On Sunday night, "A Concert for Charlottesville" brought groups of people to Scott Stadium for a night of musical and social harmony. The concert was organized as a response to the violence that took place in the city on August 11 and 12. The free benefit event drew in crowds from all over central Virginia.
"I'm so excited to see Justin Timberlake and Chris Stapleton," says Leeanna Chittum, a Charlottesville resident.
"I'm glad to be here," says Charlottesville resident Nancy Stuhl.
"I really wanna see Ariana Grande and Justin Timberlake," says Gina Madison, a Palmyra resident.
People of all ages came out on Sunday, September 24, for the concert to see big name performers take the stage. Musical artists like Dave Matthews Band, Ariana Grande, The Roots, Justin Timberlake, and others took the stage to spread the message of unity in Charlottesville in response to the hate that took over the city on August 12.
"I'm here to celebrate a new tone in Charlottesville since of late it's been very aggressive and unsupportive and divisive, so I'm here for that reason," says Stuhl. "It's a feel-good, unifying event and it's free."
"I'm actually happy because after all that happened, the rally, this is uniting everybody together again," says Melonia Polania, a Charlottesville resident.
Scott Stadium was filled with fans listening to music, cheering on their favorite singers. And, most of all, the concert will hopefully help people wind down after the events of August 12.
"This is my 26th time I've seen Dave Matthews," says Darrell Nebers, a Nashville, TN, resident. "I ended up being able to get the day off. The fact that it's for a great cause, come to see friends, so why not show up in Charlottesville for the concert? It's an incredible event. It's epic."
Performers banded together to put on this free show for the people of central Virginia, hoping that it would help heal the community following the Unite the Right rally.
"I think it's great," says Chittum. "I think it's an amazing thing that they're doing for everyone. I think for the healing process of Charlottesville, I think it's gonna help out a lot with it and bring people together."
All the proceeds from the concert will be going to the victims of the Unite the Right rally and their families. It will also benefit the first responders and organizations devoted to healing, unifying, and bringing justice to both the Charlottesville community and nationwide.
Lance Bass' Most Memorable 90's Moment? Meeting The Spice Girls - 9/25/17
Lance Bass and Christina Milian are pulling a Marty McFly by going back to another decade with 90's House. And since MTV's brand-new series (which premieres tomorrow night at 11/10c) is taking the singers to the era of "Goosebumps," Polly Pocket and JNCO jeans, we asked the singers to share their favorite moments from the very special era.
"There were so many quintessential things that I got to experience," Lance recalled. "One was meeting the Spice Girls at the airport in Germany -- that was pretty cool. It was right when 'Wannabe' came out. Also getting to perform with Aerosmith, the greatest band ever. And of course, I had every slap bracelet known to man."
Like Lance, Christina's favorite times during the decade centered around music.
"My favorite memory was making videos with my girlfriends," the singer revealed. "We would watch P Diddy videos. I wanted to be signed to either Def Jam or Bad Boy so bad, and his videos were just so lit. You're seeing silver and gold and all these amazing outfits that they had on, and the videos were so popping. We would come up with our own dances and we would record them."
If you were around in the '90s, what's your favorite memory from the decade? Spill in the comments, and don't miss 90's House premiering tomorrow at 11/10c (peep a sneak peek of the upcoming installment below).
See Justin Timberlake Sing Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come' at Pilgrimage - 9/24/17
Justin Timberlake covered Sam Cooke's classic "A Change Is Gonna Come" at the singer's headlining set Saturday at Tennessee's Pilgrimage Fest, Timberlake's first full U.S. performance of 2017.
The singer opened his Pilgrimage set with the 1963 single, an anthem of the civil rights movement and Number 12 on the Rolling Stone's list of the 500 Greatest Songs.
While Timberlake didn't elaborate on his decision to cover "A Change Is Gonna Come," it was likely a show of solidarity with those fighting for social change and staging protests during the Trump presidency; Pilgrimage marked Timberlake's first U.S. show since the 2016 election.
At the Global Citizen concert Saturday in New York, Stevie Wonder took a knee "for America" to support to the athletes staging similar protests following Donald Trump's latest comments that condemned NFL players for exercising their rights.
Timberlake and his band ended their bluesy take on the Cooke song by segueing into the singer's own "Drink You Away."
Also during the Pilgrimage set, Timberlake reunited with country singer Chris Stapleton onstage for an extended appearance that featured songs like "Tennessee Whiskey," "Fire Away" and "Sometimes I Cry."
Dave Grohl On Justin Timberlake's Guest Appearance On Foo Fighters Album: 'He Was Such A Pro' - 9/24/17
"He's the greatest," Dave said (see video below). "He's fun, he's smart, he's funny, obviously he's really talented. He's fun to hang out with. I mean, his career has taken him to quite a ride — going from the band that he was in when he was young and then going solo and then all the acting and stuff. He's really legitimized himself as an artist and a songwriter. And when he came in to sing on this song with us, he was such a pro, man — it was just like that [snaps fingers]; his pitch, his singing, everything was perfect. And then he gets behind the desk and he says, 'Okay, you might wanna roll off a little 2K on the high-frequency thing with the three-part harmony, favor this line over the others because that's the root note. He seemed like a producer, you know."
Prior to announcing Timberlake as the mystery guest on "Concrete And Gold", Grohl previously described the singer and sometime actor as the "world's biggest pop star" and "more than a pop star," adding that he'd "been around a long time."
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Grohl said that FOO FIGHTERS' collaboration with Timberlake came about because they were recording at the same Los Angeles studio and would hang out. Grohl explained, "We'd drink whiskey in the parking lot. He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, 'Can I sing on your record? I don't want to push it, but — I just want to be able to tell my friends.'"
Timberlake ended up doing background "la la la" vocals on the song "Make It Right".
Grohl first teased fans about the collaboration in June, telling fans, "I'd never spent time with this person, and we had a blast together."
Justin Timberlake, Ariana Grande and more of the biggest names in music are coming together to raise money for victims of the Charlottesville violence. Here's how to watch 'A Concert For Charlottesville' and everything else to know.
"A Concert For Charlottesville" is happening at University of Virginia's Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, VA on Sunday, Sept. 24. You can tune into a free live stream in partnership with Oath on platforms like Tumblr, YouTube and Facebook starting at 5:55 PM EST. So convenient!
Dave Matthews Band, which hails from Charlottesville and is returning from hiatus to host the event, Pharrell Williams, Justin Timberlake, Chris Stapleton, Ariana Grande, Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, The Roots, Cage the Elephant and "special guests" will all be performing, according to an official release, so you won't want to miss a moment!
Tickets for the unity-focused evening were given t0 members of the Charlottesville and University of Virginia communities for free. That being said, "attendees are encouraged to make a donation to the 'Concert for Charlottesville Fund' at the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation," according to the official site, "Beneficiaries of the fund will include victims of the events in Charlottesville on August 11 and 12, their families, first responders, and organizations devoted to the promotion of healing, unity and justice locally and nationwide." You can learn more about how to donate here.
'90's House' Hosts Christina Milian and Lance Bass Bring Us Back to the 90s - 9/22/17
Ready for a throwback? MTV is premiering a competition reality series called 90's House, where 12 millennial housemates must adjust to life without their cell phones or social media, among other challenges related to the decade. If they successfully unplug and sweep the competition during the show's challenges, the winner will take home two VIP tickets to a 90's cruise, a Mazda Miata and $90,000.
Hosts Christina Milian and Lance Bass gave us the skinny on the show and answered a lightning round of questions about their favorite 90s-related things.
And scroll down a bit for an exclusive video clip from the series!
What are we going to see in this crazy, nostalgic series?
Lance Bass: A lot of bad clothes and some really bad puns. It was really the silliest show I've ever been a part of, just to walk down memory lane and be reminded of the good old days. As a kid of the 90s it just felt so cool to be reminded of your favorite music and all these great icons who come to the house. It was amazing, and it was a great social experiment to see these millennials have to deal with not being on a cell phone, having AOL dial-up, and the only thing you can play with is a Bop-It or your Nintendo 64.
Can you explain the format? How is it going to play out?
Bass: If you like shows like Big Brother, it's like that. It's a competition show where a group of people have to live in a house, and one by one they get kicked out. The one that acts the least 90s is the one who gets kicked out of the house, and we do that by tons of different games and competitions throughout the season, like shoot music videos for MTV and doing all kinds of fun things.
What to you is absolutely essential for a show called 90's House to have in it?
Milian: I think the most essential thing is to have a boom box, a cassette player, or a VHS, because those are the last days, especially for VHS tape, so I would definitely say a whole plethora of Blockbuster movies on VHS.
Bass: You have to have a Furby. We have tons of those in the house. And you have to have terrible, terrible clothes. You'll see every outfit that I wear is just horrible. I cover from 1990 to 1999, so we're talking about MC Hammer, going into In Living Color and Saved by the Bell, and into our awful NSYNC looks. But of course Christina Milian rocks every outfit that she wears on the show. I'm like, "How do you look so good and I look like a tool bag?"
To state the obvious, putting on a successful music festival is tough.
The founders of the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival in Franklin have faced their share of challenges since holding their first event in 2015.
And one of the hardest things they've ever had to do? Try to play it cool when Justin Timberlake — among the most famous singers in the world — said he'd like to perform at their festival.
"(We were) trying to contain our excitement when it first came up," Kevin Griffin recalls with a laugh. "We were like, 'Well, that could work.' "
Luckily, Griffin and co-producers Brandt Wood and Michael Whelan had been carrying on a conversation with the pop star and his team for a while. Their paths crossed organically, not long after Timberlake purchased land in Franklin's neighboring town, Leiper's Fork. Last year he signed on as a partner and co-producer of the festival, giving the second annual Pilgrimage a considerable boost in visibility.
But this year — when Pilgrimage announced Timberlake would be headlining the third annual fest, in one of his only 2017 appearances — that boost went to another level.
Pilgrimage expects more than 25,000 in attendance for each day of the two-day fest — nearly double the numbers of last year. In fact, it came close to selling out, until the festival got permission from the city to sell an additional 2,500 tickets. (At press time, single-day and weekend passes were still available.)
Still, organizers are confident that attendees will have plenty of elbow room. Griffin says their space on Harlinsdale Farm could hold 50,000 comfortably, and they've considered the guest experience.
"This will be twice as many people as we've had, so we want to make sure that we're ready," he says. "And we've done that. We've redoubled our efforts and considered everything that could be a challenge. So we're excited to take the experience to the next level."
The Shadowboxers just debuted their new single, premiering exclusively on JustJared.com today (September 21) – and it's so good, it'll have you saying "Hot Damn!"
The R&B-leaning three member troupe – made up of members Adam Hoffman, Matt Lipkins and Scott Tyler – is Justin Timberlake's latest act: he discovered them, signed them to his Villa 40 artist development company, and is now working to develop their sound.
"'Hot Damn' is a song about the measurement of love, the pain of it feeling trivial to someone else, and the hardiness to call that out," the group explains.
"This is the first song we've ever recorded that captures all of the energy of our live show and sums up perfectly who we are as a band right now. Working with Justin Timberlake is a dream come true and he is an amazing collaborator in the studio. He wanted us to do what we do and he helped to take that vision and push it far as it could possibly go."
They're currently in the studio with both Justin and songwriter-producer K-Kov.
Listen to "Hot Damn!" below! You can also stream the song on Spotify on Friday (September 22).
Lance Bass to visit North Carolina & New York - 9/20/17
Lance Bass and Christina Milian are doing a time warp into the '90s. But how well do the singers know what went down during the jiggiest decade?
The 90's House hosts -- who you can catch when the brand-new competition series premieres on September 26 -- are tackling some pop culture queries pegged to this historic period. From naming a popular fruit candy to finishing song lyrics, Lance and Christina (wearing appropriate '90s garb) are truly embracing the fun-filled game. And yes, Backstreet Boys/*NSYNC are addressed.
For a film set in 1950s Coney Island by a filmmaker born in Brooklyn, the world premiere of Woody Allen's Wonder Wheel will appropriately be at the New York Film Festival next month. With its first trailer still to come, Amazon Studios revealed a new poster and batch of photos, featuring stars Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, Juno Temple, and James Belushi. Ahead, see more from the film, which hits theaters Dec. 1.
Wonder Wheel revolves around Ginny (Winslet), the wife of a carousel operator (Belushi), who perks up when she falls for a handsome lifeguard named Mickey (Timberlake). But when her husband's estranged daughter, Carolina (Temple), resurfaces and also sets her sights on Mickey, it begins "the great unraveling of Ginny," Winslet explained in EW's Fall Movie Preview.
Winslet also said she and Timberlake got along swimmingly during production. "He's such a wonderful person," she added. "I would turn to him and say, 'Do you know what, Justin Timberlake? The best thing about you being in this film is that you're really not "Justin Timberlake." If you had really been "Justin Timberlake" it could have been a complete nightmare, but really you're not "Justin Timberlake" at all, you're just some guy named Justin.' He's totally unvain, he has an absolutely infuriating ability to learn lines fast, and he's an all around great person — humble, fun, hard-working, easygoing, no ego. Such a joy, really."
Last Sunday, September 17th, Rock in Rio 2017 celebrated its third day of event at Cidade do Rock, in Parque Olímpico, Barra. Having brought Alicia Keys and Justin Timberlake as the main attractions, the day was marked by a diverse musical line-up and calls for social issues.
The most expected artist of the night, Justin Timberlake amazed the fans with an unexpected rendition of Frank Sinatra's "My Way", opening the show at 12:25 AM. Having first performed in Rock in Rio in 2013, like Alicia Keys, the former *NSYNC member played recent hits like "Can't Stop the Feeling" and favorites like "Señorita" and "SexyBack".
The new MTV reality competition "90s House" puts 12 millennials in a house that has only 1990s technology, fashion and lingo. Hosts Lance Bass and Christina Milian tell TODAY's Take about the show as well as their own upcoming musical projects.
Foo Fighters have released their ninth studio album, Concrete and Gold. The album is packed with contributions from Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman and The Kills' Alison Mossheart alike, thanks in part to Dave Grohl's penchant for holding barbecues on studio grounds.
The most hyped-about contribution, however, comes courtesy of Justin Timberlake. Months ago, Growl had boasted and teased that "the biggest pop star in the world" would feature on the album. "We'd drink whiskey in the parking lot," Grohl said to Rolling Stone. "He was really, really cool. Then the night before his last day, he says, 'Can I sing on your record? I don't want to push it, but – I just want to be able to tell my friends.'"
If you're in search of Justin's voice, he contributed a string of "la la las" to the track "Make it Right," which Growl said the singer "nailed."
Lance Bass talks to Jenny McCarthy about '90s House' - 9/16/17