Justin Timberlake confirms “Sinatra in the Sands” track with nas, Jay Z and Timbaland. He also lists early Hip Hop influences, including A Tribe Called Quest.
One of the most talked-about tracks from Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail was “BBC,” which featured Justin Timberlake, Nas, and Timbaland.
In a recent interview with Hot 97′s Angie Martinez, Timberlake, fresh off of his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, confirmed Timbaland’s earlier statement that the same collection of artists has recorded another track, titled “Sinatra in the Sands.”
“It’s funny how all this music came about is we were just in the studio at Jungle City, and all of this music just came out of that,” explained Timberlake.
“Originally, I think, it was something Tim and I, obviously Tim did the beat and I wrote the hook, where….sort of in the style of Frank Sinatra, and I didn’t know Jay was gonna be on it,” he said.
Timberlake admitted that he hasn’t yet heard the finished product. “I haven’t heard it done. I’ve only heard what Tim and I did on it. I haven’t heard any verses or anything. It’s a mid. It gives you a feeling of this easy-going…I dunno. I don’t want to say too much about it because I haven’t heard the end of it, and Tim has been known to…go back and, ‘Oh, I flipped the beat.’”
“Sinatra in the Sands” was discussed by Timbaland in July.
“Nas got a song right now with him, Jay, and Justin. It’s completely stupid,” Timbaland said in an interview with Revolt TV. “It’s called ‘Sinatra In The Sands.’ And Justin sounds like Frank Sinatra.”
“Sinatra in the Sands” is only one example of the collaborative work between Timbaland and Timberlake. In his interview with Hot 97, Timberlake discussed the trust they share.
“We trust each other a hundred-thousand percent,” said the singer of Timbaland. “He never questions me about lyrics or melodies. And also, we really blur lines between the two of us on what we actually do in the studio. It’s nothing for me to sit down and play something, and he goes, ‘Oh, play that again,’ and he’ll loop it, and put drums around it. And sometimes, he, like, on ‘My Love,’ he gave me the hop… we were just sitting there mumbling stuff back-and-forth…”
JT also revealed that Drake will be featured on Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. “The Drake thing was a song that was sitting around, and I just heard him on it. Drake and I have been, you know, tryin’ to get at each other about doing a record. I think we’ll probably end up doing more as time goes by as well.”
Timberlake, who has performed fan-favorite “History of Rap” performances for “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon,” also discussed some of his favorite Hip Hop records growing up. “When I was…ten, [A Tribe Called Quest's] Low End Theory came out. And then, obviously, Midnight Marauders. I got Midnight Marauders when I was twelve. Then I went back and got Low End Theory. Tribe was my first proper introduction,” he revealed. “And then, at that time, too, I started listening to De La [Soul], Digital Underground, Pharcyde… Bizarre Ride II [the Pharcyde] was phenomenal.”
Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.
Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.
And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.)
Interestingly, Timberlake also saw the sales of his first solo album Justified pick up significantly—enough to also land it in the top 30. Why people didn’t clamor to download Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds (currently sitting at a soft 78), also heavily featured in his VMAs performance, is anyone’s guess.
Other victors coming out of Sunday night include Kanye West (whose Yeezus jumped back into the top 20), Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (though The Heist is one of the most consistent performers in iTunes history, so it’s not a huge leap), and Bruno Mars (whose new single “Gorilla” is steadily climbing and will likely be in the top 10 soon).
The rest of the singles chart is pretty much what you would expect. Katy Perry has had a stranglehold on the top position with “Roar” since it dropped, so it’s not shocking that it remains number one. The buzz over Miley Cyrus’ near-nudity was enough to send her new single “Wrecking Ball” to number three, and Drake’s brief blast of “Hold On, We’re Going Home” during the VMAs was enough to get that song into the top 10. I
nterestingly, despite being declared the Song of Summer at the VMAs and being tethered to a hotly-anticipated concert film coming out this week, One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” didn’t get a significant boost on the iTunes chart.
Of course, sometimes not being at the VMAs is as good a marketing strategy as any. Eminem, who did not attend the show but did show up in a pair of Beats By Dre commercials during the broadcast, immediately took the number two position on iTunes’ singles chart following the midnight release of his new single “Berserk.”
As it is, Justin Timberlake will give fans as much music this year as he’s released in his entire solo career. He’s dropped the year’s best-selling album to date, The 20/20 Experience, and is prepping its sequel, The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 for September 30.
But in an interview with MTV News’ Sway Calloway at Sunday night’s 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, just before he broke the Internet by reuniting with ‘NSYNC, Timberlake revealed that he originally planned to serve up four times that much product.
“Here’s the thing that you have to understand about all of it, is it was all written at the same time,” Timberlake said of the two albums he recorded last year. “How it’s being released … we kinda thought this was a cool way to do it. I went through a bunch of different ideas on how to release it. One being four EP’s of five songs.”
Plans obviously changed, but JT said the process of building enough songs for those releases came during one of the most fruitful creative periods of his career. “We sat down together, [Timbaland], myself, and crew … a bunch of other producers,” he said. “I just kind of assembled this great group of people and … we put together more than 20 songs. We had 25 to 30 songs in 20 days. So we were just sprinting and sprinting and sprinting and then trying to figure out a way to put it out.”
They finally agreed to do a double album, staggering the releases over the course of the year. But in Justin’s mind, it’s all one project, with the challenge being how to split the tunes up in the most logical sense.
“I had to figure out how to do a song, like a track list for two halves, versus just one big experience. Honestly, I just kind of thought of it like fashion,” said the singer and co-founder of William Rast fashion line. “If there’s a March release, then this is going to be my Spring/Summer collection. These are going to be all the songs that I feel like I’d want to hear in the summertime. And then the second half is a little bit darker.”
Though little is known about the second album beyond the disco-fied first single, “Take Back the Night,” Timberlake said if you liked his smash 2006 FutureSex/LoveSounds release then you’ll probably like this one. “It’s like when you’re a freshman in high school and you think you’ve fallen in love with that other girl in your class and you go over to meet her parents ’cause you want to impress her parents, um, that’s the first album,” he explained.
“But then when you get over there, you realize she has a sister that’s a senior and she’s like the dark haired one that you can tell is a little bit like more experienced and … darker. Like there’s something a little bit like more dangerous about that chick. And then you’re like, ‘Wait, what have I been looking at?’ That’s the second half.”
we wouldnt have minded a four album set now wouldd we? – jess
it’s new music tuesday!!!!
remember to go out and support Justin’s latest collab “the woods” on the brand new Juicy J album which dropped today.
Russian GQ – September 2013
Scans coming soon!!!
The last time I wrote you an open letter, it was in January and I promised that it would be a “Big 2013.” Since then, from The Grammys to the release of the first part of The 20/20 Experience to the crowd’s response at the VMAs, it’s been a wild ride. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have.
This letter is to tell you that we’re not done…Not even close.
On Sept 30th, the second half of The 20/20 Experience, “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2,” comes out. Since all these songs were written together over a year ago, it’s been so hard to wait this long to release them. I can’t wait for all of you to hear The 20/20 Experience in full.
So… below is a short clip of the recording of the experience so you can get a feel of what those 20 days were like. It was like no other time I’ve ever had in the studio.
Catch your breath, TN Kids. We’ve still got the 3rd and 4th quarter to go. This is too much fun.
so to make a long story short, Justin completely stole the show.
Suddenly, the MTV Video Music Awards are all about Justin Timberlake.
Timberlake took over the awards Sunday night, wrestling the spotlight away from a rehabilitated Lady Gaga, an X-rated Miley Cyrus and a vengeful Taylor Swift with a medley of hits and the rumored reunion with former boy band mates ‘N Sync.
Timberlake — the night’s top nominee with early leader Macklemore & Ryan Lewis — also was given the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award by Jimmy Fallon.
“I don’t deserve the award, but I’m not going to give it back,” Timberlake said. “I’m taking this home.”
Timberlake, dressed in a black suit and black hat with a red feather, powered through a breathless series of solo hits before the other four members of ‘N Sync — JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass — joined him on stage, opening with “Bye Bye Bye.”
“Half of the moonmen I’ve ever won, I won with those four guys right there,” Timberlake said pointing at his former band mates while holding the Vanguard trophy. “So above all else, I’m going to share this — we can keep it my house — but I’m going to share this award with them.”
Up till then, the ladies of pop music dominated as Cyrus became the rare artist to upstage Lady Gaga. But Swift managed to take the spotlight from both after appearing to utter an expletive when One Direction and rumored former love interest Harry Styles appeared at Sunday night’s award show — a moment that lit up Twitter and was memorialized immediately in a GIF online.
She also thanked a former beau for helping her win another moonman trophy for “I Knew You Were Trouble” in the best female video category.
“I also want to thank the person who inspired this song, who knows exactly who he is, because I got one of these,” Swift said. “Thank you so much!”
Gaga changed costumes four times during her first return to the stage since hip surgery as she performed her new single “Applause” at the top of the show. It was a predictably unpredictable appearance for Gaga, who seemed to pump in boos over the over the sound system as she opened the song in a white nun’s habit and square headdress.
By the time she finished the song, she was surrounded by unitard-clad male dancers and wearing a thong bikini decorated in shells and a long blonde wig.
Cyrus immediately kicked things up well beyond provocative, however, as she appeared on stage with a multitude of dancing teddy bears in a bodysuit adorned with a cartoon character. She twerked to her song “We Can’t Stop,” changed into a nude bikini, ran a fan’s foam finger along her privates as Robin Thicke appeared on stage to perform “Blurred Lines,” then gave the singer a lap dance.
“Miley better go get a pregnancy test after all that grinding,” comedian Kevin Hart joked afterward.
Kanye West continued his stark portrayal of new music from his album “Yeezus,” performing “Blood on the Leaves” with its controversial Nina Simone “Strange Fruit” sample in silhouette in front of a black and white picture of a tree.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis were the early leaders, taking best hip-hop video for “Thrift Shop” and best video with a social message for their song “Same Love,” which espouses marriage equality.
“Gay rights are human rights,” Macklemore said during the telecast. “There is no separation.”
Other early winners included Pink and Nate Ruess for best collaboration, Thirty Seconds to Mars for best rock video and Selena Gomez for best pop video. And Swift wasn’t the only one with a strong reaction to One Direction — cheers mixed with boos as they won song of the summer for “Best Song Ever.”
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