For two seasons, Timbaland provided the musical score for FOX’s “Empire,” but now, two other musical heavyweights are moving in. Timbo is stepping down as music supervising producer and Rodney Jerkins is stepping in. Hitmaking songwriter Ester Dean is also stepping in to provide the lyrical content.
Broadcast Music Inc. (BMI) honored Ester Dean with the top honor as the BMI Pop Songwriter of the Year along with Benny Blanco and Pitbull. Dean, a coveted songwriter, composed several hot records that dominated the radio including Rihanna’s “What’s My Name?,” “Rude Boy,” and “S&M,” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass” and Katy Perry’s “Firework.”