“Where there is love there is life.”
Whether or not you’re holding down a boo thang this Valentine’s Day, I wanted to put together a special FBDS playlist for the weekend with the theme of love in mind ’cause, well, you guys deserve it If you’re heart is taken, this should help you and your item get down in the right away. If you’re flying solo, send this as a mixtape to your crush and you’ll thank me later.
And remember: everybody’s somebody’s everything.
In all of the Drake-related hubbub, I once again forgot that Justin Timberlake was dropping his The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 soon (tomorrow I think). But thankfully, we can stream the album in its 75-minute entirety over at iTunes. I’m not very far into the album right now, but the opening track is kinda funky and reminds me a bit of FutureSex/LoveSounds but like… not really as good. The album has some Jay Z and Drake features, so I’m keeping high hopes for those. Hopefully this one is at least as good as the first one (I was one of the few people that genuinely enjoyed Part 1). What do you guys think? Sound off in the comments.
Did you remember that Justin Timberlake is dropping another album on the 30th? I forgot too. Which is weird, because I really liked “Take Back The Night” if we’re being honest. But JT’s second single from The 20/20 Experience Pt. 2 returns to a FutureSex/LoveSounds type sound, which Timbaland produces fantastically for Timberlake. The experimental, futuristic kinda sound of “TKO” is the Justin that we got used to hearing those years ago, and it’s nice to hear from him again. And, about as expected with a Justin Timberlake-7-minute-song, the beat switches up near the end and it’s pretty nice too.
(h/t the boys at Potholes)
After successfully taking over the airwaves with the single from his latest Magna Carta Holy Grail, newly hyphen-less Jay Z decided to drop the visuals for “Holy Grail,” and they’re… different. Just like with the last video, “Picasso Baby,” Hov takes a more artistic approach to the video, slowing down the track and layering vocals in ways that you didn’t hear on the album itself. Pretty intriguing stuff. Also, am I the only one who wants a Justin Timberlake-only version of this song after hearing his part in the video? I hope not.
A day or so ago (they all blend together in the summer) Justin Timberlake dropped that little teaser video for his newest single, “Take Back The Night.” Well, today he let loose the full length audio, and it’s dope. Pretty MJ-esque (pardon me, Music Gods), and I love it. Perfect to throw on wherever this weekend takes you. HAPPY WEEKEND.
We’re about half way through July, and almost 7 months into 2013. We’ve had a lot good moments, and I’m sure there’s more to come, but it’s time to do one of these lists! Ya know, cause Sunset writers are your favorite writers out there and you treasure our opinions the most. Other music sites are rolling out their “Best of 2013 So Far,” so we decided to hop in on the action and have all of our writers give you their favorite album, EP, mixtape, and song thus far! Please do remember, these are subject to change come the end of 2013. I hope it does change by the end because what’s listed below is some really, really, really, ridiculously good music.
Also, shout out to our guy, Eric, for the sick artwork.
- Lydia: Foxygen – We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
- Arjun: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Jordan: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Andy: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Dusty: Kanye West – Yeezus
- Eric: Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of the City
- Alicia: Disclosure – Settle
- DPrep: Magna Carta…Holy Grail
- Lydia: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Arjun: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Jordan: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Andy: N/A
- Dusty: Sir Sly – Gold
- Eric: Electric Guest – Good America EP
- Alicia: Yuna – Sixth Street EP
- DPrep: Bipolar Sunshine – Aesthetics
- Lydia: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Arjun: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Jordan: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Andy: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Dusty: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Eric: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Alicia: Kilo Kish – K+
- DPrep: Chance The Rapper – Acid Rap
- Lydia: Fryars – On Your Own
- Arjun: Drake – Started from the Bottom
- Jordan: Kanye West – I’m In It
- Andy: Justin Timberlake – Pusher Love Girl
- Dusty: Rihanna – Stay (ft. Mikky Ekko)
- Eric: James Blake – Retrograde
- Alicia: Banks – Before I Ever Met You
- DPrep: Vampire Weekend – Hannah Hunt
In March, we got The 20/20 Experience from JT. And it was good. Then there were rumors of a Part 2, and the Internet exploded for something like 7 hours. And the nothing. Until…. BOOM. The track sounds awesome too, by the way. Very disco-esque and I’m hoping to play this at some parties this fall.
I’ve been pretty checked out of the new music scene for a couple weeks now, but unless I had completely put myself under a rock, I couldn’t avoid all the talk of Jay-Z‘s new album, Magna Carta. I’ll be honest with yall: I hadn’t listened to any songs from the album until I pressed play in my SoundCloud stream on this track with Justin Timberlake called “Holy Grail.” I actually like it a lot more than I thought I would, mainly because I’ve been over Jay-Z’s rapping abilities for the past couple years. But it’s not Jay-Z who makes this song for me. It’s Justin Timberlake. And let’s be real, he makes the crux of this song. God, every time I hear his voice I fall in love a bit more. I’d be fine if Jay-Z kept his vocals to simply the “uh” ad-lib parts on this song. But even with his verses, I can play this song on repeat just because of the way JT’s vocals sound above the instrumentals. If it’s really him writing his sections, he has a terrific ear for music. It’s mainly the way it sounds when he sings “It’s amazing I’m in this space with you” — it gives me the chills every time I hear it.
Not going to lie, I’m pretty pumped to be going to the Jay-Z and JT show this summer! JT Fangirl time!
Just when we thought we’d lost him forever, Justin Timberlake gives us the latest video off of his January album The 20/20 Experience. As far as the video goes, it’s nothing spectacular: kinda trippy with the lights and such, but you can tell that JT’s definitely been paying attention to Robin Thicke because YOUTUBE BEWBZ.
You know how Jay-Z is cooler than everyone in the world combined? Well, he proved this once again by premiering a commercial for his new album during halftime of last night’s NBA Finals game. Not only was the commercial filled with appearances from the world’s biggest producers, including recent Kanye collaborator Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz, JT champion Timbaland, and Pharrell a.k.a. the busiest man in the industry, in classic black and white film, it also introduces the newest wild album marketing strategy of 2013. So first, let’s discuss the logistics of Hov’s new album.
Samsung has purchased 1 million copies of Jay-Z’s coming album, entitled “Magna Carta Holy Grail,” slated for release July 4, and plans to give them to Samsung Galaxy smartphone users for free – 72 hours ahead of the release. The users are to receive the music through an app they’ll receive later this month.
Samsung paid $5 apiece for the albums, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Oh word? So Jay’s album has already sold a million copies putting it in the top 20 highest first-week sales of all-time… all before its release.
This strategy adds to a growing movement away from traditional album rollouts, which I love by the way. As it is now the system is so flawed. When icons like Justin Timberlake, Daft Punk, Kanye West, and Jay-Z all decide against it, change can finally occur. I hope Jay-Z does what Kanye did and avoids releasing a single. Because “no single” essentially means boycotting the radio, and as we all know, the radio currently is a terrible, terrible cesspool of human Barbie dolls singing songs that they didn’t write.
It’s official: Justin Timberlake will be releasing the 2nd half of The 20/20 Experience on September 30, 2013. Rumor had it this was going to happen (?uestlove tweeted about it back in March), but today Justin Timberlake confirmed the rumor via a photo on Instagram.
The release will come just six months after The 20/20 Experience as we know it today was released. Already, that album has sold more than 1.5 million copies. It’s the best-selling album of 2013 so far.
I introduced you guys to Trippy Turtle about a month ago, and we still don’t know who he/she is. Although now I’m thinking the “Jersey Club” producer is an alter ego of Cashmere Cat because of the similar name, his early support of Trippy, and Cashmere’s signature “squeaking bed” noise making an appearance on a few of these remixes. But really who knows? I could be wrong, and that doesn’t actually matter because these songs are all JAMS.