Empire [Original Soundtrack from Season 1]

Empire [Original Soundtrack from Season 1]

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Throughout the first season of Fox musical drama Empire, the Columbia label released episode-specific digital download bundles of the series' original music, executive produced by Timbaland. Each batch consisted of two to five tracks and arrived a day before the original broadcasts. Just prior to the initial airing of the first season's 10th (of 12) episodes, Columbia issued this season-spanning compilation, 11 tracks in CD form. It's anchored by performances from lead artists Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and Yazz (Hakeem Lyon). Smollett, who signed a real-life recording deal with Columbia just before the compilation hit shelves, is showcased best in pilot episode track "Good Enough," which resembles a decent album cut from Justin Timberlake's Timbaland-assisted 20/20 Experience. Rapper Yazz, who portrays the spoiled but eager youngest Lyon sibling, shines most on the unassisted "Power of the Empire." Contributions from V. Bozeman (Veronica), Courtney Love (Elle Dallas), Serayah McNeil (Tiana), and Terrence Howard (Lucius Lyon) are also selected. Bozeman's despairing ballad "What Is Love" is, by far, the standout of that bunch (and perhaps of the series as a whole). Additionally, Columbia opted to load the disc with the season's high-profile guest appearances -- two from Jennifer Hudson, one each from Mary J. Blige and Estelle -- and thereby squeezed out some of the more memorable cast performances. Among the surprising omissions are Yazz's divisive club track "Drip Drop" and Smollett's version of "You're So Beautiful," two songs that were more prominent, and more deeply embedded, in the story line. (Both of them are on the 18-track digital download edition.) Few of the songs are worthy of life outside the context of Empire, yet it's impossible to imagine the program, an unequivocal hit, being half as appealing without them.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/10/2015
Label: Sony
UPC: 0888750778826
catalogNumber: 507788
Rank: 117665

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Empire Cast   Primary Artist
Patti LaBelle   Vocals
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Juicy J   Vocals,Background Vocals
Jennifer Hudson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Stan Davis   Piano
Dylan Wiggins   Keyboards
Jussie Smollett   Vocals
Serayah McNeill   Vocals
Bryshere Y. Gray   Vocals

Technical Credits

Mary J. Blige   Composer
Carol Farhat   Producer
Raphael Saadiq   Producer
Timbaland   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Carlos Villalobos   Engineer
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
David Ott   Producer
Lee Daniels   Executive Producer
Daniel Jones   Composer
Juicy J   Engineer
Knitwit   Producer
Ilene Chaiken   Executive Producer
Sharif Slater   Producer
Terrence Howard   Vocal Engineer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Jim Beanz   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jennifer Hudson   Composer
Aron Wright   Composer
Andrew Twiss   Engineer,Vocal Producer
Estelle Swaray   Composer
Bobby Campbell   Engineer
John Lardieri   Producer
Steve Rusch   Engineer
Jaramye Daniels   Composer
Danny Strong   Executive Producer
Angel Higgs   Composer
Akil King   Composer
Sean Van Vleet   Composer
Dave Bett   Art Direction
Taylor Diglio   Art Direction
Jussie Smollett   Vocal Engineer
Bailey Owens   Composer
Kyle Henry   Composer
Math Club   Producer
Justin Bostwick   Composer,Producer
Jason Neumann   Engineer
J. Nick   Producer
Francie Calfo   Executive Producer

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