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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Taylor And Timberlake Lead 2013 American Music Awards Nominations

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis continue their domination this year, leading the field of 2013 American Music Awards nominees with six nods including Artist of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Favorite Rap Artist and Favorite Rap Album. But, like, Yeezus and Born Sinner aren’t even nominated for Best Rap Album so what does any of this even mean, really?

The Seattle hip-hop duo edged out superstars Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, who each notched five nominations and are also up for Artist of the Year. That category is rounded out by Bruno Mars and Rihanna. RiRi, Robin Thicke and Florida Georgia Line scored four nominations apiece.

As of now, the only confirmed performers are Miley Cyrus (oooh boy, prepare your thinkpiece-ing caps) and Imagine Dragons. The AMAs are determined by fan voting and air November 24 on ABC. Check out the full list of nominees below. More »

Justin Timberlake Nabs His Second #1 Album Of 2013 With New ’20/20 Experience’

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It was always going to be a tough week for newcomers Lorde, Tyler Farr and HAIM, whose debut albums all went up against the release of Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2. Still, all involved can pop a bottle knowing they landed in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200.

Unsurprisingly, Timberlake goes in at #1 with his second volume of his 20/20 Experience, after it sold 350,000 copies. His previous LP, released in March, debuted at the top with 968,000 sold. At that time, JT had the Top 5 smash “Suit & Tie” under his belt and “Mirrors” on its way up the chart. So far his latest LP has produced the minor hit “Take Back The Night,” which peaked at #29 on the Hot 100. More »

Nicole Scherzinger Is Recording A Song For The Special Olympics: Morning Mix

Did You Hear?

:: Nicole Scherzinger is putting her celebrity to good use. The former Pussycat Doll has recorded a song to raise awareness for the next Special Olympics. [Instagram]

:: Who do I have to bribe to get an invite to this? Pharrell will celebrate his wedding to long-term partner Helen Lasichanh in Miami this weekend. Guests include Jay Z and Justin Timberlake. [Vibe]

:: Wardell have just signed to Roc Nation. Who? An LA-based pop duo comprised of Steven Spielberg‘s kids Sasha and Theo. [NME]

:: Ever wonder what it would feel like to be trolled by your idol? Madonna fans can tell you all about it after the icon promised a new album in a Twitter Q&A before taking it back. Rude. [Twitter]

:: Jordin Sparks will guest star on CSI as a high school teacher called Alison. No word yet if she’ll be alive or dead. (Remember when Holly Valance played a corpse?) [Rickey.org]

After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today.

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Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience — 2 Of 2′ Will Debut At No. 1

Justin Timberlake will score his second No. 1 record this year with The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2. Billboard predicts that, at around 350,000 copies sold, 2 of 2 should knock Drake‘s Nothing Was the Same from the Billboard 200′s top spot, meaning that Lorde‘s Pure Heroine will debut at No. 3.

Is Timberlake’s sales victory a “TKO,” then? Not quite. At 968,000 copies sold, his first 20/20 Experience still holds the record for this year’s largest sales week and is the biggest-selling album of 2013. That’s right — with 2 of 2, Timberlake was tasked to beat his own sales records.

Plus, after his first 20/20 Experience arrived to critical acclaim, the soulful but sprawling 2 of 2 had debuted to mixed reviews. Some outlets, like USA Today, praised its ambition. Others, like our Idolator review, concluded that 20/20 is “the first real blemish on JT’s catalog,” given how the pop star’s reunion with Timbaland amounted to music that felt redundant. More »

20 Things Sex Is Like, According To Justin Timberlake’s Complete ’20/20 Experience’

Pop music is rife with clunky sexual metaphors (Lady Gaga‘s ride on the disco stick, 50 Cent‘s visit to the candy shop, 98 Degreesmic check, Flo Rida‘s whistle-w(h)etting to name but a few recent examples). You may even remember the urban legend that every Dave Matthews Band song was actually about sex, a theory that likely made you either love or hate the band even more. Well, that’s sort of the theme with Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2, the lustfulness of which comes as sort of a shock after JT played the comfy romantic in (most of) 1 Of 2. This time around, he employs pop’s oldest trick at every turn, chronicling his carnal desires via a bevy of analogies (some of them song length), including: a PG version of Trent Reznor‘s desire to “fuck you like an animal” on “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want),” a thirst for your blood inspired by the horny vampires on True Blood, plus “Murder,” which is about dying to have sex (I think?).

Of course, Timberlake has done this before. On Volume 1′s “Pusher Love Girl,” love was literally a form of heroin or cocaine. And on “Strawberry Bubblegum,” Timberlake likened his partner’s and his own nether regions, respectively, to pink gum and a blueberry lollipop (do blueberry lollipops even exist?). Whether you think these sexual colloquialisms are awesomely bad or just plain bad, there’s no denying it’s all part of an enlightening and odd lyrical crutch JT has adopted during his regal comeback.

Below, we’ve listed all the things sex is like, according to lyrics from both volumes of The 20/20 Experience. Time to separate the boys and girls and chuckle through sex ed.  More »

Justin Timberlake Performs “TKO” on ‘Ellen’, Talks ‘N Sync VMA Reunion

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Out For The Count
Today marks the completion of a year-long musical journey as Justin Timberlake celebrates the release of The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2. Despite being under the weather for the past week, Timberlake is still on full-force promo and made an appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show. The singer performed his latest single “TKO” with a great amount of energy that showed no signs of the singer’s illness.

Timberlake also sat down for an interview where he talked about his ‘NSYNC reunion at this year’s MTV VMAs, saying it was “just like old times.” Being the nice guy he is, the singer also surprised a few fans on the show.

Watch the performance up top, and head down below to see what gift Ellen gave Timberlake for his one-year wedding anniversary. More »

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2′: Review Revue

With the release of Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2 today (September 30), we’ve now witnessed The Complete 20/20 Experience. And ya know what, we’re glad it happened! The double comeback was an impressive achievement. Sure, it was self-indulgent and a little too ubiquitous at times, and by splitting the whole thing up into two releases it had a hint of that corporate cash-grab scent, but it was a worthy endeavor for JT and his fans.

That’s the big picture. But when you zoom in on Volume 2, that’s when some weaknesses emerge. For me, at least. In our Idolator review, I argued the album was plagued by stale Timbaland beats and some of the worst lyrics in Timberlake’s career. Despite the fact that there were a few excellent tracks to be found, I concluded that “it’s the first real blemish on JT’s catalog, and more than disappointment, The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2 elicits frustration, because it was so unnecessary.”

I was pretty rough on the album, but several reviewers fell in love with JT all over again with this installment. Check out the roundup of reviews below. More »

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2′: Album Review

“But Justin Timberlake doesn’t need to do this.” Ahead of the release of The 20/20 Experience in March, that was the battle cry of those contrarian JT fans who thought maybe this comeback was a bad idea. Upon learning that he’d be linking up with a seemingly past-his-prime Timbaland for the whole thing, they thought it would result in a bunch of stale 2006 leftovers comprising skittering percussion and background beat-boxing and other tired tricks that could only sully JT’s legacy.

The naysayers were completely wrong. “Suit & Tie” came along and it was a new (old) sound from the duo, while “Mirrors” found JT’s new soul-and-champagne aesthetic coalescing beautifully with Timbaland’s brittle space beats, and everyone realized the duo knew exactly what they were doing. The comeback ended up being a triumph, critically and commercially, so when Timberlake announced that there’d be a second volume of 20/20, we accepted this as a great thing. Six years of waiting ends with two albums! Pop’s attempt at Use Your Illusion I and II!

We let our guard down. The 20/20 Experience – 2 Of 2 (out ) is the misstep we were bracing for back in March. The naysayers were completely right. More »

Justin Timberlake Vibes On “Electric Lady”: Listen To ‘The 20/20 Experience — 2/2′ Bonus Track

Been listening to the stream of Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience — 2/2 on a loop? Need even more JT in your life? Well, perhaps it’s time to treat your ears to the blockbuster sequel’s Target bonus track. “Electric Lady” (not a Janelle Monae cover) is a slinky, bass-heavy slow jam than finds the mega-selling crooner in a romantic mood.

“You’re reaching my heart fast, you’re searching for something,” sings Justin before explaining “that’s just how electricity behaves.” As usual, Timbaland‘s production is multi-layered, occasionally overbearing but never boring. Listen after the jump. More »

Justin Timberlake Performs “TKO,” “Take Back The Night” & More On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’: Watch

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Get In The Groove
With The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 dropping next Monday (and streaming now on iTunes), Justin Timberlake is once again in full promo mode. He stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live last night (*gasp* he cheated on Fallon!) to perform “Take Back The Night,” his current single “TKO” and a bevy of other hits. Donning his signature fedora, JT and the Tennessee Kids transformed Hollywood into a disco fete.

After his 15-song mini-concert (that can be viewed in its entirety on Myspace — obviously), the singer sat down for a funny interview, where “Doctor Kimmel” tried to diagnose a sick Timberlake. He also talked about his nerves before playing in front of Paul McCartney, his dreams of playing in the NBA and of course his upcoming album, calling it the “slutty” half to part one’s “virgin.”

Check out Timberlake’s performance of “Take Back The Night” up top, and catch his “TKO” follow-up and his interview after the jump. More »