Music producer Timbaland has gone to greener pastures. After two strong seasons with Fox’s “Empire” TV show Timbo has packed his bags.
According to reports, Tim and Fox have ended their professional relationship.
Timbaland, who helmed the songwriting team for Empire since its inception, has exited. Joining Fox’s hit television series for its third season (Sept. 21, 9 p.m. ET) are four-time Grammy Award-winning songwriter/producer Rodney Jerkins as supervising music producer and chart-topping songwriter Ester Dean. (Billboard)
An “Empire” music executive has confirmed the exit and provided some more insight.
“We were happy to work with Timbaland during the first two seasons,” says Shawn Holiday, senior VP of A&R for Columbia Records, which releases Empire’s music. “But we wanted to take a different approach for season 3. We dealt a lot with family drama in the first season through songs like ‘Good Enough’ when Lucious Lyon threw his son Jamal in the trash can. That was a very emotional music moment. So we’re going for the same success with upcoming songs like ‘Mama,’ about Cookie being the backbone of the family, and a duet with Mariah Carey and Jussie Smollett.” (Billboard)
This week, rap star French Montana promoted “Empire’s” highly-anticipated return.
Recent reports revealed rapper Romeo Miller would replace fellow hip-hop artist Kid Cudi on this season’s “Empire.”
It doesn’t premiere for another few weeks but there have already been some changes to the third season of Empire. EW has learned that actor/rapper Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi has been replaced by rapper/actor Romeo Miller in the role of Gram, a rival to Hakeem (Bryshere Gray) and the new love interest for Tiana (Serayah). (Entertainment Weekly)
— Romeo Miller (@RomeoMiller) September 1, 2016