Ne-Yo to write new music with Timbaland for Season Two of ‘Empire’

Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Rock are all confirmed for guest appearances during Season Two

Ne-Yo is to write new music with Timbaland for Season Two of Empire, Fox has announced.

Timbaland serves as executive music producer on the hit US-hip-hop drama, whose first season is now airing on E4 in the UK. He and R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, best known for his hits ‘Closer’ and ‘So Sick’, previously teamed up for the 2012 single ‘Hands In The Air’.

Fox also announced yesterday (May 11) that Season Two of Empire will feature guest appearances from Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz and Chris Rock, among other famous names to be announced later. Courtney Love had a recurring role in Season One as Elle Dallas, a drug-addicted rock star on the comeback trail, while Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, Rita Ora, Gladys Knight, Estelle and Patti LaBelle all made guest appearances during the season.

Season Two of Empire will feature 18 episodes – six more than Season One – with the first nine to air on Fox this autumn, and the second nine to follow after a mid-season cliffhanger in spring 2016.

Co-created by The Butler director Lee Daniels and The Hunger Games – Mockingjay screenwriter Danny Strong, Empire centres on a fictional hip-hop music and entertainment company, Empire Entertainment, headed up by rapper-turned-mogul Lucious Lyon, played by Terence Howard. Taraji P. Henson co-stars as his formidable ex-wife Cookie Lyon, who has recently been released from prison following a 17-year sentence for drug dealing. Read NME’s recent interview with Taraji P. Henson here.