paused his set during a recent 20/20
concert when he heard the crowd yelling at him. One fan in particular, an autistic boy named Julian
, was turning eight years old – and all he wanted was for Timberlake to wish him a happy birthday, as a recent video shows.
The video was first posted by Julian’s mother, writer Marika Rosenthal Delan. “Things started to unravel quickly in my mind as I looked around, giving way to my worries about Julian’s obsessions, his volume, his repetitiveness, his clumsiness, if he would spill someone’s drink and if they would be unkind to him…. basically all the things a parent worries about when they have a child that is easily misunderstood,” she wrote, in a concert recap for the blog The Manifest Station.
Throughout the show, Julian tried to capture Timberlake’s attention: “It’s my birthday! This is my present!” As the video shows, and despite Delan’s initial worries, the crowd of 25,000 didn’t mind. On Timberlake’s count, everyone joined in to sing “Happy Birthday” to Julian. Watch the adorable footage below. More »
:: Nominated by Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors, Justin Timberlake
along with The Tennessee Kids
take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and elect Jimmy Fallon
and The Roots
to be next in line. [Billboard
:: Heavily pregnant Christina Aguilera gives her unborn daughter a sneak peak at some of her new music. How much do you wish you were that baby right now? [Daily Mail]
:: 2 Chainz is being called “the baby whisperer” after his song “I’m Different” is the only thing that stopped a little girl from crying. [MTV]
:: Jessica Simpson threw sister Ashlee Simpson a “bohemian pool party” for her marriage to Evan Ross and also managed to show off her bangin’ bikini bod, yet again. [People]
:: After spending around $100,000 dollars on a scrapped album, Ryan Adams reveals that he is “too old to care” who likes his records. [NME]
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:: UK songstress Lily Allen
will open for the latest leg of Miley Cyrus
tour and defends Miley for being a “fearless bitch.” [Billboard
:: EDM DJ David Guetta totally tripped out at his latest Tomorrowlands Festival set in Belgium this past weekend. Kids, what did we say about doing drugs?!? [Gawker]
:: Legendary beatmaker Swizz Beats shared two Instagram snippets of Jay Z, Timbaland and himself during the making of the Magna Carta Holy Grail track “Verses.” [MTV]
:: Justin Timberlake revealed that his solo career was largely inspired by Radiohead’s fourth LP Kid A. [Stereogum]
:: “Hideaway” singer Kiesza and Diplo are working together on a track called “Take You There,” which will be featured on the beatsmith’s upcoming mixtape. [Pop Justice]
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tops Pollstar’s list of 2014′s highest-grossing tours so far. The UK boy band’s Where We Are trek has raked in more than $131 million, besting sales of landmark tours by The Rolling Stones
($115 million), including the legendary rock band’s first-ever concert in Israel
. Justin Timberlake
ranks third on the list ($110 million), though with his 20/20 world tour
now returning to the United States
his sales are bound to go up.
Other acts didn’t come close to selling as much as the top three. The ever-reliable Bruce Springstreen & the E Street Band (Timberlake is a fan) has brought in $64 million. Meanwhile, save for 1D, Timberlake and Bruno Mars and his Moonshine Jungle Tour rounding out the top ten, the year’s biggest sellers so far have been legacy acts, like George Strait and the Eagles. As Popdust points out, Cher is the only female in the top ten, though with Beyonce (Mrs. Carter Show) and Miley Cyrus (Bangerz) not trailing far behind.
Head on over to Pollstar for the full list. After the jump, see a fan-made compilation of the best moments from One Direction’s tour, set at the start to The Weather Girls’ “It’s Raining Men.” More »
Did You Hear?
:: Jamie Lynn Spears revealed that she would love to tour with big sister Britney Spears in a recent interview. This sounds great. Not only could we finally hear “Chillin’ With You” live (-ish) but it would introduce the rising country diva’s music to a whole new audience. [Pop Sugar]
:: Surely someone can make this happen? Selena Gomez really, really wants to record a duet with Justin Timberlake. She’s a big fan of how he made the leap from teen idol to well-respected music artist. [Yahoo]
:: Beyonce is returning to HBO. The game-changing diva has lined up a new 10-part series called Beyonce: X10. The episodes run for 10 minutes each and include one song from The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour. [Vibe]
:: The voice behind Frozen theme song “Let It Go” Idina Menzel had a disturbing costume malfunction during a recent show. Her breast fell out from under her bra but she calmly fixed the situation while continuing to sing. True professionalism! [MTV] More »
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 »
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 »
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 »
‘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 »
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 »