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Justin Timberlake has been slammed with threatened legal action over his new single, Take Back the Night, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.
Timberlake surprised fans Friday by releasing his new single, Take Back the Night and it was met with positive reviews.
But the sexual assault awareness organization of the same name is not happy about the song’s title. Now, the Executive Director of the Foundation tells Radar that Justin used their name without asking, and he’s already received a letter from the group’s lawyers.
“Everyone at Take Back the Night is really shocked, because normally, we get asked when people want to use the name,” Take Back the Night Foundation Executive Director Katherine Koestner tells us. “Normally entities as large as Justin Timberlake do very kind and thoughtful things to support our cause.”
But now, “We have some big concerns,” Koestner says. “For example, all of a sudden on Wikipedia, Take Back the Night has a different definition. That’s not been helpful.”
Also problematic is the fact that Timberlake’s R-rated lyrics don’t exactly support TBTN’s message. “The lyrics are definitely very sexual and not at all clearly anti-sexual violence,” she says. “‘Use me,’ for example, is not a great phrase for anyone affiliated with the organization.”
After first hearing that Justin planned to release the song, “We tried to contact him through his website and got no answer,” Koestner reveals. “Then we sent him a letter Friday from our legal counsel saying ‘You used our name without our permission.’”
“They got back to us and said they’re sorry,” she said. “His agent said ‘Justin’s a good guy! He’s a family man!’ They claimed he’d never heard of us before he wrote that song. I don’t know what country he’s been in. I suppose it could have slipped off his radar screen somehow. Somebody working for him definitely messed up.”
“It’s a big song, and he didn’t take the necessary steps to make sure that it was appropriate,” Koestner says. “Normally they do have due diligence.”
In the past, for example, production staff for “The Devil Wears Prada” asked to use the name in the movie. “They made a donation to TBTN and contacted us to make sure it matched our mission and philosophy,” Koestner says. “Another good example is that CSI did an episode with our name and they staged an entire march and rally as part of the show. Not only did they donate to us, but they used our logo properly.”
“Usually people are pretty mindful because no one is actually ‘for’ sexual assault,” she explains. “This whole thing with Justin is just really unfortunate and we’re hoping it can be amicably resolved.”
are you kidding me? I could probably get in trouble for saying this, but honestly all these rights groups are annoying with their rules and regulaions. It’s a freakin song!
Apparently, the cavalcade of hype surrounding Justin Timberlake’s latest album, The 20/20 Experience, failed to reach at least one person.
While at Cannes to promote his new film, the Coen Brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis, the singer/actor was approached by a French reporter who, according to Vulture, expressed concern that Timberlake was “making some sacrifice in music just because you are so focused right now on your acting.”
Timberlake was, not surprisingly, a bit taken aback. “I just put a record out, man!” he protested, adding that the “second part … comes out this fall!” He jokingly chided the reporter, “You gotta get off your little island, man,” before smiling and squeezing his arm.
But it didn’t stop there. The reporter pressed on, insisting he had “this feeling” about the precedence of Timberlake’s film career. “Right now, your top priority is acting, maybe. Am I wrong?”
Timberlake informed the chap of his upcoming tour, but then graciously discussed his latest movie. “I don’t take myself seriously in a way where I feel like I need to be vindicated in any way,” he said, as the interview finally wound down.
The members of Three 6 Mafia are among the few rappers who’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with Justin Timberlake, linking up with JT on his 2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds track “Chop Me Up.” And now, Juicy J has scored some one-on-one time with the star.
Fans will likely get to hear the results of the team-up when Juicy drops his upcoming solo album, Stay Trippy. During an interview in April, Wiz Khalifa let slip that his new Taylor Gang signee had hit the studio with the 20/20 Experience singer. And on Wednesday, during a visit to “RapFix Live,” the Memphis rapper confirmed it was all true.
“I’ve got this record [with Timberlake], but it’s not all the way finished yet,” Juicy said, adding that he’s been onto Justin for a minute, thanks to their hometown connection (“He’s from Memphis like me”).
“We did a couple of records [together], but he’s still gotta do the vocals, so hopefully, while they’re doing the mixing, it’ll make the album,” he said of the new music, which seems to include involvement from producer Timbaland as well. “Right now, we’re wrapping it up and hopefully it’ll definitely make the album because it’s a great song.”
Juicy J also recalled the experience of joining Justin in the studio for Timberlake’s last album, admitting that he was blown away by the singer/actor’s work ethic. “Justin is super talented; he can play any type of instrument and he even engineers on the mixing board,” he explained. “When I saw that, I was like, ‘Wow, that guy really knows music.’ Instead of just coming in and laying a verse then leaving, he was involved in everything. He’s a producer and songwriter — he’s incredible.”
In addition to the hometown connection, it also helps that Justin was actually a fan of Three 6 Mafia growing up, despite his mom’s objections. “He told me he used to listen to a lot of our mixtapes, but his mom didn’t want him playing it.”
Stay Trippy is currently scheduled for release on July 2.
Justin Timberlake has got a secret hair straightener habit.
The actor-and-singer reportedly feels embarrassed about the curly locks he sported in his boyband days.
Sources revealed that Timberlake now relies on daily straightening to perfect his crop.
“Justin associates curly hair with his *NSYNC days,” a source told British magazine Heat. “And [he] thinks it makes him look stupid. So he’s been getting his hair straightened.”
Timberlake’s newfound appreciation for the styling tool is rumoured to be causing his wife, actress Jessica Biel, some concern.
Biel reportedly feels Timberlake is vain because he spends more time in front of the mirror than she does.
“Jessica has been teasing him about how long it takes him to get ready,” the source continued.
The Lonely Island have confirmed that Lady GaGa and Justin Timberlake will be among the big name guest collaborators on their new album.
The trio, who made their name on top US late night show Saturday Night Live will release The Wack Album as their third studio collection with some huge names set to feature.
As well as Justin and Gaga, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Pharrell Williams, Solange, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine, Kendrick Lamar and T-Pain are among the artists to contribute.
It’s thought that most of the big name duets will be taken from previous episodes of SNL, including the popular 3-Way (The Golden Role) skit which features GaGa and Justin.
The new album will be promoted through a series of videos called ‘Wack Wednesdays’, where the group will preview visuals for their tracks.
The first episode, Spring Break Anthem, premiered to huge fanfare earlier today with James Franco and The Hangover’s Zach Galifianakis starring.
The video begins with Zach presenting a new chat show ‘Between The Ferns’ with Hollywood heartthrob James Franco as his special guest. The Lonely Island boys then perform their new single, which sees the boys rapping about the crazy antics that go on during Spring Break while also celebrating the joys of organising a wedding with another man. Watch the video here.
The Lonely Island will also perform their first ever live show on July 15 in Chicago. The headline date at the Aragon Theatre is rumoured to be part of a wider tour.
The ‘Suit & Tie’ singer hit the stage at the Roseland Ballroom on Sunday night where he performed tracks from his smash hit album ‘The 20/20 Experience,’ and while there were plenty of adoring fans in the audience, Justin was only interested in one lady in particular with wifey Jessica stealing his attention as he sang hit single ‘Mirrors.’
“Jessica was sitting in the balcony with Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis. When Justin opened the show, he kept looking right at her,” an insider told the New York Post.
“And when he sang ‘Mirrors,’ he sang the lyrics directly up to Jessica.
“She knew the lyrics to all of his songs. It was so sweet. She was looking at him very lovingly.”
How cute! Meanwhile, Justin has given fans a treat this weekend after announcing the release date for part two of his latest album and also a world tour.
The news was broken by the man himself on his Instagram page on Sunday, in a picture that calls the record ‘Part 2 of 2′ – indicating that there will be no further components to the album once the second influx is out there.
The date will be a delight for fans, following rumours that they would have to wait right up until November to get their second dose of JT’s comeback tuneage.
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 has just announced that he is teaming up with MasterCard for a two year partnership focused on brand collaboration and making unforgettable experiences!
“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,” the 32-year-old entertainer said in a statement. “MasterCard is a respected global brand and I look forward to working with them to bring something truly unique to their cardholders.”
Justin will be kicking off the partnership this Sunday evening (May 5) with a special concert at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom exclusively for MasterCard cardholders. Fans can sign up now at Priceless.com to find out how to get tickets for the special show.
This isn’t the first partnership for Justin, who has used his strategic deals with Bud Light Platinum and Target, in addition to his role as creative director of Myspace, to help move his album The 20/20 Experience to sales of nearly 2 million copies.
Wiz Khalifa gave rap fans a bit of an inside scoop this week, revealing in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid that Taylor Gang signee, Juicy J, is collaborating with Justin Timberlake on his upcoming album.
As credible of a source as they come, Wiz Khalifa told listeners that J’s new work, entitled Stay Trippy, will be a “real hood album” but will still mix in pop and R&B influences; calling on none other than pop’s golden boy to get the job done. “He’s breaking his back to give that old sound mixed with the new. Nothing forced or anything like that but make it a real, well rounded project,” Wiz said.
J previously revealed that he’s working with 2 Chainz and The Weeknd on his album. Now, with the announcement of JT, listeners can anticipate a well rounded sound.
Although a seemingly odd couple, JT and Juciy J have had collaborative success before. Back in 2006, Timberlake tapped Three 6 Mafia for a feature on the song “Chop Me Up,” a Timbaland produced track on Justin’s massively successful FutureSex/LoveSounds album.
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.
OK, this is getting ridiculous.
The only notable suits at Justin Timberlake’s house today were of the law-enforcement variety. Police confirmed Friday to E! News that they received a bogus emergency call about shots being fired at a Los Angeles address (that we know to be Timberlake’s), and officers later classified the scene as a radio Code 4, meaning no further assistance was needed.
Then, a couple of hours later, cops were called to Selena Gomez’s home, only to find—you guessed it—no emergency.
As for the Spring Breakers star, the LAPD confirmed to E! that they received a call about shots fired at around 5 p.m. and there was no crime.
That makes four so-called swatting pranks this week, with Sean “Diddy” Combs’ house getting hit Wednesday and Rihanna’s yesterday.
As has been the case with all the others, neither Timberlake nor his missus, Jessica Biel, appeared to be around when the cops showed up, but Gomez was home when the cavalry came.
Police tell us they talked to her and she was fine.
A 12-year-old boy recently admitted to making a false report of an emergency situation at Ashton Kutcher’s house and is waiting to be punished in juvenile court for computer intrusion and making a false bomb threat. In exchange, charges will be dismissed regarding his involvement in a similar prank at Justin Bieber’s house and an L.A.-area bank.
TMZ has reported that there’s a link between the latest round of swatting action and hackers who have been pulling financial records and other personal information from celebrities and politicians and posting the ill-gotten info online.
Police tell us the string of incidents remain under investigation.
Justin Timberlake managed to pull off one of the better makeovers in pop culture history, going from wearing cheesy matching denim outfits with then-GF Britney Spears, to being one of the most nattily dressed guys around. But it took a lot of hard work, people. And a lot more advice from Tom Ford.
Today Guy Trebay wrote a pretty gushy feature for the New York Times about JT’s sartorial evolution, and Tom Ford–a big Timberlake fan and collaborator–weighed in on his role in it all.
The designer first started dressing Timberlake regularly in 2011, and he was flattered that the pop star came to him. “When you’re someone in your early 50s, and a major global pop star who’s barely 30 identifies with your style and wants you to make all his clothes, you think, ‘I’m still valid,’” Ford said. (How humble!) The pair’s most recent collab is for Timberlake’s new album “The 20/20 Experience,” which the singer is promoting now.
But it sounds like the “collaboration” is mainly just Tom Ford telling Timberlake what to do–at least when it comes to his appearance.
“I happen to like the hair straighter,” Ford said of JT’s naturally curly fro. And indeed, Timberlake has been wearing a sleeker, more blown-out coif of late, and a definitely more grown-up wardrobe. Ford has a tendency of speaking about Timberlake as if he were a piece of artwork rather than a person, and NYT even goes so far as to call the performer a “Tom Ford creation.”
“These kids grew up in a generation of baggy shorts and baggy athletic clothes, and now they want some kind of little formal touch to something,” Ford told Trebay. “They want the glamour of suits and ties.” …Buh-dum bum!
And how would Ford describe JT’s overall look? Not quite Frank Sinatra, but “Justin was identifying with a sort of young, Rat Pack fantasy in some way, and that is a terrific look for him,” Ford said. Cary Grant is also thrown around a lot in the article.
There was one point on which we wish Ford would have elaborated a bit: “Have you ever seen the body?” Ford asked Trebay. (We’re assuming it was said admiringly.)