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'Empire' Series Season 2 New York Premiere

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Timbaland will not be returning to the hit TV show ‘Empire’ when it returns in the fall. Timbo will be replaced by Rodney Jerkins who will act as supervising music producer and songwriter Ester Dean.

A statement released from Columbia Records executive Shawn Holiday stated:

We were happy to work with Timbaland during the first two seasons. 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.

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