Last night, following the release party for The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake dropped the video for “Mirrors.”
Yes, it’s over 8 minutes long, so please get your bitching out now (as if any of you complain about length in your personal lives!), and just watch. It’s beautiful—and you might cry.
The Grammys happened, and lots of things happened during The Grammys.
Chris Brown didn’t stand up for Frank Ocean, Frank Ocean’s voice didn’t stand up at all, Rihanna did an amazing performance of “Stay” with Mikky Ekko, Kelly Clarkson did an amazing performance of being Kelly Clarkson, the Carter-Knowles Administration bobbed their heads in unison, Justin Timberlake made a comeback, Justin Bieber got pissy and Lena Dunham won everything.
But in my world, there was plenty of potential for other stuff to happen. Stuff that really should have happened. And in my world–which I don’t recommend visiting anytime soon–the Grammys could have gone very differently.
So without further ado, here’s how the headlines would read today if I were in charge of the Grammys.
It’s been just under 6 years since we last heard anything new from the greatest Justin of Pop, Justin Timberlake.
(Solo, that is–he’s popped up as a featured act on tracks with T.I., Timbaland, Madonna, Esmee Denters and Ciara now and again over the years.)
Ever since his grand masterpiece–2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, which continues to sound fresh to this day–Timberlake’s been nothing short of a tease, acting in several films (including that Social Network one), hosting SNL a few times, going golfing and getting married to people who aren’t named Britney Spears.
But after one last tease last week on his official website, he’s officially back.
In the past few years, the name “Myspace” has become somewhat of a dirty word–or worse, a joke. Once the top social network for a bulk of the ’00′s, their reign came to a grinding halt as Facebook opened its doors to the general public. But now, the original massive social network is planning to make a grand comeback. And to do so, they’ve focused on the one aspect that helped to shape Myspace’s original legacy: Music.
Yesterday, myself and a group of journalists were invited to the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to hear about the brand new MySpace and have a chat with the owners themselves: Tim Vanderhook, Chris Vanderhook…and Justin Timberlake. (I know.)
STOP BREATHING AND ROCK YOUR BODY RIGHT NOW.
Ladies and gentlemen, it’s my pleasure to reintroduce to you…
Justin Timberlake, the last true icon of millennial male pop stars, is heading back into the studio.
During an interview with Digital Spy, producer Jim Beanz recently spilled the beans (DO YOU SEE WHAT I DID THERE?) on JT’s upcoming project: New tracks for Timbaland‘s upcoming album, Shock Value 3.
From Digital Spy:
“When I get back to the States I’m going to be helping out on Shock Value 3 with Timbaland and the Justin Timberlake project,” Beanz said.
“It’s still in the early stages, but they have a lot of tracks. While I’ve been over here in the UK they’ve been working, so by the time I get back they’ll have a whole load of ideas and I’m going to have to catch up!”
He added: “He has some crazy, crazy stuff.”
That’s right: He’s bringing sexy back. Again. EDIT: Sort of.
While a spokesperson has since shot down rumors of a full album coming (boo hiss, etc.), they’ve confirmed that JT will still be recording tracks for Timba’s new record. So, fingers crossed that it rekindles the flame?
While we’ve had a few male pop stars carrying the torch during this long six year hiatus–including the legitimately amazing Usher, the talented-but-who-wants-it Bruno Mars and the astoundingly unspectacular Justin Bieber–it’s been no secret: Timberlake’s presence in pop has been sorely missed.
The timing simply couldn’t be better, either: With the Almighty Legendtina just weeks away from belching out the lead single from the next chapter in her flaw-filled discography, the two are all but destined to deliver a repeat of the Justified/Stripped Tour, this time sponsored by Taco Bell and Red Lips Anal Bead Mic Stand & Co.
Early warning: Watch your weave, Bieber.