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Justin Timberlake tour stops in Albany Saturday

Justin Timberlake tour stops in Albany Saturday

“Man of the Woods” tour brings tunes from this year’s album of the same name
Justin Timberlake tour stops in Albany Saturday
Justin Timberlake performs at halftime of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.
Photographer: new york times

One-man talent explosion/pop superstar Justin Timberlake plays the Times Union Center (51 S. Pearl St., Albany) Saturday. 

His “Man of the Woods” tour brings to the stage tunes from this year’s album of the same name, his fifth.

It coincides with publication of his book “Hindsights & All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me,” a glance back at a 10-Grammys music career that started with NSYNC and went through the roof, plus acting in 20 films and TV dating back to the “Mickey Mouse Club.” 

He succeeds at everything. 

Monday show
On Monday, performing at the Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, Pa., Timberlake followed his dancers out on stage and yelled to the crowd, “I hope you came to dance tonight.”

What followed, according to centredaily.com, “was a two-hour display of choreography, vocal flourishes, and strobe lights. All this, wrapped either as a trip down memory lane judging by the set list, or a trip into the woods by the special effects.”

Back in 2014
When Timberlake appeared at the Times Union Center in July 2014, Gazette music reviewer David Singer wrote of the show:
“Timberlake delivered a fast-paced, high-energy show of nonstop dancing and singing against a backdrop of incessant video — mostly animated and enormous — and staccato lights. The larger-than-life, often exaggerated production turned out to be good, clean entertainment.

New service
Meanwhile, Timberlake and basketball legend Kobe Bryant are in talks to create programs for a new online service called Quibi, according to Bloomberg News, joining a video startup backed by titans from Hollywood and the Silicon Valley.

The two globally known stars would produce and appear on the service, whose name is short for quick bites, under the deals being discussed, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the negotiations haven’t been completed.

Quibi is a new video service led by Jeffrey Katzenberg, the long-time head of DreamWorks Animation, and Meg Whitman, the former chief executive officer of EBay and Hewlett-Packard. The two have raised $1 billion to build a paid outlet for high-end, short-form video -- promising HBO-like quality in TV shows that run 10 minutes or less.

“This quick-bite form of entertainment should be as big a growth opportunity, as TV was when it came around in the mid-1950s,” Katzenberg said on a panel at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit in Beverly Hills.

Quibi plans to produce more than 70 programs in its first year, about half of which will be original series, according to the people. The company plans to spend the equivalent of up to $5 million an hour on those shows and pay the producing studios a fee on top of production costs.

The other half of the slate will be a mix of short news clips, sports and lifestyle videos.

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