The Rowdy Reptiles, Florida’s official student fan organization, are hoping to pull off the unthinkable by bringing the iconic Justin Timberlake to the O’Connell Center. Timberlake, for those somehow unaware, is a singer, producer, actor and comedian — he recently released his new album “The 20/20 Experience“.
Students at the University of Florida have started campaigning on numerous social media platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — to have Timberlake sing the national anthem before the Gators’ SEC matchup against the Kentucky Wildcats on March 8th.
CANNES, France — Justin Timberlake is making the most of his first full Cannes Film Festival experience and he’s helping his fellow actors from Inside Llewyn Davis enjoy it, as well.
As the crew — including Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac and John Goodman — assembled on the steps of the theater before the film’s gala screening Sunday night, Goodman realized he didn’t have time to take a personal photo with his smartphone.
As officials urged the actors to take their seats, Timberlake grabbed Goodman’s camera and darted through the crowd outside.
“As they were yanking us in I said, ‘Give me your phone’ and I jetted out there,” Timberlake says. “I took a picture of it and brought it back in and gave it to him. Everything around here is late except for the screening of the movie.”
Timberlake also helped Isaac truly appreciate his Cannes moment.
“When we were all standing up on the steps, I was staring into the abyss of cameras and light,” Isaac recalls. “And Justin was like, ‘Look out to the right.’ And there was this sea of people all looking to see this (movie) happen. I hadn’t even seen that. I was like, ‘Oh, man. It was huge.’ “.
Davis has won plaudits his role in the movie about the ’60s folk scene, which is directed by Joel and Ethan Coen. Timberlake, too, has seen solid notices for his role as an earnest performer.
He says he would have “run craft services” to be part of a Coen brothers project and he is soaking up every moment in the south of France.
He had been to the festival to promote 2007′s Shrek the Third at the behest of DreamWorks head Jeffrey Katzenberg, but “I think he just wanted to come to Cannes and come to the beach.”
This is Timberlake’s first time being part of a competition film, and he said he had his moment when the applause began at the end of the movie. Most of it was directed at Isaac who is in nearly every scene.
“The credits came up and there was this huge ovation for Oscar,” says Timberlake. “He was in the eye of the storm and had the movie on his shoulders. It was a ‘Voila!’ moment. I was just really proud and happy.”
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Get your suits and ties ready! Justin Timberlake is gliding to the Roseland Ballroom in New York City May 5.
Mastercard is celebrating their global partnership with JT by hosting the event that will be available only to MasterCard cardholders. The Priceless Cities program will grant cardholders access to handpicked experiences around the world, including exclusive access to concerts, theatre, restaurants, museums, and sporting events.
“I’m thrilled to be part of a collaboration that offers me the opportunity to connect and engage with fans and bring them closer to the music,” Timberlake said. “MasterCard is a respected global brand and I look forward to working with them to bring something truly unique to their cardholders.”
With the recent success of his third studio album The 20/20 Experience, the dapper singer/actor is also getting ready to embark on his Legends of the Summer tour alongside “Suit & Tie” collaborator Jay-Z.
The concert business is about to experience its most robust summer season in years. Early indicators point to a 20 percent increase in ticket sales when compared with 2012, according to Billboard, with multi-artist package tours — like the co-headlining duo of Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z or the triple bill of 98 Degrees, New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, along with heritage acts like Paul McCartney, Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, Rush and The Rolling Stones — setting the pace.
Indeed, the last time Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and friends toured the U.S. (in late 2012 to celebrate the band’s 50th anniversary), they grossed an average of nearly $8 million a night. With 18 arena shows kicking off May 3 at Los Angeles’ Staples Center and ticket prices ranging from $170 for the cheap seats to $700 for a prime spot (with VIP package incentives going for $2,000-plus), it all points to another watershed achievement for the group of 70-somethings.
A more realistic take for an arena act is about $600,000 a night, with top-tier sellouts commanding closer to $1 million. Among those in the upper bracket is Beyonce, who looks to take a cue from last year’s top touring act, Madonna. Like the MDNA tour, which grossed $228 million for 72 sold-out shows, Beyonce gave potential ticket buyers a sneak peek of her Mrs. Carter Show at the Super Bowl. Campaigns for Pepsi and H&M and word of a new album followed, and now the four-month world tour is off and running, with the 28-date North American leg set to end at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in August.
After years of dramatic increases, ticket prices seem to be stabilizing as artists continue to push for more affordable price points to pack arenas with merchandise-buying fans. Even the Stones have lowered prices from their mid-2000′s peak. At the same time, secondary sellers like StubHub and TicketsNow often dictate what the market will bear. McCartney’s Out There tour, for example, boasts only nine U.S. dates and big buzz, yet tickets to some shows are going for as little as $40 on StubHub. Kid Rock priced all tickets to his Best Night Ever tour at $20 in a deal with Live Nation that calls for profit-sharing from parking, concessions and merch sales.
But not every act has the fan base to toy with creative ticket pricing. “It’s a balancing act and one of the hardest things we have to do in our jobs,” says David Galea, a 12-year booker at The Agency Group, which represents such bands as Muse, Nickelback, The Black Keys and Paramore. “If you’re overpricing your artist, ticket sales are going to suffer, but you don’t want to undervalue your artist, either. It’s tricky.”
To hedge risks, more tours are combining several acts — be it the Under the Influence tour, which brings together hip-hop newcomers Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky and Trinidad James, the Americanarama outing featuring Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket or co-headlining bills such as the Honda Civic Tour featuring Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson.
“These are acts that bridge five decades of music listeners,” says Galea. By growing the pool of potential ticket buyers, “you’ve got a lot of one-plus-one-equals-five.”
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel will co-host a Barack Obama fund-raising reception being thrown by Harvey Weinstein and Georgina Chapman next month, it has been revealed.
According to the New York Post, the US president is expected to appear May 13 at the DNC reception, being held at the Manhattan home of Weinstein and Chapman.
The intimate party is billed to include fewer than 65 guests with tickets costing 32,400 dollars per couple.
Having already dominated the Grammy Awards, late-night television and the Billboard 200, Justin Timberlake rode his rolling promotional juggernaut to the White House on Tuesday night, taking part in an all-star tribute to Memphis soul along with Mavis Staples, Booker T. Jones and Queen Latifah, among others.
And, yes, he wore his suit and tie.
The invite-only concert, to be broadcast April 16 on PBS, was the latest installment in a series of “In Performance at the White House” events that have seen President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama celebrate country music, Motown and the work of Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder.
According to the Washington Post, Tuesday’s gig featured renditions of “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby” by Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave) and “You Don’t Miss Your Water” by William Bell. Timberlake, a Memphis native, did Otis Redding’s “(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” with guitar by Steve Cropper, who co-wrote the tune and played on the original record. (Watch the performance below.)
“This is the music that asked us to try a little tenderness,” President Obama said in his introductory remarks, Entertainment Weekly reported. “It’s the music that put Mr. Big Stuff in his place. And it’s the music that challenged us to accept new ways of thinking with four timeless words: ‘Can you dig it?’ ”
Timberlake, Staples and harmonica player Charlie Musselwhite also took part in a discussion with students Tuesday in the White House’s State Dining Room, where Staples nailed down the difference between soul music and the gospel tradition it grew out of: “Rather than saying ‘Jesus,’ you’re saying ‘baby.’ ”
Sounds about right.
Elton John, Bono and Grammy-winning singer Mary J. Blige will be featured performers at the Robin Hood Foundation’s 25th anniversary gala next month.
The May 13 event, which raises money for New York’s poverty-fighting organizations, will have actress Jessica Biel and her husband, Justin Timberlake, serving as co-chairmen, according to an invitation mailed to donors and companies this week.
The couple will share the spotlight at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center with fellow co-chairmen KKR & Co. Co-Chairman Henry Kravis and his wife, Marie Josee; CBS Corp. Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves and his wife, Julie Chen; and Sonia and Paul Tudor Jones II, Robin Hood’s co-founder.
“The evening is going to highlight the groundwork our grantees have done over the past quarter century that will help us improve the lives of New York City children over the next 25 years,” Robin Hood spokeswoman Patty Smith said in an e-mail.
Since its start in 1988, Robin Hood’s annual gala has become the largest single-night annual fundraising event for a nonprofit in New York. The party raised $59.2 million last year, $47.4 million in 2011 and $87.8 million in 2010 with the help of a big donation from Open Society Institute Founder George Soros.
The organization has raised and distributed more than $1.25 billion in its history. Robin Hood announced this week that it has given out all the $70.5 million it raised for Hurricane Sandy relief.
Justin Timberlake, Al Green, Cyndi Lauper to perform at White House The Obamas are hosting a star-studded concert next week featuring performances by Al Green, Cyndi Lauper and Justin Timberlake. “As part of their ‘In Performance at the White House’ series, the president and first lady will invite music legends and contemporary major artists to the White House for a celebration of Memphis soul music,” the White House announced Tuesday.
Other performers include Queen Latifah, Alabama Shakes, William Bell, Steve Cropper, Ben Harper, Joshua Ledet, Sam Moore, Charlie Musselwhite, and Mavis Staples. There will surely be some goading of the president to sing a duet with Green. A video of Obama singing a few bars of Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” last year went viral and prompted many a call for a repeat performance. The concert next Tuesday will be taped for broadcast by PBS on April 16 at 8 p.m. EST. Read
Justin Timberlake, who has been quiet on his substance use in the past, has revealed that some of the trippy songs in his new album The 20/20 Experience are based on his own drug use.
In an interview with MySpace, which Timberlake owns a part of, Timberlake was asked where the inspiration came for some of the psychedelic tunes like “Strawberry Bubblegum” and “Blue Ocean Floor.”
Timberlake said his inspiration was, “Our own substance abuse while we were making (those songs).”
He also explained, “I’ve been to Coachella many times, on many different, um, substances. I’ve been to Coachella many times but not remembered a lot of it, I’ll leave it at that. But I remember I used to go to Coachella a long time ago… Like, I stood in an open field and one year I saw Nine Inch Nails and the next year I saw Weezer and I was standing in the middle of the field, you know, like tripping my mind out.