As 2013 nears its end, we continue our tradition of yearly staff picks summing up our favorite music from the 12 months past. This year is very special as we’ve extended our list makers to include Giant Step fam outside of the staff itself; many thanks to Maiya Norton, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Natasha Diggs, Rich Medina, and DJ Spinna for contributing their takes!
UK darling Ellie Goulding puts her unique vocal touch on Justin Timberlake’s popular “Mirrors.” Watch above and try to not swoon!
Justin Timberlake last week gave us a teaser foreshadowing his upcoming album that he’s now revealed to be named The 20/20 Experience. He’s now also released the first single called “Suit & Tie.” The upbeat Timbaland produced track features none other than Jay-Z. Along with it has already come a remix by sir Ryan Leslie, which you can also hear below. Not surprisingly, this first release is on the more glossy side of his repertoire, we’d say.
Remember that captivating film released a while back called The Social Network? You know, the one about Facebook. The one where Justin Timberlake (our boy is on a roll here with the last post) played a rather debonaire Shawn Fanning, the founder of Napster. After witnessing the alarming charisma of this Shawn Fanning character, weren’t you like, “Damn. I wish they could make a movie like this about Napster, too.” Well! Your wish has been answered. Sorta.
While not a reality based film with professional actors, this upcoming Napster documentary entitled Downloaded appears just as enticing with real world accounts from Shawn Fanning himself, musicians, and other industry insiders. Music lovers will get to see just exactly how this platform revolutionized music and placed a lasting mark on society and politics forever.
Look for it to drop on VH1 (hopefully) soon. Air date is still TBA.
High fives to the lovely folks at Okayplayer for sharing.