Timbaland

Good news. Empire's music director Timbaland is off the show. Apparently the show's producers aren't too happy with the music selection on the musical soap opera.

FOX Network is struggling to solve the problem of the show's declining ratings.

Revamping the show's music is a good start.

Rhymeswithsnitch.com -- According to reports Timbaland is being replaced next season by music producer Rodney Jerkins and singer/ songwriter Ester Dean.

Johntá Austin, Makeba Roddick and Jesse St. John will also be joining the team that includes returning songwriters Ne-Yo and J.R. Rotem.

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  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    The first season some of the songs were fire but the second season a few of them were good but not too great. I like the Serayah song "look but don't touch" that stay on repeat when working out.

  • Reddy

    Who sent me up here talking about "man hips"? *whispers* Ihatechu!!!! LMAO!!!

  • Lurk_Mode_Off

    Never saw the show, so....

  • Buttercup

    Meh, I doubt it will be renewed for a 4th season anyway.

  • hi-liter

    Not a bad idea to switch up music directors with each season or two. Bring in fresh music and new ideas.

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    This show has more problems than the music. The music is actually what has kept is afloat.

  • QweenOfThorns

    The show sucks (I tried to watch into season 2 but Cookie in that gorilla suit was the last straw) the story line goes way to fast to the point of unbelievable. Happy black actors are working sad they aren't on a show with more substance.

  • PhillyFacts

    I'm allergic to garbage so I've never watched, but I've always liked Tim's music.

  • MyNameIs

    Lmao @ "Good news"

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    I get tired of ol'boy, Jessie, always whining in his songs. Too much damn crying all the time; I don't care if you are gay or not, it all sounds the same outta him. That's not the producer's fault. It's the song writers and his crying ass.

  • MyNameIs

    I can do without so much music. I need better story lines and less celeb cameos. After season 1 it was Blah to me. I still watch but they need to make other changes.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Interesting

  • ~~eb

    The fake MJJ is just that! Annoying.com

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Timbo gonna be alright. I get the feeling he is a jerk in real life, but still one of the best to ever do it. One of my faves of all time.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Lol. How do you know its garbage if you never watched?

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    Don't

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    Maybe the songs will be better...they were wack last season

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Johnta Austin is very talented. It's not the music that is making Empire bomb.

  • She_ShowOut

    In other news, I can't wait to get my free queso & chips from Moe's today.

  • Jen_n_juice

    Right! I'm like the music was ok. Still making hits. They need to change the weak story lines and get better scripts

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I don't expect Empire to make it another season anyway but the music from the first season was the truth. As much as I like Neyo, he dropped the ball during season two.

  • PhillyFacts

    Heard the about it from friends and family, and seen post here and other blogs don't sound like NATHAN but a bunch of garbage.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I give it two more.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Gotcha.

  • Yoni

    I need the soundtrack from Queen Sugar. Whatever they were playing last night when RalphAngel went over to his baby mama's trailer was the biz!

  • NegroDamus

    off topic:

    tell me why the lady I was speaking on yesterday didn't even greet me this morning. I bet her ass read this blog. Gotta be more careful speaking on real life issues here sheesh.

  • imright
  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    don't tell me Yoni ...I missed it last night *covers eyes* lol

  • Incog-knee-gress

    Neyo got songwriting credit WITH Timmy on at least one song I know off off top of my head. He didn't write Make Me Better by himself. All 3 names are up there but whatever. They coulda kept Tim doing something.

  • Tonia Hannah

    Love Moes ?

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    I love chocolate men. The things I would do... *fans self*

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    YAAS! So sensual.

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    Who hating?

  • B.Sweet, Bad Mamma Jamma

    Garbaje can be popular.

  • Soda

    Alabama Shakes – “Gemini”

  • Buttercup

    I was trying to Shazam and all. I was too far away from the TV though :-|

  • Sayitreal

    So is Atlanta Flyytyy replacing him, lil birdie told me. He already is integral in the music for the show. He runs around with Fab and Mr. Ruggs, he has a lazy eye

  • Sayitreal

    I swear that gorilla suit ruined it for me, I stopped

  • Sayitreal

    Show needs less cameos, gay is accepted today it's no longer taboo so no need to keep pushing that. They need better writers with street knowledge

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I haven't seen this since Episode 1. Who ended up being Toucan Sam'# (Raven) baby daddy?

  • Blaque Mahogany

    And on what?

  • Karma WhO

    i could care less about this.. BUT HAS ANYONE ELSE HEARD THAT FANTASIA IS A GRANDMOTHER AT THE AGE OF 32???!!!!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    ...in law. Her husband's child had a baby. It's weird how much publicity that is getting.

  • Brownie

    I still have the second season recorded... I didn't know/ remember he was even on Empire. It's just not doing it for me anymore. Too predictable and the music ? has me fast forwarding like commercials.

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Damn...I love me some Timbaland...got all his music RIP Aaliyah

  • MyNameIs

    I like to judge things for myself. Why would you go off another's opinion? Just asking.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Sometimes the music is great (and I'm not a fan of Tim) but it's just when Jussie Smollett begins to sing...or something.

    I used to call it a kitchen break since I don't go out for smokes anymore but there are so many singing segments that I end up watching Blackish.

    Did anyone watch the MasterChef finale?

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Sometimes the music is great (and I'm not a fan of Tim) but it's just when Jussie Smollett begins to sing...or something.

    I used to call it a kitchen break since I don't go out for smokes anymore but there are so many singing segments that I end up watching Blackish.

    Did anyone watch the MasterChef finale?

  • MyNameIs

    I mean....I've had someone talk crap about someone they disliked and me and that other person became good friends. Lol

  • MyNameIs

    I mean....I've had someone talk crap about someone they disliked and me and that other person became good friends. Lol

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Technically you CAN be...not long ago you WOULD BE...you would be 13 and married to a 45 year old too *shrugs*

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Technically you CAN be...not long ago you WOULD BE...you would be 13 and married to a 45 year old too *shrugs*

  • Brownie

    So ANOTHER fool got an out of jail card for rape. A BABY and the nasty mf and his friend was filming it.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/judge-spares-prison-for-iowa-teen-who-raped-toddler-girl-in-live-video-and-plotted-to-assault-boy/comments/#disqus

  • Brownie

    So ANOTHER fool got an out of jail card for rape. A BABY and the nasty mf and his friend was filming it.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/09/judge-spares-prison-for-iowa-teen-who-raped-toddler-girl-in-live-video-and-plotted-to-assault-boy/comments/#disqus

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Nooo I ain't watched it yet...my schedule can't get right

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Nooo I ain't watched it yet...my schedule can't get right

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Sigh...why I don't have kids and I'd kill for my nephew...

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Sigh...why I don't have kids and I'd kill for my nephew...

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Sidebar: Soooooo... I decided to do someone a favor by reviewing some legal docs for them, just to make sure their case is moving along swimmingly. I literally received ONE article, discovery from opposing counsel, which I perused. In perusing it a second time, attempting to determine whom the doc came from and their role in the matter, I saw the name of the arbitrator. It looked familiar. I ran his name on the State Bar website and saw he is in the same city as the person I'm doing the favor for. I think I know him. Long story short, I called what I thought is the school he is the president of to ask if he works as an arbitrator. He does. The problem is, the number wasn't the number to the school, but rather his personal cell phone number. D'oh.

    I didn't ask him about the case. I just wanted to know if HE is the arbitrator. He said he is going to report the matter to the company he arbitrates for. Ok. I hope he doesn't, because if he does, I'll have to let them know he was agreeing to arbitrate a case where he knows the plaintiff's counsel. He was so stank about it until it's not even funny. He shouldn't have agreed to arbitrate this case.

    He should recuse himself. If he doesn't and tries to blow up the situation, he may end up facing disciplinary action - or possible disbarment, no joke. Ask me if I care?!. I'm privy to more of his info than he realizes. My mom helped him keep his practice afloat several years back. When I needed a solid on her behalf, he couldn't be bothered.

    Welp. ??

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Sidebar: Soooooo... I decided to do someone a favor by reviewing some legal docs for them, just to make sure their case is moving along swimmingly. I literally received ONE article, discovery from opposing counsel, which I perused. In perusing it a second time, attempting to determine whom the doc came from and their role in the matter, I saw the name of the arbitrator. It looked familiar. I ran his name on the State Bar website and saw he is in the same city as the person I'm doing the favor for. I think I know him. Long story short, I called what I thought is the school he is the president of to ask if he works as an arbitrator. He does. The problem is, the number wasn't the number to the school, but rather his personal cell phone number. D'oh.

    I didn't ask him about the case. I just wanted to know if HE is the arbitrator. He said he is going to report the matter to the company he arbitrates for. Ok. I hope he doesn't, because if he does, I'll have to let them know he was agreeing to arbitrate a case where he knows the plaintiff's counsel. He was so stank about it until it's not even funny. He shouldn't have agreed to arbitrate this case.

    He should recuse himself. If he doesn't and tries to blow up the situation, he may end up facing disciplinary action - or possible disbarment, no joke. Ask me if I care?!. I'm privy to more of his info than he realizes. My mom helped him keep his practice afloat several years back. When I needed a solid on her behalf, he couldn't be bothered.

    Welp. ??

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I guess Timbaland thought the endless parade of sissies and drag queens Lee Daniels has on reserve as co-stars were gonna eventually out him.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I guess Timbaland thought the endless parade of sissies and drag queens Lee Daniels has on reserve as co-stars were gonna eventually out him.

  • MyNameIs

    What post did you speak about her in? I promise I'm not nosy...I need to do the research before commenting properly. Lol

  • MyNameIs

    She makes d*mn good music but they never focus on that.

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    I don't know what happened to Timberland but he used to be diesel built.

    These days his lower body looks as if he's taking estrogen for his transition to a black Katlyn Jenner.

    WTF happened, Timber?

  • Karma WhO

    ahh ok thanks for clearing that up ..i thought her daughter had had a baby or something..

  • Brownie

    OK?!?!? I'd kill for our son, niece, nephew, cousins, hell my neighbor. Sadly, I'd be the only one going to jail if my "victim" is yt.

  • NegroDamus

    rob kardashian mad about having girl post from yesterday

  • Karma WhO

    yea i feel that!! my Great grandmother was a wife and mother by age 13, ew!

  • Karma WhO

    i dont understand that either, BUT i'd be lying if I said that Caption didnt catch my attention..i needed the tea on that situation!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    we would have to care in order to hate on him :coffee:

  • Cecakes

    Bout time to change up on em Empire tunes. Love me some Timbo but the songs started dullin.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I think they should've kept Tim and dropped Neyo. I hated the music from season 2

  • OrchidJones-VidaLocaVirgo

    Where he going...to Power?

  • OrchidJones-VidaLocaVirgo

    Please believe, Music selection is the least of falling ratings Mr. Daniels. Rodney Jerkins couldn't save it even if he revived Michael Jackson. Try writing realistic story lines, having cookie and all her sisters out here looking all kinds of crazy.

  • MyNameIs

    If I read correctly it seems like she's pushing more towards you only because you're not on her like the other guys are. She likes attention.

  • PhillyFacts

    I don't think that will happen in this case with Lee Daniels and myself I am simply not a fan. lmbo

  • Lisa daniels

    That's because he is a jackass. Ask him where magoo. Ask himwhy hemarried and divorced Aaliyah Dopplerganger. Ask why he ? Ginuwine to make Justin Timberlake great. Ask him why Missy don't kick it with him no more.

  • Lisa daniels

    Exactly. I can do with out seeing Jamal getting on in every scene.

  • disqus_FW7pCIigCY

    Let's be honest, the Gay story lines are what turned people away?

  • PhillyFacts

    Not really a fan of Mr. Daniels honestly so after hearing, and reading reviews in the comments on various sites I realized my conception was in deed correct. Me whispering >>> (Don't dig let it go) lls

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Yeah, the caption is both enticing and misleading.

  • Lisa daniels

    I bet they made him sign a non compete clause.???

  • Lisa daniels

    Its not the story line just Jamal f everyone and everything

  • http://theempirefiend.tumblr.com/ Bird

    They let Jussie take over season two. Yazz barely had any songs and he's my favorite Empire artist. Timbo was a better fit for him than Jussie. I hope Yazz's music comes back in season three.

  • Shaylove1975

    They should always rotate the writwrs and producers on that show.

  • Noirluv45

    If they had listened to disgruntled former viewers like me, they would've found out why the ratings were declining, but they didn't listen.

  • GuestSTAR

    There's too much breakin out in song on that show. Like Jussie, but let others sing, BUT not as much.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    I guess. I haven't seen it since S2:E3 or less. I think it was right after Chris Rock's line wasn't developed and he was introduced and killed in 2 episodes. Meh. The writing is warped, square balls compared to S1.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    Trust your gut.

  • Unita Lucinda “Lucy” Freebush

    You're so generous. ?

  • https://www.etsy.com/shop/AMarieNaturals Lovezoe

    I told you I'm the nice one

  • Wayup!

    ?????

  • Libra80sBaby

    Huh? Dis tew much

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Isn't it?!. Arbitrator got crunk over me calling to name check. How, Sway?!. How?

  • MissHarlem

    I will let his ass drown like karma wanted ??

  • Karma WhO

    yes it is..i jus knew it was her daughter following on her footsteps..

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    Lol. I think he will play it cool. We're not bffs. He knows my mother well. She held him down when his partners took off with his business and left him to fend for self. He is not only disloyal, but he hops from project-to-project. He tried to make business personal with mom, but she shut that shit DOWN. It sucks, because she liked him, too. I've always known that.

    He was actually going to literally walk me through the process of getting into law school (and possibly remove any barriers that may exist), which is why I don't want to "hadouken" his career, if you will.

    I need a drink.

  • Hookedonblinds

    Demasculinization of our Black men.....not down for it either.

  • JustB

    1st off I stopped watching after season one and it had nothing to do with the song selection...

    And randomly...Uncle Denzel aint to happy about those memes...his response is priceless...but I still laugh everytime I see em...js

  • IAmLegend

    Rodney Jerkins is a much better fit for this show than Timbaland. All of Timb's songs on the show were stale and lazy. Esther Dean is a beast with a pen too . Jonta has penned smash hits for Mariah, Usher, Mary J among others and Makeba can hold her own as well. The music should be dope this season.

  • MissHarlem

    How nice of you. However if you shade my mom in the slightest nice or not it's curtains for that ass. You nasty towards me and don't even know I know all this info ?

  • MissHarlem

    Also just because you were nice once upon a time doesn't mean I'm obligated to you.

  • Queen B

    Swizz Beats??!!

  • Luv Pitties

    Welp you'll be seeing Mariah this upcoming season

  • God is working on me!

    Personally I feel ratings went don't because of the over doing it with the gay thing but that's just my opinion. The music was the only thing that kept me 100 percent. But if he leaves. I'll catch re reruns on Tv-one when I'm bored. All that gay stuff is a bit much to me, I get it you're gay.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Ain't nobody really checkin for timbaland like that no more. I haven't like his music since Aaliyah last album. He changed his style and he became unoriginal. He started sounding like every other producer out there. I thought there was some hope when Suit & Tie came out, but everything after that went down hill. I hated his last two albums

  • ReadingIsFundamental4Real

    Very much agreed; it's definitely portrayed like a damn gay cult show or something too often for my liking.

  • product of 79

    Tim Mosley can't focus on music he trying to hold on to his coinz ? plus his hips are bigger than mine ?

  • Li

    The show is a mess, and I've written on the imdb message board till I'm dark in the face. It started out with Lucious having an incurable disease and after the ratings came in, he miraculously got cured. And now there's no sign whatsoever of his disease.
    It started out with Cookie fighting to get her rights to the company, and now she and Lucious are practically lovers.
    They had a "star" record artist in Courtney Love and she's gone. That would have been a helluva storyline, Courtney fighting the company for respect.
    Wasn't Jennifer Hudson's Michelle supposed to be the mistress to Dre? That went nowhere.
    And then there was that rapper that Lucious and Cookie got to sign with the label who was a Muslim, and he's missing in action. And they just dropped totally all the dead body murder mysteries.
    Too many loose end storylines. The writers and Lee Daniels no not what they're doing. They're lucky that Empire is the #1 Fox drama, but it wasn't the music that was the problem, it's the storyline.

    But nobody can make Smollett a top line singer. He's just too generic a singer, and by being gay, nobody's going to follow him except the gay audience. And his brother (?) is just a so-so rapper.

  • MyNameIs

    And French Montana...it's too much. I think they try and get these peoples fans to tune it but they're turning their regular viewers off which can hurt in the long run.

  • Luv Pitties

    Oh no! Really?! This show seems to be a sinking ship since it is adding all of this unnecessary "talent." I am considering getting into Power I am being told it has an interesting storyline without the smoke and mirrors of celebrities.

  • MyNameIs

    I would try it but since 50 cent is involved I just can't.

  • Ladyvil

    All that nasal singing along with the music being whack, an all that other s#&t, I stopped watching long ago!

    #collegeparkking #realdopemusic
    #ATLstandup

  • Ladyvil

    OMG, you hit the nail strait (no pun intended) on the head!! Cookie comes harder than he does with ALL that nasal crying in the mike!
    #needrealdopeartist
    #collegeparkking
    #ATL

  • Ladyvil

    I thought it was just me.....it started hard, but ends with a purrrr!!!

  • bella28498 .

    The ratings are declining due to all the gay scenes ppl don't want to watch all of that. No one is watching that show for the music

  • Ladyvil

    #collegeparkking

  • Ladyvil

    Hopefully the shows 'powers that he's will read this or it's a wrap for the show!!!

  • Ladyvil

    It's such a gay show is why they had French on the show!

  • Fendi aka Erin Blockabitch

    I can't force anyone to show up and show out for me or her like we do/did for them.

    Harlem: It's HARD, but I'm practicing the art of allowing God to intercede in my life. With that, I try my darndest to not enact vengeance against anyone. What's crazy is, I laughed about what happened all day. I haven't stopped laughing. I know enough about him to know that what he directed towards me isn't about me. This man lost his practice. His license was suspended for awhile for non-payment of child support (which I just saw online today). The school he is the president of was trying to oust him. He talks a good game but he doesn't damn back it up.

    As much as I'd love to throw kerosine on the bridge that is Mr. Esq., I refuse to do so. I refuse to do so on the off chance that I decide to either go to law school OR I need referrals of recent graduates who need work. I may end up helping place them, because it's lucrative. I have a lot of contacts in the industry that I've acquired over the course of a good 20 years. I can assure you that he will need me before I need him, but knowing life has been kicking his ass for a long time, I refuse to raise my foot. I've got to follow my Spirit.

    A lot of things are happening for me right now. Must. Stay. Focused! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/19f126e457eb1ea825af3591e28f6259992976985e99d02e7de1d5a158ac5f4a.jpg

  • darealwifey

    I watched Season 1 and was entertained, but the characters became a bit too "cartoonish" for my taste, and it was turning into a hip-hop version of Glee real quick. There was no real depth of characters, and the show just felt like it wasn't going anywhere. I don't like all the in-fighting between all the main characters. Get a dang rival empire to fight with...Get some bitter artists like Lil Wayne and Cash Money.

  • Wakando Shamar Taylor

    The show still gets 8 to 10 million viewers a week so unless it drops to over half of that expect a season 4

  • KenHay

    I agree.

  • OhMy

    I totally agree. I also like r kelly but can't bring myself to support men who treat others so horribly when they make it.

  • more

    Ya his voice do sound the same

  • Pam

    Don't watch that coon show anyways.. carry on...

  • Stacey J

    How about story lines that are interesting and make sense...I mean Cookie really doesn't care anymore that Lucious killed Bunky and Anika just went bat crazy for no real reason? And who kills themselves just cause someone says too (Camilla)...and that ain't even all the stupid story lines.

  • Tea??

    Well that's their own dámn fault making every other scene a performance. How many times in one episode do I have to hear Jussie Smollet and goat calls I mean singing ?! Like I know he was sleeping with the creator of the show but dang lol

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    the network can save the struggling ratings by doing one simple thing: hire real writers. Get a true team of staff writers together to plot out a main storyline for the entire season, you know, like other dramatic tv shows do? This show is horrible. Like I said, season 2 and about 15 minutes into I think the second episode, I was done.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    I can't believe he was so salty about that. Fear not Denzel, your meme will not get half as much net time as the Jordan crying meme. I kinda side eyed DW for that Essence response.

  • JustB

    He lost cool points for that...but then I remembered he do tip the bottle and was prob saucy both times

  • chris

    Empire is much bigger than power. Network TV vs premium cable.

  • Rob

    The music started getting tired with the "Carlos Santana" inspired season one finale's music. Change is good.

  • Yoni

    All I can say is, I found the song. It's called Gemini by Alabama Shakes.

  • Yoni

    Not Shazam. LMAO I found it Friday night. It's called Gemini by Alabama Shakes.

  • Yoni

    Found it last week. Thanks. LOL

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Thanks

  • http://www.keenready.com KeenReady.COM ?

    Thanks

  • Yoni

    You're welcome.

  • Yoni

    You're welcome.