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Missy Elliott searching for inspiration for new music

February 7th, 2014 3:10am EST
Missy Elliott
Rapper Missy Elliott has blamed a lack of inspiration for the delay in releasing a follow-up to 2005's The Cookbook, insisting she will only put out a new album once it is perfect.

The Work It hitmaker scrapped plans for a 2007 project, then titled The Countdown, after a number of tracks leaked online illegally, and she has been keeping busy in the studio ever since.

Her longtime collaborator and producer pal Timbaland claimed in 2012 that she was preparing to make a solo chart comeback that summer (12), but fans are still waiting for new Missy material two years later.

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Jennifer Hudson enjoying her thirties

January 24th, 2014 9:20pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson is embracing her thirties.
The 'Feeling Good' singer reached the milestone age two years ago and is comfortable with who she is and enjoying her third decade.
She told E! News: "I love the thirties. I'm like, now I got the hang of it and being settled with myself and embracing it. I love the space that I'm in."
Jennifer has also recently finished her third studio album and claims it is a "feel good" record.
She told MTV News: "I think it's more of a feeling, more than a genre, and I've had the pleasure of working with Pharrell [Williams] and Timbaland, and I love their p...
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Timbaland Has Post-Divorce Party With Jay Z And Lenny Kravitz

October 20th, 2013 9:33am EDT
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Timbaland celebrated his pending divorce last night in Paris -- with Jay Z, Lenny Kravitz ... and 30 ACE OF SPADES BOTTLES!!

The three rolled into Club 79 after Hova's Berclay Arena concert ... and an employee tell us the bottles were worth around $26k -- but they were all comped.

We're told Timbaland enjoyed a "guys night out" while taking pics with fans ... keeping things pretty mellow with the ladies, despite his new status.

TMZ broke the story ... Timbaland's wife filed for divorce this week and asked for the rapper to pay child support on two kids -- one he fathered, one he didn't.
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Timbaland's wife files for divorce

October 17th, 2013 4:20am EDT
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Timbaland's wife has filed for divorce.
The music producer - who is a regular collaborator of Justin Timberlake - has been served divorce papers by his wife of five years Monique Mosley, and his estranged spouse is seeking child support for their five-year-old daughter, as well as her 10-year-old child that he didn't father.
According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Monique claims the 'The Way I Are' hitmaker has "publicly and privately proclaimed this child as his own".
The star's spouse is also petitioning the court to grant her alimony, life insurance, private school and summer camp ...
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Timbaland's wife files for divorce

October 16th, 2013 8:30pm EDT
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Hitmaker and producer Timbaland's wife of five years has filed for divorce.

Monique Mosley is asking for an alimony lump sum to cover the duration of the divorce battle and financial support for both the couple's five-year-old daughter and a 10 year old from a previous relationship.

Monique claims Timbaland, real name Timothy Zachery Mosley, is the child's father by default because he has "publicly and privately proclaimed this child as his own".

She also wants life insurance and expenses for private school, vacations and summer camp with her kids, according to TMZ.com.

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Jay Z takes public transport to gig

October 13th, 2013 1:00pm EDT
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Jay Z and Chris Martin took the Tube in London on Saturday (10.12.13).
The A-list friends shocked passengers after they hopped on to the underground train to travel from Waterloo Station to the 43-year-old rapper's sold out gig in the O2 arena as part of his 'Magna Carta Holy Grail' tour.
Several commuters tweeted about seeing the group on the public transport system.
One passenger wrote: "Coming off the tube and I see Jay Z casually walking up the next escalator next to me... EVERYONE GOES NUTS!! WTF??!"
Another posted: "So jay Z gets on a tube to his own concert LOOOL about 500 ppl just r...
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Timbaland Apologizes to Chris Brown

July 28th, 2013 7:07pm EDT
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The hit maker, Timbaland made a formal apology to Chris Brown for “talking smack” about his Aaliyah-assisted single “They Don’t Know.” While speaking with Revolt TV this month, Tim said Brown’s collaboration “will never work,” declaring himself as the only person able to team with Aaliyah because they were “soul mates.”

On Twitter (July 25), the rapper/producer directly addressed Brown and clarified his negative reaction. “I want 2 publicly apologize 2 my lil homie @chrisbrown 4 my statements on revolt regarding the Aaliyah collaborations.”

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Timbaland apologises to Chris Brown over Aaliyah project comments

July 26th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Superproducer Timbaland has publicly apologised to Chris Brown after he criticised the R&B star for featuring late singer Aaliyah on a track.

The Try Again icon, who died in a 2001 plane crash, appears as a hologram in the promo for the Kiss Kiss hitmaker's tune Don't Think They Know, which also features vocals she recorded before her untimely death.

Timbaland, who was close to Aaliyah before her passing, hit out at Brown over the project, and was quoted by Revolt TV as saying, "People always say, 'I'm going to do a song with Aaliyah.' It will never work. Chris Brown got a record, it won'...
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Alicia Keys, Timbaland, Jay-Z, And Justin Timberlake Rock New York

July 20th, 2013 2:37pm EDT
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Superstars Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake turned up the heat in New York on Friday by bringing out Alicia Keys and Timbaland to join them onstage during their joint concert.

The "Suit & Tie" hitmakers, who are currently touring North America as the Legends of the Summer, had two special guests lined up for the Yankee Stadium gig with Jay-Z sending the audience into a screaming frenzy as he welcomed Keys to perform their chart smash hit, Empire State of Mind, in their hometown.

Timberlake also got into the Big Apple spirit by belting out a rendition of Frank Sinatra's city anthem "New York, N...
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Timbaland apologises to Jay-Z in song form

July 18th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Hip-hop producer Timbaland has apologised to his frequent collaborator Jay-Z in a song after missing the rapper's 40th birthday following a disagreement.

The beatmaker recently revealed the pair's relationship hit a rocky patch in 2009 after experiencing problems in the studio, prompting Timbaland to skip the 99 Problems hitmaker's age milestone that December.

They have since reconciled, but the producer has now channelled his feelings of remorse over the falling out into a new track, appropriately titled Sorry.

The tune, which features R&B singer/songwriter Keri Hilson, includes the lyr...
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Jay-Z and Beyonce party throw star-studded crowd for album release

July 5th, 2013 3:10am EDT
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Jay-Z and Beyonce threw a glitzy party in New York this week (beg01Jul13) to celebrate the release of the rapper's new album Magna Carta Holy Grail.

The 99 Problems hitmaker teamed up with cell phone giant Samsung to give owners of the company's Galaxy handset the first chance to listen to the record on Thursday (04Jul13), days before its official release next week (09Jul13).

To celebrate the deal, Jay-Z hosted a lavish bash in Brooklyn, New York on Wednesday (03Jul13).

The hip-hop star and his wife Beyonce, who features on one of the albums's tracks, danced and drank cocktails with star...
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Timbaland suffered fall out with Jay-Z

July 4th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
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Hip-hop superproducer Timbaland almost missed out on the chance to work with his longtime collaborator Jay-Z on his new album after the old pals fell out.

The Way I Are beatmaker features in new TV advertisements for Magna Carta Holy Grail, with the commercials depicting him in the studio with Jay-Z, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams as they discuss their ideas and tracks for the project.

However, Timbaland reveals Jay-Z almost didn't invite him to take part in the hitmaking process due to a personal slight following their last collaboration on The Blueprint 3 in 2009.

The pr...
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Justin Timberlake's Music Video 'Tunnel Vision' Banned From YouTube

July 4th, 2013 5:07pm EDT
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Justin Timberlake’s latest music video didn’t last long on YouTube.

The streaming video site took down Timberlake’s "Tunnel Vision" soon after it was uploaded, citing the website’s stance against nudity.

JT’s team was aware of the video’s content, tweeting via his official page, “Check out the new video for Tunnel Vision and be ready...it's explicit.”

The seven-minute video, which can be found easily enough if you really want to watch it, features Justin Timberlake and producer Timbaland in a nondescript room. Shots are cut to nude women in a similar room, smoke and hands demurely coveri...
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Jay-Z shocks fans with new album announcement

June 17th, 2013 3:20am EDT
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Rap icon Jay-Z stunned fans on Sunday (16Jun13) by announcing plans to release his 12th studio album next month (Jul13).

The 99 Problems hitmaker revealed that Magna Carta Holy Grail will be available to buy from 4 July (13) in a video sponsored by Samsung Galaxy which aired during the NBA finals in the U.S.

In the footage, the hip-hop star is filmed in the studio working on his latest material, with contributors Pharrell Williams, Timbaland and Rick Rubin.

Speaking of his new project, he says, "It's this duality of how do you navigate your way through this whole thing... through success...
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Female Superstars Rock London At Chime For Change Charity Show

June 2nd, 2013 9:01pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Pop superstars Beyonce, Madonna and Jennifer Lopez graced the stage in London on Saturday night (01Jun13) to spread the message of female empowerment at the high-profile The Sound of Change concert.

Thousands of fans flocked to Twickenham Stadium for the charity gig, which aims to promote education, health and justice for women worldwide through the Chime for Change foundation.

Artists including Jessie J, Rita Ora, Florence Welch, John Legend, Timbaland, Simon Le Bon and Ellie Goulding all performed short sets to gear up the crowd ready for headliners Beyonce and Lopez.

The Jenny From th...
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Justin Timberlake Shines At Roseland Ballroom

May 7th, 2013 10:31am EDT
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Justin Timberlake rocked the Roseland Ballroom last night in New York City to a sold out crowd. Sponsored by MasterCard Priceless Premieres, fans were treated to songs from all three of Timberlake's studio albums, as well as a sexified cover of "Need You Tonight" by INXS. Jay-Z wasn't in the house, but wife Jessica Biel and Lonely Island cohort Andy Samberg were, and towards the end of the set Timbaland made a surprise guest appearance.

Just recently, Timberlake tweeted out a photo from the studio announcing a September 30th date for the second part of his 20/20 Experience. He also announc...
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Timbaland Invests In 50 Cent's Headphone Venture

January 3rd, 2013 6:26pm EST
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Rapper Timbaland is following 50 Cent into the headphone business by signing on as an investor in his company.

The "Candy Shop" hit-maker founded SMS Audio LLC in 2011 and his range of electronics has been a big hit among fans.

Now, Timbaland is throwing his support behind his pal's business venture by funneling his own cash into the firm and agreeing to serve as a member of the corporation's board of directors.

The music producer, real name Timothy Mosley, will also help design new products.

He says, "50 Cent has created an inspirational audio brand that produces the highest calibe...
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Celebrities React To Death Of Donna Summer

May 17th, 2012 3:37pm EDT
Donna Summer died on Thursday at the age of 63 — and her fans are sharing their feelings on Twitter.

Here are some reactions to Donna’s passing away:

Sandra Bernhard: a moment please for the wonderful #donnasummer a beautiful person a great disco diva and revolutionary performer. it’s just not right.

Gloria Estefan: Few singers have impacted music & the world like Donna Summer! It’s the end of an era. Peace & prayers 2 all who loved her. I will miss her!

Mary J. Blige: RIP Donna Summers!!!!!!!!!

Billy Ray Cyrus: R I P #Donna Summer LEGEND !!! Your music will live forever.

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
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Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...
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Taylor Swift Joins Justin Bieber On His New Album 'Believe'

April 13th, 2012 11:54am EDT
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It's a music match made in heaven. Teen pop stars Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift have collaborated on a song together.

Yesterday Bieber told U.K.'s Capital FM Radio that his new album "Believe" will feature a tune with the country songstress.

He explained, "You know, the whole album is just so different, there's so many different people collaborating. I mean I even wrote a song with Taylor Swift, so the whole album ranges differently."

His third album also features Kanye West, Drake, Timbaland and Usher.

Bieber's new single "Boyfriend" debuted at number two thanks to the second biggest ...
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Missy Elliott To Release 'Block Party' This Summer

February 8th, 2012 8:50am EST
Missy Elliott
Missy Elliott will release her first album in seven years in June.

The hitmaker, who revealed she was battling autoimmune condition Graves' disease last year, was originally due to release the follow-up to 2005's "The Cookbook" in 2007, but the project, then titled "The Countdown," has suffered numerous delays and setbacks due to tracks leaking online.

Now Elliott's longtime collaborator and producer pal Timbaland tells MTV.com she's aiming to make her chart comeback this summer with the newly-renamed "Block Party" - which will be released at the same time as his own solo disc.

He says, ...
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Timbaland Avoids Driving After Fatal Car Crash

December 23rd, 2011 7:15am EST
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Hip-hop superproducer Timbaland steers clear of driving because he still has flashbacks of a tragic car accident which claimed the life of a female friend.

The star had just begun to taste success as a beatmaker after working with 1990s R&B singer DeVante when he decided to splurge his cash on a new vehicle.

He took the car out for a late night spin with a pal, but the ride ended in tragedy when he hit a patch of black ice on the road and smashed into a tree.

Timbaland managed to climb out of the mangled wreckage but his passenger wasn't so lucky and died at the scene.

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Timbaland: Justin Timberlake Wrote 'Cry Me A River' About Britney Spears

December 22nd, 2011 8:27am EST
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Justin Timberlake wrote and recorded his 2002 hit single "Cry Me A River" after a fight with his then-girlfriend Britney Spears.

The song has long been rumored to detail the breakdown of the couple's romance, and the video even featured a girl bearing a striking similarity to Spears.

Timberlake has always denied the claims, but now his producer pal, Timbaland, has confirmed the "Toxic" hitmaker was the inspiration for the track as it was made following a heated phone conversation between the young lovers.

In a new E! "True Hollywood Story" special about Timbaland, the superproducer says,...
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Jay-Z's 'Big Pimpin'' Lawsuit Heads To Trial

December 15th, 2011 4:20pm EST
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Rap superstar Jay-Z is preparing to head to trial over allegations his hit song Big Pimpin' infringes the copyright of an Egyptian song dating back to 1957.

Osama Ahmed Fahmy co-owns the rights to his uncle Baligh Hamdy's composition Khosara, Khosara, and he initially sued the hip-hop icon in 2007, claiming Jay-Z and producer Timbaland used the track's melody for 2000 chart smash Big Pimpin'.

Jay-Z's record label bosses at EMI argued that the then-50-year-old song was governed by the 1909 Copyright Act, which only allows works to be protected by law for 28 years from the date of release...
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Timbaland And Nelly Furtado Cleared In Copyright Lawsuit

June 20th, 2011 3:37pm EDT
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Producer Timbaland and singer Nelly Furtado have been cleared of any wrongdoing in a two-year old copyright lawsuit.

Bosses at Finnish label Kernal Records launched a legal battle against the stars, alleging the duo stole elements of one of their artist's song to create the hit Do It.

However, a Florida judge has now tossed out the claim, freeing Timbaland and Furtado from the $20 million suit, according to HipHopWired.com.

Karen Stetson, Timbaland's representative, says, "We're very happy. We thought from the beginning that this issue was an important one and followed the plain langu...
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Timbaland Cleared Over Copyright Infringement Lawsuit

March 31st, 2011 4:52pm EDT
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Hip-hop superproducer Timbaland has been cleared in a copyright infringement lawsuit over the sampling of a Bollywood tune.

The beat-maker was sued by the owners of publishing firm Saregama India Limited, who claimed he had illegally used their song Baghor Mein Bahar Hai, from the 1969 film Aradhana, when he created Put You on the Game for rapper The Game in 2005.

A U.S. judge initially ruled in Timbaland's favor, but Saregama bosses appealed and took the case to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

However, they failed to win over Judge Jane A. Restani, who cited an old Indian law i...
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Timbaland Saves Miami Home From Foreclosure

February 4th, 2011 9:30am EST
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Producer Timbaland has reporters at a Michigan newspaper to thank for helping him save his Miami, Florida, apartment from foreclosure after they alerted him to the property trouble.

The hip-hop star, real name Timothy Mosley, was hit with a $18,833 lien by the building's owner last August after allegedly failing to keep up with assessment fees for the $2.6 million condominium.

The quarterly bills soon grew to $27,000 - but Timbaland was unaware he was about to lose the property until journalists from The Detroit News contacted him for a comment on the story.

Their investigation prompted ...
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Snoop Dogg And Timbaland Giving Away Free Song Downloads

January 12th, 2011 8:00pm EST
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Rap legend Snoop Dogg and hip-hop producer Timbaland have followed in Kanye West's footsteps and announced plans to treat fans to one free song every week.

The "Stronger" hitmaker kicked off the trend last summer with his G.O.O.D. Fridays offerings in the run up to the release of his album "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy," while producer Swizz Beatz soon followed suit and launched Monster Mondays, allowing devotees to download a new track at the start of each week.

Now Snoop Dogg has introduced Puff Puff Pass Tuesdays to share his new music with followers, and Timbaland has named his f...
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Timbaland Ready To Help Demi Lovato Make Comeback (Video)

January 11th, 2011 7:42pm EST
Timbaland
Hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland has reached out to troubled teen Demi Lovato and offered up his services to help get her career back on track once she completes her stint in rehab.

The singer/actress pulled out of the Jonas Brothers' world tour in October and checked herself into a treatment centre to address undisclosed emotional and physical issues.

She is still thought to be receiving treatment but Timbaland has recorded a video message addressed to the 18 year old, expressing his support for the star.

In the clip, posted on YouTube.com, Timbaland says, "Demi, I'm so ... I'm sitting here l...
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Rihanna Steps Out In A Long, Red Wig Prior To Tomorrow's Release Of 'Loud'

November 15th, 2010 4:00pm EST
Rihanna
We spotted Rihanna wearing a long red wig stepping out of her New York hotel today. The singer was on her way to a meeting in Midtown.

Rihanna's new CD, "Loud," is being released on Nov. 16. It's been described by insiders as a return to the uptempo dance grooves of her earlier records.

"Loud," her fifth studio album, is a significant change of pace from 2009’s platinum "Rated R." While much of "Rated R" was a cathartic and dark, "Loud" is relatively lighthearted and geared for dancefloors. It’s led by the sleek, euphoric, and up-front & "Only Girl (In the World)," produced by StarGate.

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