Saturday, April 20, 2024

Beyonce Will Give New Justin Timberlake Album Wide Berth, Releasing “Act II: Cowboy Carter” March 29th


Beyonce is giving Justin Timberlake two weeks to top the charts before she drops her country album. JT drops his “Everything I Ever Wanted” tomorrow night at midnight.

Beyonce’s “Act II: Cowboy Carter” is coming on March 29th. Advance orders are being taken for the album in lots of iterations, a la Taylor Swift. The album will feature her hits, “Texas Hold ‘Em,” and “16 Carriages.”

Dolly Parton has said in an interview that she thinks Beyonce has recorded her great classic, “Jolene.” We can only wonder what other surprises are coming as Beyonce throws her lasso.

“Act II” will get its own three week window before Taylor Swift drops “The Tortured Poets Department” on April 19th.

And not going anywhere so fast: Ariana Grande’s current number 1 hit, “Eternal Sunshine.” And down the line we’ll see Billie Eilish’s new album, which she says is completed.
Plus Kacey Musgraves has a new release this Friday.

Any men releasing hit albums besides Timberlake? Unclear. Male pop stars are not in fashion right now. They may not know what to write about without getting cancelled. Someone has to write a song called “I’m Asking for Consent.” For example: where is Bruno Mars? Why doesn’t Charlie Puth release albums regularly? Why can’t the Jonas Brothers sell records?

Mysteries all.

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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