The two of them have been making hits for years and they are once again teaming up to bring some magic to the sport of football. The pair of super producer Timbaland and singer Justin Timberlake are reuniting to help the sound of Monday Night Football.
According to ESPN, the dynamic duo will be curating music for select Monday Night Football games being shown on the network this upcoming 2023-24 NFL season. The songs that Timbaland and Timberlake will create will run in Monday Night Football promotional spots, live telecasts, and pre-game shows for seven weeks this season.
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“Football and music go hand-in-hand, like the iconic Timbaland and Justin Timberlake duo, who collaborate on music to near perfection,” said ESPN Senior Director of Sports Marketing Curtis Friends in a written statement. “ESPN’s Monday Night Football music curatorship is popular with fans given the access this partnership provides to new and unexpected combinations of music with sport. We’ve had Diplo, DJ Khaled, Drake, and Marshmello and this fifth season, for the first time, we have two curators in Timbaland/JT we know will energize all us fans for this NFL football season.”
The games that they will curate will be spread out across the season:
- Week 1: Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets
- Week 6: Dallas Cowboys vs. Los Angeles Chargers
- Week 11: Philadelphia Eagles vs. Kansas City Chiefs
- Week 16: Baltimore Ravens vs. San Francisco 49ers
- Week 18 Doubleheader: TBD
- Wild Card Round (Postseason): TBD
- Divisional Round (Postseason): TBD
Timbaland and Timberlake will get some assistance from users and the A&R team of the music creator platform that Timbaland created and is co-owned by him and Timberlake, Beatclub.
We will get to hear the curation immediately as the pair, along with Canadian singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado are slated to release a new single, “Keep Going Up.” The record will come out on Mosley Music Group/Def Jam Recordings and will serve as the soundtrack for ESPN’s Week 1 Monday Night Football promotional spot featuring the new quarterback for the New York Jets’ Aaron Rodgers. The Jets will play against the Buffalo Bills for the first Monday Night Football game.