Justin Timberlake Goes For The “tko” On New Single

By Anthony Roberts Closing out a night filled with star-studded performances at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Justin Timberlake gave fans quite a show to end this year’s iHeart Radio Music Festival. The 2013 MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award winner was brought to the stage by Floyd “Money” Mayweather, who packed the same arena just a week prior in his championship bout against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez. “I was once told to save the best for last,” Mayweather said. “I’m honored to introduce the heavyweight champion of music, Justin Timberlake.” Backed musically by the Tennessee Kids, he began his energetic set with the fan favorite “Sexy Back,” much to the delight of the crowd. In an interview last Thursday, Timberlake revealed that he’d be pulling the covers off of some new music during the set, and wasted no time, as he immediately segued into “True Blood,” off of his September 30 release, The 20/20 Experience — 2 of 2. The up-tempo, horn-laden track garnered a great response from the audience, including Jessica Biel, who looked on from her seat. Grabbing a guitar to play along with the band for “Like I Love You” and showing off some of his fancy footwork during a solo dance routine while performing “My Love,” the singer breezed through hit after hit, making it all look effortless. Channeling a bit of Katy Perry’s special guest Juicy J , Timberlake incorporated “Bandz a Make Her Dance” into his performance of “Cry Me a River,” a move that got the crowd even more turned up during the high-energy set. Though his Legends of the Summer Tour co-headliner, Jay Z, wasn’t in attendance, Timberlake still passionately belted out his vocals from his title track collaboration with Hov, “Holy Grail,” from Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail. Once again making good on his promise to perform new music, JT then went into “TKO,” which got overwhelming approval from all those in attendance. Riding the momentum of his seamless set, the Memphis-native eased into the dance-friendly “Take Back the Night,” a smooth transition into the tail end of his set, which included a performance of “Mirrors” and “Suit & Tie.” Justin Timberlake at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival Photo: Getty Images

Justin Timberlake Covers The Jacksons’ “Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground)” For BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge: Watch

The new single TKO, which Timberlake shared last night , finds him going all 12 rounds again. If you groaned at that boxing metaphor, you better prepare yourself: TKO extends its love-as-fisticuffs analogy through all seven minutes. His lover is a dirty fighter who knocks [him] out, who tried to go below the belt and swing[s] after the bell and all the whistle blows. It gets goofier, and more forced: It cuts right on my eye, yeah it hurt, wont lie, he croons, describing the pain of seeing her with another man. Later, he is more straightforward: This rematch sex is amazing. Musically, from the beat to the chord progression to the vocal percussion and the synth line, the song is strongly reminiscent of Cry Me a River , though since its 2013 JT it also gets a breakdown around the five-minute mark. River remains one of Timberlake and Timberlands best songs, but part of me wishes they would take more risks and come out swinging with something new, rather than persisting with this old rope-a-dope. TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2011, AT 3:07 PM Obama Gets Firsthand Look at a Tornado Damage TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010, AT 6:19 PM Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma. Very long title. Long long long. Tornado Kills at Least Five in Oklahoma.

Justin Timberlake Takes Back The Night At iHeartRadio Festival

Justin Timberlake at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival

Take Me There! Justin Timberlake Covers The Jacksons Shake Your Body For BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge: Watch Tweet JT Covers The Jacksons Most artists visit the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge with the intention of putting their own spin on a contemporary hit. Robin Thicke memorably turned Icona Pops I Love It into a soulful ballad, while Bastille transformed Miley Cyrus We Cant Stop into a haunting rock anthem. Justin Timberlake takes a different path. He performed an unusually faithful rendition of The Jacksons classic 1978 disco hit Shake Your Body (Down To The Ground). Its great to see Justin leave his suit and tie at home and just have fun. He turns the studio into a nightclub, line-dancing with his band on stage while rocking a white t-shirt and black hat. As usual, his vocal is on point and the 32-year-olds stagecraft can not be denied. JT had the entire crowd on their feet! Slip into your disco finery and watch up top. Should JT add this cover to his concert repertoire? Let us know in the comments below.