After tricking us with a Twitter stunt last week, Justin Timberlake dropped his latest musical offering just before midnight on Monday, catching the lingering Golden Globes crowd on Twitter just in time to launch an onslaught of mixed reactions about his decision to make music his priority once again. Like Destiny’s Child‘s latest song “Nuclear”, Timberlake’s new song “Suit and Tie” didn’t instantly grab us and transport us to a world of magical Timbaland beats and inventive blends of pop, R&B and soul, but it is a welcomed return filled with slick grooves and familiar musings on style, sex and having a good time.
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So much for waiting for the Super Bowl. The first new Destiny’s Child single since 2005 has arrived, ready to remind the world of why they might be considered one of the greatest female groups of all-time or that Beyoncé gets far too many of the solos. “Nuclear” sneakily premiered on Mashable on Friday afternoon, making us cancel any after-work plans in exchange for launching full DC3 retrospective. (Hot Friday night, yes?) You can check out the song in full, below, but first, we’ve jotted down our initial reactions to this monumental offering.
0:01 “I love you,” Beyonce coos. No, Bey. We love YOU. And now we’re blushing. You don’t know how long we’ve been waiting for you to say that to us!
0:18 Bring the beat in. Pharrell (who produced and co-wrote, along with Michelle, James Fauntleroy and Lonny Bereal) seems to be channeling some early ’90s R&B here.
0:30 “They want to know how we keep our sh-t together.” BRB amending our “Beyonce has a potty mouth” assessment now. Destiny’s children no more!
0:43 Bey is mostly interested in “when the two become one, on a quantum level.” Who say physics isn’t sexy? We’re somewhat unconvinced by this interesting use of wordplay, but we commend Michelle for brushing up on science (don’t forget the magnets next time!) during DC3′s hiatus.
0:52 “It’s nuuuu-cleee-arrr/With youuuuuu hereee.” Three syllable words can be tricky, and is this really the most romantic or sexy of adjectives to include in a song about love? We just think of explosions (sorry!).
1:22 (Maybe it helps if you add some grunts?)
1:41 Kelly! We live for moments like this.
1:58 So, this beat is crazy good.
2:25 We are now toe-tapping and shimmying, should you need suggestions for appropriate choreography.
2:50 Finally, Michelle’s last-minute solo contribution has arrived!
3:18 Here’s where thing start to get ominous: “There’s nowhere left to run, why run, why would you run?”
3:38 And it doesn’t stop there: “Blow it all away,” ladies? Is DC3 finished? (Is this their swan song?) Do we need to worry about certain relationships? Is Blue Ivy going to have two bedrooms?! Nah, they’re probably just trying to set the mood. When you’re in love nothing else matters–or so we hear.
New music from Destiny’s Child is always welcome, and although this isn’t the empowering sound that makes us want to blow an entire paycheck on shoes just to prove our own self-worth as independent women, it’s a silky throwback that’s slowly but surely ingrained itself into our brains. But that doesn’t mean it’s the kind of track millions of drunk and rowdy football fans will want to get down to during halftime. That’s just our opinion, any way. How about you? Is this the triumphant return of Destiny’s Child you’ve been waiting patiently for? Let us know, while we go back to rehearsing “Jumpin’ Jumpin’” choreography in our cubicle.
Listen to the World Premiere of Destiny’s Child’s “Nuclear” [Mashable]
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I’ve made the very difficult decision not to return for another season. I had an incredible time doing the show and I love the other judges and I am so proud of my teens but it’s time for me to get back in the studio.
She’s got a point. It doesn’t take much arguing to get listeners to agree that Spears’ take on Madonna’s British accent, as well as the return of “it’s Britney, bitch” are the best parts of “Scream & Shout,” her collaboration with will.i.am. The song is currently No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100, which speaks to the demand for more of Britney’s solo material.
Yesterday’s news of a new album from Destiny’s Child was received by rapturous excitement across the Internet, particularly for those of us who thrive on musical nostalgia and gender equality among single-sex pop acts. With a release date of January 29, the timeline for Love Songs and a DC3 comeback compliments Beyoncé‘s upcoming appointment at the Superdome on February 3. Hmmm. Wishful thinking on our part, or a thoughtful media takeover that’s been carefully planned for months? After being burned by JT, we’ll always second-guess ourselves.
According to Us Weekly Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be featured guests during Queen Bey’s big Super Bowl gig, obviously willing to sign themselves over to her lifelong archival project. While Beyoncé is still the main halftime performer, currently splashed across a very large billboard here in Times Square, her groupmates will reportedly join her onstage to perform a medley of hits as well as debut the group’s new song, “Nuclear.” Oh, and then Beyoncé will probably unveil a song off of her still untitled fifth album. No big deal.
People handle breakups differently, and for the wealthy creative types among us, wallowing in self-pity isn’t as attractive a healing method as throwing oneself back into his or her work. Why suffer all by your lonesome when you can pay people to tell you that you’re wonderful? After pop music’s version of Scary Island that reportedly killed the young love between Harry Styles and Taylor Swift over the holidays, the One Direction star was seen entering a London studio with his bandmates earlier this week. And after hanging behind only to lend herself to a new Internet meme, Taylor appears to be doing the same. “Back in the studio. Uh oh…” she tweeted on Thursday evening, days after returning from her holiday gone awry. In this unpredictable world, thank goodness we reliable Taylor to keep us feeling sane.
Now that the confetti has been swept up from Times Square, awards season is in full swing with Hollywood starlets walking on red surfaces, talking roles of a lifetime and impressive facial hair. It’s a period when theorizing about Adele’s potential Oscar performance takes top priority in our minds and betting seems like a good idea for even the least athletically inclined. One of the year’s first events, the People’s Choice Awards, was held in Los Angeles on Wednesday night, celebrating the power given to devoted entertainment followers with a bevy of CBS stars and screaming fangirls.
But should you think the famous and fabulous grow tired of getting dolled up for yet another event, the guys in the Wanted remind us of just how cool it is to win stuff, as well as how humbling it is to be liked by a room full of screaming teenagers.
You’ve seen the latest jaw-dropping photos of Beyoncé—in fact, all your tongue-wagging and retweeting pushed GQ to unveil its February cover earlier than intended–and likely adjusted your workout routine accordingly. And you’re not alone! When it comes to Ms. Knowles, the word mayhem is an understatement. She invokes a feeling of empowerment with her music and growing business empire, and has fostered a fanatical, if not obsessive, passion among her biggest fans. We’re buying what she’s selling, with little need for a pitch.
Can you keep up? The odds are ever in our favor, as 2013 will not only be the year of new Justin Timberlake music , but also the year the fabulous and fierce members of Destiny’s Child return to the conversation–not that they ever truly left, as far as we’re concerned. According to Beyonce’s website, the trio have reunited to record their first original music in eight years on the forthcoming album Love Songs. The group’s sixth LP is a compilation (beggars can’t be choosers) of their most lovely romantic odes, featuring one new song. Not enough!
After hovering over our browsers and playing “Senorita” on repeat, the clock struck 12:01 and there was no new music from Justin Timberlake to be heard. In his defense, Wednesday’s cryptic tweet didn’t specify exactly what we should be looking out for today, and it’s probably about time us nosy journalists learned not to get ahead of ourselves over the mere possibility of a story. But… it’s JT! Can you really blame us?
Exciting news! Those prayer circles you’ve held and the many vision boards you’ve been working on for the past seven years have finally paid off: Justin Timberlake is releasing music! Of his own! Without any ties to MySpace! (We hope.) Pause for reflection, brief celebration and be sure to clear your schedule for the next three hours of so. The new song is dropping at 12:01 p.m. EST today and you’ll clearly need a few minutes to dry your happy tears and think about what this all means.
For those who need a refresher, this is the first solo material from Timberlake since his 2006 sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, released back in a time when iPhones had yet to be invented and our minds hadn’t been cluttered by the terms “Kardashian” or “YOLO.” We’ve been teased before, but this time it sounds legit: the infrequent Twitter user posted an ominous update on Wednesday night (“Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST… “) stirring speculation that something big was on its way in just a few hours.