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Lance Bass among those added to Clinton 'Walk of Honorees' - 3/22/18, 3/22/18 --

Lance Bass was among 13 prominent Clintonians added to the "Walk of Honorees" at the Quisenberry Library Trail.

A bronze plaque describing each honoree's story was unveiled Thursday during a ceremony at the library on Northside Drive.

The 13 were recognized for their achievements in their fields, city officials said. They either grew up in Clinton, as Bass did, or spent time in the city during the span of their achievements.

Bass, who rose to fame as a bass singer with *NSYNC, was honored for excellence in the performing arts. The other 2018 honorees are listed here.



*NSYNC members mark 'No Strings Attached' anniversary - 3/22/18


All Five Members of *NSYNC to Reunite for Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony - 3/21/18

Billboard, 3/21/18 --

On April 30, iconic '90s boy band *NSYNC will be honored for their achievements with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

All five members of the best-selling group -- Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, Lance Bass, and Chris Kirkpatrick -- will reunite, as their collective star is unveiled at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard. The Celebrity performers will be in good company among other legendary boy bands, including New Edition, and New Kids on the Block.

Reunion rumors have abounded since the group split in 2002. Prior to the announcement of their star, Bass joked on Twitter that fans could call the star ceremony a reunion -- but not to get hopes up for any new music.

The Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony coincides with the 20-year anniversary of the American release of *NSYNC's self-titled debut album, which featured the TRL-era classics "I Want You Back" and "Tearin' Up My Heart."

The public event will begin at 11:30 PT. For those unable to make it to Hollywood, the ceremony will stream live on the Walk of Fame's website.


Darren Criss discusses duet with JC Chasez - 3/21/18

Entertainment Tonight, 3/21/18 --

When [Darren] Criss isn't busy with his acting work, he likes to have a little fun, which we witnessed over the weekend when he was joined onstage by *NSYNC's JC Chasez during his St Patrick's Day '90s party at The Roxy in West Hollywood, California. The two performed plenty of classic boy band hits, like "Tearin' Up My Heart" and "I Want You Back."

"I threw a fun little St. Paddy's Day party and I got some friends together and we played some music, and we had a lot of really fun guests," Criss told ET of how it all came together. "We've thrown a couple of them, they're always very DL, no social media. But when I found out who was going to be singing with us, I was like, 'YEP! Get your phones out, this is the coolest thing ever!'"

"JC was so kind to us, but there was a bit of a backstory," Criss added. "It's around the 20-year anniversary of that first album that *NSYNC put out, so there was kind of a '90s theme to our party. We were celebrating a great '90s record, a great '90s artist and JC's amazing voice."

Criss continued on, telling us he still can't believe that Chasez said yes to the idea.

"I was trying to be nice and have him sing something else," he recalled, "because I didn't want to put him in a corner and he was like, 'No, I'd rather do something I know the words to,' and I was like, 'Fine! I'd be very happy and you'd make a lot of people at this party very happy.' So, that was very cool."

Read more here.



Justin Timberlake concert at MSG postponed due to storm - 3/21/18

New York Post, 3/21/18 --

Sorry, Justin Timberlake fans — Wednesday night's show at Madison Square Garden has been postponed due to the spring nor'easter.

"Man, I'm bummed!" Timberlake announced in a Twitter video as he stood outside in the snow.

"But everyone who has tickets tonight, hold on to your tickets. We will definitely get back to you with a date where we can make it up so those will still be valid…stay tuned," the "Filthy" singer said.

Timberlake noted that Thursday's show is "still on as of right now, so excited about that."

"Happy spring, everybody…" a confused-looking Timberlake said.

Winter Storm Toby – the fourth nor'easter this month — is expected to dump between 12 and 18 inches of snow on the Big Apple with wind gusts up to 40 miles-per-hour.


The Shadowboxers talk Timberlake, LGBT fans, Indigo Girls - 3/21/18

Windy City Times, 3/20/18 --

The Shadowboxers are on the move and hitting big arenas this year thanks to their Man of the Woods friend Justin Timberlake.

Founding members Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler met at Emory University and have been making music ever since. Their name Shadowboxers refers to someone making motions to attack and they choose to battle with their progressive rhythms.

While booking shows around the Atlanta area, the group caught the ear of Indigo Girls singer Emily Saliers. Tyler played some music for her in person and a year later they all hit the road together.

After a chance tweet to Justin Timberlake The Shadowboxers are back at it again now landing them in Chicago at the United Center for two dates and releasing new music.

Windy City Times: How did Justin Timberlake hear about your music?
Matt Lipkins: We were posting a cover series on YouTube. Adam tweeted our cover of Justin's "Pusher Love Girl" over to him, thinking we would never hear back. We tweeted to all of the artists that we covered. He posted about it and we met during his 20/20 Tour. He began to mentor us and signed us to Villa 40 label.

WCT: He produced your single "Hot Damn!?"
ML: Yes, along with the other tracks co-produced by K-Kov. Our EP Apollo comes out March 23.

WCT: Does Justin sing on any of the songs?
Scott Tyler: No, but he does have some vocal percussion on some of it. We also used a lot of found objects in the studio.

WCT: What is something about Justin Timberlake that would surprise people?
Adam Hoffman: I think everyone knows he is super-down to earth, but he also devoted, loyal, and was attentive to detail with us. He called us directly in the first place, not an assistant. It is because he cares about who he collaborates with.

The Shadowboxers join Justin Timberlake for The Man of the Woods Tour March 27-28 at United Center, 1901 W. Madison St.

Read more here.


*NSYNC to Receive Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame - 3/20/18

Variety, 3/20/18 --

*NSYNC was one of the most iconic groups of the early 2000s, and soon, its place will be permanently cemented in Hollywood history.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced on Tuesday that the band, made up of Justin Timberlake, Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone, and Chris Kirkpatrick, will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 30. The star will be located at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard near the corner of La Brea, where they will join other boy bands who have already been honored, including Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, New Kids on the Block, and New Edition.

Guest speakers for the ceremony have not yet been announced. Fans not able to attend the event in person will be able to live-stream the reception, which starts at 11:30 a.m. PT, at

*NSYNC has sold over 30 million album in the U.S. and saw a string of hit singles. The group was nominated for eight Grammys, including record of the year for "Bye Bye Bye" and best pop album for "Celebrity" in 2001.

Bass has teased for months that the Walk of Fame ceremony would be a reunion of sorts for the five members, tweeting in February 2017 that "if people want to call the Walk of Fame star a 'reunion' then fine, but we have no plans on making any new music or tour."

After the group split in 2002, Timberlake went on to have an impressive solo career, releasing five albums and winning 10 Grammys, most recently for "Can't Stop the Feeling!" in 2016. Timberlake, who released new album "Man of the Woods" in February, is currently prepping for a worldwide tour. As this year's Super Bowl halftime performer, he repeatedly shot down rumors that *NSYNC would reunite during the performance.



Joey Fatone Says *NSYNC Would Destroy Backstreet Boys In Basketball - 3/20/18

TMZ, 3/20/18 --

The boy band era is over, but the smack talk remains -- because Joey Fatone is telling the world if his crew ever had to face the Backstreet Boys in hoops, they'd make them go "Bye Bye Bye."

We got Fatone out in Beverly Hills and showed him footage of his ex-bandmate Justin Timberlake draining half-court shots, and asked him if JT really has the goods on the court.

Fatone said yes, but things got really spicy when we asked whether or not the rest of *NSYNC could ball. More specifically, if they could take out the Backstreet Boys in hoop-life warfare.

"There's no think so. You tell that to Nick Carter."

Challenge issued.


Lance Bass Opens Up About Starting a Family With Michael Turchin 'This Year' - 3/20/18

Us Weekly, 3/19/18 --

Lance Bass and his husband, Michael Turchin, are ready to become parents! The *NSYNC alum revealed their plans to expand their family in 2018.

"We're starting our family this year too, so it's nice to know we have this much support," Bass told Us Weekly at the Family Equality Council's 2018 Los Angeles Impact Awards on Saturday, March 17. "I don't think anyone is really prepared to have kids. I think you just have to go with the flow. … We have tons of friends who have gone through the process. We're interviewing everyone."

Bass, 38, and Turchin, 31, tied the knot in December 2014 after three years of dating. Us revealed the pair were engaged in 2013.

The couple, who walked the red carpet together on Saturday at the Globe Theatre at Universal Studios, revealed they love to do date nights at the park.

"Oh my God, we actually come to Universal a lot. We have a pass. We do like holidays here. This is kind of our escape," Bass explained. "I love 'The Mummy.' Oh no, 'Transformers' is good too. I kind of just like doing the backstage tour, which is really inspiring if you're in the business. I love looking at all that kind of stuff, it gets you inspired … We love any kind of thrill."

The Dancing With the Stars alum is also working on this career in 2018, and opened up to Us about his potential new talk show.

"Pilot season, so I'm in development right now. I've got a talk show hopefully coming out this year at some point. That's all we're kind of focused on right now," he explained. "Can't really get into it yet because it's just a pilot."


March For Our Lives: Justin Timberlake, Mayor Bowser team up to promote massive rally - 3/19/18, 3/19/18 --

Superstar Justin Timberlake and DC Mayor Muriel Bowser teamed up to promote the March For Our Lives set to take place in the District on Saturday.

Timberlake and Bowser appeared in a video posted to the singer's Instagram page encouraging people to attend and participate in the rally.

"It's been so inspiring seeing young people out there owning their voice and getting ready to own their right to vote," said Timberlake, who performed at the Capital One Arena on Sunday as part of his Man of the Woods tour.

"I personally want to make sure everyone has a positive, motivating experience at the rally," Bowser said.

Timberlake and Bowser called for people to learn more information about the walk at or by downloading the app for the event.

The March For Our Lives will be a rally orchestrated to call for action on gun control following the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Officials said 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz opened fire inside the school, killing 17 people.

The deadly shooting has sparked outcry and walkouts throughout the nation with Saturday's march expected to be the pinnacle of movement.

Officials said they believe the March For Our Lives will rival the Women's March in 2017, which drew nearly 500,000 protesters to the District. The March For Our Lives is expected to be so large that officials moved the National Cherry Blossom Festival to Sunday after it was originally slated for Saturday.

Historians said the demonstrations were shaping up to be one of the largest youth protests in decades. Another round of school walkouts is planned for April 20, the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High shooting in Colorado.



JC Chasez Belts Out *NSYNC Hits With Darren Criss - 3/19/18

Entertainment Tonight, 3/19/18 --

Warning -- this story may ignite extreme FOMO.

*NSYNC fans who attended Darren Criss' Los Angeles, California, gig on Saturday were in for a treat as JC Chasez not only turned up onstage, but started belting out some of the group's biggest hits!

The former boy bander appeared at Criss' intimate St Patrick's Day '90s party at The Roxy, where the two delighted the crowd by launching into an acoustic version of *NSYNC's debut single, "I Want You Back."

While a long-haired Chasez was in his element taking a rare trip down memory lane, Criss also seemed to be having a blast, strumming along with his guitar and grinning ear to ear as he helped his pal out with backup vocals.

The two also performed the 1997 track, "Tearin' Up My Heart," which turned 20 years old in February.

"When you're Darren Criss, you can call people when you're eating pancakes this morning and invite them to a '90s party," Chasez, 41, told the crowd. "And while you're at it, you have to sing."

Audiences members were thrilled with the surprise performance, with many glued to their phones capturing the epic moment.

"12 year old me is in heaven," wrote one YouTuber, while on Twitter a fan declared the performance was "tearing up my heart."

Another fan thanked Criss for bringing Chasez back to the microphone.

"Dear @DarrenCriss, #ThankYou for pulling @JCChasez out of his cave and onto the stage where he belongs!" the Twitter user wrote.

The performance comes as *NSYNC prepares to receive their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a ceremony expected to take place later this year.


Justin Timberlake partners with Verizon to give back to fans - 3/19/18, 3/19/18 --

Justin Timberlake is giving fans the chance to get up close to him after partnering with U.S. telecommunications company Verizon.

The SexyBack singer is currently on his new Man of the Woods Tour, which is taking in dates around America before heading to Europe for the second leg of gigs.

Justin says when he was asked by the phone company to be a part of its new rewards program Verizon Up, he couldn't say no.

"My favorite part of being on tour is getting to see my fans up close and give them a night they won't forget," Justin said in a statement. "When Verizon approached me with the opportunity to thank them by providing special access to my tour, I couldn't pass it up."

Maroon 5, Luke Bryan and Demi Lovato have also signed up, and will be giving their fans the chance to get closer to their idols with stage side tickets and meet and greets.

On why he got involved, country star Luke smiled: "My fans are the most loyal around and I couldn't be more thankful for them."

Verizon Up members will also have a chance to meet Interscope Records recording artists Rae Sremmurd, Daya, Skylar Grey, Rich the Kid, Kali Uchis and X Ambassadors.


Justin Timberlake drained shots on the Wizards' practice court before Sunday's D.C. show - 3/19/18

The Washington Post, 3/19/18 --

Justin Timberlake was in D.C. on Sunday, the third stop on his 27-city tour to perform songs from his fifth studio album, "Man of the Woods." Before the pop icon and last month's Super Bowl halftime act took the stage in front of a packed house at Capital One Arena, which included Monumental Sports and Entertainment CEO Ted Leonsis, he was getting up shots on the Wizards' practice court.

Timberlake coolly sank a half-court shot and then drained a couple of three-pointers from the top of the key.

If the Wizards are looking for a three-point specialist off the bench, they could do worse than signing the 37-year-old Timberlake to a 10-day contract. He would sell tickets, anyhow. The Memphis native and part-owner of the Grizzlies has shown off his basketball range before. Last year, he posted Instagram videos of himself making not one, but two, half-court shots at Staples Center.

Fans seemed to enjoy Timberlake's 26-song, two-hour main act Sunday.

"Every time I come here, this place is lit," Timberlake, who will return to D.C. on Jan. 4, 2019, told the crowd, according to the Baltimore Post-Examiner. "I want to know what you are drinking."

Read more here.



Weather, racing, spring break draw crowds to St. Patrick's Day Parade - 3/18/18, 3/18/18 --

A trifecta of warm spring weather, top-flight racing at Oaklawn, and the start of spring break at Arkansas schools drew thousands of people to Bridge Street Saturday for the First Ever 15th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade.

Coupled with the star power of "Napoleon Dynamite" star Jon Heder as the official parade starter, Joey Fatone of *NSYNC fame as celebrity grand marshal, the first appearance by the iconic Budweiser Clydesdales and the annual return of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, it made for a nearly unbeatable combination, one of the parade's founders said.

Fatone got into town Friday afternoon and said he took the night to get rested up for Saturday's festivities.

"I got in last night, later afternoonish and I kind of just chilled because I knew today was going to be a long day of obviously, I'm sure, drinking and everything else," he said. "I literally just chilled because I've been traveling a lot, so I wanted to rest so I wouldn't be exhausted and tired for today. I am ready to go."

Fatone said he had heard it was supposed to rain on the parade "and all of a sudden it just lightened up, it's amazing."

"When people tell me this is the shortest St. Paddy's Day parade, I always like telling people about it and they're like 'What,' he said. "I tell them to look it up. It's pretty damn big; people don't realize how big it is."

Even though he's Italian, the grand marshal went Irish for the occasion, decked out in green.

"Everybody's Irish today, is that right?" he said. "People that are of the age of drinking, enjoy the day. I'm so happy to be here, very excited, can't wait. I know I've heard a lot of good things."

Fatone told the crowd gathered that former grand marshal John Corbett actually told him he needed to be a part of the parade.

"John Corbett, obviously a good buddy of mine from 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' called me up and said 'Hey, you've got to do this event, it's probably one of the best events out there,'" he said. "So I'm excited to be out here. So far the hospitality has been great."

Read more here.


Lance Bass at Family Equality Council's Impact Awards - 3/18/18

The Hollywood Reporter, 3/18/18 --

Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are expecting the birth of their second child any minute.

So much so that they had a car packed and waiting for them just on case they got the call during Saturday night's Family Equality Council's Impact Awards, where they were honored with this year's Murray-Reese Family Award.

The Family Equality Council is a nationwide advocacy group for LGBT parents and their children. Armie Hammer presented Berkus and Brent with their award.

Other stars at the event included Marcia Gay Harden, Beau Bridges, Lance Bass, Queer Eye's Karamo Brown and Peter Paige.

Read more here. Check out photos of Lance Bass and Michael Turchin at the event at Zimbio.


Justin Timberlake's 'Man of the Woods' Tour Opens: Photos + Set List - 3/17/18

PopCrush, 3/17/18 --

Justin Timberlake brought his supplies and then some Tuesday night (March 13) to the opening of his Man of the Woods Tour in Toronto, Canada. The "Filthy" singer, whose fifth studio album dropped in February, wowed the crowd at the concert series' first stop, mixing classics like "My Love" and "Summer Love" with new album favorites like "Say Something" and "Flannel."

Timberlake also gave space for his background singers to shine — the group crooned to "Dreams," Ex-Factor," "Come Together" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during a medley of covers in the middle of the show.

The Man of the Woods Tour will spend another night in Toronto on March 15 before making its way to Washington, D.C., New York City and Chicago. It's currently scheduled to wrap up on January 29, 2019 in Chicago after four legs.

Take a look at the whole set list below, and tell us if you'll be seeing a show this year!

Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods Tour set list:

"Midnight Summer Jam"
"Man of the Woods"
"Higher Higher"
"Suit & Tie"
"My Love"
"Cry Me a River"
"Drink You Away"
"Until The End Of Time"
"Dreams" (cover) – sung by background singers
"Ex-Factor" (cover) – sung by background singers
"Come Together" (cover) – sung by background singers
"Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (cover) – sung by background singers
"Morning Light"
"What Goes Around…Comes Around"
"Say Something"
"Summer Love"
"Rock Your Body"
"Can't Stop the Feeling!"

Read more here.



Reminder: Joey Fatone at St. Patrick's Day parade in Hot Springs - 3/17/18

Texarkana Gazette, 3/17/18 --

Today is St. Patrick's Day.

The day when everyone is Irish, no matter your background or whether you are Texarkana or any other city from coast to coast.

St. Patrick's Day is the traditional feast day of one of Ireland's most beloved patron saints.

In the Republic of Ireland, the day is a national holiday. For many years the holiday was mostly a religious observance in that country—in fact, pubs were closed by law on St. Patrick's Day until the 1970s.

In the U.S., though, the unofficial holiday has long been a time for celebration of Irish culture, food and drink. Especially drink.

Many American cities, notably Boston—which held the first St. Patrick's Day parade in 1761—put on a big celebration to mark the day. Just an hour and half away from us in Hot Springs, revelers will be enjoying the "First Ever Eleventh Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade," an elaborate celebration "officially" held on tiny Bridge Street but actually spread to the surrounding area. *NSYNC's Joey Fatone is the grand marshal this year and the official starter for the parade is Jon Heder, best known for his starring role in the cult classic "Napoleon Dynamite." After the parade there will be a free concert by Morris Day and the Time.

Read more here.


Dirty Pop Trivia with Lance Bass - 3/17/18


Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods Tour Trades Suits and Ties for Custom Designer Everything - 3/17/18

GQ, 3/17/18 --

Last month, Justin Timberlake entered the merch game with a collection of T-shirts and hoodies by Heron Preston, jackets by Levis, sunglasses by Warby Parker, and even a pair of collaborative Air Jordan sneakers. And just days before that, he performed on one of the world's biggest stages—the Super Bowl halftime show—in all custom Stella McCartney (and the aforementioned Jordans). So when it came time to kick off his global Man of the Woods Tour, he tapped two of those aforementioned brands to get him dressed: Levi's and McCartney.

But first, a quick history lesson: In 2007, Timberlake toured his then-new album FutureSex/LoveSounds with a new, grown-up look that consisted of YSL three-piece suits and white tennis sneakers. (A radical idea at the time that went on to become massively popular to this day.) In 2013 and '14 it was more of the same—more suits and ties, that is.

In 2018, however, Timberlake is embracing a more casual look for his Man of the Woods Tour, with a wardrobe full of pieces regular, stylish guys are actually wearing today. There are screen-printed graphic T-shirts, washed denim jackets, camo patterns and, of course, rarified sneakers.

As one of world's most famous pop stars, Timberlake's country-tinged wares aren't actually the same things you or I can buy. So far on stage he's been spotted wearing a Levi's Trucker jacket with a Man of the Woods-inspired stitched pattern on the back. (Seen above.) The jacket also utilizes custom details like highlighter orange and yellow (wildly popular choices in 2018) in the lining and under the collar.

British designer Stella McCartney continues her working relationship with Timberlake with a full wardrobe that allows the singer to mix and match pieces as he pleases. In the custom set are a trench coat and combat trousers teamed with wildlife prints as well as chevron tracksuits. But standout from Stella's custom pieces is definitely the camo bomber jacket, which actually is what the brand calls a camo "splatter" that's printed on top of a Prince of Wales check pattern. And if some of the pieces look familiar, it's because they're tweaked versions of pieces from McCartney's forthcoming Fall-Winter 2018 collection, which hit the runway back in January.

"Justin has such innate style, and he embodies our menswear collection in many ways. Collaborating with him on his world tour wardrobe is an incredible opportunity…I'm so thrilled and proud that he chose Stella McCartney Menswear," the designer says. Considering the tour sold out in less than a day, there's no doubt her clothing will get seen by a ton of people across the world as the 'Man of the Woods' travels to some of the world's biggest cities.



20th anniversary of *NSYNC's debut American album - 3/13/18


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