Let’s talk about a little FOX show called “Empire’ for a minute, shall we? Perhaps you guys have heard of it? Actually, of course you guys have because the show about Taraji P. Henson’s Cookie Lyon snatching music industry wigs has proved to be an out-of-this-world success, with ratings going up EVERY week since its premiere last month. (Its pilot started off with 9.9 million and last week’s showing was at 13.2 million. #unheardof) With superb acting, fantastic dialogue and delicious Timbaland provided beats, ‘Empire’ has proved to be unstoppable. However, something seems to be off…the original songs from the smash show have yet to do much chart damage, and we wonder…why? In its glory days, THAT other FOX musical show, Glee, was a ratings champ much like ‘Empire,’ and by its fourth season in 2012, the show had sang up more than 32 million downloads and the cast had become the No. 8 digital artists….of all time. WTF?
Personally speaking, when it comes to choosing a crisp Timbaland groove over ANOTHER Lea Michele pop show tune rewire thing, I think it’s obvious, Timbo all the way. So, really, what gives? While original tracks like “Good Enough” and “Keep Your Money,” which are both sung to perfection by co-star Jussie Smollett, have sold moderately, shipping between 50-75, 000 downloads, they still have yet to bulldoze down a top position on the Billboards singles charts. It’s a mystery that we’re sure the execs at label Sony and FOX are all patiently waiting to solve and truly time will tell. But, let’s face it, ‘Empire’ is certainly here to stay. In the meantime, dive into the show’s top-five Missy’s best friend produced bangers below.
Jussie Smollett/”Good Enough”
Jussie Smullett/”Keep Your Money”
V. Bozeman/”What Is Love”
Jussie Smollett/Yazz/”No Apologies”
Yazz/Serayah McNeill/”Drip Drop”