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Timbaland (born Timothy Z. Mosley 10.3.1971)

Timbaland is a hugely popular record producer, also known for his song composition and vocal skills. He has been responsible for a huge number of hit songs and albums for a range of artists, primarily in the urban pop genre.

Timbaland: The Early Years

Raised in Norfolk, Virginia, Timbaland was initially known as a disc jockey, DJ Timmy Tim or DJ Tiny Tim. He started off on his production path by making beats on his Casio keyboard. Missy Elliott, the rapper, heard his work and instantly expressed an interest in working with him.

DeVante, a producer and member of Jodeci (a popular R&B act) invited Missy's R&B group, Sista, along with DJ Timmy Tim to New York, where his Swing Mob label was based. It was DeVante who nicknamed Mosley Timbaland, after the Timberland construction boots that were popular in the hip-hop scene at the time.

Along with DeVantes' new Swing Mob signings, collectively known as 'Da Bassment Crew', Timbaland worked on several projects, such as Jodeci's 1995 album, The Show, The After-Party, The Hotel. He later joined a production crew called S.B.I. (Surrounded By Idiots) that featured Pharrell Williams.

Timbaland continued to collaborate with Missy Elliott, Ginuwine and Playa on their solo projects. His first major production credit was as remixer of 702's 'Steelo', written by Missy Elliott.

In 19996, Ginuwine's debut album was released, produced by Timbaland. Ginuwine.the Bachelor was a commercial and critical success. The lead single from the album, 'Pony' became the first example of the trademark Timbaland sound. On many of the album tracks, Timbaland's heavily vocoded voice can be heard in the background, providing ad-libs.

Aaliyah contacted Missy Elliott and Timbaland whilst work was being done on Ginuwine's debut. The R&B artist wanted the pair to write and produce her second album, One in a Million. All three of them became superstars after the release of the album, which sold over 11 million copies around the world.

By the end of the 1990s, Timbaland and Missy Elliott had become one of the most highly regarded production and writing teams in the world. Their skills can be found in the work of SWV, Destiny's Child, Jay-Z and Nas, to name but a few.

Timbaland: Commercial success

Between the years 2000-2, Timbaland worked on songs by Ludacris, Beck and Limp Bizkit's remix album. He also carried out further work on Aaliyah's self-titled third album. Aaliyah's death in a plane crash in August 2001 had a hugely detrimental impact on Timbaland, who stated in interviews that he lost his creativity when he lost Aaliyah.

Tweet's debut album, Southern Hummingbird featured three tracks produced by Timbaland and Missy Elliott's fourth and fifth albums were also largely produced by him. Lil' Kim also benefited from his production touch, as did former N*SYNC singer, Justin Timberlake. Timberlake's 'Cry Me A River' was a massive worldwide hit and the song brought new levels of achievement and success to both producer and performer.

In 2004, Timbaland produced tracks by LL Col J, Xibit, Jay-Z and Brandy. His mainstream credentials expanded when he was chosen to work with Jennifer Lopez on her track 'He'll Be Back'.

Mosley Music Group was the label started by Timbaland, releasing music by the likes of Nelly Furtado and rapper D.O.E.

In 2006, Furtado and Timberlake were jointly responsible for helping to provide Timbaland with seven songs that achieved massive airplay. The producer also appeared in most of the songs' promotional videos.

The next year, Timbaland was heavily involved in a highly publicized new album by Bjork, as well as new work by Ashlee Simpson, Duran Duran, Mary J. Blige and M.I.A.

Biography by Contactmusic.com

Timbaland Working On Autobiographical Tv Musical

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The artist, real name Timothy Mosely, has previously announced plans for his final album, titled Opera Noir, and he has decided to use the new material as a base for a musical of the same name.

The project, made in partnership with bosses at Leftfield Pictures, will follow a young musician as he struggles with poverty, substance abuse, and crime to climb his way to the top, reports Variety.com.

"Tim's unbelievable candor about his experiences and difficult past help illustrate one of the most epic success stories in the industry," states executive producer and Leftfield CEO David George.

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Timbaland In Talks To Reunite With Jamie Foxx

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Groove Tails is set to star Foxx as a mouse forced to compete as a street dancer to pay off a hefty cheese debt, and now Timbaland has been approached to take care of the score for the family film.

If the beatmaker signs on, he will be reunited with Foxx, who he previously worked with on the Oscar winner's 2009 track I Don't Need It.

Timbaland, who has also crafted hits for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, and Beyonce, isn't the first big artist to delve into scoring animated movies.

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Timbaland's Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Dismissed

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Sidney Swanson sued the hip-hop producer, bosses at MJJ Productions and Sony Music in 2014, alleging they illegally used his song On the Move as a sample for Jackson's track Chicago.

He demanded unspecified damages and asked a judge to issue an injunction against the parties to block them from distributing the song. However, Timbaland requested to have the lawsuit dismissed last year (15), claiming he didn't own a valid copyright to his original song.

Last month (Mar16), Swanson dropped the lawsuit due to unspecified reasons and has testified he has not received any damages or funds from Timbaland. He also agreed not to file anymore lawsuits against the parties, according to TheJasmineBrand.com.

Timbaland Wants Divorce Documents Sealed


Timbaland's estranged wife Monique Mosley filed paperwork to end their seven-year union in October, 2013. In 2014, it appeared the couple had reconciled when the divorce case was dismissed, but last year (15), Mosley filed new divorce papers in Florida.

The former couple is currently embroiled in a legal battle over child support and alimony, but the 44-year-old wants the documents in the proceedings sealed because he feels his children will be the target of cyberbullies and stalkers looking to add to the drama of his marriage split, according to Bossip.com.

"Unrestricted public access to the proceedings and the records would provide television and cyberbullies volumes of material to invade the children's privacy and bully them," Timbaland writes in a motion. "The court has the power to control the proceedings and access to minimize risks of stalking, bullying and harassment."

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Timbaland Performs At Drais

Tiimbaland - Rapper and Record Producer Timbaland Kicks Off Valentine's Day Weekend with Drai's LIVE Debut at Drai's Nightclub Las Vegas at Drai's Nightclub - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Friday 12th February 2016

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Jay Z's Big Pimpin' Copyright Battle Is Over

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The hip hop heavyweight and producer Timbaland emerged victorious in their copyright infringement lawsuit in October (15) when a judge ruled the pair didn't lift the melody from Baligh Hamdi's 1957 Egyptian song Khosara, Khosara without permission and that the musician's nephew, Osama Ahmed Fahmy, lacked the legal standing to pursue his copyright claim.

And, on Tuesday (02Feb16), the judge officially dismissed Fahmy's lawsuit.

The case has been rumbling on for the best part of a decade and wrapping up the legal spat, Judge Christine Snyder writes: "In the instant case, the Court determined that plaintiff had assigned all of his economic rights... and therefore was not 'the legal or beneficial owner of an exclusive right under a copyright'."

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Timbaland's Team Dismisses Charity Gig Dispute Rumours

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Editors of the New York Daily News reported the star had agreed to play a benefit gig for the residents of Flint, Michigan who have been caught up in the region's dirty water crisis, but backed out after organisers failed to serve his preferred Champagne.

Timbaland played a short DJ set during the show, held at the Club Bleu venue in Detroit, Michigan, last Thursday (28Jan16), but organisers claimed he pulled out of performing a live set of his hits.

However, the star's spokesperson has now dismissed the claims as untrue, telling Billboard.com, "Unfortunately, the statement made by the promoter in Detroit is simply not true... (Timbaland is an) extremely generous person who agreed to a much lower fee for this event to raise money for the Flint, Michigan's water crisis.

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La La Anthony And Timbaland Team Up For Hip-hop Docuseries


The stars are collaborating on an as-yet-untitled series centring on Face Time Agency, one of the industry's top firms for booking music video and hip-hop fashion models.

The New York-based company is the home of clients such as Kanye West and Drake, and the show will feature the cut-throat drama between the aspiring moguls as they attempt to break into the business.

Anthony will executive produce the project, while Timbaland will act as executive music producer, a title he also holds on hit hip-hop drama, Empire.

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Pitbull's New Year's Revolution

Timbaland - Pitbull's New Year's Revolution rehearsal at Bayfront Park at Bayfront Park - Miami, Florida, United States - Wednesday 30th December 2015


Lost Aaliyah Track Appears On New Timberland Mixtape

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The tragic singer, who lost her life in a plane crash in 2001, is among the names listed as guests on Timbaland Kings Stay Kings.

The hitmaker, who worked with Aaliyah on her biggest hits, claims to have unearthed an unheard track from his former protege, and it will feature on his first mixtape release since Shock Value II in 2009.

Kings Stay Kings will be released on Christmas Day (25Dec15).

Empire Season 2 Part 1 Official Soundtrack - Album Review

Empire, the Fox drama series with a storyline surrounding a hip-hop entertainment company (Empire Entertainment), is one of the most talked about shows in the States. This soundtrack, as well as the Season 1 disc which was released earlier this year, is comprised of songs performed on the show, by the actors/musicians themselves. The production is handled entirely by Virginia producer Timbaland, who has worked with pretty much everyone in hip-hop you can think of. Jussie Smollett, Yazz and Bre-Z make up a significant amount of the tracks on here, as well as Terrence Howard and Petey Pablo's collaboration Snitch Bitch, which was one of the main draws to giving this a listen.

Empire Season 2 Part 1 Official Soundtrack - Album Review

The opening track Born To Love You features some pretty smooth, tasteful R&B vocals from Smollett, and the trap-influenced chorus is a nice switch up that is successfully executed. Snitch Bitch was exciting for me because of Petey Pablo's return. He is on the show (apparently because Terrence Howard owed him $200, and getting Pablo a part in Empire was his way of repaying the debt), and it's good to see him back in any capacity. Petey's first album, 2001s Diary Of A Sinner: 1st Entry, is an under-rated LP with some fantastic Timbaland production, but without a proper release since 2004s Still Writing In My Diary I was unsure if we'd ever get to hear more music from the North Carolina MC. This track is a collaboration between Pablo and Howard, and although it's not terrible, it falls a little flat; the repetitive production and auto-tuned chorus fell way short of my expectations. Perhaps they were unrealistically high.

Bout To Blow is a guilty pleasure for me to be honest. Throw it on at 2 AM after a few too many and you might catch me off guard on the dancefloor. The beat creates an instant vibe, and it's proof that Timbaland still knows how to craft energetic, well-structured club-bangers. Terrence Howard and Bre-Z's Boom Boom Boom Boom is another highlight. The menacing, tribal production finds the two artists delivering aggressive lyrics over a sinister, piano-laced beat. The percussion in the hook is classic Timbaland, and the sitar line is a great addition to the simple but effective chorus. Bre-Z's appearance is very impressive; her powerful, savage delivery and consistent flow sets her apart from many of the other artists that appear on the soundtrack.

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Timbaland Responds To Divorce Filing


Monique filed paperwork to end the seven-year union in October, 2013, and asked a judge to force the producer to make payments for alimony, child support and legal costs.

Last year (14), it appeared the couple had reconciled when the divorce case was dismissed, however, earlier this year (15), Mosley filed new divorce papers in Florida.

The producer did not respond in the allotted amount of time and Mosley filed a request in September (15) to have a default judgment granted - and it was. However, the judgment was subsequently vacated earlier this month (Oct15) upon Timbaland's request and he now has 30 days to respond to the divorce filings or another default judgment will be awarded, according to Bossip.com.

New York Premiere Of 'Empire' Series Season 2

Timbaland - New York Premiere of 'Empire' Series Season 2 - Red Carpet Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Saturday 12th September 2015


2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's)

Timbaland - 2015 MTV Video Music Awards (VMA's) at the Microsoft Theater - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 30th August 2015


ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards - Arrivals

Timbaland - The 28th annual ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, held at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th June 2015

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Date of birth

10th March, 1972








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