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Debate sparked as BTS’s Jungkook to collaborate with controversial star Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake, who has been embroiled in controversies, will collaborate with Jungkook

At midnight on November 24, Jungkook announced the release of a remix version of the song “3D”, which will feature Justin Timberlake. The unique collaboration between the American pop icon and the youngest member of BTS quickly became a trending topic of interest for music fans. Particularly, within the ARMY community, this information came as a surprise, which came right after Jungkook wrote a heartfelt letter expressing his upcoming military enlistment in December.

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Jungkook announces the release of a remix version of “3D,” featuring Justin Timberlake

Amidst the excitement and anticipation for the collaboration between these two renowned artists, however, there is also a considerable amount of concern. In fact, Jungkook’s collaboration with Justin Timberlake has sparked controversy due to the latter being labeled as a “controversial figure” in the United States.

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Justin Timberlake has faced criticism from the public for his past with Britney Spears 

In particular, Britney Spears’  recent autobiography revealed some painful aspects of her past, including her love story with Justin Timberlake. As a result, Justin faced an unprecedented media crisis, confronted with a wave of boycott when accused of pressuring Britney Spears to have an abortion and exploiting their romantic relationship for media play. 

The fact that Jungkook will work with such a controversial figure has garnered mixed opinions. Previously, music critic IZM criticized Jungkook’s solo album “Golden” for “attempting to replicate global pop icons”. In addition, they specifically accused the song “3D” of being a “copy” of Justin Timberlake. The decision to collaborate with Justin Timberlake may, thus, be an effective way to promote the song without fearing a boycott.

Meanwhile, despite the opposition, many fans believe there should be a clear distinction between an artist’s personal life and career, especially when Jungkook is not involved in Justin Timberlake’s issues. With the upcoming release of the “3D” remix, many fans are still willing to support Jungkook to help him achieve success before military service.

On the other hand, “3D”, which featurés Jack Harlow, previously reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its first week.

Source: K14

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