Justin Timberlake’s decisive celebrity moment, it appears, is very much upon us. Sure, he got married last year and he’s never really left the cultural spectrum, but in February he arrives to actually good filmmaking (sorry, In Time) with the new Coen brothers movie, and a month later his much hyped first album in seven years will drop. We’ve been getting dribs and mostly drabs of what each track of his career might look like this year — including the new Coen brothers trailer today — but let’s break down which is really bringing Justin back.
The Burgeoning Acting Career
Timberlake’s performance in The Social Network as Sean Parker made people think that maybe this guy could really become a bonafide “actor” as opposed to an “actor who was once a singer.” But there been some iffy choices: He did a tepidly received sci-fi action film and a tepidly received serious drama. Today we got our first look at Inside Llewyn Davis, the latest from the Joel and Ethan Coen. The trailer mostly focuses on Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, and John Goodman. But! There are a couple shots of Timberlake, rocking some 60s sweaters:
We have high hopes for this. Not only do the Coens come with an established pedigree, but they’ve done fine work with American folk music before in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (There is obviously a distinction between the two types of music in these movies, but sixties folk is a descendant of the traditional music in O Brother.) We don’t see much of what Timberlake does in this trailer, so we can’t comment on his performance, but consensus so far is that the film looks really good for this dead time of the year in movies:
When Justin Timberlake recently announced plans to release his first solo album in nearly seven years, fans of the “SexyBack” singer weren’t the only ones who were surprised. The singer-turned-actor’s former ‘N Sync bandmate, Lance Bass, says the group was unaware Timberlake was once again making music.
“He’s been so busy and even hid from us that he did an album, so I was as surprised as everyone else that he released this new music,” Bass, 33, told Us Weekly at EMA’s Green Works event at Sur in L.A. Jan. 23. “He’s been busy with that, so we haven’t really been able to catch up.”
Even so, Bass admitted he’s a big fan of “Suit & Tie (feat. Jay-Z),” Timberlake’s first single from his upcoming third album, The 20/20 Experience. “I love it!” Bass raved of the mid-tempo R&B track. “I think it’s something that no one expected him to do. I think everyone was expecting him to do a crazy [dance track], but he went back to his roots and I like it. It’s very nice!”
Like Timberlake, Bass is working on his own solo album, his first ever. “I’ve waited 10 years to be able to do it, and now I finally found the time this year,” said Bass, who had competed on Dancing With the Stars in 2008. “I just needed a break from music. When you do something as big as ‘N Sync, you don’t get so burnt out of it, but you need a different direction and my mind needed to go somewhere else.”
Bass’ album will be inspired by his Southern roots. “It won’t be a crazy, full country album,” the Mississippi native told Us. “I’d love to come out with some pop record that has that essence of rock ‘n’ roll and country.”
Though ’90s boy bands New Kids on the Block, 98 Degrees and Boys II Men are joining forces for a summer tour, Bass doesn’t see ‘N Sync reuniting on the road. “We’re all just very content with what’s happening in our lives right now and we don’t want to get burnt out again,” said Bass, who’s been dating actor Michael Turchin since 2011. “Hopefully in the next few years we can do something, but I think right now isn’t the time for us.”
It doesn’t seem Timberlake is too eager to hang out with the band, however. When he wed actress Jessica Biel in Italy on Oct. 19, 2012, he didn’t invite his former bandmates Bass, J.C. Chasez, Joey Fatone and Chris Kirkpatrick. “From what I know, it’s because he didn’t want all of us there making it about a reunion rather than a wedding,” Kirkpatrick said in a previous radio interview. “It was [Jessica's] day. She’s amazing, so we wanted to make sure it was about her.”
well this is different! but cute. check out Justin’s suit and tie lyrics video
tho Justin is Barely in this clip, here are a leaked clip of the Coen Brothers’ ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’
“Suit and Tie” video premieres tomorrow, Thursday, January 24 at 6 a.m. ET on MTV, VH1, AMTV, mtvU and MTV Hits !!!!
Justin Timberlake, the man who brought you “SexyBack” in 2006, is breaking Billboard records in 2013.
His new single, “Suit & Tie,” featuring Jay-Z, debuted on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart and has scored the highest first-week total radio plays in the chart’s 20-year history, which began in 1992 when it was launched to measure mainstream top 40 radio airplay.
Between Jan. 14 and Jan. 20, the song scored 6,045 plays and as a result shot to No. 14 on the chart, making it the highest bow for a song by a male artist. Jon Secada’s “If You Go” previously held the record for its No. 19 debut the week of May 14, 1994.
Timberlake’s latest song also bested Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way,” which was the last single to hold the Pop Songs chart record for first-week plays when it debuted with 4,602 during the week of Feb. 26, 2011.
All in all, not bad for the singer who says he produced the hit song “out of the blue” and “didn’t expect anything out of it.”
After a long hiatus to pursue an acting career, Timberlake announced last week that “The 20/20 Experience,” his follow-up to 2006′s “FutureSex/LoveSounds,” will be available later this year.
it’s only natural that after releasing a hit single and announcing a new album, Justin Timberlake will make his return to the live stage. The singer, whose “Suit & Tie” is expected to hit the top 10 on the Hot 100 this week, will perform his first solo concert in several years at a New Orleans charity concert during Super Bowl weekend.
Timberlake will be the man of the hour at the DIRECTV Super Saturday Night event, being held Feb. 2 at DTV SuperFan stadium and hosted by Mark Cuban. Questlove of The Roots is DJ’ing before and after Timberlake’s set.
The event will benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children and is tied in with the 7th Annual Celebrity Beach Bowl, which as the name suggests is a football game between celebrities. This year, the roster includes Snoop Dogg, Chace Crawford of “Gossip Girl” and Olympian Lolo Jones.
The next day, Super Bowl XLVII gets underway across town at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
On Jan. 13, Timberlake released “Suit & Tie” and announced his third solo album, “The 20/20 Experience.” It’s his first release since 2006′s blockbuster “FutureSex/LoveSounds.” In his announcement, he hinted at more news to come. “That’s all I’m giving you for now… I know, I know! Again, with the teasing!!!”
Timberlake wrapped his last solo tour, the “FutureSex/LoveShow,” in December 2007, though he has hardly shunned the stage. In September of 2011, he played a handful of his own hits — including “Cry Me a River” and “Like I Love You” — midway through a concert by the band FreeSol.