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Justin Timberlake's second '20/20' album: 5 duets we'd like to see
Justin Timberlake's next "20/20" album is slated for a September release, piquing the interest of audiophiles wondering how the follow-up will compare.
The first single from the first "20/20" album, "Suit & Tie," paired J.T. with Jay-Z, who claimed his marriage license in Scarsdale and is joining the pop star on tour this summer. Because too much of a good thing is never quite enough, Newsday Westchester is suggesting five more Hudson Valley musicians who'd sound great rocking the mic by his side.
1. The Roots: With the many installments of "The History of Rap," Timberlake's already got plenty of experience performing with the house band of Saugerties High School grad Jimmy Fallon. But an original track with the "Late Night" band would be something worth hearing, given Timberlake's chops and The Roots' endless listenability.
2. Daryl Hall: They've both got soul, and they both would bring a new sound to each other's songs if Timberlake should ever head up to Dutchess County to film an episode of "Live from Daryl's House," which just began airing on VH1. Even if J.T. did a cover of "I Can't Go For That (No Can Do)," that'd be worth the trip — and a cut on the next "20/20."
3. Beyoncé: Oddly, Timberlake's previous musical collaboration with Beyoncé — the one that isn't one of my favorite "SNL" sketches of all time — is a bit of a clunker, at least compared with the rest of their monster catalogues. I doubt even Tina Knowles or Jessica Biel knows every note in "Until the End of Time" because, though harmless, it got almost no radio play. Fair to say almost everyone is hoping for a do-over here.
4. The Rolling Stones: With apologies to Maroon 5's Adam Levine, J.T.'s already got the moves like Jagger — so why not perform alongside him? With former South Salem resident Keith Richards delivering another one of his signature riffs, the two front men could bust out their finest stage waddles at the mic.
5. Johnny Cash: At the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, Timberlake, a Tennessee native, called it a "travesty" he'd won the Best Male Video category over Cash's cover of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt." A month later, Cash, a former Woodstock resident, would die in Nashville, Tenn. Ten years later, it would be intriguing to hear the two collaborate posthumously, Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole style, on an unreleased Cash track.
Which of these five Hudson Valley acts would you most want to hear rock the mic with Justin Timberlake? Vote in Newsday Westchester's poll. Do you have a better suggestion? Tell us (politely) in the comments section.
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