But with the new tracks—and the stellar Super Bowl performance that came on the heels of the lipsynching controversy—she is pushing back.Weeks away her tour titled "The Mrs. Carter Show" she asserts her right to be both a perfect wife and a perfect performer, and reminds them, "I took some time to live my life, But don't think I'm just his little wife," she insists in "Bow Down." No such anxiety exists in "20/20 Experience;" with its steady stream of love ballads and baby-making music, "20/20" suggest Timberlake's marriage to Biel is nothing but domestic bliss.
One can only expect that Timberlake will stick to his people-pleasing script on his "Legends of Summer Tour." However challenging, Beyonce, in both her tour and her rumored upcoming album, may be the 30-something pop royalty to watch. Will she steady her crown and go back to "perfect"? Or will she embrace the backlash and toss it off entirely?