Justin Timberlake had something special up his Tom Ford-stitched sleeves at Wednesday (February 20) night’s BRIT Awards: the first-ever live performance of his new song “Mirrors.”
Yes, though JT released the song last week — sometime in-between his Grammy performance and his memorable post-Grammy concert — he waited until the BRITs to actually perform it, taking the stage in London’s O2 Arena and wowing an audience packed with the best and brightest of British music (and, uh, Taylor Swift too).
He started the performance solo, standing beneath a spotlight, decked out in his now ubiquitous suit and tie (not that one). While his backing band worked their way into the song, Timberlake began working the catwalk, clutching a mic stand and crooning for all in attendance. When he finally joined his musical mates on stage, “Mirrors” truly took shape, rolling out on muscled-up guitars and horns … and sounding every bit like the retro-tinged follow-up to “Cry Me A River” that many have already dubbed it (for the record, it also recalled UB40′s take on Elvis Presley’s “Can’t Help Falling in Love.”)
And as the song reached its crescendo — thanks to Timberlake’s lean voice and some stirring string stabs — spotlights scanned the O2 Arena and JT sang for the rafters, before finally bringing things back to a boil and leading the audience in a clap-along of the chorus. Unlike the album version, this take on “Mirrors” didn’t stretch to eight minutes — that surely would have bothered BRIT producers — but it still managed to work in much of the same dramatics. And hey, why would Timberlake give the whole thing away right now? There’s still plenty of time before he drops The 20/20 Experience, and, one could assume, even more opportunities for surprise performances like this one.
perez hilton posted this pic earlier of Justin getting ready for the big show.
Wireless festival 2013 will see separate headline appearances from both Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z.
Justin will headline on Friday 12 July, which will be his only UK festival performance. He will be joined by Snoop Dogg, Trey Songz, John Legend, Miguel and Frank Ocean.
Jay-Z will headline on Saturday 13 July which will be his only European performance this year.
The Saturday line-up includes Emeli Sande, Rita Ora, Kendrick Lamar, DJ Fresh and Calvin Harris.
This will be the festival’s first time being located at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which was host to the Olympic Games last year, as opposed to the previous location of Hyde Park.
Tickets go on sale Friday 22 February at 9am. For more information, visit Gigwise Gig Tickets.
Justin Timberlake also recently announced a one-off London show at Kentish Town’s Forum, which will take place after his performance at the BRITs.
Tickets for the show were priced at £50, and went on sale via Live Nation and Ticketmaster – but it wasn’t long before they sold out due to high demand.
Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel are accompanied by a bodyguard while making their way into LAX Airport for a departing flight on Saturday (February 16) in Los Angeles.
The 32-year-old singer and the 30-year-old actress have been laying low on the west coast after JT‘s performance at the 2013 Grammys and his solo concert following the show.
Justin is reportedly gearing up to head out on a short 10-city tour with Jay-Z, according to Rolling Stone. Can’t wait to find out if it’s true!
A gig listing which suggested that Beyonce and Justin Timberlake were set to play an intimate concert together in London has been confirmed as a fake.
Yesterday, the Songkick listings website posted details of a show to be held by the pair at London’s 500-capacity venue The Garage on March 31, but Ticketscript have now confirmed that that the event will not take place and was posted by mistake.
The listing was only set up to test their system, they said in a statement, and was never meant to be seen by members of the public. “There has been a lot of news and social media coverage generated today from an event that appeared on Songkick briefly yesterday morning,” they said. “The event in question listed Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Toto as headliners at an event at The Garage. This is not a real event. Ticketscript would like to apologise for any confusion and inconvenience that this may have caused.
“This event was set up in the Ticketscript system as a test event. Unfortunately the data was then connected to Songkick and was published on the Songkick website,” they added. “Ticketscript would like to reiterate that this was a test of the functionality in our system and was never intended for the public domain. We are reviewing our procedures to ensure that this cannot happen again. The event does not exist. Songkick had no knowledge of this event and Ticketscript provided this information in error. ”
Earlier this week, Timberlake announced that he will play a surprise gig at The Forum in north London immediately after performing at the Brits next Wednesday (February 20). The singer will release his comeback album, ‘The 20/20 Experience’, will be released on March 18. The LP is the first new music from the singer-turned-actor and Myspace entrepreneur since his second solo effort ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds’ in 2006.
Justin Timberlake’s upcoming special London show at The Forum has sold-out in minutes with fans racing to snap up the rare chance to see the singer perform in the UK.
The ‘Suit & Tie’ hitmaker will be taking to the stage at The Forum in Kentish Town next Thursday to headline a one-off concert, just hours after Justin performs at the BRIT Awards. It seems fans couldn’t wait to see the singer perform for the first time in six years as tickets for the gig sold-out in minutes after going on sale on Friday morning.
Justin’s appearance in the UK next week will no doubt help push sales of his comeback album, The 20/20 Experience, which is released on March 18 and features Jay-Z and production from Timbaland.
Fans who didn’t manage to snap up any tickets for Justin’s show on February 20 may still have another chance to see him again with reports that he could be touring with Beyonce towards the end of March.
A listing on music site Songkick claimed Justin and Beyonce would be performing together at a show at The Garage in Islington, however, the post was quickly removed and there has been no other word on the gig.
He’s idolized by fans across the globe, but according to Justin Timberlake his celebrity status has cost him numerous close friendships down the years.
The 32-year old singer and actor recently returned to the music scene after a seven year absence with the release of new single ‘Suit & Tie’ – the first track from forthcoming album The 20/20 Experience.
But while he celebrated his comeback with a rousing performance at the Grammy’s last weekend, the former N* Sync star admits life in the spotlight has damaged his ability to form new friendships – and ended plenty of old ones.
“The older you get, the more you realise people come in and out of your life and you realise that person changed or that person wasn’t exactly who I thought they were,” he told Rolling Stone. “And I found with friends, close friends that have come and gone in my life, they’re like, ‘Oh, you changed.’
“Everything else around you changed, you’re still the same person. If you want to say that I didn’t have to worry about a paparazzi following me around in my car has made me change, then yeah, I’m sorry, I’ve changed but I didn’t know what that was like before.”
He added: “I was just a young person trying to express myself. It’s just a crazy world that we live in. I don’t want to paint a picture that’s jaded or anything because I’m super happy to be back and doing it and I have a great time where ever I go.
“But the things around you change the older you get and that’s just life.”
Justin – who tied the knot with actress Jessica Biel in Italy last October – also admitted that his lengthy hiatus from music had nothing to do with his desire to pursue a movie career in films such as ‘Bad Teacher,’ ‘Friends With Benefits’ and ‘In Time.’
“I would have taken a break regardless of if I would’ve done films or not because my last record was all-consuming and to go on tour like that, for me, I will not be the type of artist that puts out 10 to 15 albums,” he said.
“That’s just not who I am. They’re really special to me. I write music all the time, but until you really feel that desperate need to shout from the rooftops and express yourself in that way, I just kind of keep it to myself.
“I enjoy making music so much that if it doesn’t come out, that’s okay.”
finally the wait is over, the suit and tie video is now here