NEW YORK — Timbaland is finally back in the States after touring overseas with Justin Timberlake, and yes — his trip was productive. Not only did the duo shoot a video with 50 Cent, but they also worked with a cultural icon.
“We just did Madonna’s record,” Timbo said, sitting in the “TRL” green room. He was part of the cavalcade of stars — including Kanye West, Common, Rihanna and Robin Thicke — who came out for the VMA press conference on Tuesday (see “MTV VMA Race Is On: Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Lead Nominations” ). “Me and Justin did the records” for the album, he continued, saying Madonna is almost done with the effort. “She’s great. … She’s got a hot album. Her album is up there with Justin’s album.”
Tim says he and Justin wrote and produced 10 songs for Madge’s LP, many of which will make the club jump.
“Ah, man,” Tim gushed. “There’s this one song, we taking it back to ’You must be my luck-eee starrrr!’ … Remember ’Ugly’ by Bubba Sparxxx? I got a beat similar to that. The hook is no words. It’s saying stuff named after coffee — all these different names for coffee — is the hook. … The name of the song is ’La, La.’ Pharrell did a hot one for her too called ’Candy Shop.’ She’s off the chain.”
The production legend said there isn’t a title for the opus yet, but he will be reconvening with the singer in September to finish it up. Other than Madonna, 50 Cent is the only other person outside of Tim’s Mosley Music Group that he’s worked with lately.
“I did some more records for him,” he said about his recent work for Fif. “I know he’s gonna use them, but I don’t know for which album — this one [Curtis] or the next one [Before I Self Destruct].”
During previous sessions, Timbaland produced “Ayo Technology” for 50 as well.
“That’s London, baby,” he smiled while talking about the song’s wild video, in which there’s some serious male/female interaction going on (see “50 Cent Suits Up For ’Ayo Technology’ Clip With Justin Timberlake, Timbaland” ). “London all day. We didn’t do our scenes together. I was tired. I don’t know what  was doing. I know I was tired, I know he was tired. It was fun, man. When I saw all them girls, I was like, ’Where they get all these girls from?’ Then I went back to sleep.”
As for what else is going on within Tim’s musical family, that cutie Keri Hilson is getting her debut right (see “Timbaland Protege/ Justin Timberlake Collaborator Keri Hilson: You Need To Know Me” ) and Tim and Missy Elliott have been talking about doing another album together.
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