JT has released the second single from the second edition of his 20/20 Experience album. Produced by Timbaland, of course ‘TKO’ is another sure fire jam from Timberlake’s recent out pouring of material. Granted it offers little in the way of anything completely new and is akin to a lot of what he’s already released, but when it’s Justin that’s hardly a bad thing. Take a listen.
Although U.S. label Fade To Mind is known for its boundary pushing, club focused output, label boss Kingdom has never been shy of his affinity for R&B, citing Aaliyah and Timbaland’s long-standing partnership as particularly significant. Lead track ‘Bank Head’ from the producer’s latest EP Vertical XL sees this R&B influence fully realised with its delicate yet arresting vocals and sparse production. Made in conjunction with the L.A. Museum of Contemporary Art, the otherworldly video features vocalist supremo Kelela along with shots of rolling desert hills and shadowy caves.
Michael Jackson’s estate has made a mockery of his catalogue in the years following his death. It’s difficult to fathom how an estate with access to MJ’s entire back catalogue and vaults can make such tragic mistakes; So even this news that Timbaland recently announced of his involvement in new King of Pop music is met with some hesitation (from me at least). According to the super-producer he’s currently working to have a single called ‘Chicago’ released as the projects first single because it sounds like “today” – whatever that means – and in his words brings “two Kings” together. Watch the Revolt interview up top and prepare yourself something great or something diabolical.
Justin Timberlake took to Instagram tonight to reveal the tracklist to the sequel of his The 20/20 Experience LP. Having already broke records this year with the release of his third solo album, his first in since 2006′s FutureSex/LoveSounds, he’s hoping to strike it right again with the LP’s second half. Rather interestingly the album will feature 11 songs, as apposed to the 10 which would have made up the “20/20″ experience. In any case according to some early (and trustworthy) reviewers the The 20/20 Experience, 2 of 2 will see a sonic return to Timberlake’s early work with Timbaland. The albums first single ‘Take Back the Night’ was a kind-of throwback to Justified, although without the Neptunes on deck it didn’t really tick all the right boxes. Peep the tracklist after the jump, expect the album September 30th…
JT drops the dance heavy video for his new single ‘Take Back the Night’, lifted off his forthcoming album The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2. Produced by long-time collaborator Timbaland, the record is a clear throwback to his Justified era, which of course is in itself a throwback to MJ’s early solo work (some of these adlibs are a little too close for comfort admittedly). As a single it ‘Take Back the Night’ works fine but like ‘Suit & Tie’ before it, I’m hoping it isn’t wholly representative of the new album – I still need Timberlake to keep pushing forward with this pop shit (see: ‘Strawberry Bubblegum’, ‘Spaceship Coupe’ etc).
Continuing a string of relatively cringe-worthy interviews for Revolt, producer Timbaland has spoken (again) on the potential release of a new posthumous Aaliyah record. Having already aired his opinions on the matter, Timbo rather unsurprisingly reiterates that new music without him at the helm “will never work”, saying “Chris Brown got a record [with Aaliyah sampled], it won’t work. Drake can go and do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work. Aaliyah music only work with the soulmate, which is me”.
There are undoubtedly millions that will agree with Timbaland’s sentiments here, but it might be worth remembering that Aaliyah consciously worked with new producers throughout her career and specifically on her self-titled third and final album. Perhaps Aaliyah wasn’t as defining or as iconic as One In a Million, but it is an album that for many stands as her best body of work.
Still, regardless of personal opinion on how Aaliyah compares to the singers former work, the decision to step away from Timbaland and Missy Elliott at that stage in her career is something that is usually (and perhaps naively) overlooked entirely. In retrospect it appears that Aaliyah got a genuine buzz from working with new producers (a fact she reiterates in many interviews during that period) and lets not forget Tim and Missy were virtual unknowns at the time they recorded One In a Million.
With that in mind it’s difficult to completely agree with Mosley’s sentiments that new music without him would “never work” because the fact is an album without him (for the most part at least) already did work. Timbaland was credited on 3 of 15 songs on the Aaliyah album (‘We Need a Resolution’, ‘More Than a Woman’, ‘I Care 4 U’) and at the time of its release Aaliyah received widespread critical acclaim – although admittedly it did sell significantly less than it’s predecessor at first.
If a new Aaliyah record was to ever see the light of day (and at this stage it seems unlikely it ever will, which is probably for the best) it would be wholly appropriate to have Timbaland & Missy involved, however given their recent outputs (or lack thereof) and current position in music I’m still not apposed to having a new (carefully selected and relevant) producer at the reins. You probably know where my vote goes.
The Revolt interview also reveals a new track produced by Timbaland for Nas featuring Jay Z & Justin Timberlake called ‘Sinatra In the Sand’. Tim excitedly compares Timberlake’s performance to that of Frank Sinatra – take that as you will.
Just as we’re about gearing up to see Justin Timberlake at the Olympic Village for day 1 of Wireless, our guy drops his new single ‘Take Back the Night’ in full. You’ll remember he posted a teaser the other day, well today his officially kicks off The 20/20 Experience, Part 2 with the albums first single ‘Take Back the Night’. Timberlake, back working with long-time collaborator Timbaland, has always pushed the pop-envelope, none more so than on his sophomore album Future Sex/Love Sounds, but ‘Take Back the Night’ harkens back to the classic Off the Wall-steeze channeled on Justified - specifically his early work with The Neptunes. And remember what Questlove said…?
The 20/20 Experience, Part 2 is released September 30th.
“We don’t have any rules, everyone is trying to figure it out. That’s why the internet is like the wild west”.
Last night Jay-Z has announced the release of his twelfth studio album titled Magna Carta Holy Grail which will be released on July 4th; The first million copies will be given away for free through a specifically designed Samsung Galaxy smartphone, after which it’ll become available to everyone worldwide. A trailer for the album was aired in the States last night and featured appearances from LP collaborators Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams. This appears to be a shrewd business deal on all sides and is probably just the beginning of what’s to come. And although this isn’t necessarily the first time a music superstar has teamed up with a technology company, this is Jay-Z and that means something significant. Take a look up top and get ready for July 4th.
While Beyonce continues to befuddle the world with her seemingly unpredictable campaign strategy, a full length version of her Timbaland produced, The-Dream penned new single ‘Grown Woman’ has mysteriously appeared online. A short snippet of the afro-beat song was first previewed during Bey’s Pepsi commercial in April and she’s been performing it live during her The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour concerts but until now the full song had not been heard. Listen below…
Bey’s hyped up big announcement yesterday has turned out to be a bit of an anti-climax. Instead of revealing her new single (in full), a music video and/or album details, she’s released a new… Pepsi commercial. There has to be more coming, surely? Most excitingly however is that the new advert does preview more of that new single we heard yesterday. Produced by Timbaland ‘Grown Woman’ is reported to be the first single taken off Beyonce’s upcoming 5th album, expected later this year.