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Justin Timberlake and Dave Grohl are expected to perform at this year’s South By South West Festival next week while several other acts including Kendrick Lamar have now been added to the line-up.
‘Suit & Tie’ smoothie Justin will be gearing up for the release of his comeback album ‘The 20/20 Experience’ and is said to be celebrating with a private concert at the Texas festival with the music event kicking off on March 12.
According to KUVE.com, Justin will be hosting a VIP party in Austin where he will perform tracks from his new album.
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl is also rumoured to be making an appearance on March 14th with his band Sound City Players. Kendrick Lamar and Iggy & The Stooges have been confirmed for the line-up, while the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend have already been announced on the bill.
The festival is just the latest in a long line of shows Justin will be performing this summer with the heartthrob gearing up for his ‘Legends of the Summer’ tour with his pal and collaborator Jay-Z, while the pair have also been confirmed as headliners for the 2013 Wireless Festival on separate days.
The ‘Suit & Tie’ singer dances up the chart with his new video.
This week’s Social 50 chart brings a new entrant into the top 10, as Justin Timberlake climbs 18-9 off the success of his “Suit & Tie” video that bowed on Feb. 14.
The two-year old Social 50 chart ranks the most popular artists on YouTube, Vevo, Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, Wikipedia, Myspace and Instagram. The chart’s methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist pageviews, song plays and reactions.
This is Timberlake’s first week in the top 10 after 88 weeks on the list. He jumps after adding over 456,000 fans to his overall fan base (up 2.4% over the previous week). 193,000 of these fans were added on Facebook alone, spurred by a 74% rise in conversation about the artist on the platform.
The views to the “Suit and Tie” official video prompted a 95% rise in weekly video views to Timberlake’s VEVO channel, which added 14 million new views during the charting week.
Justin Timberlake had something special up his Tom Ford-stitched sleeves at Wednesday (February 20) night’s BRIT Awards: the first-ever live performance of his new song “Mirrors.”
Yes, though JT released the song last week — sometime in-between his Grammy performance and his memorable post-Grammy concert — he waited until the BRITs to actually perform it, taking the stage in London’s O2 Arena and wowing an audience packed with the best and brightest of British music (and, uh, Taylor Swift too).
He started the performance solo, standing beneath a spotlight, decked out in his now ubiquitous suit and tie (not that one). While his backing band worked their way into the song, Timberlake began working the catwalk, clutching a mic stand and crooning for all in attendance. When he finally joined his musical mates on stage, “Mirrors” truly took shape, rolling out on muscled-up guitars and horns … and sounding every bit like the retro-tinged follow-up to “Cry Me A River” that many have already dubbed it (for the record, it also recalled UB40′s take on Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”)
And as the song reached its crescendo — thanks to Timberlake’s lean voice and some stirring string stabs — spotlights scanned the O2 Arena and JT sang for the rafters, before finally bringing things back to a boil and leading the audience in a clap-along of the chorus. Unlike the album version, this take on “Mirrors” didn’t stretch to eight minutes — that surely would have bothered BRIT producers — but it still managed to work in much of the same dramatics. And hey, why would Timberlake give the whole thing away right now? There’s still plenty of time before he drops The 20/20 Experience, and, one could assume, even more opportunities for surprise performances like this one.
Justin Timberlake’s upcoming special London show at The Forum has sold-out in minutes with fans racing to snap up the rare chance to see the singer perform in the UK.
The ‘Suit & Tie’ hitmaker will be taking to the stage at The Forum in Kentish Town next Thursday to headline a one-off concert, just hours after Justin performs at the BRIT Awards. It seems fans couldn’t wait to see the singer perform for the first time in six years as tickets for the gig sold-out in minutes after going on sale on Friday morning.
Justin’s appearance in the UK next week will no doubt help push sales of his comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, which is released on March 18 and features Jay-Z and production from Timbaland.
Fans who didn’t manage to snap up any tickets for Justin’s show on February 20 may still have another chance to see him again with reports that he could be touring with Beyonce towards the end of March.
A listing on music site Songkick claimed Justin and Beyonce would be performing together at a show at The Garage in Islington, however, the post was quickly removed and there has been no other word on the gig.
finally the wait is over, the suit and tie video is now here
(Ed note: During Grammy week, Justin Timberlake sat down with two high school students, Cameron Capers from Atlanta and Allison Spice from San Diego. The two students are alumni of Grammy Camp, a music industry program for students from around the nation. Timberlake, a big proponent of music education, spoke with Spice and Capers for 35 minutes following his Grammy rehearsals on Friday at L.A.’s Staples Center.)
You could do any interview, why speak with us?
Because I like talking to people who love music. I don’t necessarily do a lot of interviews anymore because a lot of times, a writer will interview you for an editorial piece and – this happened to me when I was younger – you end up reading the article and it becomes more about them than it even is about the subject. So you feel them projecting those thoughts on you or whatever objective they have. Sonia [his publicist] brought it up and I said, “Yeah, I’d much rather talk to somebody who is younger than me that was excited about music and wanted to talk about music rather than have to sit around and answer questions that have nothing to do with even the Grammys or anything.” It’s like, “So what’s your favorite pasta? What you do in your free time?” “Stuff that I don’t want to tell you, like private stuff; you know what private means, right?” I come from a humble beginning, but when you spend that much time in the business, you realize that there’s a whole other thing going around you that really has nothing to do with you.
And for me, it’s always nice to talk with young people who really love music and are interested in the expression of it or the art of it. You’ll see; the older you get, the more you realize people come in and out of your life and you realize that person changed or that person wasn’t exactly who I thought they were. And I found with friends, close friends that have come and gone in my life, they’re like, “Oh, you changed.” Everything else around you changed, you’re still the same person. If you want to say that I didn’t have to worry about a paparazzi following me around in my car has made me change, then yeah, sorry, I’ve changed, but I didn’t know what that was like before. I was just a young person trying to express myself. It’s just a crazy world that we live in. I don’t want to paint a picture that’s jaded or anything because I’m super happy to be back and doing it and I have a great time wherever I go. But the things around you change the older you get and that’s just life.
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What made you come back now?
This is one of those times when stuff gets projected onto you. I would have taken a break regardless of if I would’ve done films or not because my last record was all-consuming and to go on tour like that, for me, I will not be the type of artist that puts out 10 to 15 albums. That’s just not who I am. They’re really special to me. I write music all the time, but until you really feel that desperate need to shout from the rooftops and express yourself in that way, I just kind of keep it to myself. I enjoy making music so much that if it doesn’t come out, that’s okay. If I get to listen to it in my car by myself, I’m just as happy because I get to hear something that I made. I’m not so caught up in the fact that you have to be in the center of attention. For me, when I do have something that I’m ready to express, I’m gonna burrow through whatever to get it heard. But for me, the journey along the way is really the most fun part; it’s not about the outcome. It’s really about making something that feels authentic. That’s the one place you can do that.
What does making music mean to you?
[The studio] really is one place that you can still go to that you can be completely free, at least in my opinion. You can lock yourself in a room and make a whole other world. I’m 32 and I still love it as much as I did when I was 18, so that should tell you amazing how it is.
Can you give us a preview of the new album?
There are 10 songs on this one, but the average length of each song is seven, eight minutes. We made it to listen from top to bottom. It’s not so much a narrative or a story, but sonically we really made it to listen from top to bottom.
Would you say you and Timbaland have the same perspective?
My relationship with Tim is a relationship that I have with nobody else in the world. We’re like brothers, really. You have friends like that, friends you don’t have to say much to, but you know they just get who you are. That’s the relationship I have with Tim, where we go in the studio and kind of don’t even speak to each other. He’ll start tinkering around or I’ll start playing some chords and start tinking around with some loop of something and that’ll give him an idea and then we’ll start looping it and then I’ll start humming a melody and then we just ping-pong an idea back and forth. And I have that relationship with Pharrell a little bit as well. But my relationship with Tim is very unique; we share the same perspective that we always want to make something that reminds us of music that we love, but at the same time is something we’ve never heard before. You talk about making this record; we encapsulated ourselves in the studio and I didn’t tell anybody. I was just like, “Let’s make some music without all the hoopla of, like expectations. Let’s just make something that feels genuine from us.” And I’m glad we were able to do that way because, for me, it’s the best stuff I’ve ever done.
yesterday I told you guys about Justin’s surprise appearance at Timbaland’s LA show for the pre grammy event, well here are two picctures. Justin looks fantastic.
If last year’s Grammy Awards were remembered for Adele’s triumphs and Whitney Houston’s tributes, this year’s likely belongs to the return of Justin Timberlake and the rise of Frank Ocean.
Perhaps no other performance is more anticipated for this Sunday’s live telecast than Timberlake’s. The last time he graced the Grammy stage was 2009, when he stepped in at the last minute to perform a duet with Al Green.
Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the awards, told ABC News that Timberlake “saved our lives” with his last-minute performance of “Let’s Stay Together,” which filled a hole in the broadcast — a hole that was caused — Ehrlich noted — by “that little drop-out with Chris Brown and Rihanna.”
Both artists, then a couple, pulled out of the show following Brown’s assault on Rihanna.
“We’ve missed him,” Ehrlich said of Timberlake.
So have his music fans. This will be Timberlake’s first musical appearance in support of his first new solo work since 2006. Not yet known is whether he’ll perform his recently released “Suit & Tie,” the retro-minded soul single featuring Jay-Z, or unveil something new.
Billboard editor Joe Levy told ABC News that Timberlake sent Ehrlich a track that he was thinking of performing, leading many to believe that it could be a new song, not currently on the radio.
Timberlake won’t be the only performer people will be talking about. There will, of course, be the discussion of who was wearing what, although CBS took the unusual step of issuing a “clothing advisory,” advising talent to be sure their “buttocks and female breasts are adequately covered” as well as their genitals covered so that there is no visible ‘puffy’ bare skin exposure.”
“It is a black tie affair so you hate to see anyone turn up wearing a handkerchief,” Levy said. “Then again, it is rock and roll, so you gotta expect it.”
Justin Timberlake doesn’t have much of a track record with album titles. His solo debut was a pun on his name, and the follow-up was a surreal word collage. His new record is called The 20/20 Experience, but what does it mean? Is he particularly driven by ABC news magazines? Deeply concerned about marksman-quality vision? Establishing a bar that is exactly half as awesome as Jay-Z’s 40/40? Is it a reference to the fact that the whole experience of creating the album consisted of 20 songs in 20 days?
Timberlake revealed the science behind the name this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “It more or less came out of I was playing some of the stuff for my friends and they would come in and out of the studio and I’d say, ‘What do you think of this?’” Timberlake explained. “And my best friend said, ‘This is music that you can see,’ and for some reason that stuck with me.”
So there you have it: Justin Timberlake’s new album is a concept record about synesthesia.
Seacrest also got a few other details out of Timberlake. He also noted that the famous teaser video that Timberlake unleashed a few days before the unveiling of his new Jay-Z-assisted single “Suit & Tie” is actually from another project entirely. “That little piece of footage is from a documentary that we sort of started working on throughout the making of the album,” he told Seacrest.
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Justin Timberlake’s music comeback appears to be a very well orchestrated and highly calculated production, but he’d like you to believe it’s just sort of falling together.
JT caused the Internet to nearly implode when he posted a mysterious YouTube video to Twitter with the words, “I’m ready,” accompanied by an unexplained countdown on his official website. OMG you guys, Justin is back in the studio? Nope, he’s already done in the studio and about to drop an album.
The countdown marked the date Timberlake would release “Suit & Tie,” (featuring none other than Jay-Z), marking his first single off “The 20/20 Experience,” the long-awaited follow-up to his 2006 album, “Future Sex/Love Sounds.” Then came word David Fincher (of “The Social network” fame) would direct the “Suit & Tie” video — news that was followed by a teaser for the video, which was succeeded by a holdover lyric video. Exhausted yet? Just wait.
Timberlake made his live concert comeback on Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans, with a little Britney Spears drama tossed in for good measure, and this weekend music fans will gather ’round the flat screens to see JT rock the Grammy stage.
Now today comes the “whoops, I accidentally leaked some big news” moment, when Justin calls in to Ryan Seacrest’s morning radio show. “Not to give too much away, because you know I like surprising the fans,” Timberlake says, referring to the teaser video that ignited the hype machine, “but that little piece of footage is from a documentary we started working on throughout the making of the album, which started last June.” (Well before his wedding to Jessica Biel — you know, the one she kept telling everyone she didn’t really have time to plan.)
So, along with a new marriage, a comeback album, and a rumored world tour, the world will be graced with a Justin Timberlake documentary. Seriously, could this machine be any more well-oiled? JT tells Ryan, the “I’m Ready” video “was more a little excerpt from [the doc], which I kinda thought about afterwards. Like, oh, people don’t know about the documentary. This seems a little weird.” Uh huh, totally.
Speaking to Seacrest, Timberlake also paints his days-away Grammy performance as an afterthought. “I’m still in the process of figuring all of it out,” he says. “That was kind of a whirlwind; we got a phone call, got confirmed … I’m like ‘oh wait, I should put something together.’ So I’m the process of doing something right now.”
So there you have it, folks. Now that everyone will be scrambling for more info on this top secret project, we’re guessing the next announcement will involve some fan-baiting news about who’s helming the film. We’ll also be watching this last minute, slapped-together-on-a-shoe-string Grammy performance that will inevitably present yet another newsworthy music moment.
Any predictions for how JT will oh-so-spontaneously wow us on Grammy night? It’s at least a safe bet he’ll be wearing a “Suit & Tie.”