Justin Timberlake speaks out after being roasted for viral dance video
This time, Justin Timberlake hasn’t quite brought the sexy back. In a lighthearted apology posted to Instagram on June 23, the 41-year-old apologized for his dance moves during his performance at Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Music Festival in Washington, DC on June 18 during her hit song “SexyBack”. “
A video of the performance shows the Grammy winner telling the audience, “DC, kick your feet!” Timberlake was referring to a traditional DC dance style, usually set to go-go music, which is supposed to look like this.
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During a video posted to his Instagram Stories, Timberlake said, “DC, I want to apologize for two reasons.” He turned the camera and pointed to his Nike sneakers, “Here and here!”
“I had a long chat with them both individually and said, ‘Um, never do that to me again,'” he joked. “Maybe it was the khaki, the khaki vibe. I’m going to make up for it. I’m going to focus on these two guys here and make them good,” he said. “I love you all.” He then shared funny TikTok videos of fans replicating his footwork and admitted that they performed the choreography better than him.
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The DC dance style known as “Beat ya feet” originated from the go-go scene in the 1990s and 2000s. It was a local dancer called Crazy Legs who helped spread the dance around the world . The dance consists of a three-step series of moves and a bounce, unlike Timberlake’s failed (but certainly effort-filled) moves.
Black Twitter bluntly poked fun at the former NSYNC member once a video of him dancing went viral. District of Columbia mayor Muriel Bowser even asked townspeople if they should let the entertainer off the hook for his dance moves.
Should I consider a pardon from the mayor of @jtimberlake?
— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) June 22, 2022
Something in the Water took place in Washington, DC this past weekend during the June 19 holiday. He was originally slated for Pharrell’s home state of Virginia, but after his cousin Donovan Lynch was murdered last year, he changed locations. The 49-year-old “Happy” singer said USA today that the festival should promote “unity and togetherness – not genders, but humans coming together”. Other stars who performed at the event this year included Usher, Calvin Harris, Ashanti, Tyler the Creator and Dave Matthews Band.
Cringeworthy steps aside, Timberlake’s bank account is at least thriving. On May 26, news broke that the star had sold his music catalog to Hipgnosis Song Management, backed by private equity firm Blackstone. The deal covers approximately 200 songs that Timberlake wrote or co-wrote. With the private equity firm in charge, the musician’s hit songs such as “SexyBack,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and “Mirrors” will be their property, reported Billboard.
The catalog sold for just over $100 million, according to The the wall street journal. Although the Timberlake camp asked for a price in this range, the price was too high for them, according to Billboard sources.
Timberlake’s catalog revenue had dwindled since its peak between 2016 and 2018 when he co-wrote the song “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” for the soundtrack of the film Trolls. Billboard estimated that from 2019 to 2021, its catalog generated an average of $3.3 million in NPS per year (the outlet said sources familiar with the deal confirmed this).
NPS refers to the amount of royalties received by a music publisher minus the amount paid to authors, performers and others involved in the royalties. Music publishing catalogs are usually sold at multiples of NPS.
According Billboard, sources said Timberlake’s camp is hoping for a salary of $100 million, or at least a multiple of 28 times the NPS. The multiple was considered too high by some potential bidders due to uncertainty about the rate of decay of the current biggest songs in the catalog and growing uncertainties about the impact of interest rates. Sources said an offer of around $70-75 million was more realistic.
Despite reports to the contrary, they say it’s more likely that the Timberlake catalog sold for around $85 million at most. Sources said Billboard. CEO Merck Mercuriadis of Hipgnosis Songs Management told the publication that the company is below [non-disclosure agreement] and did not disclose any figures.