Years ago, I wrote some unkind things about J.T. in this paper. When Justin Timberlake decided to base his record label operations in L.A., it seemed, well, un-Memphian. But, boy, has that changed.
In the decade since, Timberlake has capitalized the Mirimichi Golf Course in Millington and ponied up like a boss to represent Memphis in the roster of local Grizzlies ownership. He closed out his fifth stint hosting Saturday Night Live wearing a Griz T-shirt and a Tigers hat. Time for me to shut up.
Say what you will about him being a Mouseketeer, 'N Sync member, or Britney's thang, Timberlake was part of Mammon's entertainment machine because of his undeniable talents. The guy is as funny as any cast member on SNL, and word is he hits his parts in one take when he's in the studio. Elvis won three Grammys. Timberlake has six. Let that bounce around under your mouse ears.
His latest visionary move is The 20/20 Experience, an album in two parts. The first installment debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200. It sold nearly a million copies in its first week. The second installment arrived in late September. Critical reviews were mixed. But did those critics wear Tiger hats on SNL? No, they did not. So they can all go to hell.
Welcome home, J.T.
Justin Timberlake's 20/20 Experience World Tour comes to FedExForum on Monday, November 18th. Tickets available at ticketmaster.com.