Music News: Justin Timberlake, Jack Black, Foo Fighters and Pitchfork

  • Timberlake's surprise show and tease
  • Jack Black, Dave Grohl and AC/DC? Yes, please!
  • The sadness of Pitchfork
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Justin Timberlake has not produced a new album since 2018's disappointing Man of the Woods. Timberlake moved a bit away from his normal pop to something more gritty. At least, he hoped the album would be gritty but the record quite got there. Still, there is no doubt about Timberlake's talent, and music fans should always look forward to what Timberlake might do next.

Late last week, Timberlake teased new music on an Instagram post ahead of an intimate show he played at the Orpheum Theater in Timberlake's native Memphis, Tennessee. The track in the post is called "Selfish" and definitely is more of a familiar sound to Timberlake's older music than to Man of the Woods.

There isn't much to the tease, however, so the song might end up being incredibly boring. And who knows if that song will turn into 10 more and become a full-fledged new album. Let's hope so.

As far as Timberlake's show, he performed before 2,300 people at the Orpheum. He told the crowd that the band "didn't get dressed up for nothing" about playing new music. He also added another Instagram post that was captioned, "Justin Timberlake Presents: Everything I Thought It Was," and this could be the name of Timberlake's new LP.

Justin Timberlake, Jack Black, and the Foo Fighters play live, but not all together

Speaking of live music, Jack Black joined the Foo Fighters on stage at the Foos' opening show of the 2024 tour in Auckland, New Zealand this weekend. To make the moment better, Black and Dave Grohl and friends played a cover of AC'DC's "Big Balls." Yes, the performance was as great as it sounds.

Pitchfork is gone for all intents and purposes

In our last bit of news, the once-excellent music magazine Pitchfork will likely not continue to be anywhere near as cool as it used to be. Conde Nast bought Pitchfork in 2015 after a long period of time when Pitchfork was one of the most essential music sites. Pitchfork tried to get the world to know lesser-known artists who deserved more love, and many of those musical artists did eventually get attention due to Pitchfork.

But last week Conde Nast announced Pitchfork would move from its own platform to vertical as part of Conde Nast. A lot of Pitchfork's staff was laid off as well. The basic closure of Pitchfork causes harm to up-and-coming artists as well as music fans. Conde Nast's decision to give more credence to money than art is just another sign of how cruel the world can be.

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