Justin Timberlake Premieres "Suit & Tie;" Announces Comeback Album

It is hard to believe half a decade has passed since Justin Timberlake last topped the pop charts, but all that is about to change.

Last night Justin Timberlake officially returned to the world of music with the release of his comeback single, “Suit & Tie.” Featuring a guest appearance from Jay-Z and production from Timbaland, the track proves once and for all that no one understands where the future of pop is headed quite like Timberlake. It’s a song with a foundation rooted firmly in classic pop song structure, but with enough spice to make everything feel new once again. You can stream “Suit & Tie” below.

In addition to releasing his single, Timberlake also revealed plans to release a new album entitled The 20/20 Experience later this year. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.

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Blink-182 Working On New Album

Pop-punk veterans Blink-182 have plans to write and record a follow up to 2011’s return from hiatus, Neighborhoods. According to NME.com, bassist and vocalist Mark Hoppus says the trio are “starting to write a new record right now… [but the] new album probably won’t happen for about a year,” due to current tour schedules. Hoppus hopes to bring some life back into the music world after what he believes to have been “a dry summer” in 2011, “devoid of a lot of great new music.” Drummer Travis Barker adds, “I feel like the best is yet to come, the next album is going to be exciting.” So keep your ear to the ground for more updates on the next album from Blink-182!

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Soundcheck: D’Angelo To Make Triumphant Return?

A brutal battle with fame, addiction, and an almost fatal car crash fueled an eleven-year, self-inflicted isolation. Now, D’Angelo is preparing to release his first album in over a decade.

His debut album, Brown Sugar launched him into super-stardom in 1995 and helped the neo-soul movement gain real traction on the mainstream. His single Lady peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was a major commercial success. He appeared on Lauryn Hill‘s track Nothing Even Matters, from her groundbreaking album, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, and recorded his hit single Devil’s Pie for the film Belly in 1998. To top it off, he fathered a child with fellow neo-soul star Angie Stone.

D’Angelo’s sophomore album Voodoo debuted at #1 in 2000 and won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Album and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.  It was ranked #488 on Rolling Stone’s list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. The album’s second single, Untitled (How Does It Feel), was nominated for four MTV Video Music Awards and is ranked #44 on VH-1’s list of 100 Greatest Videos Of All Time.

He seemed to be on top of the world when he suddenly vanished from the public eye. Rumors of drug addiction swirled and D’Angelo all but disappeared, abandoning his place among music’s elite. In a recent interview with GQ, Michael D’Angelo’ Archer finally let the world in on the dark hole he’s been hiding in for the last twelve years.


Soundcheck: Is Ma$e Making A Comeback?

Last week’s big announcements from Maybach Music Group made major waves in the music world, but left some fans disappointed.  Many expected Ma$e to be announced as Rick Ross’ newest signee, after months of speculation that he was returning to rap.

French Montana alluded to Ma$e’s return after he was spotted in the studio him and Ross last month. Ma$e sounds good, sound like he never left. His flow is crazy. We’re going to let the world hear soon enough. Stay tuned. Just stay tuned.

Fans didn’t have to wait too long to hear Ma$e on the mic thanks to a surprise release from MMG. Wale‘s latest single, Slight Work hit airwaves last month and features Ma$e, Diddy, French Montana and Meek Mill.  During an interview with Funkmaster Flex on Hot 97, Ma$e explained that Bad Boy’s French Montana was the mastermind of the collaboration.

I think it was French, man. A lot of love goes out to French. I don’t know why he was repping me so strong, but he was showing me Harlem love. He ain’t even from Harlem, it’s crazy. It was really French, he said. We totally opposite, but he just showed me wild love. I rock with who rock with me.


Call It A Comeback

Just over a year after Eminem released his seventh studio album, Interscope Records revealed his incredible achievement. Recovery is the first album ever to sell one million digital copies. This is just the cherry on top of a good year for the thirty-eight year old artist, who received ten GRAMMY nominations and took home the award for Best Rap Album. It has been about fifteen years since Eminem’s first album was released, and in a world of constantly shifting trends, he has managed to come back and dominate mainstream music once again. A comeback in his own life, fighting an admitted drug addiction, is mirrored by this resurgence in his career which was bolstered by this latest album.

Success can be measured in album sales. Considering the fact that a record was broken, there is no doubt that Recovery was insanely successful. But how did it get to this point? It seems as if Eminem battled his way back to good health and the mainstream radar with a combination of of talent and connections. The album was critically acclaimed but that never assures the selling of an album. Eminem teamed up with some of the biggest names in music in the past year, ending up in the center of mainstream music. He collaborated on “Love The Way You Lie” with Rihanna and also worked with B.o.B., Nicki Minaj, Dr. Dre, Pink and Lil Wayne.

There doesn’t seem to be one concrete formula for a comeback. Let’s take, for example, Britney Spears. She seems to always be making a comeback but most of the time the public is more interested in her crazy life than the quality of her music. This time her most recent album, Femme Fetale, worked because it is full of Top 40 radio-worthy music. Then there’s The Backstreet Boys who faded out of the mainstream spotlight as the boy band phenomenon ended but are now back. The group teamed up with New Kids On The Block to form NKOTBSB. Combining two devoted fan bases, they are currently on a worldwide summer tour.

Blink-182 haven’t released new music since their self-titled album in 2003, but they’re making a comeback as well. After their long hiatus, the band went on a successful reunion tour and released their new song “Up All Night” this past Friday. Lastly, we have Enrique Iglesias whose massive successsful in the early 2000’s, thanks to the  album Escape, failed to launch the  2007 album Insomniac which only reached Number 17 on the Billboard Top 200. But this past year he’s found success with a different sound and huge singles like “I Like It” and “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You)”.

Comebacks appear in many different forms across various genres. The question seems to be, what is more important: coming out with incredible quality music or creatively marketing a new kind of comeback?