The pop scene starting in 2017 had begun to see a domination of male artists on the charts. Songs like “Despacito” and “Shape Of You” saw the likes of Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran claiming their thrones in the world of pop music. However, 2018 has already begun to see the revival of another acclaimed male pop artist. Justin Timberlake, known for being a member of *NSYNC, dating Britney Spears in the early 2000s and launching his own solo career, has had some of the most iconic, chart-topping hits in pop music history. These include “Cry Me A River” (which included the controversial Britney lookalike), “Sexyback”, and “Can’t Stop The Feeling”. Earlier this month, Justin made his big 2018 debut with the release of his newest album, Man of the Woods, which debuted at number 1 on the Billboard Charts. The lead single, Filthy, a mid tempo track living up to the title with dubstep influences, had obtained a Top 10 debut at number 9 on the charts.
If releasing an album wasn’t already Justin’s way of telling us he’s back, his performance at the Super Bowl certainly did. The performance included a large spectacle of dancing and a medley of his most memorable hits. It had also included a tribute to the late Prince, which was met with a large amount of controversy because of Prince’s negative view of holograms/post-death tributes. Controversial performances for pop artists isn’t a new concept: it’s part of what makes them so appealing. This tactic has been used for years and is still effective.
Justin Timberlake’s return to the mainstream pop music scene has been successful thus far. If his hit single “Sexyback” is any indicator of what’s to come, it’s that he will continue to deliver beyond 2018.