Monday, April 22, 2024

New Music: Timberlake NSync Reunion a Hit, Shaky Starts on Chart for Bon Jovi, Zayn


We got a lot of new music that debuted overnight on the charts. Some did well, others not so much.

Justin Timberlake’s new album, “Everything I Thought It Was” opens at number 1. The album already had a hit single with “Selfish.” Now a few more have climbed onto the iTunes top 100.

Of all the singles, “Paradise,” which reunites Justin with NSync, is already number 4. Another one, “No Angels,” is the official new release with a video to boot.

Also out and holding at number 2 is Kacey Musgraves’s album, “Deeper Well.” The title track is a hit, too, over on the top 100. Look for this album to build and have staying power.

But there’s some bad news, too: already struggling is Bon Jovi’s new single, “Legendary.” It opened at number 32 and doesn’t seem to be catching on. The album it comes from, called “Forever,” doesn’t hit for 90 days, so maybe other tracks on it will take off. Three months seems like a long lead time, but who knows?

Really in trouble already is One Direction’s Zayn Malik. He sings “What I Am” including the expression “fucked up” like he’s Teddy Swims. The song is catchy but no one can play it because of the language. Zayn is the most self-defeating recording act in some time. “What I Am” is not on the top 100 so far. Whoops!

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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