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.
Senior VP of A&R for Columbia Records, Shawn Holiday, told Billboard, “Rodney is a dynamic, multi-format producer experienced in urban, rhythmic and pop. And Dean excels at writing big songs with catchy hooks.”
“We were happy to work with Timbaland during the first two seasons,” Holiday added.“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,” he said.
What do you think of the musical switch up, Roomies?