Timberlake is in the news of late for two primary reasons.
Justin Timberlake got the expected Super Bowl halftime bump - and that was just on Super Bowl Sunday. "Filthy" has seen mixed reviews, to say the least- some of absolute acclaim and others of disdain.
Ever since I was a kid the halftime show has always been my favorite part of the Super Bowl. Although somewhat odd to ponder, that swaging teenager convincing girls to "rock their bodies" is quickly approaching the age of 40, is married and is a father. He must have lost his "Suit and Tie" in transit to the venue. And, of course, Timberlake couldn't exit stage right without treating fans to his latest smash hit, "Can't Stop the Feeling!" For someone so aware of the way news travels now, his performance was oddly benign-expert, sure (in his decades of pop stardom, Timberlake has never been anything less than expert), but eerily un-self-aware.
The Daily Show said it "was like karaoke". Whether you like the music or not, it would be challenging to claim that the singer lacks a certain level of emotional depth at this point.
Over on YouTube, the new class of Super Bowl commercials received a high amount of views, with the top advertisements including the star-studded Alexa ad, Tiffany Haddish's Groupon spot and Pepsi's Generations ad.
His Man of the Woods tour starts in Canada this March.
Now, some of this is on Timberlake himself.
We may never know if the incident was intentional, as neither Jackson nor Timberlake have said anything more than a few apologies. And while Man of the Woods is the most stripped-down record in JT's catalog, it still features beats and dance records aplenty. To create a show like that and still make it entertaining is obviously a huge tribute to Justin's talent - being able to move from stage to stage and change moments and moods - but also huge tip of the hat to our team who figured out how we got all those pieces into the building and moved them around.
During his set, Timberlake performed several hits from his catalog, adding a tribute to late music legend Prince by singing his 1984 track "I Would Die 4 U" along with a giant projection of the Minnesota musician, who passed away in 2016.
Maybe when Super Bowl LIII kicks off next February in Atlanta, it's time to go back to the days of Up With People so fans won't be subjected to a muffled or subpar audio experience.
Although Kenosha County natives, Ryan Laffin and Zach Smith, said it's the biggest secret they're ever kept -they also agreed to keep quiet was well worth it in the end.
Social media went in on Timberlake, saying he was disregarding Prince's wishes and it was appropriation. Instead, a large sheet projecting Prince's former performance of the song was placed behind Timberlake.
Furthermore, fans are bringing up some past dispute that occurred between Timberlake and Prince - specifically, when the 37-year-old singer mocked Prince for being short back in 2007. "We rehearsed many hours".