According to the producer, he is not giving in to the restraints of label politics. Instead, he will create a body of work that will, well, shock the world.
As mentioned, Timbaland is coming off a huge year, producer the majority of the music off Timberlake’s no. 1 charting, multi-platinum FutureSex/LoveSounds album, as well as music for Nelly Furtado, including the smash hit "Promiscuous."
He is currently a special guest on Timberlake's current 2007 FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour. His performance marks not only his first tour in many years and, his first world tour, but acts as a debut of some the beats and original music from Shock Value.
The first single, "Give It To Me," featuring Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado, is scheduled to debut February 1.
Shock Value is sequenced like a movie, Timbaland has revealed, with a non-stop flow that tells a story, and will fuse genres from rap and hip-hop to pop, punk pop and garage rock to South Asian influences.
Guest appearances include the likes of Jay-Z and Snoop Dogg to Justin Timberlake and Nelly Furtado; as well as The Hives, She Wants Revenge, Fall Out Boy and Elton John (on piano).
The 38-date North American leg of the FutureSex/LoveShow World Tour, with opening act Pink, kicked off in San Diego, California on January 8th and runs through March.
Forthcoming shows are as follows:
1/31 – Montreal, QUE @ Bell Center
2/2 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
2/3 – Cleveland, OH @ Quicken Loans
2/6 – Boston, MA @ TD Banknorth Garden
2/7 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden
2/18 – Buffalo, NY @ HSBC
2/19 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein/Nationwide
2/22 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times
2/24 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines
2/25 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ BankAtlantic Center
2/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
3/1 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Arena
3/3 – Bossier City, LA @ CenturyTel Center
3/4 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center
3/5 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
3/8 – Omaha, NE @ Qwest Center
3/10 – Detroit, MI @ Joe Louis Arena
3/12 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
3/13 – Chicago, IL @ Allstate Arena
3/15 – Cincinnati, IL @ US Bank Arena
3/16 – Nashville, TN @ Gaylord Entertainment Center
3/18 – Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena
3/19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Mellon Arena
3/21 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
3/24 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun
3/26 – Manchester, NH @ Verizon Wireless Arena
3/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wachovia Center
3/29 – East Rutherford, NJ @ Continental Airlines Arena
— Ronnie Gamble