Super Bowl XLVII not only gave us one of the greatest halftime shows of all time, but it has also (indirectly) provided Justin Timberlake
fans a few more reasons to get hyped up for the release of his third studio album, The 20/20 Experience
. DIRECTV threw an exclusive party Saturday night in New Orleans in celebration of the pending big game and, apparently as a bit of a surprise to some of its associates, spiced it up with a little Justin Timberlake concert.
Actually, it wasn't that little at all. It had the whole ensemble - auxiliaries, full band, and the works. While probably not too many people would refer to it as Timberlake's "big comeback" following his last proper concert in 2009, it was, however, his first full-length show since. Many of his biggest hits from his two prior solo albums made it onto the stage, as well as the first single from The 20/20 Experience
, "Suit & Tie" featuring Jay-Z, who joined him on stage for that performance. The true gems of the night were his performances of "Little Pusher Love Girl" and "That Girl" - two previously unannounced songs off the upcoming release.
Neither disappointed. "Little Pusher Love Girl" in particular has an interesting and unique gospel-R&B-pop blend and chord-combination that, considering the similar originality of "Suit & Tie's" musical progression, really forces us to wonder what other fresh sounds JT has in store for us on the new album. March 19th is indeed promised to be an "experience." Before then, we can look forward to his performance on the Grammys, and his subsequent real "big comeback" at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles.
The two new songs live: