While Miley Cyrus certainly had the most polarizing and most discussed performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, Justin Timberlake was the star of the show. Jimmy Fallon presented Timberlake with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard lifetime achievement award, making him just the fourth recipient of the award in the last ten years. In the show’s biggest category, Video of the Year, Timberlake took home the Moonman for his hit single “Mirrors”. Timberlake also won the Best Direction award for “Suit & Tie” and Best Editing award for Mirrors. With a total of 14 VMA wins between ‘NSYNC and his solo career, Timberlake trails only Madonna for most ever.
Not only did Timberlake receive the two most important awards of the night, his performance made history. His career-spanning performance opened with new single “Take Back the Night” and included a brief reunion with his former ‘NSYNC bandmates for their pop classic “Bye Bye Bye”. After his collaborative Legends of the Summer Stadium Tour with Jay Z, Justin’s solo VMA performance serves as a preview for his upcoming 20/20 Experience Tour. With the start of the tour just two months away, we took a look at ticket prices and how they were affected by the VMA success.
The average price for tickets to the 20/20 Experience Tour is now $205, up 11% since before the VMA’s. The North American dates begin with a show on Halloween at the Bell Centre in Montreal, averaging $156. On 11/6 Timberlake returns to the Barclays Center, home of the 2013 VMA’s. Averaging $289, the Brooklyn show has gone up $18 or 6% since before the award show. The most expensive show is on 12/5 at the Toyota Center in Houston, averaging $489 and up 12% since Friday. Along with ticket prices, music sales have also been boosted by Timberlake’s VMA performance. Preorders for The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 spiked after the show, along with sales for Timberlake’s 2002 Justified album and ‘NSYNC’s Greatest Hits.
With Part 2 of the 20/20 Experience album scheduled for release on 9/30, fans can expect to hear plenty of new music on the tour. On Monday, Timberlake teased the album with an open letter posted on his website and a behind-the-scenes video promo. While the tracklist was released earlier this month, it was revealed yesterday that the album would include tracks featuring Drake and Jay Z. Check out the promo video for the 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2 and the MTV Video of the Year for Mirrors below.