Those Who Get “SexyBack” And Those Who Don’t

Justin Timberlake, who has the #1 album in the country, also tops Billboard’s Hot 100, Pop 100, Hot Digital Songs, and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums this week.
FutureSex/LoveSounds is just inescapable!

Or is it?

In his latest Letter, industry legend Bob Lefsetz is bemused by JT’s success…

Funny thing about today’s landscape… If you don’t like something, you can ignore it. It’s not like the sixties, we don’t live in one big homogenous society. Justin Timberlake might as well be the biggest star in North Dakota in terms of the impact it has on me.

The scary thing is that all those kids who bought ‘N Sync records actually think this dude is talented, that he’s the real thing. Talk about warped, degraded standards!

I think this world can be separated into two factions. Those who get “SexyBack” and those who don’t. Those who think music is to fuck to and those who believe it’s about setting your mind free, not that they’re opposed to coitus.

This is not the Beatles. The baby boomers are not going to wake up one day and say they missed the boat, Justin Timberlake was a great songwriter, a true talent. Justin Timberlake is an ENTERTAINER, who takes himself WAY too seriously.

As for those who say the acts of yore were no different, you might as well live in China, where they keep rewriting history. Music drove the culture in the sixties. Now the mainstream stuff is a lubricant at best.

I think maybe Lefsetz takes himself WAY too seriously. But I agree (if that’s what he’s getting at) that “SexyBack” is boring and soulless. I “get” “My Love,” though.