jay-Z At Wireless Festival: A Legendary 'Holy Grail' Unity
Is it a comeback, if he never left in the first place?
Oh boy, oh boy, Justin Timberlake is making new music again. Well, not really, but he’ll be releasing some anyway. The singer’s Take Back The Night single, which dropped earlier this week, isn’t just a callback to Thriller era Michael Jackson – though it certainly is that too – it is also a teaser for more upcoming music from Timberlake. And really, what could be better than that – aside from universal peace and harmony and chocolate cake of course.
No rest for the wicked, or in this case, the phenomenally successful.
The album will be a sequel to The 20/20 Experience, quite creatively titled The 20/20 Experience Part 2. It makes perfect sense for Timberlake to go in that direction, of course, and right on the heels of his March release. After all, the original 20/20 was the first (and so far only) release this year to pass the 2 million sales mark and Take Back The Night is quickly gaining similar fan approval.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Will Strike While The Iron Is Hot With 20/20 Part 2
The rapper upped his cool rating even further by unveiling the artwork for his new album next to the real Magna Carta, as well as showing off a new song
Jay-Z will release his next album, Magna Carta, Holy Grail, next week, having already made the release available for Samsung smartphone users on Thursday (July 4) as part of a marketing ploy. Before then we got to hear a new track, one featuring his 'Suit & Tie' collaborator Justin Timberlake no less, and see the artwork for it too, with the artwork being unveiled in true Jay-Z style.
As expected, the album leaked before the official release date
At Salisbury Cathedral in the UK, Jay's new album was placed alongside one of the original copies of the actual Magna Carta - the history-changing British legislation that regulated the amount of power any future king has - in a photo-op that gave people their first look at the cover. This wasn't just a one-time, Instagram-worthy photo occasion, as Salisbury Cathedral will also hold a month-long installation featuring artwork from the new album. David Dimbleby hasn't been reached for comment.
Continue reading: Jay-Z Unveils Justin Timberlake Featuring Track And 'Magna Carta' Artwork Prior To Universal Release [Listen]
Justin Timberlake's naked-lady-heavy music video for the track 'Tunnel Vision' has been removed from YouTube
Singer/actor/everyman Justin Timberlake is experiencing what could very well be his first-ever backlash after his explicit video for the track 'Tunnel Vision' caused a stir when it was uploaded to YouTube earlier this week. A few people weren't too bothered by the nude-lady-heavy video, after all it did come with a warning, but YouTube have been forced to step in and take the video down from their site. Don't worry though, you can still see the video online (and on this site too - you can see it below).
Justin has to follow YouTube guidelines just like everyone else
The Google-owned video hosting site were forced to take the nudity-heavy video down from their site as it came into conflict with YouTube guidelines, which specifically states that any video with a gratuitous nature and heavy nudity will be taken down from the site. So even JT isn't above YouTube law, but as we all know the internet spreads much further than YouTube and the video is still very accessible.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake's Explicit New Video Is Removed From YouTube (But You Can Still See It Here) [Video]
Justin Timberlake's video for 'Tunnel Vision' has violated YouTube's nudity policy.
Justin Timberlake's 'Tunnel Vision' video - the unrated version - has been banned by YouTube for violating the website's nudity and sexual content policy.
The pop star released a promo for his new song earlier this week, which featured various nude women standing behind him as he performed - not unlike Robin Thicke's Blurred lines unrated video.
According to MTV, the video also featured a projection screen which played over the bodies of the women. Timberlake - who's returning album The 20/20 Experience was a monumental success - had warned fans on Twitter that the music video was a little bit raunchy and YouTube duly removed it from the site. He said, "Check out the new video for Tunnel Vision and be ready...it's explicit."
Continue reading: Is Justin Timberlake's 'Tunnel Vision' Unrated Video A Publicity Stunt? [Video]
His new album will be heard by millions today.
Jay-Z’s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail has come a long way in a short time – for the public anyway, as one minute it was announced, the next it’s hitting 1 million Samsung users today (Wednesday, June 2nd).
Jay Z sits next to a tired man at the Lakers
The partnership between the self-appointed CEO of hip-hop and the electronic giants Samsung represents the biggest, and possibly the most innovative marketing ploy for an album. They spent $5 million purchasing one million copies of Magna Carta Holy Grail, so Samsung Galaxy users could listen to it a day before release. And Weiner, CEO of the ad agency WDCW, reckons Samsung laid out another $15m for the campaign as a whole.
Continue reading: Jay Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail - Samsung Spend Big For Marketing First
The BET Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
The Bet Awards were held on Sunday (30th June) in L.A. The Awards first held in 2001 are to celebrate minorities in the entertainment business. Winners this year were: Charlie Wilson, Nicki Minaj, Gabrielle Douglas and Drake.
Jamie Foxx recieved the Award for Best Actor.
The BET categories include Best R&B/Pop artist; Hip-Hop artist; sportsman and sportswoman; music video; viewer's choice; movie; gospel and international act.
Continue reading: BET Awards 2013: Drake, Kendrick Lemar And Gabrielle Douglas Receive Two Awards [Pictures]
The BET awards were held last night (30th June) in L.A. Amongst the winners were Jamie Foxx, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Drake and Charlie Wilson.
The Bet Awards were held on Sunday (30th June 2013) at the Nokia Theater in L.A. This year, artists who achieved awards included Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Miguel, Drake and Charlie Wilson.
Charlie Wilson, pictured at the BET Awards Press Conference, won the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Awards were first held in 2001 with the intention of celebrating minorities in the Arts. The Awards this year were hosted by comedian Chris Tucker. Will Smith, Samuel L.Jackson, Queen Latifah and Jamie Foxx have all hosted the Award ceremony in the past.
Continue reading: BET Awards 2013: Who Were The Winners?
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are apparently ready to start a family, according to a report in America's Star magazine
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel could be parents soon, as rumours have emerged that the 'Suit & Tie' singer and his actress wife are getting ready to start a family. A report from the upcoming edition of Star magazine stated that the couple, who married back in October 2012, are ready to take the next step in their relationship and start up a family.
The two have been together for a few years now
The US-based magazine said that Jess had been a little apprehensive about getting pregnant because of the damage it will do to her body, but thinks now that she would be ready to get pregnant and have a child. The article said, ”Now that they’re married and Justin has made it clear he is devoted to Jess, there is no reason not to start a family. However, she knows her body will take a hit. A lot of her roles are based on sex appeal so she is definitely nervous but she wants this. She’s 100 per cent focused on making it happen.”
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Might Be A Daddy? He And Jessica Biel Are Apparently Planning To Start A Family
The track 'Holy Grail' will be released on Tuesday 25 June, just under a week before the album comes out
As we all know, Jay-Z‘s new album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, will be arriving in the very near future and so far we've heard a few details about the album, but on the whole we're still waiting on something, anything, that can indicate where the album will go musically. The tracklist didn't change this, but things will change on Tuesday (June 25) when Jay releases the album's first single, 'Holy Grail,' and in the meantime Hova has been kind enough to leak some information surrounding the track.
As we've already heard from Courtney Love, one of the tracks on the album will feature lyrics from the Nirvana track 'Smells Like Teen Spirit,' however what she didn't tell us was what the track might sound like or what it would be called, but with a day to spare we've now know which lyric was used and where it will be, not to mention who will be appearing on the track too. Fresh off the success of working together on 'Suit & Tie,' Justin Timberlake - who is singing the Nirvana line - will show up to sing the hook and do some crooning as well.
Timberlake sings; "and we're all just/entertainers/and we're stupid/and contagious," on the hook, following on from Jay's line; "I know nobody to blame/Kurt Cobain/I did it to myself."
Continue reading: Jay-Z Reveals Lyrics To Justin Timberlake Featuring, Nirvana Sampling Song 'Holy Grail'
American rockers Vampire Weekend and Kings of Leon have both been added to this year's free iTunes Festival, which will be held at London's Roundhouse venue throughout September.
Vampire Weekend and Kings Of Leon will join a rapidly growing list, already peppered with fellow rock royalty, including Queens Of The Stone Age, Sigur Rós, 30 Seconds to Mars and Primal Scream.
It won't be solely a festival of rock though - artists from other genres have also been invited, giving everyone at this September's festival something to look forward to, such as Justin Timberlake, Jessie J, Jake Bugg, Rizzle Kicks, and classical composer Ludovico Einaudi.
Having being held since 2007, the annual iTunes festival is held over every night in September and this year will host over 60 acts at the Camden venue.
Continue reading: Vampire Weekend And Kings Of Leon Added To ITunes Festival Bill That Keeps Getting Better
MTV Network's July 4th celebrations to welcome new artists at a time when it's difficult to get noticed.
As America celebrates independence of 4th July, cable entertainment channel MTV will host its own spin on the day's festivities with a planned 'Music Independence Day', which will celebrate music, giving lesser-known artists an opportunity to gain exposure, according to the Associated Press.
In a return to its musical roots, along with VH1 and CMT, MTV will turn Wednesday 4th into an all-day party with hours dedicated to various different genres.
Successful mainstream acts, like Justin Timberlake or Bruno Mars, will be honoured but emerging bands will be able to compete with each other on the online 'Artist Platform' to win a TV-airing of their music video.
Continue reading: Music Independence Day: MTV's Twist On 4th July Celebrations
'Runner, Runner' delves into the dark side of online gambling.
Justin Timberlake plays Princeton mathematics whizz kid Richie Furst in 'Runner, Runner' - the new crime thriller by Brad Furman (The Lincoln Lawyer, The Take). In the trailer that rolled out this week, we join Richie as his fun online poker playing begins to turn into a serious habit. When he struggles to pay his school fees, he tries one last game to recoup his losses.
Unfortunately or Richie, he is busted out of the game - though his usually accurate calculations told him he should win? Convinced he has been scammed, the young poker star visits the website's owner Ivan Block (Ben Affleck) on a tropical island and is offered a ton of cash for his troubles, as well as a job. Richie accepts, but when he is kidnapped by an FBI agent looking to uncover the corrupt operations behind Ivan and his company, things take a turn for the worse.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Is Online Poker Whizz Kid In 'Runner, Runner' [Trailer]
Richie Furst is a Princeton student with a unique gift for mathematics. He uses his talent to play the odds on online poker sites but what's starts out as gambling for fun, turns into much more as he struggles to pay his school fees. He has one more chance to bring up his bank balance but finds himself busted out of a game (and the last of his money) despite his calculations telling him he should win. Determined to discover the meaning behind what he thinks is a scam, he visits the website's owner Ivan Block who offers him a job with a guaranteed 7-figure salary in just a few months. Unfortunately, he finds himself conned worse than he realised when he is kidnapped by an FBI agent for his apparent 'crimes' and uncovers the corrupt and often cruel operations behind Ivan and his company. Now his tuition fees are the least of his worries as he is now gambling for his life.
Continue: Runner, Runner Trailer
First names revealed for month-long London event
The iTunes Festival is back! Which is great news for those of you who like going to something with the word ‘festival’ in the title, but don’t actually like the realities of what a British festival is – namely, mud, dodgy tents and someone throwing what you hope is just beer over your head from a distance.
That’s right iTunes Festival takes place indoors – namely at the Roundhouse in Camden, London and boy oh boy do they have a line-up for you this year. The festival will be running every night through September – an excited Jared Leto has told Heat that 30 Seconds To Mars will be performing on the 18th – and has unveiled the first name to play this year’s event. Joining Leto and co will be Justin Timblerake, Jessie J, Jack Johnson, Jake Bugg, Phoenix, Primal Scream and Queens Of The Stone Age. It’s a pretty mixed line-up really, though there’s no doubting the star power.
It’ll be interesting to see how Biebs gets on back in Blighty given that he had a less than enjoyable time in the country earlier in the year, including being turned away from clubs and turning up on stage two hours late. Expect more of the line-up to be revealed in the next few weeks.
Continue reading: Justin Vs. Justin! Timberlake And Bieber Both Announced For ITunes Festival 2013
It's the comeback you've all been waiting for folks...
There have been plenty of music comebacks this year, from David Bowie to Justin Timberlake to Daft Punk. But we all know the one you’ve really been waiting for, don’t we? It’s Paris Hilton of course! Tragically MIA from the music industry since her 2006 debut LP Paris (which, we were shocked to re-discover, went to number six on the Billboard charts and sold around 200,000 copies in the States,) she’s confirmed that she’s back in the music making game! And has signed a record deal with, um, a hip hop label!
Showbiz411 first reported the story, Paris is apparently already recording her second album and is putting it out on the world famous rap label CashMoney! And Lil Wayne’s possibly going to be one it! So does that mean that the multi-millionaire heiress is going to be spitting some mad rhymes on her forthcoming material? Not quite, though she insists that it will be a markedly different sound from her previous record. We can’t remember what her previous sound was, so we’re just going to nod blindly in agreement with her.
“This is a lot different than my first album,” Paris Showbiz 411. “It’s really going to be house music.” Sounds great! Perhaps. Ever the business woman, Hilton also revealed she was back at work on her fragrance ranges. “I’m getting ready to launch my 17th perfume,” she said. “And I’m also starting the Paris Hilton Foundation for children’s causes.”
Continue reading: Paris Hilton Recording Her First New Album In 7 Years...With Lil Wayne?
Despite apparent interest from the original cast, a sequel to The Big Lebowski is looking unlikely.
The Coen brothers may have emerged as the new favourites for this year's Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival after their new movie Inside Llewyn Davis received five star reviews across the board, though the filmmakers have shot down reports they are developing a sequel to their cult hit The Big Lebowski.
The 1998 comedy about Jeff Bridges' hippie bowler character 'The Dude' is amongst the Coen's most popular work and Bridges himself has spoken of being open to a sequel. "John Turturro, who wants it, talks to us incessantly about doing a sequel about his (bowler) character Jesus," Ethan Coen said at Cannes this week, "He even has the story worked out, which he's pitched to us a few times, but I can't really remember it. No, I don't see it in our future." If Ethan left the slightest possibility of a sequel, brother Joel shut down door firmly shut, "I don't think it's going to happen ... I just don't like sequels," he said.
Watch the Inside Llewyn Davis Trailer:
Continue reading: Dude Won't Abide: Coens Play Down 'Big Lebowski' Sequel At Cannes
The Coen brothers latest movie appears to have a real chance of scooping the Palme D'Or this year.
The Coen brothers eighth placement in the competition for the prestigious Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival could be their strongest chance since Barton Fink, which won the award in 1991. It's been six years since the filmmakers have been in competition at Cannes though it seems Inside Llewyn Davis could see the brothers back with a bang.
Llewyn (Oscar Isaac) At Jim and Jean's Apartment
The movie, loosely based on Dave Von Ronk's posthumously published memoir The Mayor of MacDougal Street, follows Oscar Issac as a singer-songwriter who navigates the testing New York folk music scene of the 1960s. The film, boasting an all-star casting including Isaac, Carey Mulligan (The Great Gatsby), Justin Timberlake (The Social Network), Garrett Hudlund (On The Road), Adam Driver (Girls) and John Goodman (Argo), Inside Llewyn Davis appears to have all the attributes of a possible Palme D'Or winner and the Coens appear to have spent time making it the best movie possible. It is believed the brothers could have rushed the film into last year's Oscar season though decided against it. Timberlake has contributed to the movie's soundtrack, as has Mulligan's husband Marcus Mumford and T Bone Burnett, who helped shift 8 million copies of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? score.
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Continue reading: Coen's 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Targets Cannes' Prestigious Palme D'Or [Trailer]
Llewyn Davis is a struggling folk musician attempting to find his place in the world by scouring New York's Greenwich Village at the height of folk in 1961. Along the way he meets old friends who are not particularly happy to see him because of his own unresolved mistakes in the past, and while he strives to find a venue to do what he loves doing, hitchhiking across roads in the freezing winter with a beat-up guitar and a homeless cat, he is forced to question not only himself as a person, but also where and what he really wants his future to be.
'Inside Llewyn Davis' is an emotional musical drama written and directed by Oscar winners Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, aka The Coen Brothers ('No Country for Old Men', 'True Grit', 'Fargo'). It has been very loosely based on the posthumous 2005 memoirs 'The Mayor of MacDougal Street' by the late New York folk artist Dave Van Ronk, and has been nominated to compete for the sought after Palme d'Or prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. This passionate story about love, music, finding oneself and learning from one's mistakes will hit screens in the UK on January 24th 2014.
Cher's visit to The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week was definitely a family affair.
Cher stopped by Ellen yesterday to have for a chat about her life, her career and her son Chaz. Not before a quick outfit change for Ellen though, as it turned out she and Cher were wearing the same thing! Ok, they weren’t really, the whole thing was a gag by Ellen to tease her iconic guest’s appearance. On the day before, the talk show host tweeted a digitally altered image of Cher’s body in her infamous sequined bodysuit, but with Ellen’s head, instead of her own, The Daily Mail reports. Ah, the magic of image-altering software! The sailor hat was a nice touch as well.
The gags were set aside during Cher’s actual visit though, as she, her 86-year-old mother 86-year-old mother Georgia Holt and her 61-year-old half-sister Georganne LaPiere talked to Ellen about the coming out story of Cher’s son, Chaz Bono. Apparently Chaz didn’t go the traditional route and instead came out to his grandmother first, with Cher being the last one to find out that her son was gay.
'That's a big deal to come out to the grandmother,' DeGeneres said.
Continue reading: Ellen DeGeneres Poked Fun At Cher Ahead Of Singer's Visit To The Show
Justin is to return the favor by laying down some tunes on Juicy J's new record.
With his boy band days firmly behind him, it looks like Justin Timberlake is finally getting some street cred. Wiz Khalifa talked about Justin’s upcoming collaboration with the King Of Ratchet, Juicy J. Timberlake is just one of the collaborators to be featured on the album, but also probably the most high-profile one.
“He's got songs with Justin Timberlake,” said Wiz. "He has a song with the Weeknd… but it's like a real hood album too, you know Juicy's projects." This isn’t the first time J and J have joined forces on a project, though. Justin’s last album, Future Sex/ Love Sounds featured the song Chop Me Up, on which Timberlake worked along with Three 6 Mafia. So now JT is simply returning the favor. Wiz also revealed some other details about Juicy’s upcoming work, delving into plans for his future summer project, Stay Trippy: "He's really breaking his back to give it that old sound mixed with the new, nothing forced."
Wiz went into detail to praise Juicy’s work, but of course, the rapper is a signee of Taylor Gang – Wiz Khalifa’s own project. What are protégés for, if not to be promoted at every opportunity, after all. In any case, if you’re interested in hearing J&J’s collab, keep your eyes and ears on the interwebz – it should be dropping soon.
Continue reading: After The 20/20 Release, Justin Timberlake Is Collaborating With Juicy J, Says Wiz Khalifa
JT joined a whole host of artists to perform
Justin Timberlake’s renaissance can now be considered complete; he’s charmed his way through the albums charts and various chat shows, and now he’s slinking around The White House.
He was there, amongst some other musical legends, to celebrate Memphis soul music with the First Family. "Oh, watching you all's faces - priceless," Michelle Obama said, according to a White House transcript. "Priceless. See, you never know what's going to happen at the White House. Okay, let's breathe. Come on. Everyone, let's breathe, even the moms." Timberlake performed “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay” with consummate ease while Obama bobbed his presidential head along. “Tonight, I’m speaking not just as president but as one of America’s best-known Al Green impersonators,” quipped the 44th President of The United States. “I just want everybody to know that it is now my second term,” he added. “So rather than ‘Hail to the Chief,’ we’re going with that from here on out."
Hot property - Timberlake
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Charms The White House – Is There Anything He Can’t Do?
Albums of Note... It’s been a long two years since James Blake released his debut eponymous album and now, the pioneering producer returns with Overgrown, album number two. Peppered with quality collaborations, with hip-hop legend RZA and electronic music’s figurehead Brian Eno, Overgrown is the sound of an artist still trying to find his niche, but releasing high quality, accomplished tracks, whilst he’s on his journey. “Blake really is a talent to behold, as his ingenious moulding together of poles apart genres and production wizardry clearly shows… when you're already as accomplished at all manner of musical exercises as he is then it will obviously be hard to focus all this talent and all this energy into one place.”
Splitting opinion like musical Marmite, John Grant returns with Pale Green Ghosts. This album may sound unrecognisable as Grant, to anyone already familiar with his work. He’s hooked up with Gus Gus’ Biggi Viera and has decamped to Reykjavik. As a result, a new reliance on vintage-sounding synthesisers and a nod to club-land has John Grant sounding like an altogether different proposition to the John Grant of days gone by.“Grant's dyspeptic edge may be blunted, but when called upon the man can make a fine ass post-modern disco song, like we ever doubted that he could, and Blackbelt is a tweaked remix away from the transient world of A Lists, charts and chat shows. Cleverly poignant, its way with knock out disses would give Jake Shears something to think about if it proved to be a permanent change of direction…”
Continue reading: A Week In Music - James Blake Still Seeking His Niche, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Triumph With Lily Cole Video, Eels Stage A Love-In In Bournemouth
With such a good first week of sales, it looks like all Justin has to do is be his adorable self, and the records will just keep on selling.
Justin Timberlake’s big return “The 20/20 Experience” has been having one hell of an opening week, breaking records left and right.
With 968,000 moved off the shelves in the first week, the record blows the year’s previous best-seller – Mumford and Sons’ Babel – clear out of the water. 20/20 is the biggest first-week earner, ever since Taylor Swift cleaned up last October, with 1.2 million copies of her album Red sold in the first week, Rolling Stone reports.
Then again, it isn’t really a surprise that everyone wants to know what all the fuss is about – after all, we’ve been hearing about Justin Timberlake’s big comeback for so long now, it’s probably firmly embedded in everybody’s subconscious. It started with the surprise Twitter and Youtube campaign for Suit and Tie, followed by performances at the Super Bowl, the Grammy Awards, Saturday Night Live, Jimmy Fallon, you name it. When Justin says comeback, he really does mean comeback.
Continue reading: 'The 20/20 Experience': Justin Timberlake's Killer Sales Week
Oscars 2014 will be a March affair
There will not be a single Oscar handed out in February 2014, and that’s because the ceremony will be held in March. See, the Academy bods are so worried about attention being deflected from the biggest night in Hollywood, that they’ve pandered to the biggest week in… winter sports.
The Winter Olympics will be taking place in Sochi, Russia from February 7-23, and it has become customary for the Academy to step aside while the games are on. It’s only an issue they have to deal with every four years. This way, both events get the ratings, and people don’t have to make that oh-so-difficult decision: bobsleighs or award speeches. We’re shuddering at the thought of such a dilemma. Still, if the calibre of host doesn’t improve from last year's pretty woeful Seth Macfarlane, then watching skinny athletes fall over on the show might just be a more electable option. Credit where credit’s due for the Family Guy creator, 40m people tuned in to watch it, so he did his job. So the date’s cleared up.
Opposite directions - Macfarlane and Timberlake
Continue reading: The Oscars Slalom Into March To Avoid The Winter Olympics
Returning pop king set to top charts on both sides of the Atlantic
Justin Timberlake is back on top of the pop world again, with his first album in seven years smashing into the top of the UK album charts, and expected to do much the same when the Billboard charts reveal their own US album list later this week.
Billboard reports that The 20/20 Experience was the fastest-selling title of the year when debuting at number one in the UK yesterday, notching up sales of around 106,000 copies in its first week, pushing David Bowie’s own comeback The Next Day down to second spot (it sold 35,000 copies after selling 91,000 the previous week.)
It’s the most successful first week on the UK albums chart Timberlake’s ever had, and it barnstorming success looks set to roll over back to his native America.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake Celebrates Career Best Album Figures; Could He Break 1 Million In The US?
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