Shaun's Music Minute

Justin Timberlake Announces New Album “Man of the Woods”              

Reports claimed Justin Timberlake would be releasing a new album to coincide with this Super Bowl halftime show, and now J.T. has confirmed the rumors. The singer announced in an Instagram video that his new record, “Man of the Woods,” will drop February 2nd, just two days before his Super Bowl performance.

"This album is really inspired by my son, my wife, my family, but more so than any other album I've ever written, where I'm from," J.T. says in the video, featuring clips of his wife Jessica Biel and son Silas. "And it's personal." 

And it looks like fans may be getting more news, or even a single very soon. While the album isn’t due out until next month, he captioned the Instagram video “Friday…” which hints at more to come this week. 

Coachella Lineup Announced              

Beyoncé, Eminem and The Weeknd headlining this year’s Coachella Festival, and now those rumors are official.

The annual music festival just revealed this year’s entire lineup, with The Weeknd kicking things off on Friday, Bey headlining Saturday and Eminem wrapping things up on Sunday.

This year’s fest will once again take place in Indio, California over two weekends, April 13th to 15th and April 20th to 22nd. Other artists on the bill include: SZA, Kygo, Haim, Tyler the Creator, St. Vincent, David Byrne, Bleachers, Post Malone, alt-J, Portugal. The Man, Migos, A Perfect Circle, Cardi B and Chic featuring Nile Rodgers. 

Is Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” Tour A Bust?              

While a Taylor Swift tour is always a big deal, a new report claims her upcoming “reputation tour," which kicks off in May, isn’t doing as well as some would have you believe. 

According to the "New York Post," despite the tour going on sale weeks ago, as of now none of Taylor’s 33 announced shows have sold out. “Sales so far have been a mega disappointment,” one music industry insider tells the paper. “There are hundreds if not thousands of tickets left for every show.”

And not only that, many of Taylor’s fans are furious over the astronomical ticket prices to the show, with one person recently complaining, “I paid $150 for my ticket with amazing seats for the 1989 tour. Now for the same seats I have to pay about $500.”

And it wasn’t just the tickets that many of them paid for.  Taylor used Ticketmaster’s Verified Fan system to sell her tickets, but unlike other artists, where fans got a code randomly, Taylor fans could earn better spots with so-called “boosts,” some of which cost money, like buying a T-shirt or other merchandise. And even after doing all that, some fans found that better seats were offered during the general on-sale than during the pre-sale.

But despite the “New York Post’s” report, sources tell Billboard that Taylor’s tour will likely be one of the best-selling tour of all time, and she could possibly sell $450 million worth of tickets, and as of now she’s already sold $180 million worth of tickets. They also report she sold her tickets at much higher prices this year in an effort to battle scalpers.

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