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‘Empire’ Music Director Jim Beanz Talks Working With Timbaland, Being Addicted To ‘Love & Hip Hop’ + More

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Empire‘s music director had no idea the show’s soundtrack would be such a hit, but he considers the wide reception of it all a blessing. Jim Beanz, who also appears as Titan on the show, has been working with Timbaland, Empire’s executive music producer, for a decade, and he’s the genius behind the show’s hit song “Drip Drop.”

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From Flab To Fab: 10 Male Musicians Who’ve Transformed Their Bodies

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While drastic weight loss for an upcoming role is common in television and movies, the music industry has witnessed its share of body transformations by chart-topping performers. For some, shedding pounds and adding muscle is gradual–or strongly related the a sudden influx of hormones (hello, puberty) they’ve been hit with. For others, the conscious decision to go for the bulge comes later, leaving us stunned by their shocking new looks.

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Booth Buddies: Justin Timberlake And Timbaland, Plus 9 Great Musical Tag Teams

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After nearly seven years of doing anything but music, Justin Timberlake‘s second album of the year is currently out and available for your listening pleasure. Like its predecessor, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is produced in full by old friend and frequent partner, Timbaland, the man responsible for helping to bring sexy back and convincing us that a boy band past and successful solo artistry are not mutually exclusive.

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Robin Thicke Breaks Down Blurred Lines, Track-By-Track (Pt. 1 of 2)

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Robin Thicke has been one of the most popular artists in the R&B game for going on a decade now, but even he would agree that his career trajectory took a significant jump when he dropped “Blurred Lines” back in March. Over the course of the last three months and change, the song has gone to #1 in 14 different countries and become the undisputed Song Of The Summer here in the United States. Tomorrow sees the release of his full-length album Blurred Lines, his sixth studio LP. We sat down with #THICKE a few days ago for the latest entry in our ongoing Track-By-Track series, and he was gracious enough to share the inspirado behind each one of the 11 songs on this collection.

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All Of The Beats On Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, Ranked From Best To Worst

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Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped exactly one week ago today, but unless you: A) Had a Samsung Galaxy or B) Pirated the album, you weren’t able to hear it until it officially was released on Tuesday. Reactions to the album have been pretty mixed, but one thing is certain: Whatever you think of the lyrical/thematic content, Hova had a world-class lineup of producers —including multiplatinum hitmakers like Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, and Hit-Boy— cranking out beats for him to lay down verses over. So, which of these producers were responsible for the LP’s most memorable beats? Let’s break it down.

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