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Justin Timberlake started 2018 with great news for his fans: he will perform live in Europe and in North America, in a series of concerts that support his new “Man of the Woods” album, released on 02nd of February.
On 8th of January, the singer announced he will have 27 live stops in North America, while on 04th of February, following his performance at halftime show at “Super Bowl LII”, JT indicated he will take his new album on tour on a second round in America and also in Europe, with stops in locations like Paris, Amsterdam, London and Berlin. Since February until now, Justin Timberlake added 10 more locations to his spring North American tour and extended his fall-winter tour to January 2019. Currently, 69 live performances are scheduled for American fans. The tour started on 13th of March at “Air Canada Center” in Toronto, ON and will conclude on 29th of January 2019 at “Pepsi Center” in Denver, CO. It includes stops in Detroit, Nashville, Miami and second and third performances in locations such as New York, Las Vegas, Chicago or Boston.
See the full list of dates and venues of 2018 – 2019 tour at the end of this article.
More than 450,000 tickets for the current tour have already been sold. Each venue includes also VIP option, which brings fans closer to the artist and the stage.
“Man of the Woods” is Justin Timberlake’s fifth studio album, produced in collaboration with Timbaland and his protégé, Danja. The album contains a mixture of styles, with influences from blues, country and folk, put in the frame of a futuristic cosmopolitan funk, garnished with pop and soul. Even the album’s cover suggests the fans are about to enter a universe of blended sounds: a photo split into two shows half of Justin Timberlake in jeans, in a field somewhere, while the other half displays him in a suit somewhere in a forest with snow. This cover can be seen as a metaphor for the artist’s attempt to reconcile R&B with Americana and coziness with darkness.
The first single of the album – “Filthy”, released in February 2018, sounds surprising because it contains elements that apparently don’t match: vintage slap bass and funk electronic groove. The video makes fans think about “Ex Machina” movie – Timberlake controls a robot with own movements, providing a futuristic flavor to the music + video set.
“The Hard Stuff” track resembles to a country ballad, except for the beat that remind audience of electronic music, despite the promise “I’ll be there when the storm comes”, clearly stated in the lyrics by Timberlake.
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Another track from the album – “Livin’ Off the Land” starts with a surprise: a sample of a commercial that features on the reality show “Mountain Men” broadcasted by “History Channel”. The song is dominated by guitar strumming and can be seen as the weeping of a working man who has to pay his dues, while holding on to his relationship.
The duet played with Alicia Keys – “Morning light” is a song about being in love, recalling “Love and Happiness” of Al Green, with the voices of the two artists creating a soft feeling which invites fans to just lay in bed with their loved ones.
The album includes collaborations also with Chris Stapleton, in “Say Something” track and with Pharrell Williams and the co-producer Timbaland.
While some of the critics have indicated as a weakness of the album the feeling of contentment that can be sensed in the majority of songs, fans all over the world seem to like precisely this feature of the album: a man/an artist who has grown up sings about the contentment brought to him by the two greatest loves of his life: music and family life.
Because all in all, Justin Timberlake has shown in the past years he has evolved, both as an artist and as a man.
If you want to see him perform live, get your tickets now from StubHub and SeatGeek.
Born on 31st of January 1981 in Memphis, Tennessee, Justin Randall Timberlake was raised a Baptist and sang the church choir. His grandfather introduced him to the guitar and to the songs of Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson, while his father broadened his musical universe by playing “Eagles” and “Queen” songs.
Between 1993 and 1995, Timberlake performed on “The New Mickey Mouse Club”, where he met JC Chasez. Joined by Lance Bass, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone, Timberlake and Chasez founded the boys band *NSYNC, which became of the greatest pop groups of the ‘90s. Their debut album, called *NSYNC, brought them huge popularity first in Europe and then in the US, thanks to the singles “I Want You Back” and “Tearin’ Up My Heart”.
In 2000, after a legal suit with their manager, the boys released “No strings attached” album, which contained hits like “Bye Bye Bye” and “This I Promise You”. It became the best-selling album of the decade and the top-selling album of the year.
Two years later, Timberlake embarked himself in a solo career. His first album – “Justified” – sold in more than 7 million copies all over the world and brought him “Best Pop Vocal Album” and “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” Grammy Awards in 2004. From that point on, Justin Timberlake’s career has known increased diversity and popularity. He received a Grammy nomination for his collaboration on “Where Is The Love?” with the “Black Eyed Peas”, he started JayTee Records – his own record company in 2005, he worked with Nelly Furtado, Snoop Dogg and Nelly.
Its second album, “FutureSex/LoveSounds”, released in 2005, debuted #1 in Billboard chart, the singles “What Goes Around Comes Around” and “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows” bringing Timberlake two Grammy awards. In 2008, he co-wrote and co-starred Madonna’s super-hit “4 Minutes” and appeared in the comedy “The Love Guru”. Acting is another area in which Timberlake had success, appearing in “The Open Road” (2009), “The Social Network”(2010), “Bad Teacher” and “Friends with Benefits” (both in 2011), “Runner Runner” and “Inside Llewyn Davis” (both in 2013).
In 2006, he entered also the world of television, by becoming host and musical guest on “Saturday Night Live”. His performance made him a favorite of the fans and brought him two Emmy Awards, in 2009 and 2011, for “Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series”.
In March 2013, he released the album “The 20/20 Experience”, which reached #1 in the album charts in the first week. The album won “VMA Vanguard Award” at the “MTV Video Music Awards”, a ceremony where he offered the public a reunion with his former *NSYNC colleagues.
In 2016 Timberlake featured the single “Can’t Stop the Feeling” on the animated movie “Trolls” and the song entered Billboard Hot 100 straight at #1, a position held also in other 16 countries.
As for personal life, after dating Cameron Diaz and Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake started a relationship with actress Jessica Biel in 2007. After several break-ups and make-ups, the couple got married in October 2012 in Italy, in a small ceremony, surrounded only by close family and friends. In April 2015, their son Silas Randall Timberlake was born and judging at least by the artist’s last album, it seems that family life is really making him happy.
Aside from music and acting, Justin Timberlake owns a clothing line, is involved in the management of several restaurants and is actively participating in humanitarian efforts concerning especially his home state, Tennessee.
If you want to see this music icon live, grab your tickets.
Here is the full list of American dates and venues of the “Man of the woods” tour:
May 11 – Infinite Energy Arena, Atlanta, GA
May 14 – Amway Center, Orlando, FL
May 15 – Amalie Arena, Tampa, FL
May 18 – American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL
May 19 – BB&T Center, Ft. Lauderdale, FL
May 23 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
May 25 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
May 27 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
May 28 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
May 30 – FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
June 1 – PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
June 2 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
September 19 – Rupp Arena, Lexington, KY
September 21 – Wisconsin Entertainment & Sports Center, Milwaukee, WI
September 25 – PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA
September 28 – Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
October 2 – Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
October 5 – United Center, Chicago, IL
October 9 – Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON
October 13 – Videotron Centre, Quebec City, QC
October 18 – TD Garden, Boston, MA
October 22 – Canadian Tire Centre, Ottawa, ON
October 24 – Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
October 28 – KeyBank Center, Buffalo, NY
November 4 – Rogers Place, Edmonton, AB
November 8 – Rogers Arena, Vancouver, BC
November 16 – MODA Center, Portland, OR
November 27 – Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
December 8 – CenturyLink Center, Omaha, NB
December 10 – Sprint Center Kansas City, MO
December 13 – Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO
December 14 – Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, IN
December 17 – Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA
January 4 – Capital One Arena, Washington, DC
January 8 – Spectrum Center, Charlotte, SC
January 10 – Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA
January 12 – FedEx Forum, Memphis, TN
January 15 – Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA
January 19 – AT&T Center, San Antonio, TX
January 22 – Toyota Center, Houston, TX
January 24 – American Airlines Center, Dallas, TX
January 26 – Chesapeake Energy Arena, Oklahoma City, OK
January 29 – Pepsi Center, Denver, CO