Tagged: Justin Timberlake

Facebook versus Twitter Showdown: Celebrities

By Brandon Lewis, Staff Writer
@Brandon_S_Lewis

What if, one day…/PHOTO VIA Flickr user imjustcreative

Twitter’s been on a roll as of late. Last week, “the SMS of the Internet” went public and witnessed its shares rise 73 percent above the offering price on its first day in the stock market. It was a pretty amazing accomplishment, considering Facebook flopped during its public debut last year. Facebook’s shares rose only 0.6 percent.

I’m pretty sure Facebook’s top guns have put this day in the back of their minds. Since Twitter now has something to gloat about, the rivalry between the two is definitely heating up.

Twitter and Facebook are currently fighting over celebrity attention. Both want to make it easier for celebrities to create profiles and interact with their fan base. They believe a stronger celebrity presence will not only attract more users, but also engage them.

It’s important that more people sign up for accounts with Facebook and Twitter but if they’re not engaged, these users aren’t going to stay.

Twitter is often credited with breaking down the barrier between celebrities and their fans. Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and Nicki Minaj can connect with the world by re-tweeting and favorite-ing their fans’ tweets. They could make someone’s dream come true by simply hitting the follow button on their fans’ pages.

However, it’s a different story while on Facebook. Celebs don’t have many options to address fans because their public profiles have certain limitations. They’re attempting to change this.

According to an article in Yahoo!, it looks like Facebook is going to launch a feature allowing the Jay-Zs and Lady Gagas of the world to better reach out to their supporters. Facebook hasn’t released any details on the new feature as of yet. It’s been hinted that the feature will “step on Twitter’s home turf.”

I don’t really pay attention to celebrities on Facebook, but when it comes to Twitter, I follow them religiously. I feel more connected when they tweet about their normal lives than on Facebook when their posts are more glamorized.

It’s also entertaining to watch celebrity feuds pan out on Twitter such as the recent feud between Kanye West and Jimmy Kimmel. You would never see something like this on Facebook. I love Twitter.

I’ll give Facebook the benefit of the doubt and wait to see what its new feature will offer. Whatever happens, I’m still #TeamTwitter.

The Beat: AMA Predictions

By Kate Ebeling, Staff Writer
@kebbietot

There’s no way 1D’s fans aren’t letting them win at least once./PHOTO VIA Wikimedia Commons

With the American Music Awards roughly one month away and the nominees recently named, the speculation of the winners and the losers has already begun. Before the national voting begins, here is a list of my personal predictions for the 2013 AMA Winners.

ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Bruno Mars
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift
  • Justin Timberlake 

With a comeback similar to Rocky, this one hands down goes to JT.

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR

  • Florida Georgia Line
  • Ariana Grande
  • Imagine Dragons
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • Phillip Phillips

Even though Macklemore has been putting out music for years, his latest attemps at cultural appropriation through his music has garnered him enough hype and attention to secure the award of “New” Artist of the Year.

SINGLE OF THE YEAR

  • Florida Georgia Line ft. Nelly, “Cruise”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Wanz, “Thrift Shop”
  • Robin Thicke ft. Pharrell & T.I, “Blurred Lines”

Even though this song is questionable at best, and I still struggle to understand the public infatuation with it, there is no doubt that “Blurred Lines” was a smash hit this summer and will win “Single of the Year”

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • Bruno Mars
  • Robin Thicke
  • Justin Timberlake 
  • “The Comeback Kid”

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST – POP/ROCK

  • P!nk
  • Rihanna
  • Taylor Swift

Without a doubt will Swift win this category. If she doesn’t, P!nk and Rihanna can expect some death threats via twitter in the near future.

FAVORITE ALBUM – POP/ROCK

  • One Direction- “Take Me Home”
  • Taylor Swift- “Red”
  • Justin Timberlake- “The 20/20 Experience”

Honestly this could go either way, and in my opinion, the only way to decided who’s the winner is to dump two rabid fans in a gladiator-type area and have them fight it out for their idol.

FAVORITE BAND, DUO OR GROUP – POP/ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  • One Direction

Rabid Directioners would never let anyone but their beloveds snag this category #truth.

FAVORITE ALBUM –  COUNTRY

  • Luke Bryan “Crash My Party”
  • Florida Georgia Line “Here’s To The Good Times”
  • Taylor Swift “Red”

I didn’t even know she was still considered country, but again, #swiftys.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Jay Z
  • Lil Wayne
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis 

Taking this award all the way to the bank, where they will promptly hit the thrift shop.

FAVORITE ALBUM – RAP/HIP-HOP

  • Jay Z “Magna Carta… Holy Grail”
  • Kendrick Lamar “good kid, m.A.A.d city”
  • Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “The Heist”

While Jay Z is a strong contender, we can’t forget all the hype surrounding Macklemore and Lewis, as well as their younger fan base compared to Jay Z.

FAVORITE MALE ARTIST –  SOUL/R&B

  • Miguel
  • Robin Thicke
  • Justin Timberlake

While I’m still confused on how an artist can appear in two different genre categories (JT, I’m looking at you,) Thicke will win out thanks to his sexist summer smash “Blurred Lines,” as well as his recent publicity stunt at the MTV Music Video Awards.

FAVORITE FEMALE ARTIST –  SOUL/R&B

  • Ciara
  • Alicia Keys
  • Rihanna

Alicia Keys has done very little, musically, since the birth of her son, Egypt (no shade, respect for motherhood), but I can’t see her winning this with Ciara in the category, who is the perennial nominee and a relative good girl compared to “Rihanna,” who shocked (and grossed out) audiences all over the globe with her recent music video for her single “Pour It Up.”

FAVORITE ALBUM –  SOUL/R&B

  • Rihanna “Unaplogetic”
  • Robin Thicke “Blurred Lines”
  • Justin Timberlake “the 20/20 Experience”

I’m banking on a banner year for this former *NYSNC member.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  ALT ROCK

  • Imagine Dragons
  • The Lumineers
  • Mumford & Sons

A perfect combination of pop sensibility and rock anthems, Imagine Dragons has this one in the bag.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  ADULT CONTEMPORARY

  • Maroon 5
  • Bruno Mars
  • P!nk

The power of Adam Levine’s tattoos will help them win this one.

FAVORITE ARTIST –  LATIN

  • Marc Anthony
  • Prince Royce
  • Romeo Santos

FAVORITE ARTIST – CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL

  • tobyMac
  • Chris Tomlin
  • Matthew West

FAVORITE ARTIST- ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC

  • Avicii
  • Daft Punk
  • Calvin Harris
  • Zedd

Daft Punk made a splash this year with their album “Random Access Memories,” but with a strong category of nominees I could see this going many different ways.

TOP SOUNDTRACK

  • “The Great Gatsby: Music from Baz Luhrmann’s Film”
  • “Les Miserables”
  • “Pitch Perfect”

While Les Mis was probably a much more musically encapsulating soundtrack, the general public will most likely vote for the one with Fergie on it.

Justin Timberlake releases new single

The Justin you remember from middle school/ PHOTO VIA www.20somethingawesome.com

The Justin you remember from your elementary school years/ PHOTO VIA http://www.20somethingawesome.com

By Jasmine Ferrell, Staff Writer
@JasmineInBoston

Justin Timberlake recently released a single called “Suit and Tie”  featuring Jay-Z, and it’s kinda turning out to be a big deal. Rolling Stone magazine stated that it after the high was projected to be his best week in song sales ever, which is saying a lot considering Timberlake’s previous success. The whole album, The 20/20 Experience, won’t be released until March 19, but until then, let’s all gather around our dormitory heaters and reminisce about the highlights of J.T.’s memorable existence.

He got started on “The New Mickey Mouse Club”, but who really cares about pre-eye candy JT? It all really started in the age of the boy bands, where as a member of N*Sync  he  charmed his way into every girl’s heart with his bleached hair and ultimate swag.

  • While Justin was in N*Sync, they released a couple pretty big hits, likely to have been played at a couple of your school dances. There were the classics like, “Tearing up my Heart” and “Girlfriend,” but nothing can compare to the glory that is “Bye Bye Bye.” That song marks a generation.
  • He also dappled a bit in acting and his first film happened to be a little Disney channel number called Model Behavior. A poetic tale of two girls switching places, and wouldn’t you know it? JT plays a love interest.
  • Then there was the first solo experience: Justified. His debut CD was released in 2002 and was released at the number two spot on the Billboard charts. It also leads to yet another monument in JT history, the single “Cry Me a River.”
  • The whole JT and Britney thing was actually a highlight in itself.  What romance of the early 2000’s could’ve been more perfect? Two of the top pop culture icons merging into one glorious couple, brings tears to my eyes still.
  • Later in the decade brought more acting to Justin, but more importantly his most famous contribution yet. Future Sex/Love Sounds.  Is it even necessary to explain this? No.

Now as we journey closer to the present things die down. Justin seemed to go on a musical hiatus as he acted in some more movies (all rather hit or miss) and well you know, got married. But man, is it good to have him back where he belongs. Let us all gather and celebrate a man we all grow up with and say to the world:

“If you wanna fly, Come and take a ride, Take a space ride with a cowboy, baby.”