11 Stories Behind The Best Songs On The 'Empire' Soundtrack

March 10, 2015 12:12 PM

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11 Stories Behind The Best Songs On The 'Empire' Soundtrack

Just nine episodes of "Empire" have aired and it's already the biggest network drama in five years, raking in numbers that haven't been reached since a 2009 episode of "Grey's Anatomy." Created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong, "Empire" -- which, for the uninitiated, is about an entertainment conglomerate on the verge of an IPO and the dramatic, maniacal family who runs it -- is also positioning itself to succeed in the real-life music industry.

Longtime producer Timbaland serves as music supervisor, and with the help of his protégé, Jim Beanz, he's made "Empire" a hit factory. Season 1's soundtrack drops Tuesday and features 18 original songs. The show's Spotify account lists dozens more that didn't make the cut. There's even talk of takin...

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