UPDATE: No new song today, but instead a one-minute teaser to new music entitled "I'm Ready" (which has no new music) and a countdown to 3 days from now (which is likely the real release of new music... but who knows?). And then Billboard is reporting that sources say JT is planning on releasing an album, entirely produced by Timbaland, sooner than later, with 20 tracks having been recorded already. Looks like everyone was teased pretty good today.
The track may come out tomorrow, but for now... Create-A-Caption!
01.09.12 11:58pm CT: Tomorrow morning, rumors are looking more and more clear that Justin Timberlake is making his return to music - accompanied by music's biggest power couple: Jay-Z & Beyonce. Produced by Timbaland.
And given JT's tweet, it looks like we'll find out for sure tomorrow morning. (But hey, he could be counting down to a late breakfast or somethin...?)
Yes Adele finally did the unmentionable! After shutting down every artist on Billboard 200 in 2011 and a large portion throughout 2012, the talented diva’s 21 has reached the 10 million mark in sales in the US. This feat has earned her a place in the best selling artist of the last 20 years. This week the album sold 28k copies, totaling up 21’s sales well over 10.02 millions since its release February 22, 2011.
Ironically 21 became the 21st album to sale 10 million since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991. Adele’s 21 is the lasted album to sell over 10 million copies in a shorter time span. The last album to sell over 10 million copies in a short time span was ‘N Sync’s No Strings Attached, which sold over 10 million in its 43rd week. The last album to sell over 10 million copies was Usher’sConfessions. Only it took that album much longer to sell over 10 millions copies. Adele joins the club of divas like Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston, who are no strangers to selling multiple albums from their discography to reach Diamond Status.
Do you know how amazing this achievement is? It’s rare in the current climate that the record industry is in for an album to sell 10 million copies. Album sells have experienced a decline over the last seven years. Which is why Adele going diamond is a huge accomplishment. Tip to our struggling R&B acts (who I won’t name) the Adult Contemporary audience buys albums! Rather then trying to achieve a quick Hot 100 hit with a pop single, reach for the stars and drop something that’s a classic rather then the flavor of the month.
Last month, I shared a story that said that Justin Timberlake was set to become a minority owner of the Memphis Grizzlies and today, the news is that he's not alone. Peyton Manning is set to join JT and Penny Hardawayin the minority owner role, which makes more sense if you know that Peyton went to the University of Tennessee and Penny went to college and grew up in Memphis. Looks like Brooklyn won't be the only new "it" place this season to catch a bball game, huh? Hopefully they all attend the same game and the three seemingly unreleated sports/music stars can make for one cool photo. More info via Ball Don't Lie.
Move over Jay-Z, you may soon have some company as a music superstar slash part-owner of an NBA franchise. ESPN's Marc Stein is reporting that Justin Timberlake (pictured above stretching while wearing a Lakers shirt) is in talks with prospective new owner Robert Pera, CEO of Ubiquiti Networks, about contributing "a meaningful investment to the team" and that JT "plans to be active" with the Grizzlies. Timberlake, a Memphis native, would certainly boost the interest surrounding Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, and the talented bunch of Grizzlies, who will undoubtedly be more recognized by teenage girls as well. The sale to Pera is expected to go through, so it looks like we'll be seeing more Justin Timberlake in the NBA.
Justin Timberlake became a trending topic today after reports surfaced that he is working on a new album. Said reports came about because producer Jim Beanz described hearing some new, "crazy" tracks that JT is working on. Beanz' exact words can be read here. Just now, however, Timberlake's publicist says to Entertainment Weekly that there are currently no plans for a new album and that the only music Justin is working on is for tracks on the upcoming album with frequent collaborator seen above, Timbaland, Shock Value 3. So JT fans, I understand the tease of today's news, but looking at things positively, it seems like there are some SV3 features on the way. Thoughts on JT and his long absence from music?!