The energy at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards reached a new height when the briefly-reunited ‘NSYNC broke into “Bye Bye Bye.” Justin Timberlake exchanged pleasantries with his former band mates and strutted back to center stage as the notes of “Suit and Tie” blared through the sound system. With the VMA set in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center, could this be Jay Z’s moment to grace the audience with his presence?
It would not be. Justin explained why to “The Ralphie Show.”
“We talked about it, maybe, but also I just thought that this would be a nice moment to share with the guys from ‘NSYNC,” Timberlake told me. “You can’t give me this award without saying, ‘Look at what the group accomplished.’”
The superstar reiterated over the phone a fact that he cited that evening: around half of his Moonmen were won with the quartet. Jay Z would not make an appearance at all during the show, but he and Timberlake linked up later in the evening at an after-party.
Timberlake’s full interview will air this Thursday on 97 BHT.
DERULO ADJUSTS TO LIFE IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Jason Derulo is living out his dream. In a relatively short amount of time, the singer has gained international fame with some of the most infectious hits heard on the radio. Derulo has sold over 11 million singles in the U.S. alone and is set to release a new EP, “Tattoos,” on Oct. 8.
But in the States there can be drawbacks to making it big, especially when it’s in the public spotlight. Derulo dates another public figure, singer Jordin Sparks, and recently found himself looking at photos of a new house he bought - on a gossip website.
“That’s like where I live, and you’re posting it to the whole world. It’s like, ‘Alright, cool,’” said Derulo during an interview on “The Ralphie Show.” While he is accustomed to media coverage surrounding his music, the idea of his personal life (and space) in the spotlight is one that Derulo is becoming acclimated with. “It just comes with the territory. More and more, I’m seeing the blogs and the tabloids talking more about my personal things and making up things, but it is what it is. We deal with it.”
Derulo seemed more annoyed than bent out of shape about the whole ordeal, but was quick to dismiss it and move on. He did however correct one report when I brought it up: there are 10 bedrooms and 10 bathrooms in that new South Florida pad he purchased, not nine as originally reported.
“The Other Side” singer spent a good amount of 2012 back in Miami, recuperating from a freak accident in which he broke his neck and almost ended up paralyzed. Derulo is stronger than ever, and it doesn’t look as if he’ll be spending much time in that new home in the near future. He completed production on his new EP last week with a studio session that followed his performance on “America’s Got Talent.”
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