November 18, 2015


Is Timbaland Planning a Country Music Takeover with Justin Timberlake?

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A couple weeks ago, Justin Timberlake strummed a widely celebrated Country Music Association Awards duet with Chris Stapleton, whose debut LP and Album of the Year–winner Traveller shot to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 after the broadcast's boost.

That tune was JT's 20/20 Experience – 2 of 2 cut "Drink You Away," which has since been given a radio edit and sent to country stations. And now TMZ is banging on Timbaland's door, wondering when the country collabo's coming.

"Guess what?" Timbo answered. "We are country. He's from Tennessee, I'm from Virginia. It's only right that we try to tap into what we was raised in. And I feel like I was raised, we were raised in the country. That's who we are. ... We always wanted to do country music. We thought some of our lyrics were country."

The 43-year-old producer has been busy as an Empire producer and building up to his fourth solo album, Opera Noir, but he's still scheming about that C&W life. "We gotta break that genre, I gotta break country," he said. "I gotta tap into country. I'm already posted up in Nashville, I've got a little spot in Nashville. ... I don't discriminate no genres. I learn it, I study it and I love it."

So yeah, get ready for "CountryBack."