Justin Timberlake Plays ‘Weird Caretaker’ To Kelly Clarkson

*NSYNC star revealed to USA Today’s Elysa Gardner that he took a “weird caretaker” role with ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson when meeting the singer in Los Angeles during a recent photo shoot. “All of a sudden, this feeling came over me, and I started spitting all this stuff out,” Timberlake recalls. “I asked her, ‘Are you OK? Are they working you too hard? Do you feel like you’re getting to do your own thing?’ I’m probably saying too much, but it might have had something to do with Lou Pearlman.” Read more.

Kelly Clarkson Ushers The Return Of The Big Ballad

October 27, 2002 – Glenn Gamboa of Newsday reports the success of ‘Ameican Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson’s debut two-song single, ‘A Moment Like This’ and ‘Before Your Love,’ has ushered in the return of the big ballad, a species so endangered in recent years that superstar balladeers such as Celine Dion, Michael Bolton and Whitney Houston moved off into different, more radio-friendly directions.

Reasons His Solo Move

October 27, 2002 – Justin is on the cover of the December issue of Attitude magazine where he discusses the decision to branch off to do his ‘Justified’ solo project. “*NSYNC was like this huge entertainment park. This big rollercoaster. But it was also a plateau,” he said. “A plateau that we can jump to other places from. Joey’s doing ‘Rent’. Lance is maybe actually going to the moon, which I can’t fu**ing fathom. There’s all these different things that are coming from that park. And for me, well, from the time that I was 14 until now, straight, I’ve been doing *NSYNC. Before *NSYNC was born I had 14 years. You don’t know exactly who you are at that point but you’re getting there. And I can honestly say that I knew then that one day I was going to have an opportunity to show the world what I’ve got. And this is it. I was Justin before I was in *NSYNC and now I’m in a time and place where I’m willing and eager and open to showing the world who that person is. Showing them what I feel like I was born to do. It’ll be interesting to see how it goes.”

Nelly And Kelly Top Timberlake In UK Singles Charts

October 27, 2002 – Nelly and Destiny’s Child star Kelly Rowland remained atop the UK singles chart this week with ‘Dilemma’, holding off the new release from Justin Timberlake. ‘Like I Love You’ debuted in the #2 spot, Blue got #3 with ‘One Love’, while novelty hit ‘The Ketchup Song’ dropped to #4. Read more.

Will Be On The Today Show

October 26, 2002 – Contributed by nellysgirl: Justin is scheduled to be on NBC’s The Today show on November 8 in New York, 7:00am-10:00am ET. Justin will perform live at the the Plaza.

Kelly Clarkson’s New Single

October 25, 2002 – Contributed anonymously: Thatsmyjam.cjb.net reports ‘American Idol’ winner Kelly Clarkson’s next single is a song entitled ‘Forget December’ and is due to impact radio stations on November 19th.

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