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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z officially announce summer stadium tour

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The rumor has been running since Jigga dropped another luxury verse on Justin Timberlake’s comeback single “Suit & Tie,” but now it’s official: Jay-Z and JT are spending the summer together.

Or at least part of the summer. This morning, the duo announced a 12-date tour that will take them into some of the country’s best baseball and football stadiums. The pairing will launch the trek—dubbed Legends of the Summer—at Toronto’s Rogers Centre on July 17 (a few days after they co-headline the Wireless Festival in London), and they’ll wrap up at Miami’s Sun Live Stadium on August 16.

In between, they’ll hit New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Baltimore, Detroit, Boston, Hershey, and Philadelphia. Sorry, most of the South and the non-California West—no Jay and Justin for you! Don’t feel bad though; Brooklyn also gets denied a show even though Jay-Z kinda sorta has his own arena there.

The complete list of tour dates is below. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 28, save for the concert at New York’s Yankee Stadium (the details on that one will come soon).  READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z to headline Wireless festival in London

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z will headline the Wireless festival at Olympic Park on July 12 and July 13, respectively. The festival announced the full line-up of performers on their website, which includes Frank Ocean, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, and more. To prepare for the experience the festival’s website advises “Lads, get that suit and tie sorted.”

At the Grammys, Timberlake and Jay-Z performed “Suit & Tie” together and earlier this month there were rumors that the two were planning a joint stadium tour. Hopefully, this announcement is a step in the right direction.

In the meantime/if you don’t live around London, Timberlake’s new album, The 20/20 Experience, comes out March 19.

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Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z put on their fancy pants for 'Suit & Tie' video: Watch it here!

We heard the track, we watched the lyric video, we experienced the Rat Pack-channeling live performance at the Grammys —and now it’s time for the official video for Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie.”

The official video for Timberlake’s big comeback single was directed by David Fincher (who last told Timberlake what to do on film in The Social Network) and is chock full of not-cheap Tom Ford suits.

It’s lovely, it’s louche, and it’s in black and white. Give it a watch below.  READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z reportedly planning joint stadium tour

Are you ready to mix your J.T. with your J.Z.?

The “Suit and Tie” BFFs Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z are planning to launch a massive 10-city tour together, according to a report from the New York Post‘s Page Six. (EW’s requests for comment to the artists’ reps have not yet been returned.)

Officially, the two artists — who performed together at Sunday’s Grammys, sat together with a shared reservoir of booze, and shared the stage at an afterparty at the Hollywood Palladium the same night  — have kept mum about their plans for the immediate future. Yet Timberlake did say on the Grammy red carpet, “We’re definitely going to go on tour. I don’t know how much I should say. It’s going to be a lot of fun, I know that.”

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Rick Ross, Jay-Z, and Dr. Dre sued over '3 Kings'

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Poor Rick Ross. This week, somebody filled one of his cars with bullet holes, and now a pair of songwriters are taking aim at his wallet.

Ross, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, producer Jake One, and Universal Music Group (the company that houses Ross’ label) have all collectively been sued by Clara Shepherd Warrick and Jimmy Lee Weary, the pair of songwriters responsible for 1976’s “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch).” Why would they file such a suit? Because according to papers filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, the parties responsible for the God Forgives, I Don’t single “3 Kings” did not properly clear the sample of “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)” around which that song is built. Weary is credited as a co-writer, but the pair says they have not been properly compensated nor did they grant permission for the sample’s use.

Not only do the pair object to the use of their sample, but also to the context in which it was presented. “The video [for ‘3 Kings’] includes very graphic depictions of drug use, vulgarity, nudity, gun violence, criminal conduct, actions demeaning to women, and many other items that are certainly inconsistent with Plaintiffs’ wishes for how Plaintiffs’ song would be portrayed,” the lawsuit said.

The suit is well-timed for maximum exposure, as Ross’ God Forgives, I Don’t is up for Best Rap Album at this Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Jay-Z is also among the most-honored artists, with six nominations.

Give a listen to “3 Kings” and “I’m So Grateful (Keep In Touch)” below. It’s pretty clear the sample is there (no one seems to be denying this), and it’s doubly strange that Weary received a writing credit but apparently no compensation (and Warrick got no notice at all). READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake explains new album title: 'It's music you can see'

Justin Timberlake doesn’t have much of a track record with album titles. His solo debut was a pun on his name, and the follow-up was a surreal word collage. His new record is called The 20/20 Experience, but what does it mean? Is he particularly driven by ABC news magazines? Deeply concerned about marksman-quality vision? Establishing a bar that is exactly half as awesome as Jay-Z’s 40/40? Is it a reference to the fact that the whole experience of creating the album consisted of 20 songs in 20 days?

Timberlake revealed the science behind the name this morning on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “It more or less came out of I was playing some of the stuff for my friends and they would come in and out of the studio and I’d say, ‘What do you think of this?'” Timberlake explained. “And my best friend said, ‘This is music that you can see,’ and for some reason that stuck with me.”

So there you have it: Justin Timberlake’s new album is a concept record about synesthesia.

Seacrest also got a few other details out of Timberlake. READ FULL STORY

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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