2013: A Year In Music – Youth & Hysteria’s Best of the Best

December 18, 2013 § Leave a comment

As 2013 comes to a close with only a few days to spare, I’ve taken the time to look back at all the music highlights from this year! This is my most jam-packed post of the year, so get ready!

Pop Song of the Year: “Diamonds” by Rihanna

R&B Song of the Year: “Love and War” by Tamar Braxton

Hip-Hop Song of the Year: “New Slaves” by Kanye West

Rock Song of the Year: “Do I Wanna Know?” by Arctic Monkeys

Indie Song of the Year: “Retrograde” by James Blake

Remix of the Year: “Jump” by Rihanna (Club Cheval Remix ft. Theophilus London)

Electronic Song of the Year: “F For You” by Disclosure

Dancehall Songs of the Year: “Business” by Vybz Kartel

Reggae Song of the Year: “Fight This Feeling” by Shaggy ft. Beres Hammond

Street Anthem of the Year: “Ain’t Worried About Nothin” by French Montana

Dance Club Anthem of the Year: “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk ft. Pharrell

Urban Club Anthem of the Year: “Bugatti” by Ace Hood ft. Future & Rick Ross

2013 MVP: Justin Timberlake There’s plenty more…keep reading!

Music Bite: The Weeknd Joins Justin Timberlake On Tour

November 5, 2013 § 1 Comment

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The Weeknd is making huge career strides, as he plans to join Justin Timberlake on a string of dates for his 20/20 Experience Tour. He will be opening for JT on six major arena dates. The singer will also join Drake on the European leg of Would You Like A Tour? next year.

Check out The Weeknd’s tour dates after the jump!

Keep reading!

Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” Video: Watch

October 29, 2013 § Leave a comment

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Justin Timberlake shows off his acting chops in new video for “TKO” – off his latest album The 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2. Co-starring actress Riley Keough, the cinematic visual shows the couple in some tense moments – Keough even drags a roped JT behind her moving truck.

Watch it below.

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2: Album Review

October 3, 2013 § Leave a comment

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When Justin Timberlake announced his mega-comeback to the music industry after submerging himself in acting for the past 7 years, the world breathed an excited sigh of relief. The first half of The 20/20 Experience dropped in March, and the Budweiser/tequila endorsements, stadium tours and media appearances followed almost immediately – dare I say it was…corporate-planned? It was a solid mix of a throwback sound with a futuristic underbelly.

The lengthy record (despite it having only 12 tracks) was just enough. Soon after the album dropped, Timberlake announced 20/20‘s volume two. By then, the entire experience was overkill. The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 reflects just that – it’s less about the music and more about making the money. Instead of leaving us with suspense, Timberlake and Timberland hit us over the head with more and more…and more music in a move that is overindulgent.

The album opens up with “Gimme What I Don’t Know (I Want).” It takes a note from Bruno Mars‘ “Gorilla” and steps into the jungle for this jumbled tune. It is overtly simple and almost laughable with lyrics like “Show me your teeth and then spread your wings/ Down and dirty, you’re loving me so loud.” Not to mention the strange accent that Timberlake tries to pass off as a “Sexyback” 2.0 but ultimately fails. Timberlake tries (and fails) to recreate a “Thriller”-esque sonic journey (yes – he even mimics Vincent Prince’s famous laugh) with “True Blood.” Clocking at nine minutes and thirty seconds, “True Blood” is painfully unnecessary and a drag to listen to. The zooming synths combined with the unsteady bassline and odd auto-tuned vocals all come off as messy.

“TKO” is one of the album’s few standouts, which is a shame since the opening line is the horrible “She kill me that coo-coochie coochie-coo.” Yet it still sounds like a track from the FutureSex/LoveSounds cutting room floor. But you can’t act for too much, right? The dull boxing-ring metaphors are saved by the pristine, Southern-tinged production.

Despite the song being a slight disappointment when it was released back in July, the first single “Take Back The Night” rushes in like a breath of fresh air after the album’s weighty first half. It draws disco/funk influences from Michael Jackson‘s Off The Wall combined with Luther Vandross‘ “Never Too Much” – so it definitely has the potential to become a dance party staple.  Keep reading!

New Music: Justin Timberlake – “TKO”

September 20, 2013 § 1 Comment

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Justin Timberlake is taking no time to give fans a taste of new music, and his latest song “TKO” is a definite pleaser. Off his forthcoming album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2, the new single (which follows “Take Back The Night”) is classic Justin – complete with Southern-tinged percussion and heavy-hitting synths that are indeed, a knockout.

The intense production reflects the song’s lyrics, which talks about a girl who keeps playing games with JT’s heart. “TKO” is sonically reminiscent of FutureSex/LoveSounds, which can be a good or bad thing – depending how look at it. Hopefully part two of The 20/20 Experience will find Timberlake in a more expansive space.

Listen to “TKO” below:

Look out for The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 on September 30.

2013 MTV Video Music Awards: The Full Winner’s List

August 26, 2013 § Leave a comment

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 Last night (August 25), MTV celebrated 30 years of the Video Music Awards (held in Brooklyn’s Barclays Center) and our favorite pop stars took away some pretty big moonmen – thanks KAWS.

Justin Timberlake proved to be the man of the entire night, as he collected three awards including the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award! Selena Gomez accepted the Best Pop Video, while One Direction’s “Best Song Ever” won Song of the Summer.

Check out this year’s winner’s list in full after the jump! Keep reading…

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