Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Pop War: Justin Timberlake vs. Alicia Keys This Friday in New Singles Releases


For a minute there, Alicia Keys probably thought she had Friday to herself. Her single “In Common” is dropping, and she’s performing it on “Saturday Night Live.”

But now her own label, RCA, is also releasing a new song by Justin Timberlake. “Can’t Stop the Feeling” sounds like a disco song. Indeed, when Caitlyn was Bruce she/he/they starred in the Alan Carr disco movie of that name. It was one of the biggest flops in history.

JT’s record, however, is sure to be a hit. The fight for Number 1 is going to be vicious. Poor Drake, he thought his huge new “Views” album would be the big story this week. And it is– close to 1 million copies sold. So Poor Beyonce– “Lemonade” is already getting a little stale.

So much good music in a short period. Lots of Grammy nominees. Of course the Album of the Year will be David Bowie’s “Blackstar.”

And soon to hit: Paul Simon’s “Stranger to Stranger.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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