An audio technology Justin Timberlake partly owns is making its debut appearance at CES 2015 in Las Vegas this week.
Though it was unclear whether Timberlake was able to fulfill his earlier plans to attend the state-of-the art consumer electronics show, his Scottsdale-based company, AfterMaster Audio Labs, is very much in attendance.
“We are debuting our chip and our technology,” said Larry Ryckman, president and CEO of AfterMaster Audio Labs. “We are doing demos for an array of technology companies…We obviously think this is the kickoff of our company.”
For AfterMaster Audio Labs, a subsidiary of Studio One Media in Scottsdale, CES 2015 marks a beginning, Ryckman said.
The research and development phase is over, and the product is now commercially available, he said.
AfterMaster created technology that makes audio louder, clearer and fuller, Ryckman said.
“This is not a subtle effect,” he said. “Anything that is audio, when it goes through our process, sounds significantly better across the board.”
The company has partnered with ON Semiconductor, which has essentially taken the AfterMaster technology and put it into a chip, Ryckman said.
The product can be used in such devices as cell phones, tablets, sound bars, computers, televisions, headphones, even clock radios, Ryckman said.
Enter CES 2015, one of the biggest, most respected trade shows for introducing innovations in consumer electronics.
Timberlake, the multiplatinum Grammy-winning pop star, was originally expected to participate in the demonstrations, Ryckman said. However, it seemed his plans may have changed.
“Justin Timberlake is not only a partner he is also a businessman who believes in the technology,” Ryckman said.
Described as an audiophile by Ryckman, Timberlake came on board last year after listening to enhanced and remastered sound.
Kate Hudson didn’t cry herself a river after Justin Timberlake decline her call. Instead, she enjoyed a good ole hardy laugh.
“This is what it looks like when you Face Time random names on your brothers phone,” the 35-year-old actress captioned a photo on Instagram Tuesday of her laughing hysterically with two pals as her brother, Oliver, sits nearby smiling. “@justintimberlake denied our call … #ChristmasColdCalls”
Hudson is currently in Colorado with her family, celebrating the holidays afterrecently splitting from her ex-fiancé, Muse rocker Matt Bellamy, after four years together. The couple has a 3-year-old son named Bingham.
“Home for the holidays. Hope everyone is having a beautiful holiday season!”she captioned a photo standing in between two of her brothers. “#lovemybrothers #colorado #BroncosKickedSomeA-Today #winterwonderland #BeautifulChristmas”
As for Timberlake, he may have missed the “Wish I Was Here” actress’ call because he’s currently wrapping his 20/20 Experience Tour.
I feel a little bit like a fly on the wall and like I’m listening to conversations I’m in no way a part of. But Justin Timberlake started it.
After he went to a Garth Brooks show on Thursday (Dec. 4) — the first of Brooks’ four St. Louis shows — Timberlake posted an Instagram photo from his meet-and-greet with this caption:
“One of my IDOLS. Garth … You are a MASTER of your craft. I am in awe of you, still.”
(And right after that, the people at Eskimo Joe’s — Stillwater, Oklahoma’s Jumpin’ Little Juke Joint Servin’ Up Smiles Since 1975 — retweeted Brooks’ tweet. Because if you look closely, he is wearing one of their hoodies in the photo.)
Timberlake, who has been a fan (and imitator) of Brooks since he was a little boy, was able to catch the show on one of his rare nights off. He had a show in Dallas on Wednesday and one in Oklahoma City on Friday.
And Timberlake created a pretty serious stir as he watched/sang/danced from the second row, as opposed to hiding away in a private box somewhere in the arena. Lady Gaga and her boyfriend, Chicago Fire star Taylor Kinney did the same thing, opting for regular seats in the house when they saw one of Brooks’ Chicago shows back in September.
There’s just so much mutual love and respect between Brooks and Timberlake. They seem to literally be people loving people, so I think they should collaborate on a song in the very near future.
Justin Timberlake is no Drake. While there are numerous differences between the two musically, we’re here to talk about sports.
When people accuse Drake of being a “bandwagon fan” (i.e. he reps random teams as long as they win), they might be on to something. Or maybe Drake just has a lot of athletic friends.
But when people accuse Justin Timberlake of bandwagoning, well, it’s a different story — especially if it’s about the Memphis Grizzlies, Timberlake’s hometown team, which he partly owns. One Grizzlies fan may not have had all that information, though, when he called out the former ‘N Sync star of less-than-genuine behavior after Timberlake posted a celebratory tweet about Monday night’s 119-93 smackdown on the Houston Rockets.
Justin Timberlake is famous for a lot of things, including his sweet crooning and frosted tips as a member of the quintessential ’90s boy band N’Sync (see also: Brittany Spears), his turn as an actor (he notably played Sean Parker in The Social Network) and his SNL hosting prowess.
In addition to all this, Timberlake is quite the businessman. Over the years, the singer/actor/host has invested in a long list of ventures, all with varying degrees of success. He is the owner or co-owner of asocial network (MySpace, so that one clearly didn’t pan out), tequila brand (which is doing well), barbeque restaurant chain, golf course, professional basketball team and fashion line. (removed all the a’s before each venture)
Today, he officially added another venture to the list: The audio-technology company AfterMaster — which makes “any audio source dramatically clearer, fuller and louder” — announced that Timberlake is joining as a co-owner.