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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.

Jack White, Marcus Mumford among performers at 'Inside Llewyn Davis' concert

Joel and Ethan Coen could not have picked a better time to make Inside Llewyn Davis, their hard-to-spell tribute to the folk rock of the 1960s that has come back to dominate the rock landscape in the 21st century.

As a tie-in to the film and a fundraiser for the National Recording Preservation Foundation, Jack White, Marcus Mumford, Joan Baez, and the Avett Brothers will perform at a special concert at New York’s Town Hall on September 29. The concert was put together by legendary producer and Inside Llewyn Davis music supervisor T Bone Burnett.

“We decided to do a concert to bring together the community that had done the music,” Burnett told the New York Times.  “So there would be some synergy between the music and the film.”

Burnett also wanted to bridge the gap between old school and new school, which is why the lineup includes upstarts like Conor Oberst, Carolina Chocolate Drops’ Rhiannon Giddens, and Colin Meloy of the Decemberists, as well as Patti Smith and Gillian Welch. There will also be a performance by Oscar Isaac, who plays the title character in the film, which is loosely based around the story of folkie Dave Van Ronk. (The concert will not feature Inside Llewyn Davis actor Justin Timberlake, who’s scheduled to be in London that day.)

Inside Llewyn Davis will be released in theaters on December 6, while the soundtrack—co-executive produced by Burnett and Mumford and featuring a never-released Bob Dylan track—will hit store shelves on November 12.

Paul McCartney added to iHeartRadio festival lineup

Paul McCartney will perform at the iHeartRadio music festival in Las Vegas next month.

Clear Channel said Wednesday that the former Beatle will perform on the second night of the two-day festival, which kicks off Sept. 20. He joins a list of top performers, including Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, and Drake.

Ryan Seacrest will host the event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Chris Brown, Maroon 5, Keith Urban, Miguel, J. Cole, and fun. will also perform.

The event will include a festival dubbed iHeartRadio Music Festival Village. It will feature performances on two stages from Miley Cyrus, The Wanted, and Avril Lavigne.

Muse, Tiesto, Phoenix, Zedd, Tim McGraw, Ke$ha, and Queen with Adam Lambert will also perform during the main show.

Justin Timberlake releasing all of 'The 20/20 Experience' on deluxe vinyl

With his computer-twerky Timbaland beats and throwback tuxes, few people blend the past and the future better than Justin Timberlake. He’ll go a step further once The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2 hits the streets in October, when you’ll be able to buy the entirety of The 20/20 Experience on a super-deluxe four-LP vinyl set.

Hitting store shelves on October 1 (the same day as 2 of 2 lands), The 20/20 Experience: Complete Experience will feature four vinyl discs with every song from Timberlake’s comeback project. Vinyl is a logical choice for Timberlake — it’s a classic piece of technology (the old) that has nevertheless seen a resurgence (the new): Vinyl sales are expected to move nearly six million units this year, an increase of almost 30 percent over last year’s numbers. And vinyl has been good to Timberlake, too; the vinyl version of The 20/20 Experience has been a steady seller since its release back in March.

Will you pick up the extra-large, extra-bulky, extra-expensive version of The 20/20 Experience in October? While we’re at it: How much vinyl do you buy? I find I tend to gravitate to older stuff when it comes to LPs, but I’m more likely to buy a new hip-hop album in 12-inch form than any other format. What’s your approach? Let us know in the comments.

Justin Timberlake dances, corrupts youth in 'Take Back the Night' video: Watch it here

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When Justin Timberlake and Jay Z played their big-ass show at Yankee Stadium two weekends ago, JT was pulling double duty: Not only was he entertaining the massive crowd as one half of the Legends of the Summer Tour, he was also providing fodder for the video for his totally-not-about-sexual-assault new single “Take Back the Night.”

The clip takes a healthy amount of footage from the Yankee Stadium shows, and really drives home just how gigantic the set-up is on this current run (the stage literally does take up the entirety of the Yankees’ outfield).

In between the performance footage, there’s a narrative about Timberlake heading down to Chinatown to dance with some kids, hit up an underground club, and generally start a party wherever he happens to be. Check it out below: READ FULL STORY

VMA Nominations: Justin Timberlake, Macklemore, Robin Thicke, and the usual suspects

MTV’s annual Video Music Awards always ends up being the last big event of the summer, so the announcement of the nominations always comes with the dread that we’re closer to the end of beach season than the beginning.

Still, despite the cold autumnal darkness on the horizon, there are still Moonman statuettes to give out. And this year, the most likely winners are Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, both of whom have picked up six nominations. (Timberlake got four for “Mirrors” and a pair for “Suit & Tie,” while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ noms are split between “Thrift Shop,” “Can’t Hold Us,” and “Same Love”).

“Mirrors” and “Thrift Shop” will be competing for Video of the Year in a category fleshed out by Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Bruno Mars’ “Locked Out of Heaven,” and Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble.” Fans can vote for Video of the Year at the official VMA site.

The rest of the nominations are pretty predictable — Drake, Miley Cyrus, Rihanna, Pink, Chris Brown, and Beyoncé are all on the list. Check out the full slate of nominees below.  READ FULL STORY

Justin Timberlake responds to 'Take Back the Night' controversy, says song title was a coincidence

Justin Timberlake was too busy bringing sexy back to go to college — which, on the whole, seems to have worked out just fine for him.

Unfortunately, it also means that when Timberlake decided to call his next single “Take Back the Night,” he apparently had no idea that the name was already trademarked by a sexual assault awareness foundation that’s been holding emotionally-charged campus events since the ’70s.

Luckily, the Internet was there to inform Timberlake of his folly — leading the singer to release the following statement to Radar:

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iHeartRadio Music Festival 2013 lineup announced: Katy Perry, Elton John, and more

Elton John and Ke$ha, united at last.

Sort of: Clear Channel’s iHeartMusicFestival has released the full lineup for its annual shindig, with artists ranging from Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Maroon 5, and, yes, Sir Elton and Ke$ha slated for the show.

The festival, where Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong infamously had an onstage meltdown last year, will once again take place in Las Vegas, going down over Sept. 20-21. It’ll all be broadcast live across Clear Channel stations and then air on CW on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1.

This year also brings a new addition to the event: the iHeartRadio “village,” featuring the likes of Miley Cyrus, the Wanted, Avril Lavigne, and more. Take a look at the full lineup(s) below: READ FULL STORY

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