Timbaland Signs On as Songwriter for FOX Drama Pilot EMPIRE
The family drama centers on the world of hip-hop and will feature both original songs and modern music. As previously reported, Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson will star, with Lee Daniels and Danny Strongwriting and executive-producing.
The American record producer, songwriter and rapper worked on Aaliyah's 1996 album One in a Million and Missy Elliott's 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, before becoming a prominent producer for R&B and hip-hop artists. As a rapper he initially released several albums with fellow rapper Magoo, but later released his debut solo album Tim's Bio in 1998.
In 2007, Timbaland released the first album in his Shock Value series,Timbaland Presents: Shock Value. In 2009, Timbaland Presents: Shock Value II was released. His work ranges from Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Missy Elliott, as well as other R&B artists of the mid-90's, to Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Ludacris, and other hip-hop artists of the early and mid-2000s. In 2006 he produced Justin Timberlake's album FutureSex/LoveSounds, which sold over 10 million copies worldwide and spawned hits such as "SexyBack", "My Love" and "What Goes Around... Comes Around". In 2006 he produced Nelly Furtado's Loose, which also sold 10 million copies worldwide and had hits such as "Promiscuous", "Maneater", and "Say it Right". In 2006 and 2007 alone, Timbaland was responsible for 16 Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles.