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Rolling Stone: What the hell happened to Justin Timberlake?

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53 minutes ago, Caleb Ellis said:

Rolling Stone say that The one-time triple threat is turning into the king of ‘cringe’.
Here is what Brittany Spanos wrote in this new article: 

At the turn of the century, Timberlake dominated every facet of pop culture. He was the de facto breakout star of dominating boy band *NSYNC and the boyfriend of pop princess Britney Spears. When both those parts of his life ended in uniquely dramatic fashions, he spun it into solo superstardom. Twenty years ago this fall, he made his mark with Justified. Four years after, Future***/LoveSounds would secure him enough industry good faith and clout for at least a decade more.

…Over the last few years, however, things have changed drastically for for pop’s Bad-ish Boy-Next-Door. He took several long breaks between albums that eventually gained responses ranging from tepid to horrified (2018’s Man of the Woods, anyone?) and he hasn’t exactly taken over Hollywood. On top of some career missteps, public opinion on some of his actions as a budding star have been revisited, like the Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction that cost Janet Jackson her career and the way he made Britney Spears a villain after their break-up. The blowback was so loud that Timberlake had to issue a public apology to both women, though both Jackson and Spears have denied harboring any ill will towards him.

…All of this made it incredibly difficult for Timberlake — who like many of his early millennium peers was as known for his dancing as he was his singing — to survive the public embarrassment of messing up the Beat Ya Feet dance. In a viral video from his performance at Pharrell’s Something in the Water festival that could possibly loom over his career larger than anything else mentioned so far, the teen idol gives hardcore awkward dad energy for the first time in his music career. It’s as harrowing to the millennial psyche as it is unbearably cringe-y to the numerous TikTok creators who spent a week roasting how he turned the DC specialty into an Irish jig. 

Read More: https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-news/justin-timberlake-tiktok-cringe-podcast-dont-let-this-flop-1374158/



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Not all stars are meant to stay on top of their game forever. He had an incredible run; 25 years long career is nothing to scoff at, 10 years out of which he enjoyed commercial and critical acclaim. Not to mention headlined the Super Bowl.

very few pop acts can make that claim. Also it’s a smart move for declining artists to sell the rights of their entire music catalog to bag a hefty 100M $.

im sure he’s doing just fine.  

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I just wanna say his Future***/LoveSounds era was legendary, iconic, and extremely successful. He completely dominated then, and most of the album still sounds fresh today. I miss pop music eras being that good. He had the music, the visuals, the performances, the vision - it was an incredible time.

But yeah, with years and years between albums, the music getting progressively worse and cringier, and his white male privilege catching up to him, he’s been increasingly having it rough.

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He just didn’t know when to hang it up. Justin almost made “icon” status. However his song choice and singles he dropped weren’t good. I think his career is done, but if he released a really good single, a comeback is still possible 

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