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Timbaland Unveils New Michael Jackson Project, First Single Is Called ‘Chicago’

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Timbaland may be busy in the studio with Justin Timberlake finishing up his The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have time to set aside for the King of Pop. In an interview video with Revolt TV that went live yesterday (August 27) and has since been taken down, Timbaland confirmed that he’s working on a Michael Jackson project.

In the clip, Timbaland said L.A. Reid approached him on the project saying he has “something big I want to do.”

While Timbaland didn’t give away too many details, he did say that the first single will be “Chicago” and he’s “going to set it up right.”

“Now it’s my turn. Watch me go,” he added.

Though Timbaland admits he only talked with Jackson once on the phone, it is peculiar that he’s so invested in this project as he called out Drake and Chris Brown for releasing posthumous Aaliya songs earlier this year.

In a seperate interview with Revolt TV, he was outspoken about Drake and Brown’s records, saying they “won’t work.”

“In music, people always say, ‘I’m going to do a song with Aaliyah.’ It will never work,” Timbaland said. “Chris Brown got a record, it won’t work. Drake can go do a record with Aaliyah, it ain’t gonna work.”

He added: “Aaliyah music only work with its soulmate, which is me.”

Timbaland’s Michael Jackson project is still all kinds of TBD.

Here is the full transcript of the Timbaland’s interview regarding his forthcoming Michael Jackson project:

To even go bigger would be two kings working together. L.A. Reid came to me, like, to my house, like ‘I got something big I wanna do.’  I can tell you the first single is gonna be the song ‘Chicago’, but I’m gonna set it up right … Nah, [Michael Jackson and I] talked on the phone, and that was it… It’s hard to break anything out, because now you’re going to hear my music with his voice on it. But now it’s my turn. Watch me go.

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