By now you’ve done a little two step or rolled your eyes at Justin Timberlake‘s return. If you’re one of the two people on earth who doesn’t care about JT’s “Suit and Tie” comeback then you’ve likely burned out already of all Justin everything. He dropped two new songs after the Super Bowl, he’s performing in LA at the Grammys and has a show immediately following the Grammys. JT season is upon us.
He called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss all things The 20/20 Experience, but music queries quickly turned to a wedding planning conversation. The timing of his marriage to Jessica Biel didn’t interfere with the making of the album because most of it was already complete. Besides he did what most men would do: Leave it in the hands of the woman. “I think the men can speak for me by saying that type of process you really just say ‘Whatever you want, honey.’” Oh come on guys, women want their male partner to be active in the decision making…as long as he mostly says yes to what she wants. “Every photo, everything that you saw… I was riding shotgun. I said, ‘Whatever you want, honey.’”
Justin Timberlake took inspiration from his new single, “Suit and Tie,” when he performed his first show in almost five years Saturday night. He took the stage on Super Bowl weekend in New Orleans “all dressed up in black and white,” as the song says, down to his two-tone shoes. Backed by the Tennessee Men, a similarly dapper 15-piece band, Timberlake adopted a classic style down to the bowtie, cufflinks and part on the side of his slicked-back hair. He presided over the AXS TV/DirecTV Super Saturday Party with the ease and amusement of someone who seems entertained by the trappings of his own fame.
When he performed “Suit and Tie” late in the set, he was joined to little surprise by Jay-Z, who had been sighted in New Orleans earlier in the week. The good-natured vibe of the show extended to their chemistry, as Timberlake and Jay-Z grinned and goofed with each other, obviously enjoying their moment together.
“Suit and Tie” was the third song of the night from Timberlake’s upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience. Icy keyboard-generated strings introduced “Pusher Lover Girl,” which used drug and addiction language to explore a romantic relationship over a loping mid-tempo groove, while “That Girl” was a throwback to an easy, summertime cruising R&B jam with the chorus “I’m in love with that girl / don’t be mad at me.”
The set was geared to the party atmosphere, though, so it was shy on ballads and went easy on the unfamiliar. Shortly after 11 p.m., a red curtain rose to reveal his big band, complete with four backing vocalists and a four-piece horn section, and Timberlake rolled through such crowd pleasers as “Cry Me a River,” “FutureSex/LoveSound,” “Rock Your Body,” a dreamy “What Comes Around” and the closing “SexyBack,” with a guest appearance by Timbaland. He also covered INXS’s “I Need You Tonight” and the Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground),” bringing his backing vocalists to the front of the stage for some retro choreography that included a breakdown to “shovel the funk.”
As he and the singers did a dance step that resembled digging a hole, the moment – like the show itself – presented Timberlake as somebody so comfortable with his art that he doesn’t have to take himself too seriously. His Saturday Night Live appearances certainly made that clear, and on Super Bowl weekend, he danced with a bouncy grace that was all his own, but he could also play it old school and be assured the audience was with him.
Timberlake didn’t forget the occasion for the party, though – something easy to do on a night when Stevie Wonder, Lil Wayne and Rascal Flatts were also playing parties in New Orleans. He asked who in the audience thought the Baltimore Ravens would win, and who thought the 49ers would win. He then asked the Niners fans, “How many of you are just following the bookies?”
i swear, this man finds a way to make us continuously fall in love with him over and over.
Justin Timberlake performs his song “Suit & Tie” live for the first time at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night during the 2013 Super Bowl Weekend on Saturday (February 2) in New Orleans, La.
The 31-year-old entertainer was joined by surprise guest Jay-Z for the performance.
Justin also debuted new songs called “Little Pusher Love Girl” and “Bad Girl” at the party. Click inside to watch those performances!!!
“Getting ready for ‘Super Saturday Night’ with @DIRECTV,” Justin tweeted before the event.
what are your thoughts on the new songs???? I love bad girl!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Heading to work right now but will update all stuff from today when I get home
What did Justin Timberlake wear to his 32nd birthday party? A suit and tie, naturally! The actor-singer turned one year older on Thursday (Jan. 31) — and marked the occasion the evening before with close pals at Varnish, a new speakeasy-style bar in downtown Los Angeles, sources tell Us Weekly.
“It was a dressed-up occasion,” one insider tells Us, adding that Timberlake’s wife of three months Jessica Biel donned an “amazing vintage Gucci dress that stunned” for the bash. Other guests included Chris Rock, Timbaland and singer Rosette.
Toasting the birthday boy, revelers quaffed Varnish’s acclaimed cocktails and champagne. “Everyone partied late,” the insider adds. “Justin and Jess looked in love — he was glad to have his crew around him.”
Timberlake certainly has a big year ahead of him: With hit track “Suit and Tie” as its lead single, his new album The 20/20 Experience (his first in seven years) drops next month, with a Grammys performance slated for next Sunday (Feb. 10).
“A lot of music people in the house were talking about his record,” a second source notes of the shindig. “He seemed genuinely excited about it and performing.”
OMG!!!!!! …. wait what am i saying, why am i excited about this… i live on the east coast
There is a strict two ticket limit per person. Any orders exceeding this will be cancelled!
Onsale to General Public
Start: Sat, 02/02/13 12:00 PM PST
US $99.50 Ticket + US $19.00 Fees = US $118.50
I really hope he does some shows over in my neck of the woods!!!!
Justin Timberlake had best pack up his Suit and Tie , as he’ll be performing at this year’s Brit Awards, the UK’s swankiest music event (sorry, Mobos).
It’s ten years since Justin last performed at the British music ceremony. That was the time he groped Kylie’s backside. Yes, that was ten years ago. We KNOW.
A source in the JT camp told The Sun: “Justin will christen his comeback with a performance at the Brits. Talks between organisers, his label and management have been ongoing since the start of the year.
“Justin’s team have been plotting his return carefully. He loves the UK and wants to announce his comeback with a top set.
“Brits bosses know that his performance, as well as Beyonce’s, will bring in a huge TV audience.”
Yes, you read that right – Beyonce is also said to be performing at the event at London’s O2. This just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
We’ve been doing some celebrity maths on this, and we’ve come up with this hypothesis: JT’s new single Suit & Tie features Jay-Z , Beyonce is married to Jay-Z, therefore Jay-Z will definitely perform too. Or at least be there. Or not. But we live in mathematical hope.
The official Brits guys officially confirmed the news, tweeting: “We are SO pleased to announce @jtimberlake’s return to the Brits!”
The Brits Chairman, David Joseph, also gushed about the one they call Trousersnake, saying: “Justin is an exceptional artist with global appeal and unrivalled successes. We are thrilled to add him to a stellar line-up that will celebrate an amazing year of music and make this one of the strongest BRIT live shows to date.”
Justin unveiled his first new music in six years with single Suit & Tie two weeks ago, complete with a special guest appearance from the legendary Jay-Z – and he probably didn’t expect it to be No.1 in 12 countries after TEN hours of being available for download. But that’s exactly what happened.
Justin penned an open letter (as well as a bunch of new songs) to explain his ‘long awaited’ comeback.
‘This year is an exciting one for me. As you probably have heard through the “grapevine,” I’m gearing up for a big 2013,’ he wrote – getting some of the clichés out of the way.
He continued: ‘Back in June of last year, I quietly started working on what is now, my next journey with that thing I love called MUSIC.
‘I just went into the studio and started playing around with some sounds and songs. It was probably the best time I’ve had in my career… Just creating with no rules and/or end goal in mind and really enjoying the process.
‘It is full of inspiration that I grew up listening to and some newfound muses that I’ve discovered along the way.’
JT will hit the Hollywood Palladium after performing at the February 10 show, and he’ll also play the Brit Awards on February 20.
Justin Timberlake celebrated his birthday Thursday, but he’s getting very little time to party. Since dropping “Suit & Tie” last month, he’s hit the ground running, now adding a post-Grammy Awards concert to his already hectic schedule.
With his album, The 20/20 Experience, set for release March 19, the singer keeps booking gigs left and right. On Saturday, one night before the Super Bowl, he’s set to take the stage at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night charity event in New Orleans. And on February 10, he’s booked to take the stage at the Grammy Awards.
Timberlake tweeted Friday (February 1) that he’ll play a show on Grammy night at the Hollywood Palladium. “The 20/20 Experience begins at @thepalladium on Feb 10th. Tix on sale tomorrow at noon PST. #JT2013,” he wrote, noting that no press will be invited. “Fans only!”
Given how excited everyone is for Timberlake’s big return to music, we’re guessing the show will sell out pretty quickly. Not enough Timberlake? He’s also slated to play the Brit Awards on February 20 at London’s O2 arena.
For those who won’t be able to make it to any of those shows, they have the “Suit & Tie” video to look forward to. He’s teamed up with Jay-Z (who appears on the Timbaland-produced track) and “The Social Network” director David Fincher for the visual. We don’t know much about the video yet, and given how high-concept the lyric video for the track was, our expectations are pretty high. There’s one thing we can guess based on a photo of Hova and Timberlake on set: It will have suits and ties.
NEW ORLEANS – The entertainment leading up to the Super Bowl is so A-list, Beyonce may not even have the most anticipated performance surrounding the big game.
Justin Timberlake is due to give his first major musical performance in four years. Stevie Wonder is performing for the masses at an outdoor concert. CeeLo Green is reuniting with his old hip-hop clique, Goodie Mob, and Rascal Flatts is teaming up with Journey for a concert. Those represent only a fraction of the all-star events to celebrate the Super Bowl.
“The Super Bowl has become such a big event in itself. So many people come from everywhere, looking to not only be a part of the Super Bowl but also the festivities leading up to the game,” said CeeLo, who is performing at ESPN’s Next event. “There’s so much to do, from parties, concerts and events.”
Indeed, until the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers meet at the Superdome on Sunday, much of the emphasis in the days leading up to the event has very little to do with the game.
Lil Wayne is throwing a major bash in his hometown, Jay-Z is holding court at another event the evening before his wife, Beyonce, performs at halftime, and Jamie Foxx is due to give a private concert — and that’s just the lineup for Saturday.
Director Michael Bay is holding court at a private estate for a celebrity dinner for charity. Santigold, Solange and producer/DJ Diplo will perform at Audi’s two parties during the weekend, and both Playboy and Maxim are planning blowout parties with their trademark models.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Gary Solomon Jr., co-founder of Solomon Group, the local company hired to help set up the stages and lighting for the outdoor concerts and broadcasting areas in the French Quarter and near the Superdome.
“When you look at the master calendar of all the events, it’s pretty daunting,” he said. “This Super Bowl is like having 30 events in the same weekend.”
Perhaps the most hotly anticipated event features Timberlake. He will perform during “DIRECTV Super Saturday Night,” an invitation-only concert that will also feature Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of The Roots as DJ. Questlove is a friend of Timberlake’s who served as DJ at the pop star’s wedding to Jessica Biel in October.
Questlove said he’s honoured that he was asked to DJ Timberlake’s return to the stage on Super Bowl weekend. Timberlake is expected to perform his new single, “Suit & Tie,” which features Jay-Z, and other tracks from his upcoming album, “The 20/20 Experience.”
“The album is incredible,” Questlove said. “I’m a huge supporter, and I’m there to make sure the audience has a good time.”
Jay-Z and Beyonce have been spotted in New Orleans, and many are wondering whether Jay-Z — who is hosting a party elsewhere that night — will be taking the stage with Timberlake.
“Mum’s the word,” Questlove said. “All that is under wraps.”
Stevie Wonder is also performing Saturday night. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame legend, whose classic hit “Superstition” will be featured in two of this year’s Bud Light Super Bowl commercials, is headlining an outdoor concert. Rising guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is also scheduled to perform.
Besides the Timberlake concert, Questlove is performing with The Roots at three Super Bowl parties, including the 49ers after-game party — “or funeral, depending on the outcome of the game,” he said with a laugh.
OneRepublic and Matchbox Twenty will perform as part of the Super Bowl pregame show.
Much of the entertainment kicks off Friday. VH1 is hosting a concert headlined by rock band Train while Grammy-winning R&B singer Fantasia leads a pack of Christian and gospel singers for the NFL’s Super Bowl Gospel Celebration. Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis is being honoured with a “Lifetime of Inspiration” award during the event, which will be hosted by Sherri Shepherd of ABC’s “The View” and Grammy-winning gospel musician Kirk Franklin.
The gospel celebration will also include a performance by the NFL Players Choir of dozens of current and former professional football players and a performance by Lecrae, the Christian rapper NFL players have named this year’s “Player’s Choice” artist.
“It’s a definite honour, really to even be considered but on top of that to be requested by the players. It’s really humbling,” said Lecrae.
Miami rapper Pitbull has two scheduled appearances this weekend: Friday night he’s performing at an invitation-only party by Rolling Stone with rapper Flo Rida and Nick Cannon. On Saturday, he performs for the general public during DIRECTV’s “Celebrity Beach Bowl,” a star-studded flag football match that will include Snoop Dogg, Neil Patrick Harris, Chace Crawford, Josh Hutcherson and former NFL players Deion Sanders and Warren Moon.
Also Saturday, CMT is hosting a “Crossroads” concert with headliners Journey and Rascal Flatts.
Though many of the star-studded concerts will have limited access or are by invitation only, dozens of local artists will be performing throughout the weekend on stages set up along the Mississippi River and in the NFL Experience at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. Many downtown streets are being closed to traffic to allow more pedestrian access in the main entertainment areas — the French Quarter, riverfront and near the Superdome.
“It’s great that it’s back here. There’s a rich tradition here in New Orleans of just having a great time,” CeeLo said. “The atmosphere in New Orleans is always upbeat.”