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Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ breaks radio and chart records

Just in case anyone was wondering, Justin Timberlake is still a bona fide pop star.

Timberlake’s new single, “Suit & Tie,” was released with a maximum amount of drama (countdown clocks! YouTube manifestos!) and, as it turns out, a maximum amount of sales: it notched the highest first-week total radio plays in the 20-year history of Billboard’s Pop Songs chart.

“Suit & Tie” places Timberlake’s falsetto front and center, next to a decent-if-sappy verse from Jay-Z, all backed by spangly Timbaland production. (Can a song shimmer and honk at the same time?)

It racked up 6,045 plays between Jan. 14 and 20, landing at No. 14 on the chart and breaking two records: it’s the highest debut for a male artist (beating out Jon Secada’s “If You Go” from 1994, if you can believe it) and it tops Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way” in first-week plays by almost 2,000 spins.

And all of this for a track that very few people even knew Timberlake was recording.

JT’s movie career thus far has been fairly hit and miss, so this musical detour seems as much strategic as spontaneous. Meanwhile, FutureSex/Love Sounds fans — out in the cold since 2006 — have just months to go until the release of The 20/20 Experience.

Other good news for Timberfans? He will be performing at DirecTV’s Super Saturday Night during Super Bowl weekend — his first concert in almost five years.

For the occasion, might we suggest more horns?

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Justin Timberlake releases 'Suit & Tie' featuring Jay-Z, announces album title 'The 20/20 Experience'

Three days ago, Justin Timberlake told us he was ready to release new music — and now it’s here. His new single, “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z is available on iTunes.

Timberlake also addressed his fans, and the way he released the new tune in a letter on his website. He wrote that “Suit & Tie” is part of his new album, The 20/20 Experience, which will come out later this year. Read it below!

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Jay-Z at work on 'dope' score for 'The Great Gatsby'

Both Jay Gatsby and Jay-Z  know that you can’t knock the hustle, so it makes sense that the two will be scheming together this spring.

In a somewhat (though not totally) unexpected bit of news, producer the Bullitts (né Jeymes Samuel, brother of Seal) tweeted that he and Jay-Z are hard at work on scoring Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of the The Great Gastby.

“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” read the tweet, which added yet another dash of intrigue to the elusive Gatsby remake. The film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby himself, is set for a May release after more than a year of assorted trailers and promotion.

The news shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise, however, as Jay-Z’s Kanye West-assisted single “No Church in the Wild” soundtracked one of the movie’s early trailers, which you can watch below:

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Madonna had the top-grossing tour of 2012

Call it the Super Bowl bump?

Billboard has announced the list of the 2012’s top-grossing tours, and it looks like Madonna is at the top. Her Madgesty sold out all 72 of the shows she played this year, grossing a grand total of $228,406,085 over the year. Interestingly, her new album  MDNA only landed at No. 44 on the year-end Billboard 200 chart, moving 521,000 units in the U.S. as of December.

After Madonna on the top-grossing tours list is Bruce Springsteen, whose raked in just shy $200 million this year with his Wrecking Ball tour. (He did, however, beat Madonna in overall attendance by about 500,000 people. Like Madonna, he also played 72 shows.) Roger Waters came in third with roughly $186 million (and nearly 50,000 more in attendance than Madge). Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque Du Soleil came in fourth place with about $147 million for the year, which just edged No. 5 Coldplay by roughly $100,000.

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Grammy snubs and surprises: Pink, Miguel, Carly Rae Jepsen, and Frank Ocean

Last night, in between LL Cool J and Taylor Swift beatboxing “Mean” and Maroon 5 performing that 311 song that was somehow number one for nine weeks, the nominees for the Grammy Awards (or at least, selected categories of them) were delivered live.

And like always, they they didn’t disappoint the armchair critics with their surprises and, in some eyes, oversights.

Unlike last year – a.k.a. Adele-apalooza: Beyond Thunderdome —  no one artist was dominant; the most nominations scored by any one artist was six, and six separate artists hit that number: Mumford & Sons, Fun., Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Jay-Z, and Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach.

That’s a pretty eclectic list, but there’s more to dig into from the big list.

Surprise: Miguel
The critically lauded (and EW-beloved) R&B singer’s Prince-style opus Kaleidoscope Dream hasn’t made a huge impact yet commercially, but it still nailed down five well-deserved nominations, including a major nod for Song of the Year for the ultra-sexy “Adorn.” 

Snub: Carly Rae Jepsen
Sure, “Call Me Maybe” was nominated for some big prizes, including Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance, but why was it left off the list for Record of the Year? And why didn’t Jepsen get a nod for Best New Artist? Grammy voters seemed to be implying that while they would honor her huge sales year, they may not be expecting her to stick around. READ FULL STORY

Jay-Z chronicles his Brooklyn concert in short behind-the-scenes documentary: Watch it here

Couldn’t make it to Jay-Z’s much-heralded Barclays Center concerts? No worries — Hova’s new mini-documentary has you covered.

Thanks to “Where I’m From,” a new video posted on Jay’s Life+Times site, you can enjoy an intimate look at how the larger-than-life rapper went about inaugurating his hometown’s newest stadium this fall. Clocking in at just under 25 minutes, the video shows Hova rehearsing for his Barclays Center opening nights, as well as the intensive work put in by his hard-working team.

And shots! The short doc shows the all-black-everything rapper doing shot shots shots shots shots shots with his colleagues, as well as him brandishing his Metrocard to board the subway from Manhattan to his gig in Brooklyn with this nice lady.

Check out Jay-Z’s self-uploaded “Where I’m From” documentary in the video below:

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Gwyneth Paltrow is having a hip-hop week: Hear GOOP's rap picks here

While we at EW like to live every week like it’s Shark Week, it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow’s on a whole other tip right now.

As Lady GOOP’s latest newsletter invaded inboxes across America Thursday, readers learned not only what Paltrow had for breakfast (crepes) and what TV show’s she been obsessing over (Homeland), but also that she’s been rap strong this week.

“It’s Hip Hop Week,” reads the newsletter, before delving into a trio of tracks that the actress has been jamming these days. Unsurprisingly, one of her pick is “Clique,” the Cruel Summer single featuring Big Sean, Jay-Z, and Kanye West. She’s also been getting into “F—ing Problem,” the A$AP Rocky song that counts Kendrick Lamar, Drake, and 2 Chainz as guests. Lastly — and rather oddly — is “Bad Ass Strippa,” the 2004 track from Romani-British rapper Jentina that was later mocked by Lady Sovereign in “Sad Ass Strippa.”

You can listen to all of GOOP’s hip-hop week picks with the videos below. But first, be sure to heed Gwyneth’s post-script warning: “Explicit lyrics. Do with that information what you will…” 

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Rolling Stones expands anniversary tour, add Brooklyn date

Are the Rolling Stones going artisanal?

After watching tickets to their four-date 50th anniversary tour sell like hotcakes, the Stones have announced that they’ll be playing an additional fifth show for fans — in Brooklyn.

According the band’s site, Mick and the boys will be playing the borough’s new Barclays Center on Dec. 8, the Saturday before their two dates at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. (The first two concerts of the band’s victory lap will take place at London’s O2 Arena.) Presale tickets for the Brooklyn show begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. EST, while general tickets will be up for grabs starting the morning of Monday, Nov. 19.

And they’re not the only Brits invading Brooklyn that month: Coldplay recently announced that they, along with Jay-Z, will be playing Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve.

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On the Scene: Alicia Keys' VH1 Storytellers

Image Credit: Michelangelo Di Battista

Alicia Keys’ VH1 Storytellers set at 106 and Park is small but sumptuous with the air of an upscale jazz lounge, the stage adorned with carpets and candles, a stately grand piano at the center.

Keys emerges wearing silver tights and a chin-length bob, strutting about in stilettos. She carries herself onstage with cool and confidence – not showy or attention-seeking, merely comfortable – and speaks in a voice so smooth you could drape it over your shoulders. Everything about the woman – her physique, her demeanor, not to mention her talent as a musician – broadcasts the fame and success that she accepts so casually. Seated in a crowd of perhaps 100, less than ten yards from the singer herself, I am in awe.

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Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen perform at Obama rally with Obama -- WATCH LIVESTREAM NOW

99 problems, but Mitt’s not one.

That was Jay-Z’s message as he just finished a performance at an Ohio rally for President Barack Obama. As we previously reported, Jay-Z and Bruce Springsteen are lending their voices at a rally for the campaign today.

“Not only are they on my iPod…[these men]both tell an American story,” President Obama said.

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