Inside 'Empire' Star Bryshere Gray's Timbaland Team-Up

October 2, 2015

At 21, Bryshere Y. Gray has been on a wild journey thanks to his first and only acting gig. Gray's sweet but egotistical take on Empire's Hakeem Lyon has made him a rising star, and Hakeem's fictional single, "Drip Drop," became the first season's breakout...


Jay Z, Timbaland to Testify in Court Over 'Big Pimpin'

August 12, 2015

Jay Z and Timbaland will appear in court to testify about using the sample of a flute line by composer Baligh Hamdi as the hook in the 2000 hit "Big Pimpin'." The nephew of the composer, who died in 1993, filed the suit in 2007, calling into question...

Album Review

Original Soundtrack From Season 1 of 'Empire'

March 10, 2015

Where's Cookie when you need her? This soundtrack for the hottest show on TV could use more of the beat-you-with-a-broomstick fire of Taraji P. Henson's character. Instead, stars Jussie Smollett (Jamal) and Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Hakeem) headline a spotty...



Timbaland Says Missy Elliott Album Sounds Like 'The Future'

July 29, 2014

It's been nearly a decade since Missy Elliott's last solo album, 2005's The Cookbook, but Timbaland says a new one may be on its way. "It's coming," the rapper's longtime producer and songwriting partner tells Rolling Stone. "It's on her. She got the...


Michael Jackson to Get SiriusXM Channel

May 12, 2014

Michael Jackson's new posthumous album, Xscape, is set to drop Tuesday, May 13th, and to celebrate the occasion (and honor the King of Pop's immeasurable musical legacy), SiriusXM is launching The Michael Jackson Channel, an exclusive, limited-run...


Michael Jackson Gets Fierce and Sultry on New Songs

May 8, 2014

Two more Michael Jackson tracks, "Blue Gangsta" and "Loving You," from the King of Pop's upcoming posthumous album, Xscape, have hit the web (via MTV and Idolator), both of which you can take a listen to below. The harrowing, hard-hitting "Blue Gangsta"...


Timbaland's New LP: 'This Is My Purple Rain'

July 28, 2014

At the turn of the decade, it seemed as though Timbaland — the producer behind many of the biggest beats of the previous 15 years — had finally quieted down. Now, at age 42, he's back on top: In the past year and a half, he has co-produced...


Superhero Kids Face Down Bullies in Janelle Monae's 'Heroes' Video

May 12, 2014

Pepsi has shared details of the football-inspired Beats of the Beautiful Game album, which combines 11 tracks from Janelle Monáe, Kelly Rowland, Santigold, Rita Ora and Timbaland, among others, with short films (or "filmtracks")...


Hear Michael Jackson's New Single

May 1, 2014

UPDATE: Watch Usher assist on the new Michael Jackson single Michael Jackson's new single "Love Never Felt So Good" will debut tonight during the first ever iHeartRadio Music Awards, which airs at 8 p.m. on NBC, according to a tweet from iHeartRadio. What...



Jay Z Brings New Material to Life at 'Magna Carter' Tour Kickoff

December 1, 2013

In the nearly two decades since Jay Z first appeared on the hip-hop scene, an ex-crack-dealing Brooklynite with a sweet cadence and tragic wit, the man born Shawn Carter has worn many hats: record label head, clothier, restaurateur and most recently,...


Timbaland Teases Mysterious Michael Jackson Project

August 28, 2013

As a trend-setting producer, Timbaland has worked with some of the most influential artists on the planet – this year alone, he's made beats for Jay Z, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke. And it looks like he'll soon add the King of Pop to...


Jay Z Opens Up About 'Magna Carta,' Artistic Integrity in Extensive Interview

July 24, 2013

In the part one of an extensive two-part interview, Jay Z sat down at Yankee Stadium in New York before taking the stage with Justin Timberlake to chat about creating recent record Magna Carta. . . Holy Grail, his game-changing business deal with Samsung,...


Beyonce Leads a Charge of Powerful Women at Sound of Change

June 1, 2013

Girls run the world – and Beyoncé ran the show at The Sound Of Change charity concert in London Saturday night. Billed in advance as a sort of "female Live Aid" aimed at promoting women’s empowerment around the world, the concert at...


Justin Timberlake Returns to Grammy Stage

February 10, 2013

Justin Timberlake returned to the Grammy stage on Sunday night, performing a pair of songs from his forthcoming album, The 20/20 Experience, with guest Jay-Z appearing on the Timbaland-produced debut single "Suit & Tie." Photos: Grammy Awards Red...


Hear Justin Timberlake's New Single, 'Suit and Tie'

January 14, 2013

Three days after announcing his return to music with a video called "I'm Ready," Justin Timberlake has released a new track, "Suit and Tie." The Timbaland-produced cut, which features a guest verse from Jay-Z, was dropped on early Monday morning and is...


Justin Timberlake Is Defeated on 'T.K.O.'

September 20, 2013

Love throws Justin Timberlake a sucker punch on "T.K.O.," the new single from the singer's upcoming album, The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2. The seven-minute song powers along on a busy bob-and-weave beat from Timbaland as Timberlake tries to pinpoint the...


Justin Timberlake Talks '20/20 Experience'

August 26, 2013

If the 'NSync reunion at the VMAs last night got you all hot and bothered for more Justin Timberlake, don't worry, he knows: The pop star is gearing up for the September 30th release of part two of The 20/20 Experience, and today he posted a note to his...


Timbaland on 'Magna Carta Holy Grail'

July 8, 2013

Timbaland is a heavy presence on Jay-Z's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail, boasting production credits on nearly half the record. The prolific producer gave an extensive interview to Diddy's new music channel Revolt TV, peeling back the layers of Magna...


Q&A: Justin Timberlake on How Acting Shaped His New Album

February 11, 2013

(Ed note: During Grammy week, Justin Timberlake sat down with two high school students, Cameron Capers from Atlanta and Allison Spice from San Diego. The two students are alumni of Grammy Camp, a music industry program for students from around the nation....


Justin Timberlake Makes a Surprise Pre-Grammy Appearance

February 9, 2013

Timbaland, Avicii, Estelle, Joey Fatone, Paul McDonald and Nikki Reed were among the celebrity guests who showed up to support the United Nations Foundation's mPowering Action platform’s pre-Grammy launch party on Friday. In addition to industry...