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For two seasons, producer Timbaland  provided the musical score the Fox Television’s hit drama “Empire.” Now, it’s been announced that Timbaland will step down and producer Rodney Jerkins will replace him as music supervisor for the hit series. In addition, lyricist Ester Dean will step in to provide lyrical content. Shawn Holiday, Vice President of A&R for Columbia Records, told Billboard magazine that the label felt it was time to  try something different for the show’s third season. The third season of “Empire” starts on Wednesday, October 21. Chaka Khan along with Anita Baker, Stevie Wonder, Luke James, Bilal, Mint Condition and others will pay tribute to Prince next month in St. Paul, Minnesota at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in a highly anticipated concert organized by Prince’s family and estate. The concert will take place in his hometown, and will be called “Prince: The Official Prince Tribute: A Celebration Of Life And Music.” The event is scheduled to  take place on October 13. The lineup will also include Morris Day & The Time, Judith Hill and Liv Warfield, the New Power Generation featuring Morris Hayes and members of 3RDEYEGIRL. Tickets are available at Ticket Master. After releasing the single “Summer Love” in July, Tinashe is creating more hype for her sophomore album “Joyride” with the single “Company.” The singer/songwriter teamed with producers Tricky Stewart and The Dream for the sultry number, which she also performed on MTV’s “Wonderland.” “Joyride”, the follow up to 2014’s “Aquarius” is scheduled for release this fall. Rapper Spank Rock isn’t pulling any punches. He’s coming on strong, with nothing but winning on his mind. And why not, with a dark beat like the one provided by Sluggers on the single “15 Hours” boosting their boom. The production team goes bold without over hype on the track while Spank Rock delivers hungry rhymes “15 Hours” is available on Insomniac/Interscope Records. Rapper T.I. appeared on “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” and discussed his reality series “T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle”, his new video “Warzone” and the alleged hypocrisy within the hip hop community. When challenged on the issue of rappers fighting for social justice while delivering a different message in their music, the Atlanta rapper indicated that if anyone wants to change the content of the music, they must change the environment that produced it. I couldn’t agree more.