Timbaland Resurrects Michael Jackson, More “Nothing Was The Same” Info Revealed, Twerking Added To Oxford Dictionary
Working Wednesday. The clock’s still ticking and nothing’s slowing down, so why not get the ball rolling with Timbaland helping bring Michael Jackson‘s legacy back to life? Speaking of legacies, Drake is really starting to build one with his Nothing Was The Same album. Miley Cyrus has really built up the trend of twerking in America, so much that the term itself has now reached global attention? All this coming up in SOHH Whatcha Think.
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1. MJ Back
Is there new Michael Jackson music on the way? It appears to be so and what better producer than Timbaland to help make MJ’s legacy even more complete? But then again, would MJ want his much left in Timbo’s hands, even despite his track record in making hits? Vulture is all over this one:
The endless, endlessly opportunistic Reanimating Michael Jackson’s Voice parade is about to get a Timbaland float. Yes, the same Timbaland who, when Drake and Chris Brown came out with posthumous Aaliyah songs, said, “Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate, which is me.” That very Timbaland now admits he only spoke once on the phone with Michael Jackson but that he’s got an MJ-featuring track, “Chicago,” on the way anyway. Maybe it’s even a whole album. Presuming we’re on the Magna Carta Holy Grail teaser path, there will be a longer version of this clip soon enough. (Vulture)
You have to wonder what all Timbaland has cooked up. He’s a top-notch producer, possibly one of the greatest ones alive in the world of hip-hop but so much to the point he could take an MJ song or even album and make it go up with the bests? He’s done wonders from Jay Z to Justin Timberlake, is this a good move? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
2. It’s Coming
We’re really just a few weeks away from Drake’s long-awaited Nothing Was The Same album arriving in stores and the anticipation keeps on building. With a leak likely not expected to happen anytime soon, the world is going to have to be satisfied with little teasers. Nah Right is on it:
Apart from revealing the Jay-Z & Lil Wayne guest features on Nothing Was The Same, Drake & his producer Noah “40″ Shebib gave Rolling Stone some details about the album’s intro “Tuscan Leather” for their Fall Music Preview. The song features three distinct beats with a single Whitney Houston sample that 40 flips three different ways:
Of bombastic album opener “Tuscan Leather,” 40 says, “It’s a three-staged record – one sample flipped three different ways, with a verse over each beat.”
They also told the magazine that the LP will feature the follow-up to Drake’s solo version of Rick Ross’ “Aston Martin Music”, that we premiered right here 3 summers ago, “Paris Morton Music II”:
Drake, meanwhile, cites the standout track “Paris Morton Music II” as the clearest proof that he’s stepped up his game. “That track excites me from a rap standpoint, just getting off bars and different flows,” he says. “I played it for J. Cole, on some rap buddy-buddy shit, and he was like, ‘Damn!’” (Nah Right)
Is this going to make you want Drake’s album even more? To think of a follow-up to “Aston Martin Music” seems pretty exciting when you think of how monumental that beat was. Is your blood boiling even more to pick this LP up on September 24? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
3. It’s Not Over Yet
Whenever you think the twerking movement has come to an end, just think twice and prepared to be amazed. If Amber Rose twerking wasn’t the end and Miley Cyrus’ Video Music Awards twerking didn’t make you scratch your head, then seeing the term actually posted in the Oxford Dictionary should really make you wonder what’s going on in the world. Complex has this written up:
Twerking has been having a moment as of late (or, some might say, a last dance), and, to many, Miley Cyrus’s VMA twerk-a-thon was the dance technique’s giant coming out (of a bear) party. The performance was one of the leading stories on CNN on Monday, and the following day ABC News became a trending topic on Twitter for its scientific analysis of what is, more accurately, a physics-defying art. This weekend, Diplo plans to set a twerking world record.
But the true proof that twerking is no longer a niche phenomenon confined to knowing connoisseurs is that now it’s in the books as an official part of the English language. The AP reported today that Oxford Dictionary, which publishes the Oxford Dictionary Online and the Oxford English Dictionary, has added a definition for the verb “twerk.”
No longer will aspiring spelling bee winners have to look up Twerk Team videos on YouTube—now they can simply pull up the ol’ ODO and look the word up, just like their teachers always told them to do. The full definition is listed as:
Pronunciation: /twəːk/ verb [no object] informal dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance
Even better, ODO provides sample sentences and a brief history of the word’s origins, which it attributes to a variation of the word “work” dating back to the 1990s. The sentences listed as examples are “just wait till they catch their daughters twerking to this song” and “twerk it girl, work it girl.”
Surprisingly not listed are such visionary examples as the lyrics to Ying Yang Twins’ “Whistle While You Twurk” or the more contemporary stylings of Busta Rhymes’ “Twerk It.” However, there’s no question Oxford Dictionaries did their research. The organization’s Katherine Connor Martin gave the AP what is surely the most thorough etymology of the word ever compiled:
“There are many theories about the origin of this word, and since it arose in oral use, we may never know the answer for sure. We think the most likely theory is that it is an alteration of work, because that word has a history of being used in similar ways, with dancers being encouraged to ‘work it.’ The ‘t’ could be a result of blending with another word such as twist or twitch.”
Ha! You thought your “twerking hard or hardly twerking” pun was funny? Even Britain’s leading etymologists think it’s obvious! Try harder!
More importantly, though, this makes it official: Twerking is appropriate material for conversation in Buckingham Palace. That’s right. We’re, like, one step away from the Queen of England knighting Juicy J.
Tell your teachers; tell the foreign exchange students. Twerking is dead. Long live twerking. (Complex)
Utter shock? #SOHHWhatchaThink?
That about wraps it up for today. This is SOHH On The Spot giving you the morning scoop from your favorite gossip sites.