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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 »

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience — 2/2′: Stream The Slinky R&B Album

Justin Timberlake conquered the charts and ushered in a new era of R&B with The 20/20 Experience, so expectations are understandably high for the blockbuster’s speedy sequel. The good news is that the second installment maintains the quality of the first. Timbaland takes over production duties again but he’s in a more experimental mood this time around. The super-producer has already proved that the world was crying out for classy, old school R&B, so he lets go of the reigns and mixes things up.

There’s lavish splashes of disco, meandering breakdowns and voiceovers that wouldn’t sound out of place on Michael Jackson‘s Thriller. Highlights include the Soul II Soul-inspired opener “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want)”, slick club-banger “You Got It On” and sexy Drake collaboration “Cabaret”.

The album occasionally gives into excess (“True Blood” needs to be cut in half) but it’s easy to forgive when there are so many other gems to choose from. More »

Justin Timberlake Covers The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body” For BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge: Watch

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JT Covers The Jacksons
Most artists visit the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with the intention of putting their own spin on a contemporary hit. Robin Thicke memorably turned Icona Pop‘s “I Love It” into a soulful ballad, while Bastille transformed Miley Cyrus“We Can’t Stop” into a haunting rock anthem. Justin Timberlake takes a different path. He performed an unusually faithful rendition of The Jacksons‘ classic 1978 disco hit “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)”.

It’s great to see Justin leave his suit and tie at home and just have fun. He turns the studio into a nightclub, line-dancing with his band on stage while rocking a white t-shirt and black hat. As usual, his vocal is on point and the 32-year-old’s stagecraft can not be denied. JT had the entire crowd on their feet! Slip into your disco finery and watch up top. More »

Justin Timberlake’s “TKO”: Listen To The Knockout ’20/20 Experience: 2 Of 2′ Single

Just like with his spring release The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake opts for a more “classic”-sounding JT & Timbaland tune for the second single off The 20/20 Experience: 2 Of 2. The only difference being that “TKO” stands as more of a dark mid-tempo jam than the sweet, award-winning “Mirrors,” both lyrically and musically.

“TKO” switches gears from previous, Michael Jackson-leaning single “Take Back The Night” and details a woman — compared here to a boxer going “for the gold” — who has done Timberlake wrong. As far as the instrumentation goes, Timbaland and J-Roc lay a bed of familiar synths below Justin’s vocals that aren’t dissimilar to the ones in the singer’s past singles “Cry Me A River” and “Summer Love.”

Knock yourself out by listening to JT’s latest below. More »