Saturday, June 15, 2024

Chart Beat: Justin Timberlake Britney Scandal Doesn’t Stop Jung Kook Duet from Going Top 3


Wow. For a couple of weeks, Justin Timberlake was really getting hit in the press and social media.

This was all the result of Britney Spears throwing him under the bus and then backing over him in her book. She claimed she had an abortion at 17 while dating him, and made him seem like the meanest 18 year old boy ever who didn’t want to be a teen parent.

Timberlake was under fire for about three weeks relentlessly. Tabloid stories had him running off to Mexico with his family to get out of Dodge. (It was probably a planned vacation.)

On top of that, JT’s NSync reunion song from the new “Trolls” movie was kind of a flop.

But never count out Timberlake. He’s back in the top 3 with a song called “3D.” It’s a remix of a song by BTS member Jung Kook. On Jung’s album, the song is recorded with Jack Harlow. But that version, which came out in September, didn’t click for some reason. And that’s weird because Harlow has the number 1 song on his own right now.

Anyway, now “3D” with Jung and JT is number 3, and has amassed 2.1 million streams since Friday. The Britney complain-a-thon is over. The new “3D” doesn’t appear on Kook’s hit album, called “Golden.” Maybe Timberlake can use it as a cornerstone for his new album. The whole Nsync-is-back stuff may have fizzled a bit.

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.

Read more

In Other News