Both Lauryn Hill and Timbaland scored honors at the recent ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards. The exclusive event took place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills and Hill was presented with the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which tributes artists that have hit special career milestones. Hill thanked her friends and colleagues at ASCAP for the award and then treated the invite-only audience to a medley of her hits including "Conformed To Love," "I Gotta Find Peace Of Mind," "Lost Ones" and "Ex-Factor."
She wrapped the set with her smash hit "Doo Wop (That Thing)" and brought the audience to their feet. Timbaland was honored with the Songwriter Of The Year award, and had a special tribute from Missy Elliott who appeared by video to say, "Timbaland has always changed music over and over and over again. I've been knowing Tim since high school. He's always been a genius."
Love & Hip Hop alum K. Michelle was recently the recipient for an ASCAP award for her songwriting on “Can’t Raise A Man,” but that wasn’t the only thing she walked away with at the event — she also walked away with rapper/producer Timbaland. Tim did give the little lady a shoutout as he spoke on his own award and now, the two are going to be working together on Kay’s next album! “Yesterday honestly was one of the most inspiring musical days for me. I saw Lauryn hill perform. PI hung out with Patti Labelle and learned a lot from her about being a young woman In the music business.
WOW! Then last night one of my favs @timbaland took time out his acceptance speech to talk about my voice and my struggle.( we caught a little of it In this video! We couldn't catch it all),” she said, going on to drop the incredible news, “Also met with Atlantic Records and it's time to gear up for album 3!!!!! Wow. And I'm working with my fav @timbaland.” Not only are we psyched for the album, we’re also a little saddened by the fact that — according to Kay — this next album will be her last for a while.
By Monica Castillo. Is “Empire” the soundtrack to your summer? Can you hardly wait for new beats from the hit Fox drama? Fans will be thrilled to hear from “Empire” star Jussie Smollett, who plays the Lyon’s middle son Jamal on the show. Smollett revealed new details about the upcoming Season 2 tunes, and it’s all music to our ears. In a recent interview with The Wrap, the “Empire” star opened up about working with Ne-Yo and Timbaland.
Smollett says he’s been hard at work recording the soundtrack with the show’s special musical guests. In addition to Ne-Yo and Timbaland, Smollett said he’s also been collaborating with Swizz Beatz on the new songs to hopefully get “Drip Drop” out of everyone’s head. Smollett also dished he’s taken a personal interest in the music and has written a few tracks as well. He reached out to “Jim Beanz about ideas for new songs.” According to Smollett, the Season 2 music will be finished in the next couple of weeks.
By Catriona Wightman. Empire star Yazz has revealed that working with Timbaland on the show has been "a dream come true". Speaking to Digital Spy to promote the release of the show's official soundtrack in the UK, Yazz revealed that his favourite songs are 'No Apologies', 'Can't Truss 'Em' and 'Conqueror' - but admitted that he's disappointed not to see 'Drip Drop' on the track list. "It was a lot of music we recorded," he said. "There were a lot of samples and stuff that didn't make the album."
But Yazz, who plays youngest son Hakeem in the hit show, revealed that the past year has been a "very dramatic change" and raved about working with Timbaland on the past season. "It's been amazing," he said. "It was a dream come true. I always wanted to be a musician and work with the greats like Timbaland. The songwriting was great, so I'm just happy to be involved." He also revealed that he's hoping to have even more creative control of the songs in future episodes, saying: "In season one I didn't really have a lot of input.