After conquering the Billboard charts with his latest album, Shock Value, producer extraordinaire Timbaland is releasing his own keyboard in conjunction with Open Labs. The Timbaland Special Edition MiKo keyboard work-center, which cost $2,967, features over 24-gigabytes of premium sounds, constituting 25,027 presets. “I’ve made the new Timbaland Special Edition MiKo with Tim’s touch,” Timbaland says. “It’s got everything I need in a single box and when I use it, we make masterpieces.” In other Timbo news, the acclaimed producer has officially scored a No. 1 hit song in the U.K. with “The Way I Are,” off his album, Shock Value. The song’s rise to the top of the U.K. singles charts ended Rihanna’s 10-week run at No. 1.
Hip-Hop fans can now experience The Aphilliates’ Gangsta Grillz radio show five days a week in Atlanta, GA. The Aphilliates, a collection of DJs that includes DJ Drama, DJ Don Cannon and DJ Sense, have reached an agreement with Atlanta’s 107.9 WHTA-FM to air their Gangsta Grillz show from Monday to Thursday and on Saturday’s from 10 to 12 pm EST.
The Black Eyed Peas and Arrested Development will take place in Jerusalem Rocks, a non-profit international music festival that will take place at the Teddy Kollek Stadium in Jerusalem, Israel on September 9. “I can’t wait to come back to Israel,” says will.i.am. “The 2006 performance we did in Tel Aviv was one of the single best experiences in my life.” During the concert, will.i.am is scheduled to perform select songs off his upcoming solo album, Songs About Girls. In addition, the two time Grammy award winning group, Arrested Development, will be on hand to perform their old school hits such as “Tennessee,” “People Everyday” and “Mr. Wendal.” “This is a life long dream,” says Arrested Development founder, Speech. “I wrote back in ’89 that my next stop after touring America was supposed to be touring in Jerusalem. Almost 20 years later, it is finally happening and we are excited.”