Pop Maths: Justin Timberlake
1. James Brown, King of Soul. Choreography speaks no end for a pop artist, and Timberlake’s new style pays great homage to the early age of TV studio performance. Note standing microphone and dramatic flicks of the head.
Incidentally, “I Got the Feelin'” (1968) is the track that was used for auditions at Motown by…
2. Michael Jackson, ‘Off the Wall’ (1979) era. Jackson wore a suit and bow tie as a sign of growing up and musical maturation. It’s now shorthand for the birth of the King of Pop (a visual reminder too of Timberlake’s recent wedding). Note the choice to go by JT on the ‘The 20/20 Experience’.
The pioneer of the music video, Jackson was also relatively successful in film…
3. “The Lady from Shanghai” (1947) Dir. Orson Welles. “‘Course killing you is killing myself. It’s the same thing.” Perhaps host to the most famous fun house/hall of mirrors shoot in cinematic history (see video for “Mirrors”) this film noir also stars Rita Hayworth, who at the time of filming was already Welles’ divorcee. Note the meta-reference to the ups and downs of married life, as well as the allusion to JT’s time in the film industry.
+ 4. Trademark, Timbaland beats and a soaring boy band vocal line