Fans will hear Aaliyah’s voice one more time on “I’m Music,” a previously unreleased duet with genre-hopping singer/songwriter Beck that will grace Timbaland and Magoo’s upcoming album.
Timbaland said he plans to release the track as a single from Indecent Proposal, his second album with Magoo, which is due in stores November 20 (see “Timbaland’s Sick of Making Hit Songs” ).
“I’m gonna put it out as a tribute song — it’s a beautiful song,” the trend-setting producer said on the red carpet Thursday before the MTV Video Music Awards.
Timbaland predicted that the song will “shock the world,” adding, “It’s probably the biggest song I ever did.”
“It’s a revolutionary song,” chimed in the producer’s latest protégé, rapper Bubba Sparxxx.
A video will accompany the single, Timbaland said, but he declined to provide details or a release date. Beck and Timbaland previously collaborated on a cover of David Bowie’s “Diamond Dogs” for the “Moulin Rouge” soundtrack.
A spokesperson for Timbaland and Aaliyah’s label, Blackground Records, confirmed on Monday (September 10) that “I’m Music” will appear on Indecent Proposal, but said that they had no knowledge of plans to release the track as a single. A spokesperson for Beck at Interscope Records did not return a call for comment on the singer/songwriter’s participation.
Aaliyah died along with eight others in a plane crash in the Bahamas last month (see “Aaliyah’s Plane Overloaded, Unbalanced, U.S. Report Says” ).
For complete coverage of the Aaliyah tragedy, check out “The Aaliyah Reports.”