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2012

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Missy Elliott Releasing Two Singles Over Labor Day Weekend

August 27, 2012

Missy Elliott will release two new singles over Labor Day weekend. Longtime friend and collaborator Timbaland made the announcement on Twitter, revealing the singles will be "9th Inning" and "Triple Threat." Elliott's last studio album, The Cookbook,...

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Drake Co-Producing Posthumous Aaliyah Album

August 10, 2012

Drake will co-produce Aaliyah's posthumous album and Timbaland and Missy Elliott will be involved in the project, the R&B singer's label, Blackground Records, confirms to Billboard. Drake and his close collaborator, Noah "40" Shebib, will co-produce the...

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Missy Elliott Teams With Timbaland on New Song

April 6, 2012

Last night Missy Elliott joined longtime production partner Timbaland during a New York City show to perform a new song, Miss Info reports. Timbaland previously debuted the song, thought to be called "Triple Threat," without Elliott at Vibe's SXSW showcase....

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Timbaland, Missy Elliott Not Part of Drake's New Aaliyah Album

August 14, 2012

It turns out Drake's new album of posthumous Aaliyah songs won't involve Timbaland and Missy Elliott after all, Billboard reports. Although Blackguard Records, Aaliyah's label, claimed last week that the two producers most responsible for Aaliyah's sound...

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Aaliyah's Family Not Involved With New Drake-Led Album Project

August 8, 2012

Aaliyah's family say they're not involved with – or supportive of – a new posthumous album that Drake is working on, The Guardian reports. "There is no official album being released and supported by the Haughton family," said Rashad Haughton,...

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Timbaland and Missy Elliott to Release New Albums in June

February 8, 2012

Timbaland has promised new solo albums from both himself and longtime collaborator Missy Elliott in June. "Right now, we're just preparing to get both our videos, our first singles, shot kinda at the same time," the rapper and producer told MTV News....

2011

Song Review

"808"

March 2, 2011

A month into his track-a-week "Timbaland Thursdays" series, Timbo already seems stretched thin. "808" is Tim-boilerplate: some kind words for his favorite drum machine, a few breaths of Brandy and a bland skitter beat. Listen to "808": Gallery:...

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Missy Elliott Returns on New Timbaland Track

January 14, 2011

A brand-new Missy Elliott track has surfaced online as part of Timbaland Thursdays, a new series of free tracks in the mold of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Fridays initiative. The song can be found on Timbaland's official site (also listen below). "Take Ur...

Song Review

"Take Ur Clothes Off"

January 14, 2011

Click to listen to Timbaland and Missy Elliott's "Take Ur Clothes Off" How have we made it through so many years without a new Missy and Timbaland song? The first giveaway in the Timbaland Thursdays series (the producer's version of G.O.O.D. Fridays)...

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Digest: Miley Cyrus Video to Become a Movie; Timbaland Reaches Out to Demi Lovato

January 12, 2011

Miley Cyrus Video to Become MovieThe video for Rock Mafia's song "The Big Bang," which features Miley Cyrus and Gossip Girl actor Kevin Zegers, is going to be expanded into a feature-length film. It's hard to tell from the video exactly what the plot...

2010

Song Review

"Carry Out"

March 18, 2010

"Carry Out" was forgivable as filler on Timbaland's Shock Value II, but as a single, it's an unwelcome sign of how Timbo and Justin Timberlake aren't the future-pop duo they once were. The quasi-Eastern trills sound familiar, and the weak sex-as-fast-food...

2009

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Jay-Z and Drake Take MCs to Task Over Timbaland's "Off That" Beat

August 24, 2009

"Off That," a track from Jay-Z's upcoming The Blueprint 3, leaked this weekend, per Nah Right. Featuring up-and-comer Drake on the chorus and boosted by a Cybotron-flavored electro beat courtesy of Timbaland, "Off That" finds Jigga rapping about being...

Song Review

"If I"

January 22, 2009

Fans hoping for another "My Love" should keep waiting: Justin Timberlake plays T.I.'s wingman on this very straightforward Timbaland-produced club cut, which is fueled by a sputtering bass line and T.I.'s freak-nasty come-ons: "Imagine me behind you,...

2008

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Timbaland, Fergie, Gwen Stefani Win Top Honors at ASCAP Awards

April 10, 2008

The 25th Annual ASCAP Pop Awards were held last night at Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. Timbaland received the organization's top pop award, Songwriter of the Year, while Gwen Stefani's "The Sweet Escape" and Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry" tied for Song of...

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Madonna Gets in the Groove With Timberlake, Timbaland

March 6, 2008

Last spring, Justin Timberlake, Timbaland and Nate "Danja" Hills jetted to London to help craft a new sound for Madonna, who was beginning work on her eleventh studio album. "She wanted up-tempo, dance, club music, and for everything to have a hip-hop...

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"4 Minutes to Save the World"

April 3, 2008

Madonna has taken on many identities during her career, but "hook girl" has never made her résumé – until now. With Timbaland's thick, clanging beat in command of the first single from the forthcoming Hard Candy, her vocal competes...

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Madonna's New Album and Video: Exclusive Rolling Stone Preview

February 15, 2008

Madonna has managed to keep most details about her still-untitled follow-up to 2005's Confessions on a Dance Floor (due April 29th) under wraps, but Rolling Stone got an early listen to five tracks today and some behind-the-scenes info from producer Nate...

2007

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Kanye vs. 50 Cent

September 6, 2007

Three months ago, 50 Cent and Kanye West met up to listen to each other's albums. "50 said 'Can't Tell Me Nothing' was his favorite song, so I said, 'OK, that's my first single,'" says Kanye. "We push each other. Biggie used to do that. He'd go over and...

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Justin Timberlake Wows at MSG

March 8, 2007

Between the third song ("My Love") and the fourth ("Señorita") of his sold-out show at Madison Square Garden, Justin Timberlake gathered his band at the center of the 360-degree stage for a celebratory drink. He downed a shot and shuddered. "I...

Album Review

Timbaland Presents Shock Value

April 2, 2007

Timbaland can do whatever he wants. After the great hip-hop producer's huge year in 2006, everyone and your grandmother wants to work with him. And on Shock Value, almost everyone does: 50 Cent, Justin Timberlake, Fall Out Boy, the Hives and Elton John...

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