Posts tagged "Justin Timberlake"

Katy Tiz Performs An Acoustic Mash-Up Of “No Diggity” And “Cry Me A River”: Idolator Premiere

Now It's Your Turn To Cry
Katy Tiz landed her first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 last month with a smoky cover of Rock Mafia‘s “The Big Bang”. You’re sure to see and hear a lot more from the British babe when her video drops (any day now) but, in the meantime, here’s a lovely acoustic mash-up of Blackstreet‘s “No Diggity” and Justin Timberlake‘s “Cry Me A River” to tide you over.

The best thing about this performance (apart from Katy’s fetching red bandana) is that it showcases the full versatility of her powerful pipes. “The Big Bang” finally showed what the blonde bombshell is capable of vocally after releasing a handful of less challenging electro-pop singles but this mini-medley highlights a surprisingly soulful quality. Watch her in action up top. More »

Justin Timberlake Announces An Intimate Performance At NYC’s Hammerstein Ballroom

Not a fan of big arenas? Well, here’s your chance to see Justin Timberlake strut his stuff at New York City’s intimate Hammerstein Ballroom. The “Not A Bad Thing” hitmaker has announced an exclusive performance at the famous venue on July 10. There’s a catch, however. You have to be a Citi/AAdvantage MasterCard cardmember. (Or at least know one that will hook you up!)

Tickets for the show go on sale at 12pm EDT on June 11. JT put on a similar spectacle at New York’s Roseland Ballroom last year and it was something to behold. The 33-year-old performed all his early hits (“Like I Love You”, “Senorita” and “Cry Me A River”) as well as belting out songs from The 20/20 Experience. With another album of new material under his belt, this year’s gig promises to be even better. More »

Jessie J Performs Four New Songs At Rock In Rio: Watch

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Jessie J has spent 2014 camped out in the recording studio, readying the U.S. release of sophomore album Alive, and, apparently, a third album. So during Rock at Rio in Lisbon and Madrid, she was more than eager to share some of her new material from the latter. To preface “Keep It Together,” a song she initially teased six months ago, she even made an announcement-turned-surprising request. “I really, really would love Justin Timberlake to sing on the song with me one day,” she said, to cheers from the crowd.

Jessie J delivers sass at moments, like in “Sweet Talker” (above) and at the sung-rap hook of “Ain’t Been Done,” though her new material isn’t as deliberately fiery as Alive‘s debut single “Wild.” Instead, she’s alternating between sweeter, uplifting pop and intimate acoustic numbers, like “You Don’t Really Know Me” – a song she prefaced by saying, ““Sometimes I don’t know how to be famous, and it freaks me out.” Hear that, “Keep Us Together” and “Ain’t Been Done” below.  More »

Justin Timberlake Celebrates All Kinds Of Love In Cute “Not A Bad Thing” Fan Video: Watch

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Don't Act Like It's A Bad Thing
Justin Timberlake‘s romantic bop “Not A Bad Thing” has already soundtracked a real-life marriage proposal, so it’s fitting that the theme of the ’90s throwback anthem’s new viral video would be the celebration of love in all its shapes and sizes. JT asked fans to submit pictures and videos using the hashtag NotABadLoveStory, and they were more than happy to comply.

After a quick introduction from the 33-year-old, the video splices fan-generated content into a live performance. There are submissions from parents, same sex couples and even a man who found love for himself after battling mental illness. Much like the official video, it’s more than a little cheesy but you can’t help but be moved all the same. Watch up top. More »

Billboard Music Awards 2014: Full Winners List

The 2014 Billboard Music Awards are underway, live from Las Vegas! To go along with the totally relevant and timely decision to have Ludacris host, naturally things started with one of the most inconsequential awards of the night, Top Rock Album. Seems that even the BBMA cabal knows the performances are the real draw.

Anyway, hometown heroes Imagine Dragons took home that first trophy. That was about 45 minutes ago and there’s only been one other award handed out. Like we said, the hardware isn’t the priority tonight. Check out the full winners list below, which we swear will get longer throughout the night. More »

Justin Timberlake Tributes Michael Jackson In “Love Never Felt So Good” Video: Watch

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Well, we’ve had a few days to digest Michael Jackson‘s Xscape, and ya know what, it’s pretty good! And now the Justin Timberlake-featuring version of lead single “Love Never Felt So Good” gets an official video. The visual features clips from MJ’s videos interspersed with shots of JT and friends mimicking the King of Pop’s iconic moves in their re-created settings.

All in all, it’s a solid idea for a video honoring Jackson while highlighting the “new” aspect of the release. And it’s definitely better than some holo-Jacko CGI monstrosity that was surely a possibility at some point. Check it out up top. More »

Justin Timberlake Talks Breaking Away From *NSYNC On ‘Oprah’s Master Class’: Watch

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By now, it’s a given: When Justin Timberlake tells Jay Z to get out his seat, Hov obeys. But for the May 12 season premiere of Oprah’s Master Class, Timberlake lists the risks and rewards that came with breaking away from *NSYNC to launch his solo career. “It was one of the best/worst things I’ve ever done, because it was bittersweet,” he says. “It was hard to kind of say goodbye to that era, but I felt it changing. I felt music changing, and I felt myself changing.”

As he has before, Timberlake talks of how radio programmers and label heads initially laughed off the first single off FutureSex/LoveSounds, “SexyBack.” As revealed last week, though, Michael Jackson helped convince him to take that sort of leap: Timberlake initially wrote *NSYNC’s game-changing “Gone” for Jackson himself. After it was rejected, Timberlake pitched it for the group’s last album Celebrity, only for Jackson to call in hopes of recording “Gone” as a duet with him. “I was literally punching myself,” Timberlake says.

Watch Timberlake talk breaking away with *NSYNC up top, then check out clips showing how confident he is now below. (As Gawker would note, he kicked off the episode by saying, “When you look at me, you should understand that I am America.”) More »

John Legend’s “All Of Me,” Not Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” Unseats “Happy” On The Hot 100

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“Happy” days are over, as Pharrell Williams‘ 10-week reign atop the Billboard Hot 100 finally comes to an end. But surprisingly, it’s not Ariana Grande‘s completely inescapable, thoroughly sax-filled “Problem” that takes its place, despite said single posting the eighth-largest debut ever for a download (buyers clicked for 438,000 purchases of the song in its first week). Grande instead debuts at #3, while John Legend‘s piano ballad “All Of Me” leaves the runner-up position and replaces “Happy” at the top. “All Of Me” has been on the Hot 100 for a grand total of 30 weeks now.

Meanwhile, the Michael Jackson‘s unearthed feel-good jam “Love Never Felt So Good,” now repurposed as a Justin Timberlake duet, debuts at #20 after selling 80,000 downloads in just the three days it was on sale before chart cut-off time. (The song was made available for purchase at midnight last Thursday.)

Over on the Billboard 200 album chart, the Frozen soundtrack is in its 133rd week at the top. Oops, added an extra “3″ there…not that anyone would know at this point. More »

Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake’s “Love Never Felt So Good”: Listen

At last night’s truly abysmal iHeartRadio Music Awards, we heard part of Michael Jackson‘s previously unreleased and now updated song “Love Never Felt So Good” as Usher danced to it during an MJ tribute. Shortly after the show, the studio version of the Xscape single featuring Justin Timberlake was released. And fans of the King of Pop can rest easy, because it’s very solid!

The duet has a soulful disco feel, which makes sense since Jackson wrote the song with Paul Anka back in 1983. This final version was produced by John McClain, and one of the highlights of the resuscitated track is hearing MJ and JT join up on the chorus, where their voices make for an uncannily natural combination (which may have more to do with how it was mixed to bolster MJ’s unfinished vocal track, but still, well done everyone). The other great thing is that it’s not trying to be an Event, it’s just a breezy dance floor strut that wouldn’t feel out of place on Off The Wall or The 20/20 Experience.

Hear the song below, along with the more orchestral MJ-only version. More »

Michael Jackson’s “Love Never Felt So Good” Features Justin Timberlake

Update: Justin Timberlake just posted the apparent single artwork for the song on Instagram, which lists “Michael Jackson & Justin Timberlake” as the artists. Check out his post below, and hear the song here.

Tonight’s inaugural NBC broadcast of the iHeartRadio Music Awards will boast appearances by Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Lorde, as well as performances by Pharrell, Drake, Shakira and Ariana Grande. But among all the surprises, bells, whistles and overall hoo ha will be the premiere of a “new” song: Michael Jackson‘s “Love Never Felt So Good,” off the late singer’s forthcoming posthumous release Xscape (out May 27).

iHeartRadio tweeted that the song will debut during tonight’s telecast “with a special guest.” PopJustice notes that “Love Never Felt So Good” will be the first official single from the eight-track Xscape. You can hear an early version of the song from the early ’80s here, and dream about the wondrous possibilities of how the “finished” version will sound until tonight. More »