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Show Recap: Justin Timberlake at the Hollywood Palladium + JT Pre-Order Up on Amoeba.com

Posted by Rachael McGovern, February 11, 2013 10:21pm | Post a Comment
Justin Timberlake Hollywood Palladium
photo © Kevin Estrada / kevinestrada.com

I had the amazing good fortune to be among the audience at the Hollywood Palladium last night to witness Justin Timberlake's return to the stage after a far-too-long absence from music (it's been nearly six and a half years since his sophomore solo album, Futuresex/Love Sounds [RCA, 2006]). But nothing in his set, his performance or his voice, gave any indication of just how long it had been since he'd put on a show like that. 

Starting just after 11:30pm, he opened with "Like I Love You" and continued to play songs from his two previous albums, as well as a handful of new ones from the forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience (due out March 19 on RCA, but available as a pre-order now on Amoeba.com in both CD and LP formats). He even worked in two cover songs, most surprisingly "I Need You Tonight" by INXS. I never would have thought of that song choice for him, but he pulled it off and made it his own. Given his background in soul music, his other cover, "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" by The Jacksons was the type of song I would have expected him to perform. I don't intend that to disparage the choice - far from it - but rather to highlight the pleasantly surprising INXS pick. It would be amazing to hear a recorded version of that cover (hint, hint Mr. Timberlake!).

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New Justin Timberlake Album Coming Soon?

Posted by Rachael McGovern, January 10, 2013 11:12am | Post a Comment

Justin Timberlake

 

Justin Timberlake has the internet (and me, who am I kidding?) in a tizzy this morning after what appears to be hints that he has a new album coming soon. After a simple message on his Twitter last night telling people to tune in this morning, he tweeted saying just "To Whom It May Concern...I'm Ready" and a link to a video with the same name.

 

 

Justin Timberlake Twitter

The clip features the artist walking through many rooms with his voice over answering the question about whether he is done making music and explaining his process making music. The video ends with him going into the booth in a recording studio, putting on a pair of headphones, and saying "I'm Ready."

Unfortunately it's just a tease as we apparently have to wait until Sunday for the next announcement. I want details! Confirmation that this is actually happening would be nice. Then a first track, album date, tour dates...Is that too much to ask?

According to the Hollywood Reporter, JT has been working on a full album with Timbaland. Their work together on his first two albums was pretty amazing, so I have pretty high expectations, but I'll try to keep my excitement in check. For a few more days at least. Come on JT, the music world misses you!