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Best sketches from Jimmy Fallon and Justin Timberlake’s practically perfect SNL

I’ll just leave these here. I literally was so thoroughly excited and pleased with 90% of Saturday Night Live last night that I can’t really put it into words anyway. IT WAS JUST SO MUCH GOOD. 

Enjoy. 

December 22, 2013 VIEW POST

Check out the 2013 GRAMMY Nominations

Here are the biggies: 

Record Of The Year

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
Imagine Dragons “Radioactive”
Lorde “Royals”
Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”

Album Of The Year

Sara Bareilles “The Blessed Unrest”
Daft Punk “Random Access Memories”
Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”
Taylor Swift “Red”

Song Of The Year

Pink Featuring Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason”
Bruno Mars “Locked Out Of Heaven”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Lorde “Royals”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Featuring Mary Lambert “Same Love”

Best New Artist

James Blake
Kendrick Lamar
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Kacey Musgraves
Ed Sheeran

Best Pop Solo Performance

Sara Bareilles “Brave”
Lorde “Royals”
Bruno Mars “When I Was Your Man”
Katy Perry “Roar”
Justin Timberlake “Mirrors”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance

Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky”
Pink Featuring Nate Ruess “Just Give Me A Reason”
Rihanna Featuring Mikky Ekko “Stay”
Robin Thicke Featuring T.I. & Pharrell “Blurred Lines”
Justin Timberlake & Jay Z “Suit & Tie”

Best Country Album

Jason Aldean “Night Train”
Tim McGraw “Two Lanes of Freedom”
Kacey Musgraves “Same Trailer Different Park”
Blake Shelton”Based on a True Story”
Taylor Swift “Red”

Best Rap Album

Drake “Nothing Was The Same”
Jay Z “Magna Carta…Holy Grail”
Kendrick Lamar “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”
Kanye West “Yeezus”

Best Rock Album

Black Sabbath “13″
David Bowie “The Next Day”
Kings Of Leon “Mechanical Bull”
Led Zeppelin “Celebration Day”
Queens Of The Stone Age “…Like Clockwork”
Neil Young With Crazy Horse “Psychedelic Pill”

Best Alternative Album

Neko Case “The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You”
The National “Trouble Will Find Me”
Nine Inch Nails “Hesitation Marks”
Tame Impala “Lonerism”
Vampire Weekend “Modern Vampires Of The City”

December 7, 2013 VIEW POST

N*Sync to reunite at MTV Video Music Awards

Well slap my ass and call me Fatone. 

Shortly after it was announced that Justin Timberlake would be receiving the Video Vanguard award at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, it was revealed that his old crew will be reuniting with him on stage for a "reunion performance." 

Though never in my wildest dreams did I ever think N*Sync would get back together, I am beyond thrilled that we will finally get to see what sulking about Timberlake’s success in the dark shadows of forgotten fame has done to JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, and Lance Bass. 

Timberlake has usurped them the “Swag As Fuck” category in every possible way, but it will still be cool to see them all together once again. Even if their appearance is sure to make you feel old as hell when you realize Joey Fatone is 41 YEARS OLD. 

I KNOW. 

The MTV Video Music Awards air Aug. 25th. 

August 20, 2013 VIEW POST

Listen to the brand new single from Justin Timberlake, “Take Back the Night”

It’s thumpin’, it’s pumpin’, it’s hot. 

Justin Timberlake released his brand new single from his upcoming second installment of The 20/20 Experience, “Take Back the Night.” 

What do you think? What? I CAN’T HEAR YOU BECAUSE I AM BLARING THIS BECAUSE I LOVE IT. 

Seriously. 

The 20/20 Experience Part 2 drops Sept. 30. 

July 12, 2013 VIEW POST

Justin Timberlake teases new song as THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE continues

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Hot damn. As revealed earlier this year, Justin Timberlake’s epic return to music is not over yet. 

The 20/20 Experience, which dropped on March 19, continues on September 30 with a second album. 

In this coy video, JT hints at a new song and the new album in signature tease fashion. While he won’t tell us yet when the new single “Take Back the Night” will drop, he does give us a nice little taste as to what that sounds like. And it sounds good. 

The second volume of The 20/20 Experience drops September 30. 

July 10, 2013 VIEW POST

Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake try to make online poker important with RUNNER, RUNNER trailer

If the first 45 seconds of this trailer don’t give you major deja vu for that other gambling-to-pay-for-school-shit movie 21, well then you should probably just see that because it’s probably much better than this is going to be. Runner, Runner is the latest foray into acting for JT, and I guess the first time in a while Affleck has been able to bust out his impeccable fake tan? 

Timberlake stars as a poor college student sucked into the world of online poker in order to pay for his tuition. Fast forward to greed city and he’s flying off to an island to play poker for Benn Affleck and WHAT DO YOU KNOW THINGS GET SERIOUS. 

This film seems like a real misstep for both Timberlake and Affleck, who as of late have really been having a serious hot streak. I expect more from both of them. Too bad someone convinced them that online poker is an interesting subject for a movie. Sigh. 

June 7, 2013 VIEW POST

Album review: Justin Timberlake, THE 20/20 EXPERIENCE

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It’s been 7 long years since Justin Timberlake blessed us with his exceptional FutureSex/LoveSounds. Many of us (myself included) probably just assumed that with his solid jump to film and his brilliant turns on SNL that our days of pumping up new JT were long behind us. 

But he decided to come back, and in the grandest way possible. With an announcement back in February that he would be dropping his new album, The 20/20 Experience, in March, we began a whirlwind journey from dramatic website announcement video to sexy first single “Suit and Tie,” to his triumphant return at The Grammys and SNL

So what do we really think of The 20/20 Experience? Many are whining that it’s a mistake, that he should have just stuck to his pop roots and given us another “Sexy Back.” I disagree. Musical evolution is necessary, and Timberlake has embraced that ideology through and through, and with fantastic results. 

Granted, I’m a little biased; I’ve always always adored JT and pretty much found him to be one of the hardest working, likable guys in the biz. Regardless, I was prepared to judge very harshly when this new album dropped. And at first listen, I thought it was good, but WAY different than what I was expecting. Having now listened to it 10+ times, I can safely say that it’s pretty darn phenomenal. 

The 20/20 Experience is leaps and bounds different than his previous endeavor, FutureSex/LoveSounds. Whereas that album was about 25 year olds and skinny jeans and slick pickup lines and sweaty makeouts on the dance floor, The 20/20 Experience is about 33 year olds, tailored suits, declarations of love, and babymakin’. There is no question his music has evolved from radio-friendly pop hits to can-be-radio-friendly-but-he-doesn’t-really-care-one-way-or-the-other soulful anthems. His Memphis roots shine through brilliantly, particularly on the brilliant “That Girl,” where his Tennessee Kids join him for a knee-slapping good time. 

More apparent here are passionate, soulful stories to be told. These tunes are lyrical and catchy, because of course they are, but they’re also deep, meaningful proclamations of love, desire, and class. The 20/20 Experience has more jazz and R&B influences than his previous work, and it’s exemplified especially well on tracks like “Blue Ocean Floor,” “Suit and Tie,” “Strawberry Bubblegum,” and “Spaceship Coupe.” 

But don’t get me wrong, his signature pop enthusiasm and charm are still present, but it’s less of his lingering early 2000 personality and more of his suave mature persona he’s developed over the past 7 years. Particularly reminiscent of FutureSex/LoveSounds are tracks “Mirrors,” “Don’t Hold the Wall,” “That Girl,” and “Tunnel Vision.” They’re catchy as hell, lyrically clever beyond anything on the radio right now, and body-moving in the best possible way. 

The few new tunes that seem to be wavering in between old JT and new JT are “Let the Groove In,” a fast-paced tribal sounding jam, and “Strawberry Bubblegum,” a sexy slow-jam that’s just the perfect mix of pop and R&B. It’s damn hot. 

The 20/20 Experience is different and fresh and so much more mature than his previous work, but for good. If you’re a loyal Timberlake fan, embracing his new sound won’t be that difficult for you. But if you’re expecting more “Sexy Back” and less “Let’s Get it On,” you might be out of luck. 

Grade: A

March 22, 2013 VIEW POST

Watch the new video for Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors”

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Whatchyou think? “Mirrors” is one of my favorite songs on his new album, The 20/20 Experience, so even if it was just him singing to his own reflection for 8 minutes, I’d be okay with that. 

And what I really mean is holy crap, I LOVE THIS. 

March 20, 2013 VIEW POST

Justin Timberlake’s SNL promos are the only promos you’ll ever need

OBVIOUSLY. 

March 6, 2013 VIEW POST

Justin Timberlake to throw private party during SXSW

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You heard that right. Now stop squealing and listen. 

Austin news station KVUE has reported that Justin Timberlake will indeed be in town during SXSW. He’ll reportedly be throwing an epic private party, with possible (read: totally) surprise performance somewhere. 

Sure, the party may be private, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be on the lookout for that sexy motherfucker, right? GAME ON, TIMBERLAKE.

March 4, 2013 VIEW POST

Best news of the day: Justin Timberlake to pull double duty for SNL March 9!

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Holla holla holla halleluja! 

SNL decided to do the only thing that makes sense, and announced today that brilliant host and wearer of dapper duds Justin Timberlake will be back as both host and musical guest for the March 9 episode. 

I’m not gonna say that I was responsible for this, (see my future-predicting tweet below), but I’m going to say that I was responsible for this. 

Considering how I could give a crap less about Kevin Hart’s hosting gig, and several of the last hosts have underperformed, you bet your ass I’m more than stoked at JT’s return. He is one of the best hosts the show has ever seen, and it’s been a nice long time since we’ve seen him bring it on down in an ill-fitting food outfit. I just hope we get some sort of musical short with this episode, as that would be a SEVERE missed opportunity if not. 

Can’t wait till March 9! 

February 21, 2013 VIEW POST

Listen to Justin Timberlake’s new single “Mirrors”

February 11, 2013 VIEW POST

2013 Grammys Recap: Best & Worst Dressed, Big Winners and Bigger Comebacks

I’m lookin at you JT. 

HOT DAMN! 

Grammys were back last night, and aside from a ill-advised memo regarding stars showing too much skin, the show went off without a hitch. Mumford and Sons wins, Gotye wins, Frank Ocean rocks, Adele is adorable, Taylor Swift is sexy, but perhaps most importantly, Justin Timberlake is BACK!

But enough of all that. Let’s get to the fashion. Here’s my list of the Best and Worst Dressed of the 2013 Grammys. 

BEST

WORST

List of big winners below: 

Album of the Year
Mumford and Sons, Babel

Record of the Year
Gotye feat. Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used to Know”

Best New Artist
Fun.

Best Country Album
Zac Brown Band, Uncaged

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
Jay-Z and Kanye West feat. Frank Ocean, “No Church in the Wild”

Best Pop Vocal Album
Kelly Clarkson, Stronger

Best Rock Performance
The Black Keys, “Lonely Boy”

Best Urban Contemporary Album
Frank Ocean, Channel Orange

Song of the Year
Fun. feat Janelle Monae, “We Are Young”

Best Country Solo Performance
Carrie Underwood, “Blown Away”

Best Pop Solo Performance
Adele, “Set Fire to the Rain (Live)”

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Gotye featuring Kimbra, “Somebody That I Used To Know”

 

And just one more time for good measure: 

February 11, 2013 VIEW POST

Justin Timberlake releases album artwork, track listings for upcoming album

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February 7, 2013 VIEW POST

Justin Timberlake to perform at Grammys on Feb. 10

Word on the street is that Justin Timberlake will be performing at the Grammy awards on Sunday, Feb. 10. I think the Grammys are usually pretty lame, but if I can get some JT/Jay-Z action, I. Am. All. Set. 

January 30, 2013 VIEW POST