After nearly seven years of doing anything but music, Justin Timberlake‘s second album of the year is currently out and available for your listening pleasure. Like its predecessor, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is produced in full by old friend and frequent partner, Timbaland, the man responsible for helping to bring sexy back and convincing us that a boy band past and successful solo artistry are not mutually exclusive.
Robin Thicke has been one of the most popular artists in the R&B game for going on a decade now, but even he would agree that his career trajectory took a significant jump when he dropped “Blurred Lines” back in March. Over the course of the last three months and change, the song has gone to #1 in 14 different countries and become the undisputed Song Of The Summer here in the United States. Tomorrow sees the release of his full-length album Blurred Lines, his sixth studio LP. We sat down with #THICKE a few days ago for the latest entry in our ongoing Track-By-Track series, and he was gracious enough to share the inspirado behind each one of the 11 songs on this collection.
Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped exactly one week ago today, but unless you: A) Had a Samsung Galaxy or B) Pirated the album, you weren’t able to hear it until it officially was released on Tuesday. Reactions to the album have been pretty mixed, but one thing is certain: Whatever you think of the lyrical/thematic content, Hova had a world-class lineup of producers —including multiplatinum hitmakers like Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, and Hit-Boy— cranking out beats for him to lay down verses over. So, which of these producers were responsible for the LP’s most memorable beats? Let’s break it down.
When Jay-Z debuted the commercial announcement for the upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail people went crazy seeing four legendary producers, in one room, working on Hov’s project. The Dream knows a thing or two about producing–”Single Ladies” anyone?–and he certainly has his favorites in the game. Read more…
It’s been impossible to play another record since Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience started streaming on iTunes last week, a full seven days prior to its official release. Its infectious infusion of the best of pop, soul and R&B is like the bait on the end of a fishing rod. You sniff around it for a bit before eventually deciding that you want the soulful nourishment. Then, before you know it, you’re hooked with no escape route in sight, but you’re too busy taking in the way the album chronicles the highs and lows of falling in love to care. Read more…
Instagram and Twitter are the gift and curse to the lives of today’s celebrities. But in the case of Jermaine Dupri tweeting, “In the studio with @mariahcarey all night, 6am, sometimes it feels like, she’s the Rapper and I’m the Diva,” we’re happy they’ve chosen to share that moment with millions of followers. It’s only when the Twitter beefs followed by public statements made on the same forum that we wish the old mystique of artists would return.
By now you’ve done a little two step or rolled your eyes at Justin Timberlake‘s return. If you’re one of the two people on earth who doesn’t care about JT’s “Suit and Tie” comeback then you’ve likely burned out already of all Justin everything. He dropped two new songs after the Super Bowl, he’s performing in LA at the Grammys and has a show immediately following the Grammys. JT season is upon us.
He called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” to discuss all things The 20/20 Experience, but music queries quickly turned to a wedding planning conversation. The timing of his marriage to Jessica Biel didn’t interfere with the making of the album because most of it was already complete. Besides he did what most men would do: Leave it in the hands of the woman. “I think the men can speak for me by saying that type of process you really just say ‘Whatever you want, honey.’” Oh come on guys, women want their male partner to be active in the decision making…as long as he mostly says yes to what she wants. “Every photo, everything that you saw… I was riding shotgun. I said, ‘Whatever you want, honey.’”
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It will never not be sad remembering the great Aaliyah whose life was taken far too soon in the tragic plane crash in 2001. Today the R&B singer with such an angelic voice would’ve turned 34. VH1 re-aired Aaliyah’s 2001 Behind The Music with new interviews including her dear friend Missy Elliott. During the hour special you’re reminded why her life and music touched people in the way it did. Aaliyah was the voice of a new generation of women while not alienating men. Read more…
It’s beginning to feel a lot like yesteryear, and by yesteryear we mean the golden days of the 90s. Who other than Missy Elliott and Timbaland on a track can bring on a rush of nostalgia? Sure it’s not the first time the two have jumped on a track together recently (Missy’s “9th Inning” in September) but the continuation of the duo making music together means there’s only more to come. And this makes us happy.
Despite its namesake, “The Party Anthem” is a pretty chill mid-tempo track featuring Lil Wayne, T-Pain and Missy. Where has T-Pain been? The song gets exciting when Missy comes in with her fast semi-animated flow. “Saying I’m too old to rap, I’ll be rapping til I wear dentures,” she raps. “I’m back on the mic with Timb,” she reminds. After Drake’s announcement of co-producing Aaliyah’s posthumous album without any involvement from Missy and Timb, fans felt slighted. Aaliyah made great music with the pair. (Have we forgiven Drake for this yet?) It’s just good hearing the two friends and collaborators recording together again. All we need is the 2013 version of “Up Jumps Da’ Boogie.”
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It’s true, Missy Elliott “ain’t quite finished yet.” Last night, she and her other-half, Timbaland, swung by Hot 97 to talk comeback and to debut the first two tracks off of her upcoming album, tentatively titled Block Party. The first we’ve heard from these two in years, and out of the gate they come charging with “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat,” boasting about their “real rap, real bars” and just about everything else, too.