Under the terms of the new partnership, Epic will provide marketing, publicity, distribution and overall label services for the imprint, MMG. For now, MMG and Epic will only reveal a slate of releases scheduled for first-quarter 2015, including projects by rapper Tink and R&B/pop artist V. Bozeman.
Timbaland can thank the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson for his joining the Sony family. According to Tim’s wife, Monique Idlett Mosley “Timbaland’s close collaboration with Epic chairman/CEO Antonio “L.A.” Reid on Michael Jackson Xscape project got the ball rolling. Both L.A. and Timbaland have a passion for this music and understand each other from a business perspective.”
Interscope conveniently had no comment when contacted. Timbaland is also slated to release a final album through MMG/Interscope in 2015: Textbook Timbo.
As a producer he has had a succession of radio smashes since the 90’s with the likes of Ginuwine, Aaliyah, Madonna and Justin Timberlake, whom he now joins at Sony. A source says the two will continue to collaborate, although no new projects are planned.
Timbaland, meanwhile, has his hands full as executive music producer for the new Fox series Empire. The one-hour, music-focused drama will premiere in January and feature three to four original recordings in every episode, but they’ll be released through sister label Columbia.