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411 Music Fact or Fiction: Are We Excited For A New Justin Timberlake Album?

January 5, 2018 | Posted by Joseph Lee
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Welcome to the 411 Music Fact or Fiction!

You’re excited by news of a new Justin Timberlake album in February.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Justin Timberlake has been killing it ever since he started his solo career and seems to only grow as an artist as he matures. A more personal album could go either way but I’m willing to bet it’s one of his strongest yet.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – Absolutely. Justin Timberlake is one of my favorite male pop stars and I’ve enjoyed all of his albums to various degrees. The announcement of Man of the Woods was a great thing to wake up to this week; I have high hopes that it will bring more of what Timberlake excels at in the music industry. Timberlake has always been very forward-thinking with his music and has been able to make his output influential on the music scene in a positive way. I expect nothing less here.

Lorde was going to get backlash no matter what decision she made about her Israel concert.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Pretty much. There was no way she was going to walk out unscathed considering the hot button issue that is the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Her best bet is just to move on with her career and chalk this whole thing up to youthful ignorance.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – I mean, short of never having announced it, yes. It doesn’t take a political science specialist or expert in international relations to know that the Israel/Palestine situation is a messy one in just about every way, and that there are what you could charitably call strong opinions on both sides of the field. Lorde found herself in a situation where she was damned if she did, and damned if she didn’t. I don’t believe that she would have been any less criticized if she had made the other decision available to her and moved ahead with the concert.

The video for Jay-Z’s ‘Family Feud’ was one of his better ones.

Joseph Lee: FACT – I liked what I saw. The idea of Beyonce being the recipient of all of Jay-Z’s personal sins is a good one, especially since this is a really (really) dramatized version of how it may have went down.

Jeremy Thomas: FICTION – I always hate to do this, but I can’t say for sure one way or another. Jay has the video hidden behind the Tidal paywall and I don’t currently have Tidal because I had to cut down on my streaming services (I still have Apple Music and Spotify). What I can say is that based off the teaser it looks interesting, to be sure. I can’t say with confidence though that it is one of his better ones because Jay has some pretty stellar videos on his resume. “Dirt Off Your Shoulder,” “Roc Boys,” “The Story Of O.J.” are a couple of great examples just off the top of my head. It could be one of his better but I can’t say that with absolute confidence, so I have to lean Fiction here..

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You enjoyed A Perfect Circle’s new song ‘Disillusioned.’

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – Yeah, it’s probably not a big surprise that I dug the hell out of this. A Perfect Circle has always been a great rock band and while this is mellower than “The Doomed,” it’s still a powerful song taking some resonant shots at the social media age. The musical arrangement is seriously on point; it’s not among the band’s more aggressive work to be sure, but it’s moody and appropriately evocative. It got me more excited for the band’s upcoming LP, for certain.

Joseph Lee: FACT – It’s kind of hard for A Perfect Circle to do any wrong in my eyes, so even their more melodic songs like this work for me. It seems like Maynard is really trying to say something here and so I like the song working more on emotion and his vocals than loud guitars and drums.

Kid Rock will likely settle in the lawsuit over ‘The Greatest Show on Earth.’

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – If he doesn’t want to lose, sure. Trademark lawsuits are always a bit difficult to suss out, to be fair. But in this case Feld Entertainment, the owner of Ringling Bros., has a pretty solid case. They’ve owened the trademark on “The Greatest Show on Earth” and there is a very realistic argument to be made that Kid Rock using the name for his concert tour would cause brand confusion in some way or another. According to Feld, they tried to contact Rock and Live Nation several times and were, in their words, “ignored.” Now that there’s a legal situation going on, they won’t be able to just pretend it isn’t happening. And the quickest way to make it go away — and thus not disrupt the tour — is to find a settlement.

Joseph Lee: FACT – He doesn’t seem to have much else in the way of recourse here. He could be stubborn and fight it, but Rock is at least a good businessman if nothing else (how else can he still be coasting on the same garbage music) so he’ll settle and that will be that.

The $1.6 billion lawsuit against Spotify could be a bad sign for the service.

Jeremy Thomas: FACT – I think “could be” is an understatement. Spotify has already settled one major lawsuit regarding this sort of thing, and that’s going to make it a bit harder to fight this one. While I look at that $1.6 billion price tag with a certain level of skepticism, I have little doubt that this is going to be a pretty big headache for Spotify. At the very least, they’re almost certain to remove music named in the lawsuit from the service for the time being and that will not make fans happy. I don’t see how this is anything that Spotify can afford to take lightly, and that alone makes it a bad sign.

Joseph Lee: FACT – Considering they’ve already paid $43 million in a similar lawsuit, that seems to have opened the floodgates. Spotfiys’ going to have to get out in front of this if they don’t want it to hurt their service. The music may vanish, at least until the legal stuff is sorted out. It’s the idea that if they settle or lose a lawsuit, it could cause more similar suits and more money lost. I’m not going to go doom and gloom on Spotify yet, but this is bad.

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