Billboard.com reports that Rodney Jerkins is replacing Timbaland as Supervising Music Producer on “Empire,” and Songwriter Ester Dean will be contributing as a songwriter on the show. While Rodney Jerkins and Timbaland are great music producers, this move may not be enough to save the fading show. Season 2 of the show was an absolute disaster, and the show could be on life support depending on how the plot develops this season.
In terms of music direction, the producers of the show would’ve been better served to go with younger producers, the likes of which are working with Usher, Beyonce, Rihanna and even Chris Brown. The young beat makers simply have a fresher sound, and we’ve heard the best of Rodney Jerkins and Timbaland.