“Is Growing up Allowed in The Entertainment Industry?”

Justin Timberlake’s five year hiatus from the music industry (2007-2012) ended with one of the most highly anticipated albums of 2013 named the 20/20 Experience. One of the biggest hits from the album is a song entitled Mirrors.” In contrast to Justin Timberlake’s previous work like “Cry Me a River,” where he describes being hurt  from a past relationship,  “Mirrors” is a coming of age song celebrating the artist’s new found love.  “Mirrors” is a very passionate and personal song that gives the listeners an understanding of the the impact that Timberlake’s wife has on his life. “Mirrors” is a perfect example of an artist showcasing their personal growth in the entertainment industry through their music. The transition from party teenager in the limelight (Justin’s album before 20/20 Experience was entitled FutureSex/LoveSounds) to a more mature thirty-three year old man with a family. The transition to manhood is a common theme in pop culture today. Artists like Robin Thicke, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell and Jay-Z have all made the same transition by altering the content in their music, their style and branching out of their “comfort” zone. In conclusion, the transition or personal growth of an artist is important for the listener to hear because it makes the music more relatable and allows the audience to build a personal connection with the music and the artist.

Bibliography

http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/03/21/jessica-biel-justin-timberlake-mirrors-song-meaning/

This source explains the meaning behind Justin Timberlake’s song “Mirrors” in his own words.

http://news.radio.com/2013/03/12/what-is-justin-timberlake-trying-to-prove-with-the-2020-experience/

This New York Times goes into details about the the new kind of image Justin Timberlake is trying to portray in his new album.

http://www.cafemaroon.com/review-2/album-review-the-2020-experience-the-maturation-of-justin-timberlake

This source is an album review of Justin Timberlakes 20/20 Experience. The review goes into detail about Timberlake’s maturation from his last album to where he is now.

Levin, Diane E., and Jean Kilbourne. So Sexy so Soon: The New Sexualized Childhood, and What Parents Can Do to Protect Their Kids. New York: Ballantine, 2008. Print.

In page 3 of this book in tells a story of a young student who gets in trouble singing a provocative lyric from one of Justin Timberlake’s old songs. I’m sure no one would get in trouble for singing “Mirrors” in school. This shows a great example of the power of celebrities in modern day culture.

Members of the group include Marc-Allan, Wenqian, Daphne and Crystal

 

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