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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

Post VMAs sales spikes: Justin Timberlake and NSYNC top the list

Though NSYNC were only reunited for a total of 110 seconds during Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards, that was enough to get the long-dormant boy band back into the zeitgeist—and into the virtual wallets of music fans.

Justin Timberlake and his compatriots were among the biggest sales victors coming off the VMAs, which don’t tend to provide the same kind of spike as the Grammys but can definitely still make an impact: The NSYNC hits compilation Greatest Hits shot into the top 30 on the iTunes Albums chart in the wake of the combo’s performance of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” on MTV’s big show.

And while Timberlake’s current album The 20/20 Experience has been a top 10 staple on iTunes since its release, Sunday night’s show clearly boosted preorders of the forthcoming The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, which is one of three preorders currently sitting in the top 20. (The others are Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz and Katy Perry’s Prism; Lady Gaga’s ARTPOP rests just outside that space at 21.) READ FULL STORY

MTV VMAs 2013: 10 things you didn't see on TV

Another MTV Video Music Awards is in the rearview, and this year brought us Katy Perry’s boxing pantomime, Lady Gaga’s seashells in the flesh, and Justin Timberlake’s 20 minutes of magic.

But not every great moment was found by the television cameras, which is why EW was inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn to watch what happened in between, and to take notes while wiping away the sweat caused by Drake’s pyrotechnics. Check out some highlights from the view inside the building.

1. DJ Cassidy provided the pre-show and between-segment entertainment inside the Barclays Center, and while nobody cared much about him as they were taking their seats, he accidentally inspired some of the night’s biggest reactions. Case in point: During one commercial break, he spun Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” which inspired a pretty intense singalong even as the show was coming back on the air.

2. The stage crew working the MTV VMAs were super busy, as always: They hustled to deconstruct Lady Gaga’s elaborate set following her show-opening performance, and had to build what was essentially an entire third stage—the one that the other four members of NSYNC emerged from—over the course of a single commercial break. (It was mostly seamless.) READ FULL STORY

VMAs 2013: Yep -- Justin Timberlake reunited with NSYNC

So, it finally happened: The boys got back together.

We’re talking about NSYNC, of course. After getting introduced by Jimmy Fallon as “the President of Pop,” the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award-winning Justin Timberlake took the stage for a career retrospective of his solo work beginning with (a seemingly pretaped) “Take Back the Night,” “SexyBack” into a super medley of “Like I Love You,” “My Love,” “Cry Me a River,” “Senorita,” “Rock Your Body,” “Another One Bites the Dust,” and “Pusher Love.” (Because of audio issues, unfortunately, it also sounded at home like it was “being played through a kazoo,” as one EW commenter put it).

Either way, that was all just a prelude to the real treat of seeing the other four members of your favorite late-nineties/early-aughts boy band ascend from underneath the stage. Together with JT, the boys-to-thirtysomething-men took everyone down memory lane with truncated performances of “Girlfriend” and “Bye Bye Bye” — with original choreography!

But the fun couldn’t last forever, and soon Justin sent the four tag-alongs back underground from whence they came.

READ FULL STORY

What's your pick for Song of the Summer?

We narrowed it down to the 10 songs we felt made the biggest waves this summer. Now tell us which is YOUR favorite of the season. Vote below, then return next week to see which tune will be crowned EW’s Song of the Summer! READ FULL STORY

VMAs 2013: Jimmy Fallon to present Justin Timberlake with Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award

Justin Timberlake has always looked up to the King of Pop, and now the “Take Back the Night” singer will be honored with a prize in his name. Timberlake is set to receive the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards, the network has officially announced.

The kudos will be given to him by his trusted partner-in-likability Jimmy Fallon and will be serve as a commendation for his role in such video excellence as “Mirrors,” “Sexy Back,” and The One With All The Boobies “Tunnel Vision.”

We’re not sure if Timberlake’s award takes into account his years of service in NSYNC, but any sort of career retrospective certainly boosts the chances of the boy band’s rumored reunion. Fellow NSYNC-er Lance Bass hinted at as much (and first leaked word of Timberlake’s VMA accolade) in a recent radio interview.

Either way, Timberlake will certainly perform along with all the rest of pop radio at the Brooklyn-hosted show. Watch it all on MTV this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, and be sure to stop by Music Mix, where our Brooklyn Bureau will be covering the event with live recaps, highlights, and exclusive reporting all night.

Chart news: Luke Bryan album snags year's third biggest sales week, Katy beats Gaga in the singles race

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Luke Bryan just joined the majors.

The country star has been a force to be reckoned with for a while now, of course. But this week he entered a rarefied club thanks to his new album’s monster sales week: Crash My Party sold slightly shy of 528,000 copies in its debut week, Billboard reports, putting Bryan behind only Justin Timberlake (968,000) and Jay Z (just north of 528,000) in terms of first-week album sales this year.

To make the feat more impressive is the fact that Bryan’s sales week is the biggest posted by a male country musician in almost nine years, since Tim McGraw’s Live Like You Were Dying (766,000). That’s right, Tim McGraw – talk about back when.

Meanwhile, on the pop end of the spectrum, the East Coast-West Coast battle between the new Katy Perry and Lada Gaga singles came out in the California Gurl’s favor. “Roar” topped the Digital Songs chart, bowing with a higher-than-expected 557,000 downloads. That’s the sixth-biggest sales week for a digital song, Billboard points out, and the third biggest for a debut.

Lady Gaga’s “Applause,” on the other hand, only slotted at No. 3 with 218,000 downloads in its opening week.

And in between the two ladies (just like he likes it) is Robin Thicke, whose unstoppable “Blurred Lines” stood at No. 2 with 291,000.

Report: Justin Timberlake and NSYNC will reunite at the VMAs

There was at least one group of people disappointed by Justin Timberlake’s remarkably successful return to music this year: Those hoping for an NSYNC reunion.

Enter the power of MTV. It was already announced that Timberlake would be receiving the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at this Sunday’s ceremony, but now, according to reports from sources within MTV, Timberlake will be joined by his old NSYNC compadres Joey Fatone, Chris Kirkpatrick, Lance Bass, and JC Chasez for a performance.

Despite the ongoing showdown between Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, this NSYNC news has now become one of the biggest stories of this weekend’s show. It seemed like an NSYNC reunion was an impossibility, mostly because Timberlake was doing just fine on his own, thank you very much. It’s doubtful that this will lead to any extended work together (Timberlake has two movies to promote, plus an arena tour supporting the entirety of The 20/20 Experience), but it’ll provide some satisfying closure in the great boy-band comeback of 2013 that has included Backstreet Boys, New Kids on the Block, and 98 Degrees.

MTV has yet to comment on these reports directly, though something like this happens just about every year—in 2009, the appearance by Janet Jackson memorializing her recently deceased brother Michael was the worst kept secret in the universe, as was the “surprise” appearance of Jay Z and Kanye West at 2011’s show.

So what do you hope to hear from NSYNC at this Sunday’s Video Music Awards? Do you think everybody still knows those awesome “Bye Bye Bye” moves? And will Timberlake resurrect his terrible hair from the NSYNC era? Pop and lock in the comments.

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