A pair of perfectly timed announcements on Jan. 10 sent a flurry of excitement reverberating throughout the music world, as fans will soon be able to get their hands on new tunes from none other than GRAMMY winners, Justin Timberlake and Destiny’s Child.
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After teasing the date and time of his forthcoming announcement on Twitter just hours earlier, Timberlake promptly followed through with a cryptic one-minute video that was scarce in details but big in implications thanks to his parting words: “I’m Ready.” The screen then revealed a countdown which will end late Sunday night (Jan. 13), leaving many to wonder what will be revealed when the clock strikes zero. Another teaser video? A new single? A new album? Regardless, he’s confirmed something fresh is coming, and we can hardly wait.
Having found ways to stay in the spotlight via movies and Saturday Night Love, it may not feel like it’s been that long since he’s hit the studio, but as far as new music goes, it’s been seven years since the release of the massively popular, FutureSex/LoveSounds solidified Timberlake’s brilliance in the music industry, and as a solo artist. And now, it won’t be long before sexy, once again, comes back.
In other earth-shattering music news, Beyonce dropped a major announcement of her own Thursday morning, revealing via Tumblr that the first Destiny’s Child album in eight years will be available for purchase on Jan. 29. Entitled “Love Songs,” the album will be mostly a "best-of," save for a new Pharrell-produced song, but still, it marks the group’s first release since 2004’s “Destiny Fulfilled,” which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and went certified triple platinum.
With her Super Bowl halftime performance just weeks away, Beyonce recently sat down with GQ and revealed that a new album of her own is also due out this year. The yet-to-be-named fifth studio album will be her first since 2011’s “4” and can be expected to drop as early as April. To add to the excitement, it was confirmed that fans will be treated to a Destiny’s Child reunion during the Super Bowl halftime show, and the performance is expected to include a medley of hits and their forthcoming new single, "Nuclear." Be there to witness it live with 2013 Super Bowl tickets for the Feb. 3 event of the year at the Superdome in New Orleans.
Let the countdowns begin!