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Timbaland Presents Shock Value II (often referred to as just Shock Value II) is the third solo studio album, from Americanmarker record producer Timbaland serving as the second volume of the platinum-selling Shock Value which topped several charts and received 16 platinum certificates worldwide.

Initially slated for a 2008 release the project was pushed into 2009 and tentatively confirmed for November 23, 2009 through Blackground Records, however, it has been pushed back once more to December 7, 2009 in the UK and December 8 in the US.

Background and production

Timbaland spoke to MTV's Shaheem Reid back in July 2008 to confirm that he was working on the follow up to his platinum selling Shock Value. At the time he confirmed that he had one track with Madonna which although recorded for her album Hard Candy it had not been used and could end up on this album instead. He was insistent that he would also collaborate with Jordin Sparks, Beyoncé, Rihanna, the Jonas Brothers, Miley Cyrus and T.I. He also said that alongside T-Pain who will definitely appear, he hoped to get Jay-Z on board.

Timbaland also told Invasion Radio in October 2009 that he had used PSP application Beaterator to produce some of the beats for Shock Value II as well as Jay Z's last album.

Speaking on of the album in November 2009, head of its release Timbaland said

Music and collaborations

Billboard.com reported in October that Timbaland had collaborated with a number of previous collaborators to produce the album which will feature guest vocals just like Shock Value 1. Justin Timberlake recorded vocals for two songs the first "Carry Out" features on the album, whilst the second "Crazy Girl" contains a sample of "I Love Them Girls" by Tank but was not included on the album. Keri Hilson previously collaborated with D.O.E to feature on Timbaland's 2007 number 1 single "The Way I Are" and the same duo features on a new song called "The One I Love" which originally featured additional vocals from Chris Brown. The song was previously called "Maniac". However it was revealed in November 2009 in an interview with E! Online that both Brown and Timbaland had mutually agreed to scrap the song.

Nelly Furtado whose 2007 album Loose was executively produced by Timabaland also features on a record, the lead single for the album "Morning After Dark" with Timbaland's new artist SoShy. Timbaland described the song as He added that "that record has the most unique sound from the whole album". Timbaland previously worked with Brandy Norwood on her album Afrodisiac and although recording sessions were completed for her 2008 follow up Human their work did not make the album. However Brandy appears on two songs for his new album as her alter-ego Bran'Nu. The first song is called "Meet in tha Middle" whilst the second is called "Symphony" and also features rapper Attitude. The latter song also features vocals from D.O.E.

Although Timbaland's protegé group OneRepublic (previously appeared on Shock Value's worldwide hit "Apologize") have written and produced their second album Waking Up themselves they have sent the producer a rock-themed recording "Marchin On" which was remixed for inclusion on Shock Value 2 whilst appearing in a stripped version on their own album. Other similarly themed recordings come in the form of American rockband Daughtry on the song "Long Way Down", The Fray on "Undertow" also featuring Canadian songwriter Esthero, with Australian rockband Jet on "Timothy (Where Have You Been)" and with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger for the song "Put Tomorrow in the Bottle" with a verse from rapper Sebastian.

Billboard Magazine reported on several other artists who collaborated for the album (Paramore, Gucci Mane, and All-American Rejects) whose songs do not appear to be included on the final track listing. The album also features the hip-hop producer working on a number of new directions for his music. In an interview with Ryan Seacrest it was revealed that the producer has worked on several surprising collaborations with pop artists such as Miley Cyrus on the song "We Belong to the Music", Katy Perry on the song "If We Ever Meet Again" and JoJo on the song "Lose Control". JoJo also appears on the song "Timothy (Where Have You Been)" where she can be heard singing backing vocals but is not featured.

The album also remains true to the producer's hip-hop and urban roots with collaborations with Drake on "Say Something" which is due to be released as the album's second single. Esthero makes an additional appearance on the song "Can You Feel It" with Sebastian's vocals. Finally the album features the song "Ease Off the Liquor" which has no accredited featured artist although female vocals provide the backing in the chorus. It was speculated that the song would feature Melody Thornton however it was later confirmed that the background vocals and ad-libs are provided by SoShy. In the week commencing November 9, 2009 the song was sent to Urban radio in the US.

Several other Timbaland recordings recieved media attention and were reported on the internet but not included in the final tracklisting. Shakira was asked to record vocals on the song "Give It Up to Me" but the recording is not included on Shock Value II, instead it was included on her third studio album She Wolf and released as the second US single. Although both T-Pain and Missy Elliott were said to feature on the album for definite, their collaboration "Talk" is not included. Additionally it was reported that Jay Z's collaboration for the album would come in the form of song called "Rumours" with Keri Hilson but later it was revealed that the song was intended for Beyoncé Knowles who back in 2007 was recording with Timbaland for her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce. It is also another recording which did not make the final track listing.

Promotion and release

The album was initially slated for a November 4, 2008 release but this clashed with the 2008 US Presidential Election. The album was then put on hold so that Timbaland could work on Jay-Z's album The Blueprint 3 which was released September 2009. Then Rap-Up magazine confirmed that the album would be released as part of Super Monday, November 23, 2009 in both the US and UK with the US also receiving a 2-disc deluxe edition. However the magazine revealed on October 29, 2009 that the album had been pushed back to December 8, 2009.

Timbaland performed part of the lead single "Morning After Dark" live at one of the album's launch parties at Mandalay Baymarker Beach on October 17 and again During the F1 in Abu Dhabimarker, UAEmarker on October 30, 2009. Then he appeared with Nelly Furtado and SoShy for the first fully featured live performance of the song at the American Music Awards on November 22, 2009. On November 23, 2009 the trio appeared on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien for an encoré performance.

Singles

  • "Morning After Dark", featuring SoShy, premiered on October 16, 2009 on Ryan Seacrest's KIIS-FMmarker radio show, On-Air with Ryan Seacrest with Timbaland describing it as the kick-off song from the project. It was later confirmed actual single release of the song would feature an additional verse from Nelly Furtado. Both versions were made available for download from October 26, 2009 but the version featuring SoShy will be used for the music video.


  • "Say Something" featuring upcoming Canadian rapper Drake was released to US itunes on November 3, 2009.. On November 24, 2009, Rap-Up magazine posted a 30-second sneak peak of the music video.


Other Songs

  • "Carry Out" featuring Justin Timberlake will be sent to Top 40/Mainstream radio in the US on December 1, 2009.


Track listing

Release history

Region Date Format Label Catalogue
Germany December 4, 2009 Standard edition Universal Music
Australia Interscope Records 2723773
Ireland
United Kingdom December 7, 2009 2727396
Canada December 8, 2009 B001364502
Deluxe edition (2 cd) B001364572
United States Standard edition Blackground Records 602527237732
Deluxe edition (2 cd) 602527237749
Vinyl LP 602527237831
Denmark December 9, 2009 Standard edition Universal Music 060252727396
Finland
Sweden
Japan December 16, 2009 Universal Japan UICS1201


References

  1. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a188444/brown-track-axed-from-timbaland-lp.html
  2. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a189016/timbaland-talks-shock-value-2.html
  3. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/11/24/sneak-peek-timbaland-f-drake-say-something/
  4. http://www.billboard.com/#/charts/hot-100?begin=91&order=position
  5. http://gfa.radioandrecords.com/publishGFA/GFANextPage.asp?sDate=12/01/2009&Format=1
  6. http://hmv.ca/Products/Detail/544414.aspx
  7. http://hmv.ca/Products/Detail/545130.aspx



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