Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2

Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2

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Overview

Empire: Original Soundtrack, Season 2

The first season of Fox's television megahit Empire produced a soundtrack so catchy it reminded fans just how talented Timbaland was at producing beat-heavy hip-hop hook monsters. It was a veritable phenomenon for television in 2014-2015 and an order for more episodes was a no-brainer. However, much like the show itself, the quality of songs had become somewhat uneven, producing a lot of MOR Timbaland cuts and not as much excitement as season one hits like "Drip Drop" and "Power of the Empire." The first collection of songs from Empire's second season arrived just before its late-2015 midseason finale, cobbling together a soundtrack nearly halfway full of Jamal (Jussie Smollett) jams, a handful of Hakeem (Yazz) raps, a couple highlights from daddy mogul Lucious (Terrence Howard), and one-offs by second-tier characters like Tiana (Serayah), Veronica (V. Bozeman), Laura Calleros' (Jamila Velazquez) Mirage a Trois, and season two breakout femcee Freda (Bre-Z). Real-life stars like Petey Pablo, Pitbull, and Timbaland himself also make appearances. The highlights logically correspond to the hardest-hitting plot twists in the show, like the sibling rivalry meltdown during the video shoot for the "California Love" homage, the haunting "Ain't About the Money," the breezy Pitbull dance-pop gem "No Doubt About It," and the mysterious mental breakdown during "Runnin'." The album's standout centerpiece is the sitar-tinged climax "Boom Boom Boom Boom," which features a ferocious performance by a gun-wielding Howard and Bre-Z. While the show lost some of the steam from the first season, the desire for more tracks continues to drive more volumes of accompanying soundtracks. Fans will be pleased, but comparisons to season one -- both of the show and the soundtrack -- may overshadow this collection. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 11/20/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888751727021
catalogNumber: 517270
Rank: 45665

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Empire Cast   Primary Artist
Carlos Villalobos   Strings,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Maxton G. Beesley   Composer,Producer
Carol Farhat   Musical Producer
Timbaland   Producer,Executive Producer
Carlos Villalobos   Engineer
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Alex Williams   Engineer
Lee Daniels   Executive Producer
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Engineer
Petey Pablo   Producer
Shaffer Smith   Composer
J.R. Rotem   Producer
Ilene Chaiken   Executive Producer
Terrence Howard   Composer,Producer
Ne-Yo   Producer
Jim Beanz   Vocal Producer
Reynell "Tango" Hay   Composer
Marty James   Composer
Iain James   Composer
Andrew Twiss   Engineer
Charles Harmon   Composer
Troy Henry   Composer
Talay Riley   Composer
Moses Barrett   Composer
Maegan Cottone   Composer
Sixx Johnson   Composer
Jesse Wilson   Composer
James Robert McCall   Composer
Jonathan Rotem   Composer
Camille Purcell   Composer
Tierce Alec-John Person   Composer
Tearce Kizzo   Composer
Claudia Feliciano   Composer
Raja Kumari   Composer
Danny Strong   Executive Producer
Dave Bett   Art Direction
Taylor Diglio   Art Direction
Jason Neumann   Engineer
Francie Calfo   Executive Producer
Bryshere Y. Gray   Composer
Teal Douville   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Calesha Murray   Composer
Jason Lee York   Composer
Joshua Kindlan Mulvey   Composer
Dwayne Murchison   Composer
Robin Simms   Production Liason
Michael Nehs   Studio Manager
Candice Shields   Composer
TroyBoi   Producer

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