Jessica Biel Shows Support for Justin Timberlake After His Apology to Britney Spears & Janet Jackson

Jessica Biel is showing support for her husband Justin Timberlake.

On Friday (Feb. 12), the 40-year-old singer and actor publicly apologized on Instagram to ex-girlfriend Britney Spears and former Super Bowl halftime show collaborator Janet Jackson for his past “ignorance” and benefitting “from a system that condones misogyny and racism.”

Biel showed her support in the comments section of her husband’s lengthy post, writing, “I love you,” followed by a red heart emoji. The couple, which married in 2012, have two sons, 5-year-old Silas and new baby Phineas.

Timberlake’s apology also received support from fellow singer Brandi Carlile. “Really beautiful to read this,” she commented on the post. “I think it’s going to speak to a lot of people’s pain. I can’t wait to see how you get involved with elevating women and marginalized people. you’re an inspiring dude to me.”

Timberlake issued the apology in response to criticism he received online following the early February premiere of the The New York Times Presents: Framing Britney Spears on FX and Hulu. In the documentary, the then 21-year-old “Better Days” singer is seen joking in interviews about the couple’s sex life amid their highly publicized split in 2002. The film also touches on the casting of a Britney lookalike for the music video of his breakup anthem “Cry Me a River.”

“I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I understand that I fell short in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism,” Timberlake wrote in his apology. “I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”

Framing Britney Spears is mostly focused on dissecting the strict conservatorship Spears has been under since 2008. The doc also delves into the often sexist way the media and popular culture treated the singer at the peak of her early 2000s career, especially the often-cruel judgement and harassment she faced at a time when she was reportedly suffering from mental health issues.

In addition to his past behavior toward Spears, Timberlake has also received backlash for seemingly getting a pass in the wake of the fallout from his Super Bowl halftime performance with Jackson in 2004, where he exposed his co-star’s breast on live television.

In the wake of the Super Bowl incident, which was deemed a “wardrobe malfunction,” Jackson was uninvited from the Grammy Awards and her videos were pulled from properties like MTV, CBS and Infinity Broadcasting. Timberlake, meanwhile, not only appeared at the Grammys, but was allowed to issue an apology at the event, and then went on to headline the Super Bowl halftime show in 2018, while Jackson has never been invited back.

“I want to take accountability for my own missteps in all of this as well as be part of a world that uplifts and supports,” Timberlake concluded his post. “I care deeply about the wellbeing of the people I love and have loved. I can do better and I will do better.”

Vivendi Planning to Move Forward With UMG IPO This Year

Vivendi may move forward with the Universal Music Group IPO before the end of 2021.

While the French media conglomerate has been planning an initial public offering for Universal for years, it has been moving up the timeline: It first planned the spinoff for no later than 2023; then, as recently as October, for 2022. On Saturday (Feb. 13), Vivendi announced its “intention to examine the distribution of 60% of the Universal Music Group share capital and its subsequent listing before end 2021.”

The plan, which calls for the company to trade on the Euronext Amsterdam stock exchange, is subject to a Vivendi Extraordinary Shareholders’ Meeting on March 29, 2021.

The idea is to avoid the so-called “conglomerate discount,” under which a company could be valued by the market as less than the sum of its parts — especially by investors looking for more direct exposure to the music sector at a time when streaming is fueling growth and optimism.

“This plan is the result of the joint efforts in recent years by the Vivendi and the Universal Music Group, under the leadership of Sir Lucian Grainge, to further the company’s position as the music industry’s undisputed leader,” Vivendi said in a letter about the move that was shared internally at Universal by Grainge, the company’s chairman and CEO. “Recently the successful opening of UMG’s share capital to an international consortium led by Tencent has confirmed its attractiveness with strategic investors.”

A consortium led by Tencent owns 20% of Universal, and Vivendi now owns the remaining 80%. Based on the last acquisition of shares, by the Tencent consortium in December, Universal could be worth as much as $37 billion.

“I couldn’t be prouder,” Grainge said in his letter to the company. “Not only is this a validation of our strategy, our teams, and our unprecedented record of success, it’s a natural evolution in the storied history of our company that will enable our entrepreneurial and creative culture to continue to soar.”

From Danna Paola’s ‘Breakup Party’ to TikTok Dances, Here’s How to Spend Your Galentine’s Day

Another year, another Galentine’s Day.

The holiday was created by Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) in a 2010 episode of Parks and Recreation. Since then, Valentine’s Eve has become a beloved tradition among many groups of friends, especially the single ladies.

Galentine’s is celebrated on Feb. 13 and is often associated with brunch or slumber parties to celebrate love, life and friendship with your girls.

In honor of Galentine’s Day, Billboard compiled some music-related ideas to celebrate with your closest friends in-person or via video.

Crash Danna Paola’s “Breakup Party”

Last month, Danna Paola dropped her most personal album yet, K.O., released via Universal Music Mexico. With songs such as “Friend de Semana” and “Amor Ordinario,” Danna says her album represents healing. “I used it to drain everything I had in my heart,” she told Billboard. “That’s why I named it ‘K.O.’ — because it was like the last punch to the heart during this whole process.” In celebration, the Mexican pop star invites all of her fans to her “breakup party” via a state-of-the-art live stream that includes three stages, 16 dancers, and audiovisual effects, to name a few. The concert will take place at 9:30 p.m. ET on Saturday (Feb. 13) via StreamTime. For more information, click here.

Enjoy Kany Garcia’s Intimate Show

Kany Garcia will also croon fans on Galentine’s Day with her second livestream during the pandemic. Celebrating love, the acoustic set will take place at 8 p.m. ET via LivePassPlay, where she will perform her greatest hits in an intimate setting. “For me there is nothing more special than sharing my music with you, opening the doors of my heart and my house,” she expressed on social media. For more information, click here.

Listen To Female Empowerment Tunes

If all you want to do is pop a bottle of champagne, talk chisme with your girls, and listen to music, then blast the volume to our all-female Latin collaborations playlist. From Chiquis and Becky G on a new version of “Jolene” to Kany García and Mon Laferte’s “Se Portaba Mal” to Maria Becerra’s “High (Remix)” with Tini and Lola Indigo, click on the article below to catch the ultimate Galentine’s Day vibe.

Have a Binge-Watch Session

You watched Danna and Kany’s concert, you jammed out to Billboard’s female Latin collabs list, and the night is just getting started? Why not make some popcorn, grab some sweet snacks, and make it a binge night? We suggest watching Netflix’s Selena: The Series or Mariposa de Barrio are two great coming-of-age series that tell the story of the late Regional Mexican superstars Selena Quintanilla and Jenni Rivera.

Just TikTok!

And when all fails, TikTok-it-out! Take your tripod, charge your phone, gather your girls, and make it a night of learning TikTok dances. Some challenges we suggest are Black Eyed Peas’ and Shakira’s “Girl Like Me,” Karol G’s “Bichota,” Selena Gomez and Rauw Alejandro’s “Baila Conmigo,” and Yotuel, Omar Montes’ and Beatriz Luengo’s “Rebelde,” to name a few.