Here's how Justin Timberlake and Pusha T helped create McDonald's "I'm Lovin It" jingle

It’s just five notes—ba-da-ba-ba-baaaa—but you know it. It’s invaded your dreams, hijacked your thoughts, and, in moments of pure distress, perhaps even brought you comfort. Those five notes form the spine of McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ It” slogan, and, though they may sound simple, they form the basis for a story of…

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…

Justin Timberlake might bust out a Prince hologram at the Super Bowl

In what could potentially turn out to be the rare instance of a verified musical superstar being upstaged by a glowing column of light, there are rumors going around today that Justin Timberlake might pull out a hologram of Prince at tomorrow’s Super Bowl half-time show. The news comes courtesy of TMZ—hence why we’re…

Justin Timberlake says he's not bringing Janet Jackson or 'N Sync to the Super Bowl

Today, man of the woods Justin Timberlake returned to civilization for a press conference about his upcoming Super Bowl Halftime Show performance, taking a moment to shoot down everyone’s hopes for any special guests he might be bringing along to Minneapolis. As reported by Reuters, Timberlake said that he had “a ton…

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 tackles Donald Trump, Harvey Weinstein, the Illuminati in new video

Justin Timberlake announced his upcoming album Man Of The Woods with a moody promo video featuring bonfires, mountains, horses, and a bunch of other indicators of the American West. And, while he apparently formulated the entire vibe of the upcoming record around a flannel shirt—he literally just told his producers…

Justin Timberlake going on tour with some trees and some wolves or some shit

Heralded by a teaser video in which he wandered down from the LL. Bean Mountains, loaded like an on-trend pack mule in layers of sherpa-lined denim, leather, and Navajo blankets, Justin Timberlake’s next album is all about returning him to the rural Tennessee roots that have long inspired the “Early Life” section of…

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…

Wonder Wheel is one of Woody Allen's sourest, stagiest, and most disturbingly personal movies

What the hell is anyone to make of Woody Allen’s Wonder Wheel, in which a self-proclaimed romantic entertains leaving his lover for her much younger stepdaughter? Separating the man from the art is always difficult when it comes to the legendary New York neurotic of American moviemaking, whose personal life remains…

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, …