A mere glimpse of Justin Timberlake dressed as a rural woodsman in the trailer for his forthcoming album, Man of the Woods, prompted accusations of “[w]hite colonialist fantasies” and pandering to Trump’s America. The Memphis-born artist’s foray into what his record label describes as “the sounds of traditional American rock,” however, could be interpreted as a return to his roots. He’s been setting the stage for it since at least 2015, when he performed with Nashville crooner Chris Stapleton and even cracked the country radio charts with his single “Drink You Away.”
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In case it wasn’t already obvious that Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!,” is vying to be this summer’s “Happy,” the music video for the song, from the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls, looks strikingly similar to the clip for Pharrell’s 2013 smash, which was also recorded for an animated film. Aside from its aspect ratio, there’s little to distinguish Timberlake’s video from that of the infuriatingly ubiquitous “Happy”: Both were shot in sunny Los Angeles and feature “regular” but charmingly eccentric people dancing in their local habitats, a concept that already felt trite three years ago. Directed by Mark Romanek, the man responsible for some of the greatest music videos of all time, “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” is, at best, an innocuous visual interpretation of an innocuous song. Coming from two titans of the industry, it’s a shockingly derivative, lazy bore.
Robyn and Röyksopp have premiered the new music video for an abbreviated version of “Monument,” the epic, opening track of their recent EP, Do It Again, via Vice’s art and technology network the Creators Project. Minutes before unveiling the clip this morning, Robyn took to Twitter to describe it as “some kind of inner journey, space in time and the experience of your own body.” Sporting platform sneakers, a simple gray sweatshirt emblazoned with a peace symbol, and her trademark mullet, Robyn is suspended on a giant glowing orb somewhere between the creation of molecular cells and the cosmos. The dreamy, hallucinogenic vibe recalls Madonna and Mark Romanek’s surrealist homage “Bedtime Story” from 1995. “Monument” was directed by Max Vitali, who was previously at the helm of Robyn’s viral sensation “Call Your Girlfriend.” Watch “Monument” below!
David Lynch’s debut album not only has a title, Crazy Clown Time, but a release date.
Michele Bachmann is challenged on anti-gay comments.
Patti Smith will collaborate will collaborate with Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan to adapt her bestseeling memoir Just Kids.
Mark Romanek in talks to direct Disney’s live-action Cinderella.
Record labels prepare to battle artists over song rights.
Breaking Bad reaches deal for final 16 episodes.
The disturbing video below is of the stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis that left five people dead and 40 people injured on Saturday:
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