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.
i think i fixed all the issues going on.
Justin Timberlake tweeted a special message to his fans Wednesday for their support of ‘The 20/20 Experience.’ ‘Numbers go up, numbers go down. I just hope this album makes your summer. You already made mine #bestfansever.’
Justin Timberlake is doing a celebratory song and dance about his album sales.
“The 20/20 Experience” hit nearly one million in its first week and Timberlake is so extremely proud that it’s left him searching for the right words to express it.
“Whoa … Speechless. Shocked,” he tweeted Wednesday.
The album, Timberlake’s first in six years, sold 968,000 units making it his best solo debut ever and he gives all the credit to his fans.
“Numbers go up, numbers go down. I just hope this album makes your summer,” he continued. “You already made mine #bestfansever.”
Not only did the project top Timberlake’s musical efforts but it’s succeeded any other album’s opening week this year including Grammy-winning Mumford and Sons.
Timberlake’s hosting stint on Saturday Night Live and weeklong residency on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in early March could have definitely helped in generating mass appeal for “Experience.” Not to mention releasing his hit songs “Suit & Tie” with Jay-Z and “Mirrors.”
This record not only debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts but it beat his last album’s sales by a long shot. In 2006, JT brought sexy back with “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” which sold 684,000 in comparison to his current body of work coming in just shy of a million.
To keep the interest going and growing and in an effort to show gratitude to his fans, the singer hinted at a special surprise coming soon.
“I’m gonna find a way to show my appreciation to you ladies and gents this week … Stay tuned. #finderskeepers,” he added.
E! Online speculated that it could be a good old game of scavenger hunt for tickets to his highly anticipated “Legends of Summer” tour with Hov.
The battle of the bros is getting bad!
When Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake announced that they would be performing together, Kanye West let loose, ripping into the tour saying: “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f*ckin’ with that ‘Suit & Tie.’”
Well, he was jealous before, but wait until he finds out that Jay-Z and JT’s tour is outselling his!
According to StubHub, the Jay-Z/JT Legends of the Summer tour tickets sales in the first three weeks are beating the Jay-Z/Kanye Watch the Throne tour during the same first three weeks on sale by a whopping 5 to 1!
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And StubHub is reporting that the number of fans visiting their website to check out the Legends of the Summer tour tickets is nearly three times the number that checked out Watch the Throne!
Just want to say how excited I am as a fan, so I know damn well his team and friends are probably glowing right now!
Congrats on the success of the 20/20 experience Justin. This cd is amazing, and it shouldd be heard by all. I hoped it would be a hit, but I can not believe just how big!