Well, happy 55th birthday Michael Jackson. Yesterday (August 29) we speculated about Timbaland’s involvement in producing posthumous tracks left behind by the King of Pop, and late last night, we got our confirmation: Timbo is officially working on a full album of MJ tunes that he’ll finish sometime in 2013.
After RevoltTV posted a cryptic 39-second video that showed snippets of a Timbaland interview interspersed with footage of Jackson, the Diddy-owned media company unveiled the full clip confirming the album news.
“I have a lot of unreleased Michael Jackson,” Timbo says. “L.A. Reid came to my house, [he’s] like ‘I got something big I wanna do. Me and you we gotta do something big.’ And he said, ‘How would you like to do Michael Jackson?’ Of course I’ll do it. It would complete my legacy.”
As for the rumored first single “Chicago,” Timbaland says it’s not confirmed but he thinks it should be the unnamed album’s lead cut because it “sounds like today.” Unfortunately, the producer and the pop star never got to meet in person, but they did talk on the phone once. Doing a slight Jackson impersonation, Timbo says that Jackson told him, “I like your stuff. You’re good.”
Watch the video above to hear more about the project, which will be the first full posthumous LP from Jackson aside from the mostly live This Is It, and find out who Timbaland’s last remaining dream collaboration is. Hint: He loves wearing purple.