Timbaland: Missy Elliott’s New Album Is a ‘Game Changer’

Missy Elliott

It’s been nearly a decade since Missy Elliott released her last album, but her longtime collaborator Timbaland promises it will be worth the wait.

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Video: Jennifer Hudson f/ Timbaland – ‘Walk It Out’

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson plays hard to get in the video for her Timbaland-produced single “Walk It Out.” Shot in New York, the X-directed clip follows the Oscar winner (who goes by J-Hud in this video) through the streets.

When one guy tries to holler at her, she keeps it moving, but he doesn’t give up easily. She runs into him at the park and on her way home, where eventually she gives in. She visits the beauty salon and busts out some choreography with her girls. Plus, look for cameos from Timbaland and her husband David Otunga.

Hudson’s third album is due later this summer featuring contributions from Pharrell Williams, Babyface, and R. Kelly.

Get to steppin’ with J-Hud.

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New Music: Jo’zzy f/ Timbaland & Ma$e – ‘Tryna Wife’

Tryna Wife

R&B newcomer Jo’zzy makes her formal introduction with some help from veterans Timbaland and Ma$e. The self-proclaimed “singer disguised as a rapper,” who hails from Memphis, crafts a new anthem for all the independent women, who don’t need a man to take care of themselves.

Produced by Wizz Dumb, the ’90s throwback joint features ad libs from Timbo and a verse from the Harlem OG.

“I don’t need him / He needs me more,” sings Jo’zzy, who has worked with Missy Elliott, Teyana Taylor, and Agnez Mo.

The song will hit iTunes on June 23. Listen below.

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Timbaland Announces New Album ‘Opera Noir’


From Jay Z to Michael Jackson, Timbaland has had a hand in some of the biggest albums of the past year. Now the super-producer is finally ready to seize the moment with his long-awaited solo album.

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Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, & L.A. Reid Discuss Michael Jackson’s ‘Xscape’

Timbaland and Rodney Jerkins

Earlier today, Michael Jackson fans got to hear a new song from the pop icon called “Love Never Felt So Good.” The disco-soul jam, which features Justin Timberlake, will appear on his posthumous album Xscape.

Some of the producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jerkins, and Stargate sat down with Billboard editor Joe Levy to discuss the project, which includes eight unreleased songs originally recorded between 1983 and 1999.

“What drives us is we really want to make a difference and Michael Jackson was the perfect artist who spoke to all of us,” said Epic Records CEO L.A. Reid, who serves as the album’s executive producer. “He tapped us on the shoulder and said, ‘Would you just do me one small favor and remind people that I’m the greatest?’ And we all said yes.”

Timbaland added, “Michael was one of the greatest entertainers. I felt like I had to dig in to a place where it’s deeper than just music.”

Rodney Jerkins, who worked on the title track with MJ, admitted that he was hesitant at first. “I worked with Michael before and I knew what his expectations were, what his standards were,” he said. “Once L.A. played me the music, I was all the way in.”

The behind-the-scenes clip is part of a documentary, which is available on the deluxe edition of Xscape, due May 13.

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New Music: Jennifer Hudson f/ Timbaland – ‘Walk It Out’

Walk It Out

It’s a new day for Jennifer Hudson. The R&B diva switches up her sound on her Timbaland-produced single “Walk It Out,” penned by Lyrica Anderson. Following the T.I.-assisted “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel),” J-Hud gets on her “‘hood shit” and turns on the charm, even dropping a few expletives.

“I got you hypnotized / I got you staring from the look in your eyes / You wanna walk it out with me,” she sings.

The Oscar winner’s upcoming ’70s-inspired album includes contributions from Pharrell Williams, Babyface, and R. Kelly, who guests on the super-soul jam “It’s Your World.”

Take a walk on the wild side with J-Hud.

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Michael Jackson Album ‘Xscape’ Set for May Release


The King of Pop lives on. Five years after his death, Epic Records, in conjunction with the Estate of Michael Jackson, will release the posthumous album Xscape.

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