The proud papa has also shared that he'd love to have another child with his wife so that Silas could have a sister or a brother.
"I want to have as many kids as we can, if I'm being honest," he told Beats 1's Zane Lowe in January, ahead of the release of his new album.
Although he went on to admit that becoming a parent for the first time definitely took him outside of his comfort zone.
"I've never felt more inept [in] my life," he added. "You wake up and all of a sudden there's this human being you're responsible for."
"Everybody tells you that your life is going to change and you're like, 'Whatever, I got it,' " he continued, adding that these days when he and his wife "have a night off and we get into bed and we sit down and watch a movie or something, we're like, 'What did we do before this? Did we go out to dinner? Were we at a bar?' "
After "Moana" left movie theaters, Auli'i Cravalho wasn't sure how far she'd go as an actress.
The Hawaiian teenager had no prior acting experience other than her role as the title character in the Disney movie, and she didn't expect to get another role. So when she received an offer to work on NBC's upcoming drama series "Rise," she felt pressure to prove she was not a one-hit wonder.
"It was crazy because coming from 'Moana,' when I got cast when I was 14, and ending it when I was 16, I got to grow up with that cool strong heroine and I felt like I was important," Cravalho, now 17, told TODAY. "Then transitioning into the rest of my teen years … what was I going to do? Was I going to go back to high school and finish that up? I would be proud of myself for that, but I just tasted this industry that I really love …"
Cravalho, still adjusting to the culture shock of moving from the small town of Kohala, Hawaii, to New York City, is enjoying the challenge. As she begins the next part of her career, she remembers advice she got from Justin Timberlake at an Oscars pre-party last year.
"He (said), 'I know what it's like to grow up in this and not feel like you belong, but you do need to believe it," she recalled, "Because whether the universe kind of just gave it your way or you worked and fought tooth and nail for it, you were meant to be here — whatever strange way the universe puts it in your hands.'"
The Greatest Showman (Atlantic/Warner) moves into a ninth week atop the U.K. album chart, as Drake's "God's Plan" (Cash Money/Republic/Universal) makes it seven weeks at No. 1 on the singles survey.
The film soundtrack now draws level with Ed Sheeran's ÷ (Divide) for the second-longest unbroken run at the U.K. album summit over the last 20 years. The Official Charts Company reports combined units for the album last week of 42,000. Only Adele's 21 has had more consecutive weeks at the top, 11, over the past two decades.
The Greatest Showman excerpt "This Is Me" (Atlantic/Warner Music) by Keala Settle and the Greatest Showman Ensemble rebounds 8-7. Justin Timberlake's "Say Something" (RCA/Sony), featuring Chris Stapleton, is up again 10-9.
Serena Williams the competitor always features a look of seriousness and determination, but Serena Williams the mom always seems to be wearing a smile.
Making her first appearance in the desert since giving birth to daughter Olympia in July, Williams was all smiles as she walked down through the crowd at La Quinta Resort and Club onto the tennis court for a charity event she hosted.
Williams, whose busy schedule included an exhibition match at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Monday night, arrived in the desert Tuesday for the 14th annual Desert Smash, a charity celebrity tennis event
In previous years this event was hosted by Will Ferrell among others and he would be mic'd up as he played, adding to the hilariousness. Williams didn't opt to be mic'd up, but it didn't deter the audience's appreciation.
Lance Bass of *NSYNC noticed the difference and took the opportunity to throw shade at Ferrell.
"I think (Serena) kills Will Ferrell I just have to say. No, I love Will and he's very funny and he's great. But I love that Serena has put her name to the event. It means a lot because of course we're all here for a good cause on top of everyone just having a good time."
Having upgraded last year to a more than $20 million duplex penthouse in a famously star-stacked building in New York City's Tribeca — a bit more on that in a moment — Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel have unsurprisingly listed their starter penthouse atop a sleek, Gwathmey-Siegel designed complex in Soho with an asking price of $7.995 million. Married in 2012 after almost six years of dating and co-habitating, the couple acquired the glass-walled aerie in November 2010 for, as was noted by Curbed, the unusual price of $6,567,713. With three bedrooms and three bathrooms in 2,598-square-feet of polished yet still casually comfortable interiors, the penthouse features six-inch wide oak floorboards, ceilings that soar to more than ten feet and long walls of floor-to-ceiling windows with programmable electronic shades. A slender private terrace of more than 850-square-feet wraps around three sides of the penthouse.
A smooth-paneled entrance gallery with extensive closets leads to window-lined corner living room anchored at one end by a fireplace and, at more than thirty-feet-long, plenty commodious enough to accommodate a baby grand piano. Backed by a floor-to-ceiling built-in buffet, the east-facing adjoining dining space is open to a somewhat small but certainly smartly arranged galley kitchen expensively fitted with granite countertops, striated elm and smoked glass accents against lustrous snow-white cabinetry imported from Italy and an array of premium-quality appliances. Bedrooms are well separated for privacy and include two good-sized en suite guest bedrooms plus a roomy master suite with two walls of floor-to-ceiling windows, a fitted walk-in closet and a bathroom decadently sheathed in statuary quality marble along with a radiant heated marble floor, a frameless glass shower enclosure and a two-person soaking tub in front of a huge picture window with a potentially revealing, gridded view of the building across the street.
The sleek, metal and glass complex, where a handful of years ago Jessica Chastain reportedly rented a two-bedroom spread on the third floor and hotelier Vikram Chatwal, otherwise known in the tabloids as a hard partying former paramour of Lindsay Lohan, owns a not quite 4,000-square-foot townhouse unit currently listed at $9.5 million, offers residents an elegantly spare lobby with 24-hour doorman and concierge services, an on-site parking garage, a state-of-the-art fitness center and a 4,000-square-foot Peter Walker-designed courtyard between the two buildings that comprise the complex.
Sebastian Stan hits the red carpet looking super handsome at the 2018 Elton John AIDS Foundation's Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on Sunday (March 4) in West Hollywood, Calif.
The 35-year-old I, Tonya actor rocked a blue camouflage blazer and black trousers for the party.
Sebastian was joined at the event by actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson and director wife Sam, model Jon Kortajarna, actor Ryan Kwanten, and singer JC Chasez.
FYI: Sebastian is wearing Tom Ford. Jon's tux is by Tom Ford.
Not only did Francis Lawrence direct Red Sparrow, I Am Legend, and three Hunger Games films, but he's responsible for some of the most unforgettable music videos of the past 25 years. While promoting his spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence (no relation), the director took a few minutes to share behind-the-scenes stories about Justin Timberlake's 2002 "Cry Me a River" video and Beyoncé's 2011 "Run the World (Girls)" video. In the interview (watch it [here]), Lawrence revealed that Timberlake readily agreed to play a vindictive ex-boyfriend to the Britney Spears look-alike in the video for his breakup ballad — but never once said Britney's name.
"I never thought that he would say yes to [the video], because it doesn't portray him in the best light," Lawrence said about Timberlake, who was just beginning his post-*NSYNC solo career. "He's creeping around the house and he breaks in and he does pretty awful things in this house. It's clearly illegal. But he went for it.
"The interesting fact about it is in my treatment, I never mentioned her name," Lawrence said about Britney. "So it was just a girl, blond, with a certain kind of hat, driving a certain kind of car with certain kinds of items around the house, and things like that. And he, throughout the making of the video, never said her name. There was just this kind of understanding about what it all was and what it all meant."
The final position inside the top 10 is filled by a new entrant from two of the biggest stars in music who came together for the second time in their career and created magic. Justin Timberlake's latest Man of the Woods single "Say Something" breaks into the area for the first time, granting Timberlake another big track, while featured musician Chris Stapleton enjoys his first experience this close to the top of the singles chart in the U.K.
For Timberlake, "Say Something" marks his twentieth time in the neighborhood as a solo artist, and when that sum is amended to include his work with *NSYNC, his total number of smashes across the pond rises to 26. Stapleton appears in the U.K. for the first time thanks to his collaboration with the pop star. "Say Something" is the first (of four) singles from Man of the Woods to make it into the top 10 in the U.K., as all his other efforts didn't perform well enough to earn true smash status.
"It is with an extremely heavy heart that I share the passing of our baby girl Lily. Lily was one of a kind. More human than dog. She really was so perfect. She will be painfully missed. We love you Lily Dimples," Bass wrote next to a slideshow of a video and pics of Lily.
Bass' husband, actor Michael Turchin, also honored their "beautiful girl" on Instagram.
Justin Timberlake had a banner day on the secondary markets, coming in with five of the Top 20 best-selling events on the day Monday, including the top spot for his December 10 performance at the Spring Center in Kansas City. A Denver performance came in at No. 9, while three shows – St. Louis, Omaha, and San Antonio – filled out the second half of the rankings. Metallica also saw a strong opening performance in the secondary market, with four dates on its upcoming WorldWired North American tour among the Top 20.
Serena Williams' return to the desert for tennis after motherhood now includes hosting an annual charity tournament that has the 23-time Grand Slam Champion playing against a celebrity.
Williams will host the Desert Smash Pro/Celebrity Tennis Exhibition on Tuesday at the La Quinta Resort & Club and for the first time in the tournament's 14-year history, will have segments of the tournament air live on the Tennis Channel.
The tournament, always held at the start of the BNP Paribas Open, is known for getting some of the world's top tennis pros and celebrities to play together for charity. This year's charity is The Yetunde Price Resource Center founded by the Williams sisters in honor of their older sister who died in 2003 after being shot by a gang member.
The confirmed list of participating celebrities so far include Randy Jackson, Lance Bass, Tony Hale, Colton Haynes, Regina Hall, Timothy Olyphant, Dr. Phil and Omar Miller.
In addition to raising money for charity, the event is an opportunity for fans to see their favorite tennis players and celebrities have fun on the court against each other. The players are wearing microphones, so the audience can hear their grunts, growls and fun banter.
If you go: Desert Smash hosted by Serena Williams is Tuesday at La Quinta Resort & Club. For more event information or to purchase tickets go to desertsmash.com.
Justin Timberlake cemented his music comeback this week after hosting a secret gig in central London.
The Suit and Tie singer wowed the nation as he opened the 2018 BRIT Awards at The O2 Arena. Belting out Midnight Summer Jam and Say Something, Justin sent viewers into a frenzy before inviting Chris Stapleton to join him on stage.
Not stopping there the 37-year-old hot-footed it to The Roundhouse in Camden for a late night show where he played a full 15 song set for just 300 lucky Spotify Premium fans. As a special treat, JT also performed with The Tennessee Kids for the first time since 2016.
Justin has an staggering 30 million+ monthly listeners on Spotify around the world making him one of the most listened to artists on the ever popular platform. In fact, London boasts more Justin fans than anywhere else in the world, with more than half a million Londoners listening to Jessica Biel's fella each month.
But if you missed out on the gig then don't worry. Justin announced his 2018 Man of the Woods tour after his impressive Super Bowl half time show. He will play a string of shows across the UK - from Glasgow's SSE Arena and Birmingham's Barclaycard arena before returning to London's O2 for two gigs in July.
The Nashville-based R&B/pop band will open for Timberlake on his upcoming "Man of the Woods" arena tour. The tour kicks off March 18 in Washington, D.C., and includes a stop at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on May 9.
The Shadowboxers broke the news Friday, sharing a voicemail message left by Timberlake.
Noted man of the woods Justin Timberlake has unveiled the next chapter in his Heron Preston x Bravado collaboration.
Friday, Timberlake dropped the limited edition collection an hour early for paid fan club members. The collection follows Preston's appearance earlier this month at Timberlake's Man of the Woods-celebrating pop-up in New York, where an extremely rare metallic vest was also shown off to visitors.
If you missed out on the Justin Timberlake x Air Jordan 3 collab when they unexpectedly released during halftime of Super Bowl LII, or when they released at JT's "Man of the Woods" pop-up in New York City, you'll soon have another chance to purchase the limited edition sneakers.
Timberlake's online store will be releasing the "JTH" Air Jordan 3s sometime in the near future. A specific release date and time was not announced which means you'll want to sign up for email updates here to give yourself the best chance of copping the kicks that will surely sell out the instant they're available.
The 3s are a combination of Tinker Hatfield's first design of the Air Jordan 3, which included a swoosh, and the first colorway that was ever released of the original Jordan 3. And they are currently selling for more than $1,000 at spots like Flight Club.
Step into a timewarp with MTV's new reality gameshow '90s House' - 2/22/18
MTV is traveling back to an unforgettable pop culture-filled decade – think boy bands, tamagotchis and jelly shoes!
A brand-new competition series called 90's House is premiering on February 22 and will celebrate all things related to this era. Time to party like it's 1999.
The premise of the nostalgia-infused program: Lance Bass and Christina Milian will host the gameshow, which places 12 millennial housemates in a '90s-inspired house. The crib will be outfitted with the technology, catch phrases and fashion from that decade (that means unplugging from modern devices).
Each episode will feature the cast facing elimination by competing in various '90s-themed challenges. What's at stake? $90,000, a Mazda Miata and two VIP tickets on a '90s cruise!
But that's not all: Bass and Milian will be joined by fan-favorite guest stars including Mario Lopez, Tatyana Ali, Michelle Williams, Joey Fatone, Marques Houston, Tyson Beckford, Salt N' Pepa, Kid N' Play, Bill Bellamy, Joey Lawrence, Kel Mitchell and Lori Beth. The past was such a blast.
Tune in to 90s House on MTV Asia Thursdays at 8pm (SG/PH), 9pm (MY), 7pm (WIB), and check out our 90s House showpage for sneak peeks and the replay schedule!
Justin Timberlake Kicks Off 2018 Brit Awards With 'Midnight Summer Jam' & 'Say Something' With Chris Stapleton - 2/21/18
Timberlake started the show off with "Midnight Summer Jam" -- a deep(er) cut from the recent album -- with some customized Brit lyrics and some equally smooth dance moves. The performance transitioned into a Kanye West-esque opening to "Say Something," with Timberlake hunched over a beat-making machine in dim lighting, until he was joined by country singer Stapleton. The pair stood side-by-side as they performed and were eventually joined by a full choir adorned in white, flooding the stage and the audience, for the climax of the song and the end of the opening performance.
Read more here. Check out photos of Justin at the Brit Awards at Zimbio.
Lance Bass featured on 'Sharpen Up with Brittany Wagner' podcast - 2/20/18
Stefflon Don's "Hurtin' Me (featuring French Montana)" and Justin Timberlake's "Supplies" continue their climbs on this week's Mediabase rhythmic radio chart.
Both songs reach the Top 20; "Hurtin' Me" rises three places to #19, while "Supplies" climbs three spots to #20.
"Hurtin' Me" received 1,797 spins during the February 11-17 tracking period. The figure reflects a week-over-week gain of 137 plays.
"Supplies" received 1,660 spins this week. The count tops the previous week's mark by 236 plays.
According to Mediabase, "Hurtin' Me" received its greatest support from SiriusXM's The Heat, which offered 106 tracking period plays. Omaha's Power 106.9 was the greatest "Supplies" supporter (75 plays).
International charts analysis: Justin Timberlake seizes more top spots around the world - 2/19/18
Justin Timberlake's fifth solo studio album, Man of the Woods, opened at No.1 in three territories and made the Top 10 in a further six last week, and now adds further debuts at No.1 in Canada, The Czech Republic, Denmark and The USA, No.2 in Australia, Slovakia and Switzerland, No.4 in Austria, No.7 in Spain, No.8 in Norway, No.10 in France and No.11 in Finland. It also holds at No.1 in Flanders, while falling 1-3 in Germany, 1-4 in The Netherlands, 3-6 in New Zealand, 2-8 in The UK, 6-12 in Sweden, 6-18 in Flanders, 3-18 in Ireland, 32-35 in Japan and 8-54 in Italy.
Rosario Dawson attended the one-night-only V-Day benefit in Santa Monica on Sunday to help raise money to help organizations committed to ending violence against women. The star-studded event was also attended by Wanda Sykes, Jane Fonda, Wendi Malick, and many others.
As part of the benefit, there was performance of The Vagina Monologues done by Dawson, Fonda, Sykes, Malick and Marisa Tomei, Frances Fisher, Cheri Oteri, Gia Carides, Mindy Sterling, Angelica Ross, and Dylan McDermott.
'V-day is a movement: an organized effort to finally end violence against women,' said The Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler.
'V-Day is a vision: we see a civilization where women live in freedom and safety. V-Day is a spirit: affirming that life should be alive creating and thriving rather than surviving or recovering from terrible atrocities.
She continued, 'V-Day is a catalyst: by raising wide public awareness of the issue, it will reinvigorate efforts already under way and commence new initiatives in publicity, education, and law.
'V-Day is a vital ongoing process: we proclaim Valentine's Day as V'day until the violence against women stops, and the it will become Victory Day.'
Even though the event was all about the ladies, they received support from Lance Bass and his husband Michael Turchin.
Read more and check out photos of Lance and Michael at the benefit here.
Justin Timberlake & Chris Stapleton's "Say Something" Claims #21 At Pop Radio - 2/19/18
The Social 50 is powered by data tracked by music analytics company Next Big Sound and ranks the most popular artists on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Wikipedia and Tumblr. The chart's methodology blends weekly additions of friends/fans/followers along with artist page views and engagement. The chart's latest tracking week ended Feb. 8, and BTS is No. 1.
Above [Travis] Scott, the chart's top re-entry belongs to Justin Timberlake, who appears at No. 4 -- his best Social 50 position since November 2016.
Timberlake's rise comes amid a conglomeration of activity, including the Feb. 2 release of Man of the Woods and his halftime performance at Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4.
The singer's Twitter mentions spiked 1,012 percent to 379,000, and he racked up 272,000 Wikipedia views (up 276 percent) as he dominated the music-related news cycle throughout the week, eventually debuting Woods at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (293,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music) and crowning the Artist 100.
The roll-out for Justin Timberlake's latest album "Man of the Woods" is the rare non-secret release plan, announced in multiple stages, starting with the reveal of his Feb. 4 Super Bowl LII performance in October, and leaving little to mystery other than a series of earthy visuals. And in other ways, the campaign was all there: the release date was known, the single strategy was transparent, and a tour was announced weeks ahead of the halftime show.
"We've got 50 shows on sale in North America and 16 in Europe, and we're over 700,000 tickets [sold] and $100 million gross," says Arthur Fogel, president of global touring for Live Nation. "It's pretty staggering. We're into our third shows in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Toronto; We're into doubles in probably a dozen markets. It's huge."
What's driving audiences to pony up $150 or more for a seat? Memories, for one. Although Timberlake first broke out in the late 1990s with the group *NSYNC, he's not seen as a prestige or heritage artist — a showman to be sure, as Timberlake's Super Bowl set proved, but one who still appeals to a wide range of ages when you consider that his first solo album came out in 2002.
That continued draw is thanks in large part to his ubiquity on the radio, where Timberlake notched four Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s as a solo artist and averaged a Top 10 hit or two every other year. One of the biggest songs of his career came as recently as 2016. "Can't Stop the Feeling!" from "Trolls" topped the Hot 100 and ended the year as the top-selling song.
"What struck me about the album was that Justin was continuing to move the ball forward musically … It's never a rehash of what he's done before," says Tom Poleman, president of national programming at iHeartRadio, which broadcasts to over 800 stations in the U.S. and on the iHeart app. The company has committed to a year-and-a-half-long campaign to bookend the album cycle.
Justin Timberlake jumps 12-1 on the Billboard Artist 100 chart (dated Feb. 17) to become the top musical act in the U.S. for the first time, powered by the release of his latest studio album, Man of the Woods.
The Artist 100, which launched in July 2014 (nearly a year after Timberlake's previous album, The 20/20 Experience), measures artist activity across key metrics of music consumption, blending album and track sales, radio airplay, streaming and social media fan interaction to provide a weekly multi-dimensional ranking of artist popularity.
Man of the Woods debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 293,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music, scoring him his fourth straight, and total, No. 1. Also aiding his profile in the tracking week was his Super Bowl LII halftime show performance on Feb. 4. Album sales contribute the majority of Timberlake's Artist 100 points (74 percent), followed by digital song sales (14 percent).
Timberlake had hit a prior No. 5 Artist 100 high on May 28, 2016, when his Trolls smash hit "Can't Stop the Feeling!" launched as his fifth No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
Actor, musician, and television game show personality Joey Fatone, who soared to fame as a member of the world-famous boy band *NSYNC, is carving some time out of his busy schedule to go green for the First Ever 15th Annual World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day Parade.
Though he's excited for his role as celebrity grand marshal on March 17, Fatone is unsure what all to expect.
"I've heard a little bit about (the parade), but then John Corbett (a former celebrity grand marshal) told me about it because he's done it before," Fatone said. "So he gave me a little info on it and I'm excited about it.
"I know it's the shortest parade, and I'm ready to party at 98 feet long."
Fatone first rose to fame as a member of *NSYNC, and has since gone on to become a global pop culture icon finding success as an actor, host, Broadway star, voice-over artist, dancer, and media personality.
A self-proclaimed foodie, Fatone has hosted his own cooking show "My Family Recipe Rocks!" on the Live Well Network, as well as the cooking competition show "Rewrapped" on Food Network. Now he can add restaurateur to his resume, opening Fat One's Hot Dogs & Italian Ice in Orlando.
"I've been traveling around and doing some stuff with 'Impractical Jokers,' and trying to work out another season of 'Impractical Jokers: After Party,'" he said. "But I've also been dealing with hot dogs. I opened up a place called Fat One's which obviously is my last name, just separated. We've been doing that for about over a year and we just moved to doing food trucks.
Justin Timberlake notches his fourth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as Man of the Woods debuts atop the tally. The set, which was released on Feb. 2 through RCA Records, earned 293,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Feb. 8, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 242,000 were in traditional album sales.
Timberlake scores the largest week for an album -- both in terms of units and pure album sales -- since Taylor Swift's Reputation flew in at No. 1 on the Dec. 2, 2017-dated chart with 1.24 million units and 1.22 million in album sales. Timberlake claims the biggest week for an album by a man since Kendrick Lamar's DAMN. debuted at No. 1 on the May 6, 2017 list with 603,000 units and 353,000 in traditional album sales.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Feb. 17-dated chart (where Man of the Woods starts at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday (Feb. 13).
Of Man of the Woods' launch of 293,000 units, 242,000 were in traditional album sales, 14,000 were in TEA units, and 37,000 were in SEA units. Of its pure album sales, 139,000 were in digital albums, 89,000 were in CD sales and 15,000 were in vinyl LP sales.
Notably, Man of the Woods also claims the biggest-selling week for a vinyl album since LCD Soundsystem's American Dream sold 16,000 in its first week, on the chart dated Sept. 23, 2017. (Target carried an exclusive orange-colored edition of Man of the Woods on vinyl, while all other retailers had the standard black vinyl version.)
Overall, Timberlake has the second-biggest sales week for a vinyl LP among solo male artists since Nielsen Music began tracking data in 1991. Only the debut frame of Jack White's Lazaretto was larger: 40,000 in 2014. (Among all soloists in the Nielsen era, only one other artist has sold as many vinyl LPs in a week as Timberlake and White: Adele, who did it in five separate weeks with her 25 album in late 2015.
Timberlake's last album, The 20/20 Experience (2 of 2), debuted at No. 1 on the Oct. 19, 2013-dated chart with 350,000 in traditional album sales. (The chart did not transition to a units-based ranking until the end of 2014.) Timberlake has also topped the list with his first installment of The 20/20 Experience (earlier in 2013; 968,000 copies sold in its first week) and FutureSex/LoveSounds (2006; 684,000). His only album to miss the top was his first solo set, Justified, which debuted and peaked at No. 2 in 2002 (bowing with 439,000 sold).
Man of the Woods' lead single, "Filthy," debuted and peaked at No. 9 on the Jan. 20-dated Billboard Hot 100 chart. He followed it with a teaser track (and rhythmic radio focus song) "Supplies," which hit No. 71 (Feb. 3). The album's second pop radio single, "Say Something," featuring Chris Stapleton, debuted at No. 9 on the most recently-compiled Hot 100 (dated Feb. 3).
No.1 on iTunes in 50 territories a week ago, Justin Timberlake's fifth solo studio album, Man of the Woods, now tops the list in none of them... However, at the end of its first week on sale it has made some impact on official chart tabulations, debuting at No.1 in Flanders, The Netherlands and Germany, No.2 in The UK, No.3 in Ireland and New Zealand, No.6 in Sweden and Wallonia, No.8 in Italy and No.32 in Japan. Fuelled by his half time performance at the 52nd Superbowl, Man Of The Woods is also a shoo-in to debut atop the chart in The USA and Canada, and will doubtless add a shoal of further single digit starts a week hence.
While he may be gearing up to launch his new album Man of the Woods at No. 1 in his home country with what could end up being the largest sales week of the year thus far, Justin Timberlake couldn't do the same across the pond. The pop superstar's fifth solo record starts at No. 2 in the U.K., narrowly missing the peak. The record is now his second to accept that fate, following the near-triumph of The 20/20 Experience - 2 of 2, which also landed in the runner-up slot. His first three albums on his own did manage to run the show, so he now has five top 10s to his name.
Thus far, none of the four singles released off of Man of the Woods have broken into the top 10, unlike in the U.S., where he's sent two into the highest tier.
Timberlake lost out to The Greatest Showman soundtrack, which holds its position at No. 1 in the country, where it can't be beaten, even by highly-anticipated releases by some of the biggest stars in the world.
Ryan McKenna, best known as the Super Bowl selfie kid who got a photo with Justin Timberlake during the Feb. 4 halftime show, finally had the chance to talk to the Grammy-winning singer again.
The 13-year-old Scituate, Massachusetts, native did his first in-studio interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, airing Friday, during which he revealed he pushed his way through the U.S. Bank Stadium crowd to stand beside Timberlake.
"I got myself there, I pushed through. I was elbowing people but I got there. I was there with him," McKenna told host Ellen DeGeneres.
"I saw all the memes. The iPhone 6 – that thing's slow," the young Patriots fan said about the viral photo of him distracted by his phone while Timberlake belted out the lyrics to "Can't Stop the Feeling" next to him.
"It was so unexpected that you came down. Because all of this has happened, I thought to myself I want to meet you properly," the Man of the Woods hitmaker said, surprising McKenna with four VIP tickets to his Boston concert in April.
"Ryan, I look forward to meeting you and our second selfie together," Timberlake told him.
Following his unexpected television debut, McKenna has appeared on morning talk shows, like Good Morning America and Today, even revealing that he's gained 8,000 more followers on Snapchat.
The Ellen DeGeneres Show airs weekdays in syndication (check local listings).
Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl LII Air Jordan Sneakers Are Releasing Again - 2/9/18
2018 has already seen a number of limited-edition sneaker releases, but few have been harder to obtain than the Justin Timberlake x Air Jordan 3 "JTH" sneakers.
The shoes were launched Sunday as a surprise via Nike SNKRS after the singer's Super Bowl LII halftime performance, with as few as 500 pairs reportedly released, and have gone on to fetch upwards of $2,000 on the resell market.
And whether you're a fan of Timberlake, the classic "White/Cement" Air Jordan 3 or both, we've got good news. The sneakers will be released again this weekend in New York as part of a pop-up shop celebrating Timberlake's new "Man of the Woods" album.
The pop-up shop features collaborations inspired by each song on the album and includes products from Levi's, Pendleton, Warby Parker and more. An Instagram post from Timberlake's official account ties the Air Jordan sneakers to the track "Higher Higher."
The sneakers themselves are a spin on the "White/Cement" Air Jordan 3 worn by Michael Jordan during the 1988 NBA Dunk Contest. For the Timberlake version, Jordan Brand added details including a reflective Swoosh, which takes a page from the upcoming "Tinker" colorway.
The pop-up shop is scheduled to open tomorrow through Sunday. The address has not yet been announced but is expected to be revealed tonight.
Diddy 'proud' of Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl show - 2/9/18
Diddy is "so proud" of Justin Timberlake for putting on an "incredible" Super Bowl half-time show.
The 48-year-old rapper has joked he has forgiven the 37-year-old singer for upstaging him at the 2004 Super Bowl, in which Timberlake accidentally exposed Janet Jackson's breast during their time on stage immediately after the Can't Nobody Hold Me Down hitmaker's performance.
Diddy quipped: "First of all, you know, I was mad at Justin. You know when I performed on the Super Bowl? When Justin performed on the Super Bowl and had the Janet Jackson thing. I actually performed before him on that Super Bowl and nobody remembers.
"I forgave him when I saw him perform at the Super Bowl this year. And I'm so proud of him. I remember when he got the call to do the Super Bowl how excited he was. He put a lot of work into it. He really, really showed us how to put on a show. It was incredible."
Fans' undying love of *NSYNC left them disappointed after Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday didn't feature a band reunion. Though the group didn't come together that night, Lance Bass still gave everyone a little treat the next day when his Fox LA interview dishing on all things *NSYNC was released.
One of the first things Bass spilled on? The truth about whether or not the boy band lip-synched back in the day.
"Once the boy band craziness happened, everyone always wants to downplay you and think that you're lip-syncing everything, which a lot of those bands did over in Europe, but us and Backstreet [Boys] didn't," he revealed. "And it was so frustrating to bands like us because we worked so hard on really singing and there was times on TV that I wish we would've [lip-synced] because they weren't set up right, but we never would."
It would irritate Bass when people would dismiss them as a group that didn't actually sing because they started out as an a cappella group and worked hard to train for their performances.
"You had to condition yourself pretty quickly," he said. "The good thing about us not getting a record deal for so long was that we had several months to go to this warehouse in Orlando that was 110 degrees and we learned how to dance and sing without being out of breath. And that was hard to condition yourself."
The band pushed through all of the negative comments to record multiple albums, selling millions of copies along the way and selling out a slew of tours. After all of that, though, and all the time that's passed, Bass did share that there are some songs of theirs he'd prefer to never hear again.
"Where do we begin," he joked about having several songs he longer wants to listen to. "Our techno stuff from Germany was not my favorite. There's one called 'Riddle,' which you can't even get in America, but if you ever find 'Riddle' by *NSYNC, woo, that's not good."
He continued: "Then the one song that I can't do is 'Here We Go' from the first album. It was one of the first songs we ever recorded. I don't like songs that name-check people, especially your own group and so, you know, '*NSYNC has got the flow,' uh-uh."
It's not just the name-checking, though. Bass said he is also sick of the track because it's all he hears in his head every single time he goes on a plane, which, he said, is about once a week.
"Every single time I take off on a plane, that's the song that goes in my head," he said. "Every time it starts speeding up, it goes 'Here we go.' Every single time. And it's been since the late 90s and I fly once a week."
Justin Timberlake may have received mixed reactions to his using Prince performance footage during his Super Bowl halftime show on Sunday, but when he received Questlove's approval during the special episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon that followed, he spoke about making the choice to incorporate the iconic musician.
"It's a moment for me, if I'm being quite honest, because he's always been the pinnacle of musicianship for me," Timberlake, 37, said.
"When we decided that the serendipity and synergy that we would be in Minneapolis and that, you know, he's such a special thing here, aside from what he is all over the world, I just felt like I wanted to do something for this city and something for him that would be the ultimate homage to what I consider the GOAT of musicians."
After Questlove expanded upon his thumbs-up review of the performance — "It was dope" — Timberlake began to nerd out about how they pulled off the appearance.
"We got the actual vocal stems from 'I Would Die 4 U,' the actual recordings, and then we got uncut footage from his performance of it in Purple Rain," he explained.
"And somehow, some way, by the grace of probably Prince looking down on us, it synced up. It was like this crazy serendipitous moment. I just wanted to use that opportunity to do something special for this city, but most of all, for my favorite musician of all time."
Critics of Timberlake's dueting with Prince argued that the moment went against the late icon's feelings about posthumous performances using digital resurrection, which Prince called "demonic" in a 1998 interview with Guitar World.
Earlier in Timberlake's chat with Fallon, he revealed that his signature mic flip is, in fact, born of anxiety. "That's my nervous tic on stage. I flip the microphone. I don't know where I started doing that, but I haven't dropped it yet," he said before knocking extensively on the wooden desk.
Justin Timberlake announces first UK shows in four years, here's how to get tickets - 2/5/18
The megastar, who wowed spectators and a TV audience of well over 100 million during his halftime show at last night's SuperBowl, will perform in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and London.
Timberlake released his fifth studio album, Man of the Woods earlier this month. It saw him once again collaborate with the likes of The Neptunes and Timbaland, but also embrace his Tennessee roots, bringing rock, blues and country influences into the mix.
Justin Timberlake blasts in at No. 9 on the Hot 100 with "Say Something," featuring Chris Stapleton, marking the second top 10 from Timberlake's new album, Man of the Woods -- released Friday (Feb. 2), ahead of his halftime show performance at Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis last night (Feb. 4).
Following the first full week of tracking after the Jan. 25 premiere of its official video, Justin Timberlake's "Say Something," featuring Chris Stapleton, soars in at No. 9 on the Hot 100. It charges 13-1 on Digital Song Sales (98,000 sold, after selling 21,000 in the prior frame), marking Timberlake's seventh No. 1 on the survey (and first since "Can't Stop the Feeling!," which reigned for 10 weeks in 2016). The track begins on Streaming Songs at No. 40 (12.8 million, up from 211,000).
Timberlake collects his 19th Hot 100 top 10 as a soloist and second from his new album, Man of the Woods. Lead single "Filthy" debuted at its No. 9 high on the Jan. 20-dated Hot 100. (In addition, *NSYNC, which included Timberlake, notched six top 10s of its own in 1999-2002.)
Timberlake ties Prince (as well as Frankie Valli, who scored most of his hits as a credited artist alongside his vocal group The 4 Seasons) with 19 Hot 100 top 10s, a feat even more notable give his tribute to the late legend during his his Super Bowl halftime show performance, when he sang a virtual duet with him on his '80s classic "I Would Die 4 U." (Eighteen acts have posted more top 10s than Timberlake, Prince and Valli, led by Madonna, with 38.)
Country singer-songwriter Stapleton scores his first Hot 100 top 10. He previously peaked as high as No. 20 on Nov. 28, 2015, with "Tennessee Whiskey," also thanks in part to Timberlake, as the two performed that track at the Country Music Assn. Awards on Nov. 4, 2015.
"Say Something" is the new pop radio single from Man of the Woods after "Filthy," which holds at its No. 16 peak on the Feb. 10-dated Pop Songs airplay chart (although down 7 percent in plays); "Say Something" climbs 26-20 on Adult Contemporary and 32-22 on Adult Pop Songs (while nearing Pop Songs). Meanwhile, the album's "Supplies" jumps 33-25 on the Rhythmic Songs airplay chart.
Prince's longtime friend, collaborator and one-time fiancée Sheila E. says she had a good reason for not wanting the late singer to make a cameo in Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl LII performance as a hologram.
"I said no. I felt it was just too soon. The hologram was weird, and Prince did tell me [to] make sure 'nobody ever does a hologram of me.' 'If you're still here, make sure nobody does a hologram,'" the 60-year-old musician told Entertainment Tonight on Sunday.
"He thought it was very demonic," she continued. "That's his spiritual beliefs." (Prince was a Jehovah's Witness.)
She also revealed that Timberlake had reached out to her ahead of Sunday's performance and that the pair "had a good conversation."
Prince's family and friends were quick to shoot down reports that the late singer's hologram would make an appearance during the Super Bowl LII halftime show.
Following Timberlake's performance, Baker clarified that although the Man of the Woods singer utilized projections of Prince, they were not holograms — a fact he illustrated by sharing the definition of what a hologram is.
He also added that he thought Timberlake had done a good job at honoring Prince's memory.
During the tribute, footage of Prince projected behind Timberlake as he sang the late icon's song "I Would Die 4 U" as the camera panned to the arena's surrounding area lit up in purple.
Responding to a tweet from a fan about how it had been a "beautiful tribute," Baker tweeted a thumbs up to the Man of the Woods singer.
Prince's best friend Morris Day also congratulated Timberlake on his Super Bowl tribute.
"Thank you Justin Timberlake, Prince would be proud… Halftime well done!" he wrote.
Heard on Olympic & Bundy - Lance Bass wanted go to school for space engineering and become an astronaut before he rose to fame as a pop star.
A quick Google search will show you that the former member of *NSYNC has done many, many things beyond music -- including acting, TV hosting, cooking, documentaries and more.
In fact, Lance moved to Russia in 2002 after NSYNC disbanded and went through several months of rigorous training to win a seat on a Russian Soyuz space capsule. He was certified by both NASA and the Russian Space Program.
Funding ultimately fell through and he didn't get to go to the International Space Station, but his dreams of traveling to space remain.
Lance joined me on Olympic & Bundy to chat about marriage, his pop star days, and of course, space travel!
Our conversation also covered topics such as:
-How he and his husband Michael Turchin met, the marriage proposal(s) and married life in general.
-Having their wedding televised on E!
-Leaving high school to join *NSYNC and recording in Germany.
-Touring and being on the road.
-The *NSYNC songs he'd be fine to never hear again.
-His move to Russia and the intense astronaut training he underwent.
-Russia's anti-LGBT culture and hiding his sexual orientation during training.
-His mother's touching letter that she wrote to her church about him coming out of the closet.
-Starting a family of his own.
Listen to the full conversation with Lance Bass on Feb. 4.
Justin Timberlake's 'Man of the Woods' album available now - 2/3/18
Yup, it's true! @jtimberlake is hooking you up! His entire new album "Man Of The Woods" is available for free with the iHeartRadio All Access Free Preview Weekend. All you gotta do is open your app and turn the music up! #iHeartJT
We got Joey Friday night at the Leather and Laces Party in Minneapolis and he's stickin' with his story that Justin will perform solo, although he's not ruling out a surprise appearance by Janet Jackson.
Joey offers evidence ... singers who perform for a billion people typically don't go out and party 2 days before the big game.
Super Bowl LII is kicking off this Sunday, but for music fans the gridiron grit is just a preamble to the halftime extravaganza featuring Justin Timberlake. The 37-year-old "Filthy" superstar is making his first appearance at the big game since his infamous performance with Janet Jackson in 2004. (Not to dwell on the past, but it did introduce the phrase "wardrobe malfunction" into the popular lexicon…)
Fans have been fervently speculating on whether or not the duo will reunite this time around to finish what they started more than a decade ago. During a Thursday press conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Timberlake addressed those rumors — and so much more. Read on for some of the highlights.
Who Will Be His Special Guests?
JT took on the question on everyone's mind: Will he have a special guest?
"Well … no," he admitted. "To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. There's a whole list. I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, from *NSYNC to Jay [JAY-Z] to Chris Stapleton to Janet." Instead, he says he wants to shine the spotlight on his trusty longtime band, the Tennessee Kids. "I feel like they're my special guests and I'm excited to rock the stage."
Timberlake — who revealed he's "doing a few things with this halftime show they've never quite done before" — confirmed that he'll play his Oscar-nominated smash "Can't Stop the Feeling" but warned, "That's all I am giving away! I'm not giving away anything else, so don't even try it."
He Elaborated on His Bromance with Pat's QB Tom Brady.
After being told that Brady listed him as one of his top man crushes, Timberlake revealed that "the feeling is reciprocated."
Though was quick to add that he always maintained a special place in his heart for his frequent late night (television) co-conspirator Jimmy Fallon, his bromance with Brady remains strong.
"I actually texted Tom before the conference championship game and said, 'I'm going to the Super Bowl, are you going to the Super Bowl?' Schedules always get in the way of 'bro time' but Tom's great. He's the greatest of all time. Tom's definitely the type of dude you invite over to watch the Super Bowl with you. The problem is he's always in the Super Bowl. [But] he's on my list."
Read more here. Check out photos od Justin at the press conference at Zimbio.
Justin Timberlake is inarguably a superstar in his own right and has separated his own career from his beginnings in *NSYNC with plenty of hits, from debut single "Like I Love You" to his most recent single, "Filthy." Yet, somehow, every time he's set to deliver a major performance -- like his highly anticipated Super Bowl LII halftime show happening Feb. 4 -- there's immediate speculation that it means an *NSYNC reunion.
Of course, no *NSYNC fan would ever scoff at the thought, as a reuniting of Timberlake with former bandmates Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, JC Chasez and Chris Kirkpatrick is always something any lover of "Bye Bye Bye" hopes for. But as the Super Bowl gets closer, the realities of another reunion are getting slimmer, especially with Joey Fatone's recent shut-down of any sort of *NSYNC appearance.
"If I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now," Fatone recently told TMZ. "So obviously, there's your proof."
Fatone himself as been focusing on non-musical ventures in recent years, making various TV and movie appearances including co-hosting Impractical Jokers and reprising his 2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding role of Angelo in the 2016 sequel. He's also opened his own chain of hot dog franchises, naturally named Fat Ones, so music isn't necessarily on his mind.
Bass is in the same boat, with television hosting responsibilities of his own and serving as an ambassador for The Vanderpump Dog Foundation and Environmental Media Association. And, Chasez and Kirkpatrick have seemingly stepped even further out of the entertainment world, making sporadic TV appearances (Kirkpatrick reunited with Fatone for the epic boy band sci-fi Dead 7 in 2016) but otherwise staying out of the spotlight.
Then again, the rest of *NSYNC's lack of music involvement didn't stop them from joining forces for their epic (and to date, only) reunion performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards during Timberlake's Video Vanguard medley. And much like the circumstances surrounding this year's Super Bowl, Timberlake's VMA performance was preceded by speculation that it would include an *NSYNC reunion, especially after Fatone's father spilled the beans that Joey had asked for advice on which songs to perform.
This year's Valencia 2018 Homecoming was not only an alumni event, but was the Celebration of Valencia's 50th Anniversary. It was held at the Orlando Science Center and stayed true to the original Valencia spirit. The night connected the early basketball team, the Matadors, to the Spanish themed event. The early History of the college was displayed throughout the halls. Tapas and Flamenco dancers entertained the guests until the ceremony began.
Valencia President Sandy Shugart took the stage to honor the distinguished alumni that went on to flourish in the community. Graduates from 1970 to 2013 came together to receive their medals. Among the group were some well known people throughout the community. Ybeth Bruzual, who is now a news anchor for Channel 13 News. She also served as a writer and circulation manager of Valencia's own newspaper.
Along with Samuel B. Ings, Orlando's current District 6 Commissioner, was the former Mayor of Orange County Richard Crotty. He shared his idea of what Valencia gives to its students. "Quality education is for everyone," says Crotty.
Chris Kirkpatrick, a former singer and member of the band *NSYNC also known for his work on Nickelodeon's cartoon "The Fairly Odd Parents" as the voice of Chip Skylark. While holding up his medal to the crowd he stated, "Justin Timberlake doesn't have one of these!"
Chris Stapleton was a big winner at the 60th annual Grammy Awards Sunday night (Jan. 28), taking home all three of the awards he was up, including best country solo performance ("Either Way"), best country song ("Broken Halos") and best country album (From A Room: Volume 1). Prior to his clean sweep, Stapleton started off Grammy weekend strong with the release of his Justin Timberlake collaboration "Say Something," which the country crooner actually didn't plan on singing with the "Supplies" singer.
"I really just went out to Los Angeles to write songs with him," Stapleton told Billboard in the Grammys press room while balancing his three awards in his hands. "It's a very fluid process with him, there's a lot going on. That was one of those things where there wasn't necessarily a plan. He was like 'All right, you hop in there and take a verse,' and I'm like, 'You want me to do what?' ... It came out great. I had a blast with him, he's a great creative force and one of those guys that if you get a chance to work with him, you should."
Along with his involvement on "Say Something," Stapleton also wrote Timberlake's Alicia Keys collaboration, "Morning Light," and others he couldn't remember the titles of while trying to juggle his new Grammys. And although fans will only hear Stapleton's award-winning voice on one track from Timberlake's forthcoming Man of the Woods album, the "Tennessee Whiskey" singer also snuck his way into JT's lead single.
"I play guitar on the very first sound you hear on 'Filthy,'" Stapleton revealed. "That's me playing with a delay pedal on a jazz master. We were around makin' music [for Man Of The Woods], and it was a great time."
Despite not arriving until the final day of the sales and streaming tracking weeks (and fourth day of the radio tracking period), Justin Timberlake's "Say Something (featuring Chris Stapleton)" debuts on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.
The song earns #22 on the listing, which ranks the Top 25 songs that have yet to appear on the actual Hot 100.
"Say Something" amassed an impressive number of sales even in its limited window. It takes #13 on the Billboard Digital Song Sales chart.
It also generated some early streaming and radio activity.
"Say Something" will undoubtedly debut on next week's edition of the actual Hot 100, which will account for its first full week in the market.
iHeartRadio To Air 'Album Preview With Justin Timberlake' - 1/29/18
iHEARTMEDIA will debut JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE's Man of the Woods album on-air and digitally during an "iHEARTRADIO Album Preview with JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE," a hour-long broadcast special on FEBRUARY 2nd at 8p local, featuring songs from the album as well as an interview between TIMBERLAKE and on-air personality ELVIS DURAN.
Man of the Woods will be available to stream on demand through iHEARTRADIO as soon as the album drops on FEBRUARY 2nd during the "iHEARTRADIO All Access Free Preview Weekend." Plus, listeners can binge all of their favorite TIMBERLAKE music as well as all the other music on iHEARTRADIO on demand during the "iHEARTRADIO All Access Free Preview Weekend."
In November of last year, Justin Timberlake reached out to La Blogothèque, a Paris-based collection of filmmakers best known for Take Away shows—or live single shot videos of musicians performing in candid situations. Launched about a decade ago, some of their most recognizable work has involved Arcade Fire crammed in an elevator playing "Neon Bible," The National performing "Start a War" around a dinner table, and St. Vincent lying on a bed singing "Marry Me." For most of the decade, these videos have been reserved for indie or emerging artists, who have gone on to international acclaim. But when Timberlake called La Blogothèque to direct his upcoming video for "Say Something," it marked the most expensive, ambitious, and mainstream project in the collective's history.
"It could have been a gigantic disaster," says Arturo Perez Jr., the La Blogothèque director who pulled off the video after weeks of obsessive planning. "A lot of the times, when you're working with such a big artist, there's so much to lose. And to his credit, he wanted to be vulnerable."
When Timberlake approached the filmmaker, he knew he wanted a La Blogothèque-style video—meaning a truly live, single-shot experience. "When I hear this song, it's the inner voice-over inside of our heads," Perez says. So Perez devoured the new song, and came up with a plan to recreate its complex internal dialogue. He and his team picked a location: the famous Bradbury Building in Los Angeles (which most famously served as a setting in Blade Runner) with elevators, balconies, and stairs that personified the labyrinth of "Say Something."
It took two weeks of pre-production before shooting started. "I walked the Bradbury Building for two and a half days—just walking through it like a crazy person. We walked and walked and talked about it," Perez says. "What we didn't want to happen was for this to just be a Justin Timberlake one-take video gag. We've been doing this for a while, and we don't get high off of doing a one-take video. We get high off of creating poetry."
The 36-year-old singer dropped the music video for his new song "Say Something" on Thursday, the latest song off on his upcoming album Man of the Woods. In the six-minute video, directed by La Blogothèque, we see Timberlake pick up his guitar and walk through the Bradbury Building to meet up with Stapleton. The duo then sings together as they have a jam session in the building. There's also a 60-person choir!
"Sometimes the greatest way to say something, is to say nothing at all," Timberlake and Stapleton sing together on the new track.
La Blogothèque shared details about the video on Thursday after it was released, telling Instagram followers, "17 musicians, a 60 people choir, 5 floors, 2 elevators, 1 camera and so many microphones: it's @justintimberlake and @chrisstapleton new video clip, shot live by La Blogothèque at the amazing Bradbury Building in Los Angeles."
Before the song and video were released, Stapleton tweeted on Wednesday, "Proud to be a part of this my friend @jtimberlake #saysomething."
Timberlake's album Man of the Woods is set to be released on Feb. 2, just two days before he performs during halftime at the 2018 Super Bowl!
How Justin Timberlake Is Prepping for the 'Crisp Without Being Showboaty' Super Bowl Halftime Show - 1/25/18
We're now in the midst of Justin Timberlake season: he's put out two singles, has an album on its way Feb. 2, and on Feb. 4 will be the star of the Super Bowl LII Halftime Show.
In a new video shared by sponsor Pepsi, Timberlake gives us a peek into his preparations for performing on the world's biggest stage. It's only a 13-minute set, but a lot goes into making it all come together.
"It's gonna go by quick. Like, *snaps*," Timberlake notes in the clip, which shows choreography rehearsals in New York City with the "Filthy" singer and his crew of dancers and longtime choreographer, Marty Kudelka. ("Justin and Marty have a very unique and very special relationship," explains assistant choreographer AJ Harpold; they've been working together since all the way back in his *NSYNC days.)
"He has his own style of movement that complements the way that I like to move onstage. It's crisp without being showboat-y," Timberlake describes the choreography.
As for the goal once they get out on the Minneapolis field? "Unity. That's all we're gonna try to do. I don't worry about if things go wrong, because perfection is the death of greatness," Timberlake muses. "If the ethos can be like, hey, for 12 or 13 minutes we're gonna have a really good time, I think if everything spawns off of that, I think it will be fine."
Check out the group's moves so far for an early look at what to expect come Super Bowl Sunday in the video above.
Justin Timberlake's 'Say Something' music video coming on Thursday - 1/24/18
Justin Timberlake took time out of his busy Super Bowl halftime show rehearsal to FaceTime with a young woman battling cancer.
The "Filthy" singer placed a call to Ashleigh, a 23-year-old woman living with Stage IV Oesteo Sarcoma, a rare and aggressive cancer, a few months ago, before it was publicly announced that Timberlake would be performing at the Super Bowl.
In the video of their call shared to Facebook, Timberlake asks Ashleigh how she is feeling before he reveals details about his Super Bowl rehearsal.
"I'm actually in New Jersey right now," the 36-year-old singer says. "I've got a tour and a Super Bowl to rehearse for."
"Thankfully, the stadium is a dome," Timberlake explains after Ashleigh expresses her concern over performing outdoors in Minneapolis in February for the Super Bowl.
Their video of their call is cut short due to some top secret Super Bowl details, according to the Facebook caption, which promises to share part two of the call following Timberlake's halftime performance on Feb. 4.
Joey Fatone Reveals Whether *NSYNC Will Reunite During Justin Timberlake's Super Bowl Halftime - 1/23/18
"I'm here [at dinner] right now — if I was doing something, I'd be at rehearsals right now, so obviously there's your proof: nothing," Fatone, 40, told TMZ this weekend of the potential *NSYNC reunion. "There's nothing wrong with that! He's doing his thing!"
Indeed, Timberlake just released two new songs, "Filthy" and "Supplies," and will drop his new album, Man of the Woods, two days before the NFL championship game.
This will be the third time the former boy bander has performed at the Super Bowl. He and *NSYNC joined a star-studded lineup (including Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Mary J. Blige and Nelly) in 2001. And in 2004, Timberlake took the stage with Janet Jackson to perform "Rock Your Body," which ended in the infamous wardrobe malfunction dubbed "nipplegate."
In the years since the controversy, Timberlake and Jackson, 51, have made amends. But Fatone doesn't expect Jackson to make an appearance next month, even if the duo's reunion would fuel headlines.
"He's not that kind of person," Fatone said. "He's not controversial like that. He is in a sense, but not in a sense to do it deliberately."
If the latest photos from Justin Timberlake's new album campaign don't relay the message that he's into nature and the woods, his first listening for the project drove the point home.
Tuesday's event in New York City to debut Man of the Woods was decorated with bushes and trees, while ants coated in black garlic and rose oil and grasshoppers were served.
But don't get too concerned about the pop star switching gears, the album -- much like the lead dance single -- sticks to Timberlake's musical persona, as upbeat pop, R&B and electronic tracks make up the collection of 16 songs.
Music industry insiders, members of the press, and American Express cardholders -- the company put on the event and will hold another on Wednesday -- listened the full album as red lights beamed in the large space, which Timberlake helped design.
"I'm not going to go all Ray LaMontagne," Timberlake said at the listening, jokingly referring to the singer-songwriter known for his rock and folk sound.
He called "Man Of The Woods" a "personal album" and said the record is a tribute to his 2-year-old son, Silas, a name that means "living in the woods."
"That's where I got the idea," said Timberlake, who attended the event with his actress-wife, Jessica Biel, as well as family and friends he said had flown into town to support him.
Silas' voice appears on the album's closing track, "Young Man"; Alicia Keys is on the rootsy "Morning Light"; and Chris Stapleton appears on "Say Something," which seemed to be a crowd favorite at the event.
Timberlake, who will headline next month's Super Bowl halftime show, worked again with mega-producer Timbaland on the album. First single and album opener, "Filthy," debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.
Strangers Things actor Gaten Matarazzo also attended the event. Man of the Woods is available on Feb. 2.