It’s good to be Justin Timberlake in 2013. With a musical comeback attempt that really could have gone either way, given the long hiatus — and, trust, with 1.5 million copies of The 20/20 Experience sold in just over a month, plus two Top 5 hits off the record dominating radio, it’s going the right way — the world’s most time-taking pop star is making sure to hit all the right marks, promotion-wise, and the real winners here are the fans who’ve been missing JT for the past six-plus years.
Timberlake’s latest public appearance came courtesy of an intimate MasterCard Priceless Premieres gig at New York’s Roseland Ballroom on Sunday (May 5) evening. (Well, intimate by Justin Timberlake standards — the sold-out venue housed 2000 screaming, dancing, giddy and drunk MasterCard holders.) Perhaps as an artistic acknowledgement of his long absence from the live stage, Justin and his full band of “Tennessee Kids” opened not with a new song from his latest album, but rather his very first solo single, “Like I Love You.”
Other JT “classics” (I guess we can call them that at this point, right?) mixed in included “What Goes Around…Comes Around” (watch above), “My Love,” “Senorita,” “Cry Me A River,” “LoveStoned,” “Summer Love” and “SexyBack,” with Timbaland sauntering on stage for the latter (watch below). More »