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Fresh off his performance at half-time during the Superbowl, pop titan Justin Timberlake has subsequently announced a massive world tour, including 12 European dates, with four UK shows contained within that. The album is in support of his fifth studio album Man of the Woods, which dropped last week.
Timberlake’s performance in Minneapolis- a city closely associated with Prince- has divided some fans, after he was joined onstage by a huge backdrop projection of late pop icon Prince. This mark an alteration to the original plan, which was supposed to be a full hologram of the singer, a la 2Pac at Coachella in 2012.
However, this received a huge amount of backlash from Prince’s fans, who were keen to point out that the Purple One and Timberlake had a famously strained relationship, with Timberlake mocking Prince during the 2007 Golden Globes, where he mocked his height amongst other things.
Timberlake’s conduct around his album release has also raised a few eyebrows, having caused outrage when he used Prince’s Paisley Park for an album listening party, during which he served alcohol. This is something that has offended many, as during his time at the estate, Prince reportedly never served alcohol, with many calling Timberlake’s choices disrespectful to Prince’s legacy.
Meanwhile Prince is in heaven like pic.twitter.com/lcsjAufAUF
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 5, 2018
After the much-discussed Janet Jackson incident at the 2004 Superbowl, Timberlake seems to be looking to capitalise on all the press with the announcement of this new tour. The UK leg of the tour will begin in Birmingham on June 27, with a date in Paris a few days beforehand. You can see the full list of UK dates below, and tickets go on general sale here on February 12, with a pre-sale for American Express customers available from 10am on February 8.
27/06/2018- Barclaycard Arena- Birmingham
01/07- Manchester Arena- Manchester
05/07- SSE Hydro- Glasgow