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New Album Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Justin Timberlake, Drake, Icona Pop, and more

Every Tuesday morning in New Album Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Justin Timberlake, Drake, Elton John, Danny Brown, Icona Pop, and CHVRCHES. 

Justin Timberlake, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2  The 20/20 Experience found Timberlake and longtime collaborator Timbaland turning the latter’s signature syncopated funk into a strangely insular experience. Apparently the producer saved his haymakers for round 2, because he’s in full classic-Timba mode here…. Those throwback blasts give 2 of 2 a more immediate punch than its predecessor, even as 2 falls prey to the same pitfalls.” (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)

Drake, Nothing Was the Same  Nothing Was the Same bristles with epiphanies, absurdities, and plenty of bluster, but it’s all fodder for a hyper-realistic portrait of Aubrey Drake Graham, not some coronation ceremony…. Meanwhile, the music itself, largely produced by his stalwart collaborator Noah ’40′ Shebib, explores affinities with songs that overlap and build on each other. It’s a thinking rapper’s paradise.” (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)

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Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and the long legacy of album sequels

This week saw the early streaming release of Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 – you can listen to the whole thing in its entirety over at iTunes right now (and then read the official EW review). 

2 of 2 is the sequel to March’s The 20/20 Experience, Timberlake’s long-awaited return to pop music. It’s also the latest in a relatively recent phenomenon: The album sequel. (Add Eminem’s The Marshall Mathers LP 2 coming in November, to the list.) If movies can do it, why can’t the music world?

With these releases in mind, it’s time to look back at the best examples of album sequels. They don’t all work (in fact, a lot of them do not—be wary of rappers returning to old titles that weren’t that good in the first place), but these are the 10 best, in no particular order.

Jay Z, Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life
Jigga has had two different sets of sequels, but his In My Lifetime series is consistently stronger than those albums that contain the title The Blueprint (the original Blueprint is a stone-cold classic, but its two follow-ups are bloated and inconsistent). Vol. 2 was the album that found Jay crossing over into pop territory, as the Annie-sampling single “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)” gave Jay his first jolt of mainstream popularity—which he has ridden into his status as one of our premiere music stars.

Dr. Dre, 2001
The long-awaited, unofficial sequel to Dre’s landmark solo debut The Chronic (in some circles, it’s still called Chronic 2001, it’s long-rumored working title) hits just as hard as its predecessor and features a handful of tracks (including “What’s the Difference?” and especially “The Next Episode”) that sounded instantly timeless—and have remained so.  READ FULL STORY

On the Scene at Justin Timberlake's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert: This is what JT's sick day looks like

No one likes to go to work sick, but not all of us have 10,000 people expecting them at the office.

“I’m gonna need your help tonight,” an under-the-weather Justin Timberlake pleaded with the hordes of fans lining Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard on Tuesday night for his Jimmy Kimmel Live! outdoor concert, especially leaning on them for “Mirrors.” “If I’mma do this, I need to hear everyone singing,” he instructed. “I don’t want to see you big-time me. I know this is Hollywood. F— all that.”

The crowd was all too happy to fill in the lyrics when Timberlake needed backup, but the six-song set mostly reiterated just what a pro JT is — in sickness and in health. While the TV audience caught a third of the performance, here are some highlights from our street view:
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Justin Timberlake's new album 'The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2' now streaming early on iTunes

What’s 20/20 divided by 2, minus 8?

Just ask tuxedo professional/arithmetic wizard Justin Timberlake: His The 20/20 Experience 2 Of 2, officially scheduled for release on Sept. 30, is now streaming a full eight days early on iTunes.

The sequel to the OG 20/20 Experience (released this March and so far still the best-selling album of the year) includes lead single “Take Back The Night” and the recently released “TKO.”  Jay-Z and Drake also drop by on “Murder” and “Cabaret,” respectively, because that is what famous millionaire music dudes do for each other. (Quid pro bro.)

The remainder of 2013 is actually sort of a Timberfeast, if you’re hungry; Justin will be touring through the fall, and promoting two upcoming films, the slick gambling drama Runner Runner and the Coen Brothers’ more awards-baity ’60s-folkie chronicle Inside Llewyn Davis.

Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake shine at iHeartRadio festival

There’s a reason why Bruno Mars is set to perform at the Super Bowl halftime show.

The pop crooner was in perfect form at the iHeartRadio music festival Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. He wowed with his slick moves and energetic vibe.

Justin Timberlake was also a fan favorite. The pop star closed the five-hour plus concert, singing hits like “Mirror” and “SexyBack.” Paul McCartney kicked off the show, playing a bunch of new songs from his upcoming album. And R&B singer Miguel and rapper Drake also earned cheers. READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake boxes for your love on 'TKO': Hear it here

Pop stars, they love the boxing these days!

Katy Perry’s been putting on her best fighter face while promoting “Roar,” and Sleigh Bells (who, yes, are basically pop these days — this iPhone ad says so) have adopted the old sport as part of their regimen, and now Justin Timberlake has entered the ring with “TKO,” the second released single off his upcoming The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2.

The love-and-pugilism song comes behind “Take Back the Night” and, as expected, is a Timbaland-produced jam that runs around seven minutes. Give a listen below:

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Justin Timberlake, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead MTV EMA nominations

It’s something old, something new, as Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead the 2013 MTV EMA nominations with five nods each.

Timberlake proves he’s still got what it takes after his long hiatus from music, with nominations in the best male artist, best live, best look, best U.S. act and best video categories.

Breakthrough duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis will compete for the best new artist, best hip hop, best song, best U.S. act and best world stage prizes in the nominations announced Tuesday.

Following in their wake are four solo superstars – Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke – who are all up for four awards.

The 2013 MTV EMAs will be held at Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on Nov. 10.

Ellie Goulding covers Justin Timberlake's 'Mirrors'

Stripped-down covers: Got to love them.

Ellie Goulding took on Justin Timberlake’s single “Mirrors” at BBC Radio 1′s Live Lounge, adding some piano and a more soulful edge. For those that love the building beat of the original, that’s still here (just check out 1:45) but Goulding’s vocal riffs give the tune a whole new flavor. Besides a cover, she also debuted a version of her new single “Burn” at the event, off of her new album Halcyon Days, which is an update of her album Halcyon.

Listen to “Mirrors” and “Burn” below: READ FULL STORY

Jay Z drops 'Holy Grail' video featuring Justin Timberlake: Watch it here

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Surprisingly, Jay Z didn’t make a single appearance at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, despite the fact that it took place inside the arena that he kinda-sorta had a hand in constructing. (Though he and Mrs. Carter did show up for the after-party.)

Perhaps he was just putting the finishing touches on the video for “Holy Grail,” the Justin Timberlake-featuring single that has been sitting in the top 10 since Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped. In the clip, directed by Anthony Mandler, Jigga contemplates Mike Tyson in front of the video monitors from 12 Monkeys inside Daniel Plainview’s dilapidated mansion while presiding over the nightmare feast from Johnny Cash’s “Hurt” video.

There’s a scantily-filled swimming pool and a tower of champagne glasses, as well as Timberlake crooning in front of a burning car. It’s pretty arresting, honestly, and the remixed iteration of the song is miles beyond the album version. 

The clip premiered on Facebook, but you can give it a spin below.  READ FULL STORY

Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and more snatch music back after a man-heavy summer

This summer, pop music flowed like Pellegrino: Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, and Daft Punk immersed us in retro-R&B grooves that were effervescent, sophisticated—and only a tad more adventurous than tap water.

Come fall, though, America’s divas will step in with higher-proof stuff. Katy Perry and Lady Gaga have already poured the first two shots: After announcing release dates for their respective albums, Prism and ARTPOP, the two unleashed massive first singles within the same 24 hours. Both women vow that they’ve reinvented themselves—Perry’s determined to stay dominant following a record-breaking string of No. 1s, and Gaga is fighting back from a major case of over-the-top-itis. (So far, this mostly seems to mean they’re both wearing fewer wigs.) First, Perry delivered “Roar,” an earnest empowerment anthem with an organic feel and some well-placed winks. Then Gaga rushed out “Applause,” a relatively streamlined, club-ready rumination on fame. READ FULL STORY

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