Justin Timberlake has given fans a sneak peek of his latest single from his new album 20/20 Experience –2 of 2. In the music video, which stops and switches to audio only on the singers vevo channel, Timberlake sounds suspiciously like he’s “doing” the late Michael Jackson. Especially as he sings the opening lyrics and even the song’s music is reminiscent of Jackson’s style.
In the video, which starts out in black and white, the 32 year-old singer pull up in a sports car and steps out holding some placards. He shows the placard’s messages which introduce the song. He then goes into the nightclub door while the video changes to colour as he approaches the club itself.
As Justin heads up the darkened staircase the background music begins to swell and you can hear the singer singing the songs lyrics. The video then stops but the song continues allowing his fans to hear the whole song. A lovely treat!
The song does feel like a giant leap back into the music of yesteryear and almost feels like a homage to Michael Jackson, although Timberlake does have a similar vocal style to the late singer. Despite this the song is a catchy number that almost feels like a look back at disco.
Heavy with horns and a snappy back beat, the song shows off Justin’s usual sense of style. But his “sneak peak” of this new album’s single has a slightly sour note to it.
Not from Justin but from an outside source.
According to RadarOnline.com Timberlake has been hit up with threatened legal action because of the name of his new single, Take Back the Night. The sexual assault awareness group who shares the same name as Justin’s new song title, are pretty annoyed that he’s released that song with their name as it’s title.
Apparently, Justin didn’t ask permission to use the organisation’s name. Take Back the Night Foundation Executive Director Katherine Koestner says that the group’s lawyers have already been in touch. Koestner told RadarOnline.com that, “Everyone at Take Back the Night is really shocked, because normally, we get asked when people want to use the name.”
Fortunately for Justin Timberlake, he hasn’t been approached by the Michael Jackson estate for his “sounding” a lot like the late singer in his single’s sneak peak of Take Back the Night. But it does seem that the TBTN Foundation is more upset than angry.
Koestner went on to say that, “Normally entities as large as Justin Timberlake do very kind and thoughtful things to support our cause.” “We have some big concerns,” Koestner added. “For example, all of a sudden on Wikipedia, Take Back the Night has a different definition. That’s not been helpful.”
It appears though that the issue may not be just about the use of the organisation’s name in the song title. It could be a bit more personal than that. According to Koestner, they tried to contact Timberlake when they heard about the new song title. She said, “We tried to contact him through his website and got no answer,” Koestner continued, “Then we sent him a letter Friday from our legal counsel saying ‘You used our name without our permission.’”
The Executive Director of the foundation said, “They got back to us and said they’re sorry. His agent said ‘Justin’s a good guy! He’s a family man!’ They claimed he’d never heard of us before he wrote that song. I don’t know what country he’s been in. I suppose it could have slipped off his radar screen somehow. Somebody working for him definitely messed up.”
She added, “It’s a big song, and he didn’t take the necessary steps to make sure that it was appropriate,” Koestner says. “Normally they do have due diligence.”
But despite the foundation’s claims that the lyrics don’t really send out the right anti-violent sexual message that the group preaches, it sounds a bit like the foundation is more annoyed that the singer claimed to have never heard of them.
The actual threat of legal action feels a bit like trying to achieve some “free” publicity by attempting to punish family-man Timberlake for his lack of knowledge of the organisation.
But despite the somewhat “petty” feel of the threatened lawsuit, Koestner cites other instances where companies who were aware of the organisation not only asked permission, but also donated to the organisation or staged charity awareness events for the Take Back the Night Foundation.
Which seems fair enough.
Koestner ended by saying that, “Usually people are pretty mindful because no one is actually ‘for’ sexual assault. This whole thing with Justin is just really unfortunate and we’re hoping it can be amicably resolved.”
So despite the slight sour note that Justin Timberlake and his new single have hit, he still does seem to be doing his Michael Jackson impression in the Take Back the Night Sneak Peak. Have a listen to the video below and see what you think.
By Michael Smith