In 2006, Nelly Furtado released her third album, Loose. Alongside Beyoncé's B’Day, Justin Timberlake's FutureSex/LoveSounds, and big country debuts by Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, it went on to become one of the best-selling records of that year as well a career-defining album for the Canadian musician. Singles like “Promiscuous” and “Maneater” significantly altered Furtado's public narrative; until then she'd been known as a kind of heartfelt singer-songwriter, but began to be talked about in the hyperbolic, often patronizing tone reserved for pop stars who invoke their sexuality.
But Loose was hinged on her magic chemistry with producer Timbaland, and set them both up as even more versatile artists than fans had previously understood. Ten years later, on the cusp of Furtado’s sixth album, The Ride, she gave The FADER the stories behind the making of the singularly compelling Loose. Before Loose, I remember being like, "Okay, I want to do a pop album." I wanted to prove to myself that I could be more streamlined. My first album Whoa, Nelly! — I feel like it took 18 months to record. [Producers] Track & Field and I were in the studio every day. Pro Tools kept crashing.
So I had lots of time to come up with interesting rhythms and melodies. It was really fun when I tried to play the stuff live, but I always thought it made more sense in a club environment. Then I did Folklore in 2003, and that was more of a fleshed-out, live band sound. I used Madonna's Ray Of Light as a template for Loose: she was smooth but sexy, universal, epic, iconic! Before I'd even stepped in a room with Timbaland, I already knew the name of the album would be Loose. It was actually Jimmy Iovine from my label, Interscope, that was like, "I think you and Timbaland should get together again!"
Nelly Furtado - Maneater feat. Timbaland (DJ Freakiii Extended Mix) (06')
On November 21, Mnet officially announced the news, saying, “We are currently in discussion to have Timbaland and Eric Nam perform a collaboration stage at the 2016 Mnet Asian Music Awards.” Timbaland previously participated as a guest judge on Mnet’s “Show Me The Money 5” back in May, and was able to greet his Korean fans through his appearance.
The Mnet Asian Music Awards is an annual end-of-year music award ceremony hosted by CJ E&M’s music channel Mnet. The 2016 award ceremony will take place on December 2 at the AsiaWorld-Expo in Hong Kong. You can vote for the nominees here.
Brad Paisley has announced that he will release a new album titled Love & War in 2017. The country star and longtime CMA Awards co-host made the announcement on Nov. 11 during a performance at the iHeartRadio Theater in Los Angeles, iHeart.com reports. Paisley’s 11th studio album will include his collaboration with Demi Lovato, “Without A Fight,” as well as his current single, “Today.” The album features additional all-star guests. “Mick Jagger has a song on there with me that is gonna flip you out,” Paisley tells Taste of Country Nights. “John Fogerty and I have been writing, and wait till you hear that.
Timbaland, then Demi.” According to iHeart.com, Paisley also collaborated with Brent Anderson on a track he calls “one of the best songs I’ve ever written.” “I wanted the collaborations on this record to be collaborations that took me outside of what you’d typically think and brought that other world into this, but it’s also very country,” Paisley says. Love & War is expected in February of 2017.
Many expected Rory (Terrell Johnson Jr.) to be a one-off after a SoundCloud algorithm earlier this year randomly selected his song “Lowkey” to play directly after a new single from Kanye West. The stroke of luck instantly exposed a song he created in his father’s Grandview basement (with just a couple thousand plays) to millions of listeners around the globe.
But the teen has shown some staying power, parlaying “Lowkey’s” overnight success into a full-fledged recording contract with Epic Records. Now, just 10 months removed from the “Lowkey” explosion, Rory has released a highly touted free album and is working with industry moguls like L.A. Reid, Fonzworth Bentley and Timbaland on a debut studio album that he hopes will give KC artists wider exposure.
“Meeting and working with Timbaland has been surreal,” Rory says. “I can feel my soundscapes becoming bigger, crazier.” There’s a little more pressure on Rory nowadays. He’s the only artist on The Star’s list with a big name record deal. If he’s nervous however, he doesn’t show it. “I want to be Britney Spears big,” he says. Rap may have been the launching pad, but like many young artists today (a la Drake), it’s a desire for transcendent pop stardom that truly lures Rory: “People thought it was over, but I’m just getting started.”
1997: We all had to start somewhere. Before Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley was a platinum selling artist and producer, the Norfolk, Virginia native was hustling in the late ’90s as apart of the rapper/producer duo Timbaland and Magoo. The childhood friends and DMV duo made their debut with the album Welcome To Our World on Nov. 11, 1997. The 18-track debut took two years to craft and featured names like Aaliyah, Ginuwine and Missy “Misdeamonor” Elliott” on guest vocals.
The album birthed three singles for the guys, “Up Jumps Da Boogie” and “Clock Strikes”, “Luv 2 Luv Ya”. “Up Jumps Da Boogie,” which was released in July before the album dropped, would prove to be their highest charting single, peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on the Hot Rap Singles chart. “Up Jumps Da Boogie” went certified RIAA Gold by late ’97 while the album as a whole went platinum in sales by 1998. Nearly 20 years later and Timbo is still crankin’ out hip-hop hits. The Va. maestro says he has unreleased music with Aaliyah in his arsenal and will go on tour in 2017.
Timbaland & Magoo - 15 After Da Hour (97')
The art of producing has developed into a beast of its own over the years, to the point that producers have become just as popular as rappers. Mike Will Made-It, Timbaland, and Wondagurl all came together under one roof at ComplexCon for the "Wax On It" panel hosted by Young Guru to share some stories behind their career paths.
One of the more important topics brought up during the panel was the difference between a beatmaker and a producer. Timbaland hit the nail on the head with his response: "A producer is somebody who sees the whole vision, it's just that simple." He touched on the process behind working on "Big Pimpin'" with Jay-Z and noted that Jay gave him the proper time and space to execute his vision. "He allowed me to share my greatness with him."
Grammy Award-winning producer and key Timbaland collaborator Jerome “J-Roc” Harmon recently sat down with Hip Hop personality and SOHH correspondent Shawn Setaro on his popular “The Cipher” podcast. Listen to the full interview and check out five gems he dropped during the Q&A. Photo by Brad Gregory.
“Producing has always been in me. I love playing live, but if I’m playing live, it’s almost like I’m producing on the spot.”
On Timbaland’s Sound:
“I’ve been working with him since 2006 and I still can’t describe it. And it looks so simple. He doesn’t really do a lot, but it’s his time and his rhythm.”
On Working With Ashlee Simpson:
“She was a rock star. And once I heard her voice, it was simple. It was like, you can’t do the candy pop stuff. Your sister’s doing that. You gotta be the evil twin.”
On The Difference Between Hip Hop & Other Genres:
“You don’t have to be perfect in hip-hop. We want raw. We want realness. You want the drums to be a little offensive sometimes. You want that edge.”
On Jay Z:
“Jay loves to have people in the studio. He listens to conversations. He’ll be in the back, chilling, and he listens. He knows how to take conversations and build a story out of it. He really pays attention to the environment around him.”
Justin Timberlake sat down with Variety to talk about his upcoming projects and Timbaland. Photo by Tom Munro. The last time Timberlake released new music, it was the double-album blitz of “The 20/20 Experience,” which saw the singer flood the airwaves with two and a half hours of new music in a single year, sell six million albums, make appearances on just about every televised venue, and embark on a series of tours that stretched for two years.
Timberlake had to prove himself as a credible adult solo artist in the 2000’s. “Justified,” executive produced by Pharrell, started that process in 2002, and 2006’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” — the first of Timberlake’s three album-length collaborations with producer Timbaland — finished the job. Unlikely collaborators when they first crafted Timberlake’s 2002 No. 3 hit, “Cry Me A River,” the former boy-band star and the hip-hop-bred producer have since become one of the most forward-thinking star-producer duos in pop music. Their work on Timberlake’s second solo album not only brought the star into his own, it also helped recalibrate the sonic frequency of several years’ worth of pop-radio trends.
Timbaland’s ear for international sounds hasn’t faded away. The producer has announced his latest collaboration with Chinese pop star Jane Zhang with favorable results. The singer dropped her American debut single “Dust My Shoulders Off” with a very artsy video to match. Produced by Timbo, Jane sings away her troubles over the hypnotic beat while referencing Jay Z’s “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.” Just two weeks after releasing the track, it broke the Top 5 on the iTunes download chart, making her the first Chinese artist to do so.
In a press release, Jane shared her excitement on working with Timbaland to expand her sound. “I grew up loving the sound and feel of Western popular music, working with Timbaland allowed me to not only see how great music is produced but also the creative culture behind the scenes that enables the continuous production of great music,” she said. “It was an amazing learning experience.”
Timbaland also praised the singer. “Jane is a global artist, working with her [is] a great experience. Our collaboration allowed us to continue bridging the gap between Chinese and American pop culture.” The Grammy-winning producer is also labeled the executive producer on her upcoming album. Make sure to cop the single now on iTunes.
Jane Zhang - Dust My Shoulders Off (Official Video)
Here is the CDQ version of Timbaland & Dalton Diehl's new tune titled Harmony. According to iTunes, the tunes has been produced by Timbaland and Angel Lopez, make sure to cop the single on iTunes.
Timbaland & Dalton Diehl - Harmony (Timbaland, Angel Lopez) (16’)
Timbaland collaborated with singer Dalton Diehl for Activision Blizzard’s Netflix Original series, SKYLANDERS ACADEMY for creating the Theme song titled ‘Harmony’ and apparently the tune is Produced By Timbaland which I impartially doubt, check out the tune below.
Here is the Official Video to Jane Zhang’s single ‘Dust My Shoulders Off’ produced by Timbaland and Jim Beanz according to the Video, make sure to cop the single on iTunes.
There’s a fine line between assimilation and erasure, and it’s one that Raja Kumari has been aware of her entire life. The Indian-American rapper has spent her career pushing back against outside forces that want her to slot in neatly with pre-existing conditions in the U.S., hand she’s had to fight for every inch of the culture that she injects into her music, up to and including her own name.
The rapper — who grew up learning classical Indian dance and listening to its musical counterpart in her home — decided to blend the sounds and scales of her parent’s home with the sounds of her home country. “Classical Indian music, the way I understand it, is very rhythmic. I understood early that these rhythms move the same way that hip hop does,” she said.
Raja Kumari has been working on her debut EP and is now working on her debut album at Epic Records with Timbaland. She hopes that the rap songs on offer serve as a bridge between East and West, allowing other Americans to ease into Indian culture. “I want people to learn more about the culture, to learn about things in their daily life that come from Indian culture. If I can put myself forward in a friendly Eastern face and help the world relate to their Eastern family I would love to do that,” she said.
Timbo The King just previewed a new Tink track on Instagram, check out the snippet below.
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April of last year, HipHopDX posted the monochrome visual for Brandon Tory’s single “Comfortable.” The song eventually placed the Massachusetts-native over six thousand aspiring artists to win Lenovo’s Team Up With Timbaland contest and even landed him a critical co-sign from the legendary producer for his Shine album. “Timbaland is the big homie and pretty much put me on,” said Tory in an exclusive interview with HipHopDX.
“When I put out the Shine project, he shouted that on his Instagram which led to a lot of looks. I got a bunch of interviews and he’s been helping me with the sound and giving me guidance on what I should do. It’s really just support.” Since then, he’s been preparing to drop his upcoming Yaga Season EP November 4 which, he describes as a different beast than Shine.
Here is the Official Video of Jack & Jack’s new single ‘All Weekend Long’ directed by The Young Astronauts and produced by Timbaland who also has a cameo at the end of the video, make sure to cop the single HERE and check out the video below!
Justin Timberlake is making an album, but even he doesn’t know what to call it. Even though Timberlake has his footing firmly in the pop world, he’s been toying with other genres–like R&B and country–since he debuted his solo album Justified in 2002. And his newest project sounds as though it will continue that funky and fun experimentation. Appearing on the British morning show BBC Breakfast today (Oct. 17) to promote the movie Trolls, talk naturally turned to the next JT album.
“I would not say that I’m making a country album,” Timberlake said, addressing rumors that began after he was spotted in the studio with Little Big Town. “But I also don’t like to say that I’m making an R&B album.” He added, “I did work with Little Big Town but that was because they were working with Pharrell. I have been in the studio with Pharrell, I have been in the studio with Max Martin, I have been in the studio with Timbaland.”
Martin has written some of *NSYNC’S biggest hits over the years, and he most recently collaborated with Timberlake on the summer single “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” Meanwhile, Timberlake seems to be blending “Justin then” and “Justin now.” He collaborated with Pharrell and The Neptunes for a good chunk of what appeared on Justified, but ended up working with Timbaland on his next three albums. Bringing all of these pieces together for his next album promises listeners a veritable feast, even if no one knows what to label it just yet.
Sometime between voiceover sessions on Trolls, Justin has put together a concert documentary with the pedigree to perk up the ears of his fellow dads: Justin Timberlake & The Tennessee Kids (2016), a collaboration with Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. Factor in the biggest hits of Timberlake's career, a hyperactive laser light show, and some very un-dad-like dance moves, and Demme and Timberlake make beautiful music together, check out the documentary below.