Pharrell Williams Says Miley Cyrus Is an ‘Old Soul’ + Compares Her to Justin Timberlake

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Between her country roots and covers and her ‘Rebel Yell’-ing, no one really knows what to expect from Miley Cyrus‘ new record — except the people working on it with her. Pharrell Williams compared the project to Justin Timberlake‘s transformation from N’SYNC heartthrob to solo superstar and sang the praises of Cyrus not only as a singer, but also as a person.

At first glance, it’s hard to see exactly what (well, other than a paycheck) would compel Williams and Tyler, the Creator to work with teen pop tart Cyrus, but when Williams explains it, it makes a lot more sense. “What we all have in common is that we like new stuff, we like making music that doesn’t exist,” the former half of the Neptunes told HypeBeast. “That’s what Tyler has in common with me and what I have in common with Miley.” He added, “Put it this way, he heard her music and next thing you know he’s in the picture with her. That’s not what you would expect, but that’s what I love doing: totally surprising people.”

Despite their differences, Williams said it wasn’t too hard to get a good vibe going with the ‘Can’t Be Tamed’ singer. “Yeah, at times people were difficult, but it’s all part of the process,” he explained. “She is an old soul that was trapped in a younger situation who just bursted [sic] at the seams, and I was just happy to be there during that transformation.”

Williams pointed out that he faced similar criticism and questioning when he first started working with Timberlake, who’s “ready” to release new music himself. “I remember when they use to ask me about the same questions with Justin [Timberlake]; people be like why you going in with N’SYNC? Because there’s somebody in there that you don’t know,” he insisted. “Wait till you see what Miley’s done. Oh man!”

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Justin Bieber Tweets About Justin Timberlake’s New Music

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On Thursday (Jan. 10), Justin Timberlake teased the world about his plans to release new music in the following days, and now Justin Bieber is chiming in on the conversation.

Following JT’s buzzworthy announcement, the 18-year-old singer replied-all in a tweet that revealed: “@jtimberlake @Timbaland i have heard some stuff. u got a good reason to be ready.#greatmusic.”


The world has been waiting years to hear new music from Timberlake, whose last album, ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds,’ was released in 2006. The singer posted a minute-long video yesterday, teasing that he’s set to come out of hiatus. “To whom it may concern…I think I’M READY! #JT2013,” he wrote.

Bieber has long been compared to the former ‘NSYNC star, and even paid homage to the thrilled 31-year-old by covering his hit song ‘Cry Me a River’ on his Believe tour. There are many reasons why the Canadian sensation admires JT, as he explained to MTV News last year.

“He was young, and he did it and he was really amazing and had such amazing music,” Bieber said when asked about Timberlake’s influence on his sound. “I can’t say I would be upset when someone compares me to him — I just feel like my music is going a completely different route. But definitely, hat goes off to him.”

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Justin Timberlake vs. Destiny’s Child: Whose Musical Return Has You Most Excited? – Readers Poll

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Yesterday felt like a blast from the past, as former ‘N Sync member Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child announced they were going to be releasing new music. This will mark Timberlake’s first new record since 2006, and the first Destiny’s Child single since the trio dropped ‘Destiny Fulfilled’ in 2004. So, which of these throwback pop acts has you the most excited for new music?

For a while now, fans have been worried that Mr. Timberlake was out of the music game for good. He’s been so focused on acting lately, with roles in films like ‘The Social Network’ and ‘Friends With Benefits,’ and other projects (his deal with MySpace), that many believed the ‘SexyBack’ singer would be retiring from singing altogether. But God must be watching out for all of the JT fans, since the crooner released an official statement (via YouTube) confirming there will be a whole new batch of Timberlake tunes in 2013. Hell yes!

Meanwhile, Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams are reuniting to release a Destiny’s Child greatest hits album, and with that LP will come ‘Nuclear,’ a brand-new single! Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle have had pretty active solo careers since DC’s disbandment, but we are beyond excited to see the fierce-some trio harmonizing together again. Apparently, Beyonce is also bringing Kelly and Michelle along for her Superbowl halftime performance on Feb. 3, and you definitely do not want to miss that.

Which of these artists has your ears perked and ready for listening? Justin Timberlake or Destiny’s Child? Cast your vote below!

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Most Anticipated Albums of 2013

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Even in its earliest days, 2013 is shaping up to be a huge year for all pop music lovers alike.

Artists like EminemJonas Brothers and Beyonce have all been markedly absent from the music charts and promise to make blazing comebacks with new material in 2013. Fans will also get new albums from pop’s most prolific artists like Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj and Kanye West. The Disney triumvirate of Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato will also be dropping new LPs this year.

We’re just going to say it now… 2013: The Year of Pop. Check out which upcoming albums we’re most excited about by clicking below!

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Justin Timberlake is Bringing Sexy Back

After seven long years, Justin Timberlake fans can finally feast their ears on new music from the “SexyBack” singer.

On Thursday morning, the 31-year-old unveiled a video post on his website, titled “I’m Ready,” further confirming details of his new material.

“Someone asked me the other day, so are you just done . . . with music?” JT says in a voiceover as the camera follows him inside the halls of a recording studio.

“It means more to me than anybody else in the world . . . look, I’ve only done two albums in 10 years. That’s the way I really look at it. What does the next decade mean for me . . . I’m the one who sits and is obsessive about it before you even get to hear it.”

 

Since 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, Timberlake has divided his time between major movie roles (The Social Network, Friends with Benefits, Bad Teacher), social media endeavors and his relationship with now wife Jessica Biel.

According to Billboard, JT has already recorded 20 new songs for his third studio album, produced by close friend Timbaland.

Timberlake’s website currently has a countdown clock with three days remaining, further teasing fans with endless possibilities: more information on the new album? A new single?  Another video message?

Earlier this week, Florida radio station Now 97.9 reported that the former NSYNC member will release a new collaboration with Jay-Z and Beyonce as the album’s first single.

But that information has yet to be confirmed by Camp Timberlake.

Are you excited about Justin Timberlake’s upcoming album? What do you think of the JT, Jay-Z and Beyonce collaboration rumors? Weigh in below.

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Justin Timberlake Announces New Music Is on the Way

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Justin Timberlake is officially ready to come back to the music world. After taking a break from his music to act and pursue other ventures, the 31-year-old singer confirmed via a YouTube video that he has indeed returned to the studio to work on new music. JT first teased the news on Wednesday on Twitter by simply writing, “Thursday, January 10th, 2013 at 9:01 am PST…”

Now, come Thursday morning, Justin tweeted out the aforementioned video along with the message, “To whom it may concern…I think I’M READY! #JT2013″ The video starts off mysteriously enough, with a voice over of Justin saying, “Someone asked me the other day, ‘So, are you just done with music?’ It means more to me than anybody else in the world. Look, I’ve only done two albums in 10 years, that’s the way I really look at it. What does the next decade mean for me?”

He then continues to mention how much music really it means to him, and that he can’t expect to “torture” himself year after year to create new music since he wants it to fulfill him. He finishes off the video by saying, “I don’t want to put anything out that I feel like it’s something I don’t love. You just don’t get that every day. You have to wait for it.” Then it shows Justin going up to the mic and saying, “I’m ready.” After the video begins a countdown, and while it’s not exactly known what the countdown leads to, many assume it will be the release of a new single.

Though Justin has been gone from the music world, he’s hardly been out of the public eye. Since releasing his last album FutureSex/LoveSounds in 2006, he’s starred in films such as Friends With Benefits, The Social Network, and Trouble With the Curve. He also opened a restaurant called Southern Hospitality, and worked with the fashion line William Rast.  When it comes to his personal life, he married actress Jessica Biel in Italy on October 19, 2012 after nearly five years of dating.

What do you think about Justin’s return to the music world? Sound off in the comments.

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Justin Timberlake ‘Ready’ to Release Music in Three Days

Justin Timberlake is ready. For what? In three days, the singer, who has been dormant from making music for several years, will finally release new music. OMFG!

After teasing us with a tweet, which lead to speculation that he was working with some HUGE names, he dropped a minute-long video revealing what’s next. At the end of the clip, a counter clock comes up, revealing that new music is on its way in just three days. We. Can’t. Handle. It.

In this teaser video, we follow JT as he walks through a studio, with his passionate voiceover explaining why he has taken an extended break from music and why he has waited.

Essentially, he says that music is so important to him that he gets too close to it and it drains him on an emotional level so he needs time to recharge and refocus. He also refuses to release anything that is not of the highest quality, for both him as an artist, and for you as a fan.

The video starts with him saying that people were asking him, “Are you just done…with music?”

He then delivers the following monologue.

It means more to me than anybody else in the world. I’ve only done two albums in 10 years. That’s the way I really look at it. What does the next decade mean for me? I am the one who sits and is obsessive about it before you even hear it. As close as I get to it, I dunno if I can physically torture myself, year in and year out, and expect it to fulfill me the way that it does and the way that it is now. I don’t want to put out anything that I feel is something I don’t love. You just don’t get that everyday. You have to wait for it.

He then stops in front of a microphone, puts on the headphones and says, “I’m ready.”

So are we.

Whoa. What a rush! What a way to make an entrance. JT is going to reclaim his pop music throne.

Stay tuned for the next three days, PopCrushers!

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Is Justin Timberlake Going to Release New Music With Jay-Z and Beyonce Today?

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If you want to interpret a cryptic tweet issued by the-long-absent-from-making-music-while-he-stars-in-romantic-comedies Justin Timberlake, he just might be making his much anticipated return to music. Rumor has it that a long-rumored collabo with Jay-Z and Beyonce is in the works. Say what?!

According to Complex, the rumor began with Florida’s Radio Now 97.9, which suggested that the single will be released shortly.

Now things have caught fire a bit in terms of the who, the what and the when.

Last night, JT tweeted today’s date, referencing the very specific time of 9:01AM PT. So we know we have to watch out for something at that time. Will it be the single that is released to radio or via DSPs at that very moment? Could be. What a tease.

But that’s not all, JT fans.

Apparently, he has recorded a full album that was produced by Timbaland, which was rumored and reported, and then shot down by his publicist, who flat out denied that he was working on music, back in August. Billboard reports that 20 tracks have been recorded. A source close to the situation also said the singer will be releasing music soon. Perhaps he watched and rewatched this PSA, where fans pleaded for him to make his return.

Beyonce also mentioned in GQ about working with JT, in addition to Pharrell, Timbaland and The-Dream.

We’re a little skeptical, but also incredibly hopeful. Hurry up 9:01AM PT and get here!

Timberlake’s last album ‘Future Sex/Love Sounds’ came out in 2006, which is too long ago.

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Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman ‘Crack Jokes’ Over Dinner in Colorado (EXCLUSIVE DETAILS)

Big screen hunks Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman hit a high note together over a post-Christmas dinner… literally.

The actors, who’ve been known to sell out a crowd when they’ve taken over the microphone, were spotted having dinner at the ultra-exclusive Park Hyatt Beaver Creek Ski Resort and Spa in Avon, Colo. Dec. 27, an eyewitness told Celebuzz exclusively.

“They were out for dinner at the 8100 Mountainside Bar & Grill,” said the eyewitness.

“They were joking with a musician in the lobby. They were requesting songs and cracking jokes and seemed really friendly.”

Timberlake, 31, who’s long been a fan of Beaver Creek Ski Resort and whose wife Jessica Biel has signed on to star opposite Jackman as Viper in The Wolverine, joined the Aussie heartthrob, who just so happens to be staying at the swankiest hotel in the area for the holidays. And the stars went relatively unnoticed on their time off before award season kicks into high gear in the New Year.

“People stayed away for the most part,” added the eyewitness. “It’s a fancy but quiet restaurant.”

The 44-year-old star of stage and screen has a lot to sing about in 2012 with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy for Les Miserables set to be handed out Jan. 13.

Do you think Justin Timberlake and Hugh Jackman would make a good on-screen duo? Tell us your thoughts below.

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Eminem vs. Justin Timberlake: Who Has the Hottest Shirtless Bod? – Readers Poll

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OK, first things first: All of these pictures are circa 2002-2003, when both Eminem and Justin Timberlake were at the top of their game and their shirtless bodies were plastered everywhere. But it’s worth noting that their bodies look almost exactly the same (see some of Em’s ‘Recovery’ promos and JT in ‘Friends With Benefits’) as they did nearly a decade ago.

Alas, these newer images didn’t provide enough insight into what kind of shape these men are in, hence the reason you’re drooling over old-school Em and ‘Cry Me a River’ Justin. So, after checking out both of these hunks, which one gets your vote for the hottest shirtless bod?

Let’s compare and contrast. Both Eminem and Justin Timberlake were obviously hitting the gym hard prior to these snapshots, as the men look like Greek gods with their chiseled abs and killer biceps. On the other, the ‘Without Me’ rapper (hey, we’re in the early ’00s now, remember?!) has a much stockier figure than the former ‘N Sync crooner, who has a more slender build.

There’s really no question that Eminem and JT are both quite bang-able, but whose bod gets you the most hot and bothered? Get your fans out and take a good hard look, then vote for your favorite shirtless hottie below!

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2012 Year in Review: The 20 Biggest Weddings, Breakups and Makeups

Just like the rest of the world, love makes the Hollywood go round.

This year had no shortage of romance among the stars. From Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel saying “I do” under the stars in Southern Italy, to Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively secretly getting hitched on a sprawling Southern plantation, many buzzed-about celebrity couples found their happily-ever-after in 2012.

Even some of the industry’s most beloved golden girls turned bridal. Natalie Portman tied the knot with her Benjamin Millepied in a traditional Jewish ceremony in Big Sur, Calif., where Anne Hathaway also walked down the aisle at sunset to wed Adam Shulman.

Drew Barrymore vowed for forever with Will Kopleman at her Montecito, Calif. estate, while Carey Mulligan took the plunge with Mumford & Sons musician Marcus Mumford in the countryside of Somerset, England.

But wedded bliss didn’t bless everyone, with many longtime lovers calling it quits in 2012. After almost seven years of marriage, Heidi Klum and Seal announced their separation in January before officially filing for divorce three months later.

Parting ways after five wedded years, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes — long labeled Tomkat — reached a surprisingly speedy divorce settlement after just 11 days in July, with the actress receiving primary custody of the couple’s six-year-old daughter, Suri.

But not all of Hollywood’s bitter breakups stuck. Back in July, Kristen Stewart was infamously snapped smooching her married Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders, seemingly ruining her three-year relationship with Twilight co-star Robert Pattinson. But Twihard broken hearts were soon on the mend, as Stewart and Pattinson were spotted canoodling in Los Angeles, Calif., in October.

Now, as the countdown begins to 2013, look back at this year’s biggest weddings, breakups and makeups.

Which wedding took the cake? What split was most shocking? And which makeups were meant to be? Share your thoughts in comments below.

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