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Justin Timberlake runs into the stands, pays tribute to Prince at the Super Bowl Halftime show

Weirdly, the lead-up to Justin Timberlake’s big return to the Super Bowl halftime show has been largely about managing expectations. Rather than teasing something that the world has never seen before, Timberlake has been telling people not to get too excited about a surprise appearance from Janet Jackson or the other…

On Man Of The Woods, Justin Timberlake offers up uneven pop pastiches

Historically, pop artists have launched new albums with a “statement single.” As Slate pointed out last year, these songs might introduce sonic U-turns (see Taylor Swift’s electroclash revenge fantasy “Look What You Made Me Do”) or underline trenchant points of view (Dixie Chicks’ self-explanatory, non-mea culpa “Not…

The 28 most-anticipated albums of February

The year in music was off to a promising start thanks to January’s many great new albums. And with planned releases from the likes of U.S. Girls, Rhye, and The Soft Moon—not to mention the hotly anticipated Kendrick Lamar-curated Black Panther soundtrack—February looks to continue that trend. Here are the new records…

Justin Timberlake finally becomes a proper timber man with new album announcement

Justin Timberlake is a man who represents whatever society’s ideal aesthetics happen to be at the time, whether it was those curly frosted tips or the clean-cut “Suit And Tie” look, and now he has descended from whatever Mt. Olympus he normally looks down at us from to bring the 2018 version of sexy back. As it turns…

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Justin Timberlake, damn it, just invite Janet Jackson to the Super Bowl already

The announcement that Justin Timberlake would play this year’s Super Bowl halftime show—as is strangely the norm now for the midgame, Pepsi-sponsored concert widely hailed as “eh, just leave it on”—has already become a firestorm of controversy. While choosing a performer as broadly popular and blandly inoffensive as…

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Justin Timberlake, and John Legend are all playing this year’s Oscars

The Best Song performances at the Oscars have always been a mixed bag. Sometimes you get Bruce Springsteen belting out “Streets Of Philadelphia,” and sometimes you get an excuse to get up and freshen your drink. This year, though, the Academy has put together a pretty banging slate of performers for its big night, …