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.
whenever I see “spears” next to Justin’s name or last, I almost automatically roll my eyes, because it is usually some stupid drama, however this time we got a cute photo!
Britney’s younger sister Jamielynn tweeted Justin to show her appreciation, but quickly changed it to mention her sister.
which reminded me of this adorable blast from the past photo :
not sure if the date on these pictures are accurate or not, but oh well.
Justin Timberlake and wife Jessica Biel were all smiles while out on a date night on Friday evening. The couple were spotted out on broadway making their way into the Eugene O’neil Theater to catch a showing of “The Book Of Mormon”. Before the show started, Jessica was seen sitting on some church steps across the street from the theater while waiting for her husband Justin to arrive for their night out. The actress looked lonely and waited for about 20 minutes before the singer arrived.
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.
Timberlake’s latest could be the first album since Taylor Swift’s “Red” to spend its first three weeks at No. 1.
It looks like Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” will spend a third consecutive week atop the Billboard 200 chart next week. The set could sell in the range of 150,000 to 170,000, Billboard estimates, based on the sales patterns of the last couple albums that debuted with a half-million or more.
We’ll have a more exact sales projection for “20/20″ in the next day or two. The new Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be revealed on the morning of Wednesday, April 10.
If “20/20″ holds for a third week at No. 1, it will be the first set to spend its first three weeks at the top since “Red” did so on the charts dated Nov. 10 through Nov. 24, 2012. (“Red” then left the top slot for three weeks, only to return for another four-week engagement at No. 1.)
The last male artist to rule for his first three weeks was nearly three years ago, when Eminem’s “Recovery” spent its first three frames at No. 1 (July 10 through July 24, 2010).
Next week’s top debut should be country trio The Band Perry with its “Pioneer” album. The act’s second set might sell around 110,000, according to industry sources, and bow at No. 2. Their self-titled debut debuted and peaked at No. 4 in 2010 with 53,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The smash set has gone on to sell 1.5 million in the U.S. and was the No. 6 best-selling country album of 2011.
The second-highest entry next week could come from Tyler, the Creator with his second studio album, “Wolf.” It may shift around 75,000 to 80,000 copies. His last set, “Goblin,” debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011 off a 45,000 start.
Other albums aiming for a top 10 start include New Kids on the Block’s “10″ (50,000) and Killswitch Engage’s “Disarm the Descent” (45,000).
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
The billboard results are in and the number one album in the us again is the 20/20 experience.
this marks the second album for justin to not a only debut at number one but stay there for two consecutive weeks. Congrats justin and the team for this amazing success.
Forbes staff writer Dorothy Pomerantz recently took a look at the alleged wheeling and dealing behind the new chart-topping Justin Timberlake album, The 20/20 Experience. As Pomerantz wrote The Hollywood Reporter broke down the pop star’s 2009 deal with Live Nation, a touring contract reportedly worth about $20 million. In the well-researched story THR said Live Nation bears a lot of responsibility for the recent release of The 20/20 Experience as the entertainment juggernaut may have feared it could have taken years for him to get interested.
As Pomerantz pointed out it isn’t 100 percent clear that the Live Nation deal is entirely responsible for The 20/20 Experience coming to fruition—Hollywood Reporter music editor Shirley Halperin cites unnamed insiders for the piece, and without any direct quotes provided by named sources from the concert giant or Timberlake’s camp the implication that Live Nation pushed the musician into making the album so he could fulfill a touring contract agreement is slightly weak. But the story does have its merits, and it’s easy to see how Timberlake, a multi-disciplinary artist who has said music wasn’t his focus as recently as 2011, wound up creating and releasing a largely unexpected album in a short amount of time. If Halperin’s story is accurate Live Nation did more than just give Timberlake the $20 million incentive to record and tour again—it gave him a deadline. Without a deadline Timberlake could have pulled a My Blood Valentine and not released The 20/20 Experience for two decades.
Perhaps the one person who can provide the best insight into the process behind The 20/20 Experience other than Timberlake is Buzz Bissinger. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist recently made headlines after GQ published his personal essay detailing his addiction to fashion. Bissinger’s story was re-reported and re-blogged and the most scandalous details—the absurd amount of money he dropped on clothing, his description of his repressive lifestyle and how he decided to revolt against it, “experimenting” with sex—received the most attention. But the one passage that stuck out the most in my mind had little to do with the salacious details of Bissinger’s personal life and everything to do with his work and creativity:
I am also a writer. I crave stimulation. I need it to create, to survive. Without it I feel dead, useless, overcome by the worst anxiety of all, nothingness, dead man walking. There was a time earlier in my life when I loved to write, the same feeling of orgasm that I now get with clothing. But in my mid-fifties the words were harder to find, the excuses to f*** around more pronounced, the anxiety multiplied that whatever I was working on would never reach the dizzying heights of Friday Night Lights. It had been my first book, written nearly twenty years earlier when I was 35—2 million copies sold, a film, a television series.
I began to dread the process, nothing ever good enough, the thoughts in my brain never quite finding the page, the withering negativity that had always been my guidepost in life only more withering. I f***** around more and more—nasty guillotine rants on Twitter going after everything and everyone, Googling my name six or seven times a day, craving crumbs of attention.
Then I started looking at clothing, hot and beautiful and transformative, a new sense of self-expression that I finally had the courage to realize. I hated khaki pants. Clothing became the stimulation and attention I craved.
Although Timberlake isn’t grappling with Bissinger’s addictions, I imagine the pop star can empathize with the journalist’s struggle to do something once beloved and can share in the dread of the creative process. While Bissinger got sucked into the world of fashion Timberlake has got hooked on acting. But both were still responsible for putting out new content in the respective fields of writing and music, and I imagine deadlines became tremendously helpful when the creative sparks weren’t always going off.
Deadlines can be a burden and dreadful thing, but they can also provide the fuel for finishing a task: A deadline can help you find the words for an article that can elude you for hours and days, it can force you to find the melody that felt just out of reach, it can help you get the job done by providing a distinct end point. The end product may not always be perfect—not everyone was won over by The 20/20 Experience, including Forbes contributor Michele Catalano, and THR‘s Halperin suggested that may be because the album was a rush job—but in the end a deadline helps people deliver on delivering something, and in Timberlake’s case releasing a new album was all fans could want. And while The 20/20 Experience is uneven I like to think whatever pushed Timberlake to make and complete it (be it Live Nation strong-arming him or his own self-imposed deadline) helped him create great moments like “Tunnel Vision” that may have otherwise eluded him.
The number keep going up and up, will justin make it a second week???
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.