JT in the UAE! An Interesting Read for all the Justin Timberlake Fans Out There!

Here’s another one for all the music lovers!


We are just DAYS away from seeing JT perform live in Abu Dhabi, Yas Island and after being blown away by his performance way back in 2007, I cannot contain my excitement to see him live once again. Especially after he won SEVEN Billboard Awards last night AND made an epic speech thanking everyone except Donald Sterling, he’s gone up several notches in my books!

Justin has shown us that he’s come a long way over the last seven years and after reading the article below from Flash Entertainment, I was inspired by the rise of his entire career. If you’re a big fan, I thought you would appreciate this article too! Enjoy:

Justin Triple Threat

Set to light up the du Arena on May 23rd, we ask; is Justin Timberlake the world’s most talented modern performer?

Innovation in music has drawn criticism for its ability to fake raw talent. Auto-tuned choruses have made true talents a rare treasure in the music community and with his instantly recognizable sound and vocal flair, Justin Timberlake is one of those golden children. Timberlake, however, may even put the favored few to shame with his ever-growing roster of skills within music and beyond as a dancer and actor.

This triple concoction of entertainment is not new to the business. Step back in time to the “golden age” of Hollywood from the 40s and 50s, where making it big meant bringing multifaceted talent to the stage and screen: singing, dancing and acting. Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire, Sammy Davis Jr., Audrey Hepburn, Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand—even Clark Gable – all would sing, dance and act for their roles.

If you couldn’t dance you were taught or had to be a knock-out in one department, think Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or Rosemary Clooney, whose voices and acting skills brought them to stardom. But even they tapped their toes when the script called for it.

From his boy band days until now, Timberlake has been famed for both his singing talent and dancing style, both of which smoothly transitioned into a solo career known for its fantastic performances. But the true surprise came with his acting talent.

Though he began acting in films from 2006, Timberlake struck big with his role as Napster creator, Sean Parker, in 2009’s The Social Network. Truly embodying the snarky, Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Timberlake shocked audiences with his role.

Timberlake has also shown off comedic chops as well throughout his acting with his role alongside Cameron Diaz in Bad Teacher in 2011. Proving his apt for comedic gold, Timberlake marked his fifth hosting of famed sketch comedy show “Saturday Night Live” in March 2013, joining the ranks of Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, Candice Bergen, Alex Baldwin and Tom Hanks; all of whom appeared in a skit with Timberlake for the show.

Timberlake also has drawn a following for his sketch comedy and improv performances with sketch trio, The Lonely Island, and his multiple appearances on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

As he stepped back into the music spotlight, Timberlake released a video for his 2013 single “Suit & Tie”, featuring hip-hop legend Jay-Z. Almost an acknowledgement of his modern-day showmanship, the video for “Suit & Tie” is a Rat-Pack styled, black and white affair directed by David Fincher.

With no sign of stopping, Timberlake’s modern day show man seems to have embodied and reinvented itself with its outreach on music, film and even social media channels. With the announcement that Timberlake will star in a biopic of Neil Bogart, the disco-era mogul behind Casablanca Records, Timberlake may have his evolved “triple threat” on display with singing, dancing, acting and, now, producing.

Catch the show of the century this May, on Friday the 23rd at the du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Tickets are on sale now at www.ticketmaster.ae and all Virgin Megastores across the UAE.

Justin Timberlake Timeline

1981: Timberlake born in Memphis, Tennessee

1990: Timberlake appears on Star Search

1993-1994: Timberlake cast as member of The Mickey Mouse Club, alongside Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, JC Chasez and Ryan Gosling.

1995: N’Sync formed.

1999: Timberlake makes his acting debut in the Disney Channel original movie Model Behavior.

Jan 2002: N’Sync went on permanent hiatus after three smash albums, multiple tours and performances at the Academy Awards, the Olympics and the Super Bowl.

Aug 2002:Timberlake premieres his debut solo single “Like I Love You” at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Nov 2002:Releases his debut solo studio album Justified

2003: Timberlake and Aguilera headline the “Justified/Stripped Tour”; Timberlake also records the song “I’m Lovin’ It”, which was used by McDonald’s as the theme to its “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign

Feb 2004:Timberlake performs at the halftime show of the Super Bowl XXXVIII alongside Janet Jackson.

Feb 2004:Timberlake wins two Grammy awards: Best Pop Vocal Album for Justified and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Cry Me a River”

2005: Collaborates with the Black Eyed Peas on the 2005 track “My Style” and Snoop Dogg from the 2005 single “Signs”.

2006-2007:Driving his acting career forward, Timberlake appears in Alpha Dog, Black Snake Moan and voiced Prince Artie Pendragon in Shrek the Third.

2006:Timberlake releases his second studio album, FutureSex/LoveSounds

2007:Timberlake tours the FutureSex/LoveShow.

Feb 2008:Timberlake wins two Grammy Awards: Best Male Pop Performance for “What Goes around…Comes around”, and Best Dance Recording for “LoveStoned/I Think She Knows”.

March 2008:Timberlake collaborates with Madonna for her single, “Four Minutes”

Sep 2009:AnnouncedTimberlake is to star as infamous Internet entrepreneur/former Facebook president Sean Parker in David Fincher’s The Social Network.

Oct 2010:The Social Network opens, garnering critical raves for Timberlake’s portrayal of Parker.

Dec 2010:Timberlake voices character in the animated feature Yogi Bear.

May 2011: Timberlake has first hosting gig, not musical guest, of “Saturday Night Live”

Jun 2011: Timberlake co-stars with Cameron Diaz in the comedy Bad Teacher.

Jun 2011: Timberlake makes an ownership investment in the relaunch of MySpace. He takes a creative role in the site’s redesign and later takes part in press conferences promoting its new look.

July 2011: Timberlake stars alongside Mila Kunis in the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits

Sept 2011:Timberlake joins an ensemble cast headed up by Clint Eastwood in the sports drama Trouble with the Curve.

Sep 2011:Announcement that he will put on his boogie shoes and take the lead role in Spinning Gold, a feature-film biopic of Neil Bogart, the disco-era record mogul behind the Casablanca Records label, that he is also producing.

Oct 2011: Timberlake stars alongside Olivia Wilde in the science-fiction action film In Time

Oct 2012: Timberlake marries longtime girlfriend Jessica Biel in a secret ceremony in southern Italy.

Jan 2013: Timberlake unveils “Suit & Tie,” a single featuring Jay-Z

Feb 2013: Bud Light Platinum names Timberlake the brand’s “creative director,” announcing as well a Team Timberlake-conceived commercial called “Platinum Night” to air during the Grammy Awards telecast. Timberlake performs “Suit & Tie” at the Grammy’s with Jay-Z

Mar 2013:Justin hosts “Saturday Night Live” for the fifth time, joining the hallowed ranks of Steve Martin, Paul Simon, Chevy Chase, Candice Bergen, Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and Martin Short, all of whom deigned to appear in a skit with Timberlake

Mar 2013: Timberlake releases The 20/20 Experience

And this coming Friday, I’m sure he will leave us in awe of his captivating stage presence and impressive vocal abilities, proving why he deserved each and everyone of those Billboard Awards! I CAN’T WAIT! 😀


90s R&B

It’s been a few months now since I’ve started the REWIND segment in my show (The Sheena Show on Radio 1 in the UAE) and I’ve noticed that ever since I’ve started listening to more “feel good” tracks from my youth, I’ve felt so much more alive!

I don’t know if it’s just that music from the 90s was really that good or if it’s the nostalgia factor that comes into play – the memories of the silly things I used to do, the people I used to hold near and dear, the first experiences, the heartbreaks, the growing pains. Whatever it is, I feel that the music from the 90s connects to my heart and soul much more than most of the music that comes out today.

Is it just me, or did music back then have much more substance? Not just in the lyrics, but the quality of voices, the harmonies, the melodies, the instruments… it was just SO good!

I truly miss artists who made music because of their passion for it and not just to make money and be famous. Artists like Joe, Donell Jones, SWV, 2Pac, 112, Biggie, Aaliyah, Boyz II Men, Blackstreet, New Edition, just to name a few.

So far, 2013 seems to be the year of the comebacks. Destiny’s Child is back together working on an album, Justin Timberlake is back on the scene, even Kris Kross seem to be reuniting. I was hoping that some of the artists from the 90s R&B scene who I’ve grown up with might surprise us with a comeback as well and was delighted to discover that many of them are!

Donell Jones has just released Forever, the title track off his new album, Keith Sweat is back in the studio, LL Cool J and Joe just teamed up to record Take It, RL from Next is working on another solo album, and even Maxwell has been teasing us of his upcoming release.

The question is – will their new music be as good as the old? Will they save us from the over-commercialized pop that seems to have taken over? Or will they follow the new trends and change their style?

I guess we will have to wait and see what happens…


Album Review: Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1 – Lupe Fiasco


The biggest factor that sets Lupe Fiasco apart from other rappers is the fact that his every word is thought-through, intended, and meaningful. Although you could enjoy this album as background music, bopping to the Hip Hop beats and grooving to his flow, the best way to experience this album is to really listen and reflect on what Lupe is saying.

As one of the pioneers of conscious rap, every track on this album has a message. They are a collection of honest exposures of Lupe’s beliefs and viewpoints about social issues from political prisoners, global warming, revolutionaries, misogyny, vanity, materialism, the perversion of values in pop and Hip Hop culture, etc.  

For those who have already followed Lupe through his musical journey, you will find that this album takes us deeper into his psyche, revealing the depth of his intelligence and reflection through brilliant references, metaphors and allusions.

If you truly listen to this album, it is sure to leave you inspired. I can onlyimagine what we can expect from the follow up, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 2, scheduled for release this Spring.

Rating: 4/5

A True Legend.

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
Bob Marley

From the first time I heard the off-beat drums and guitar riffs of reggae music, I’ve loved it.

There’s just something about the vibe of the music that makes you feel like your soul is being transported to a happy place.

But Bob Marley’s music is something more than that. It’s not just the combination of the instruments and voices and beat that makes you wanna dance – it’s the depth and meaning of his songs that gets me.

I watched the movie “Marley” this week – it’s a documentary-style film based on the life, music and legacy of Bob Marley.  If you thought his music was inspirational before seeing this movie, I think you will be even more moved after you watch it.

Ever since I watched the film 2 days ago, I haven’t been able to get Bob Marley music out of my head. I’ve listened to my “BOB” CD about 37.5 times. I made it years ago with all the big Bob songs: Could You Be Loved, Waiting in Vain, No Woman No Cry, One Love, Exodus, Three Little Birds, Jammin’ and more. I’ve been trying to pick a favourite out of them – but it’s near impossible.

Now that I’ve seen the movie, I’m noticing, understanding and being moved by the music on a completely different level.

The movie exposed Bob Marley’s passion for music and love for humanity in a way that I hadn’t really understood before. It showed how simple Bob’s life philosophy was and how he used his music to communicate with and inspire the people. It was all about the people for him. One Love.

The movie is filled with stories and anecdotes from people who had been around him in various stages of his life. It’s got plenty of footage of Bob himself and shares the raw truth of the emotions that he stirred within his loved ones. You can see it on their faces and hear it in their voices as they think back to the time when he brought hope and sunshine into their lives. You can see how much people respected and admired him. He was a good man. He was a generous man. He was a man who lived his life by following his heart. That inspires me.

All of these things play on my mind when I’m listening to his songs now. The lyrics speak to me in a way that makes me feel empowered – like I can stand up for what I believe in, like I am free, like I am filled with love.

Bob Marley believed that LOVE was the answer.

If only he were alive today to help spread that belief throughout our world…maybe it would be a better place to live in.

A True Legend.

“My music will go on forever. Maybe it’s a fool say that, but when me know facts me can say facts. My music will go on forever.”
Bob Marley