Timbaland is an American Grammy Award-winning record producer, singer-songwriter, actor, musician and rapper. He is the older brother of rapper Sebastian. Timbaland`s first full credit production work was in 1996 on Ginuwine...the Bachelor for R&B singer Ginuwine. After further successful work on Aaliyah`s 1996 album One in a Million and Missy Elliott`s 1997 album Supa Dupa Fly, Timbaland became a prominent producer for R&B and hip-hop artists. Initially he released several albums with fellow rapper Magoo.
He has collaborated with numerous artists, including Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, Katy Perry, Keri Hilson and X Factor winner Leona Lewis. He has also produced tracks for Mariah Carey, Wyclef Jean, Missy Elliott, Keshia Chanté and Jay-Z`s upcoming albums. Timbaland also produced Chris Cornell`s 2009 album Scream. Shakira was asked to record vocals on the song "Give It Up to Me" to be included on Timbaland`s forthcoming album but it was placed on her third studio album She Wolf and released as the second US single instead.
In September 2009, Timbaland announced that Shock Value II would be released on 23 November in Europe and 24 November in North America. However it was pushed back to 8 December, preceded by the first single which features a new recording artist named SoShy and Nelly Furtado entitled "Morning After Dark".