Remember when Justin Timberlake disappeared from music for, like, five years? Well, this year, he completely flipped the script; his presence is now inescapable. He released The 20/20 Experience: Pt. 1 in March, went on tour with Jay Z in July, reunited with *NSYNC at the VMAs in August, and is set to drop The 20/20 Experience: Pt. 2 next week. Oh, and did we mention that he went and covered an old Jacksons track for the BBC yesterday?
Over forty thousand mostly British Michael Jackson fans gathered in Cardiff for this weekend’s Michael Forever tribute concert. Despite criticisms from Jackson’s estate and some of his family (including sister Janet) that the timing, coinciding with the ongoing manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray, was disrespectful, the concert went on as planned, and drew no shortage of Jackson devotees. Furthermore, cancellations by American pop stars?including Black Eyed Peas (thanks to “unavoidable circumstances”), Jennifer Hudson (“major production issues”), and Chris Brown (whose visa was denied thanks to a memorable 2009 assault charge on his criminal record)?had little effect on the enthusiasm of fans more excited to see British pop stars like JLS, who performed “Blame It On The Boogie” with the Jacksons present:
A taped Beyoncé performance introduced by Jackson’s three children and a great rendition of “Dirty Diana” by Christina Aguilera (who, The Fab Life notes, was not exactly looking her best) were the best-received of the performances by American artists who did come through for the show.
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