Timbaland Presents: Shock Value

Timbaland presents Shock Value
Released February 4, 2007
Recorded 2006–07
Genre Hip hop, R&B, electronic
Length 66:57
Label Mosley, Blackground
Producer Timbaland, Barry Hankerson (exec.)
Danja, Walter "Lil Walt" Millsap III, Boss Beats, Hannon Lane, Greg Wells
Timbaland chronology

Tim's Bio: Life from da Bassment
Shock Value
Shock Value II
Singles from Shock Value
  1. "Give It to Me"
    Released: February 6, 2007
  2. "The Way I Are"
    Released: July 9, 2007
  3. "Apologize"
    Released: September 17, 2007
  4. "Scream"
    Released: December 11, 2007

Shock Value is the second solo studio album, and fifth album overall, by record producer and rapper Timbaland. It is Timbaland's first release on his own imprint, the Interscope Records-distributed Mosley Music Group. Shock Value features a long list of guest artists, among them Fall Out Boy, Justin Timberlake, The Hives, Keri Hilson, Nelly Furtado, Missy Elliott, 50 Cent, Tony Yayo, Dr. Dre, OneRepublic, Elton John, Magoo and Nicole Scherzinger.

Background and release

"Release" is featured in the EA Sports game Madden NFL 08[1] and "The Way I Are" is also on the soundtrack of NBA Live 08. On April 16, the unreleased song "Laugh at 'Em" was leaked to the Internet. It was originally supposed to be on the album but was not completed in time. It features Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake. The song is now surnamed as the "Give It to Me" remix. Another unreleased track called "I See U", featuring Attitude and D.O.E., was also leaked to the internet.

An instrumental version of the album was released on the iTunes Store on July 31st, 2007.

The album was supposed to be supported by a Shock Value 2008 Tour. The tour was to begin in Australia and continue to New Zealand, but was postponed and then cancelled because the expected amount that Showtime Touring was to pay Timbaland was unavailable, and the star refused to perform. There had also been many scheduling conflicts with Europe. The tour was cancelled one day before it was to begin.[2]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. Club B−[4]
Entertainment Weekly B[5]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[6]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media 4.1/10[8]
PopMatters 6/10 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[11]
Stylus Magazine C+[12]

Shock Value received generally mixed reviews from music critics.[13] At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received a weighted mean score of 54, based on 24 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[13]

Sales and certifications

The album debuted at #5 on the U.S. Billboard 200, with 138,000 copies sold.[14] It debuted at number ten in the U.K. and on the week of July 22 climbed to number five.[15] The album has since reached number two in the UK and number thirteen in France.[16]

The album was certified Platinum in Canada (100,000 units) by the CRIA in August 2007.[17] On the Australian ARIA Albums Chart, Shock Value was certified 3x Platinum with sales of 210,000+ copies. It reached the top of the album chart on the week beginning 12/31/2007.

In BBC Radio 1's end of year chart for 2007, Shock Value was the ninth most bought album in the UK.[18]


  • "Give It to Me" was released as the first single on March 15, 2007. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, scoring Timbaland his first US No.1. Meanwhile it also scored Timbaland his first UK No.1. It features additional vocals from Nelly Furtado and Justin Timberlake.
  • "The Way I Are" was released as the second single on July 1, 2007. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at #1 on the UK Singles Chart to score Timbaland his second UK No.1. It features additional vocals from Keri Hilson and a rap verse from D.O.E. It is commonly believed that Timbaland sampled Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It" on this song but that harmony was actually performed by Keri Hilson.
  • "Apologize" was released as the third single on August 12, 2007. It is a remix of OneRepublic's "Apologize" and features the same vocals from the original. It peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, while it peaked #3 on the UK Singles Chart. On the Billboard Hot 100 Songs of the Decade,[19] "Apologize" came 10th, making it his most successful song ever.
  • "Scream" was released as the fourth single and final single on December 7, 2007. It failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 but did peak at #12 on the UK Singles Chart. It features additional vocals from Keri Hilson and Nicole Scherzinger.

Other songs

  • "Throw It on Me" was originally set to be released as the third single, yet it was instead released as a US Promotional Single on August 5, 2007. It features main vocals from The Hives. It peaked at #96 on the Billboard Hot 100. A music video for the song was released in late 2007.
  • "Bounce" was released as a promotional single in the US on February 8, 2008, after it was featured in the soundtrack for Step Up 2: The Streets. It features a chorus from Justin Timberlake and features rap verses from Dr. Dre and Missy Elliott. It peaked at #93 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song uses an uncredited sample of the song "Dirty Talk" by Klein + M.B.O.[11]

"One Life To Life" appearances

Two songs from the album were performed on an episode of the ABC soap opera One Life To Live on October 9, 2007. Timbaland performed "The Way I Are" with Keri Hilson, D.O.E., and Sebastian. OneRepublic appeared in the same episode and performed "Apologize".

Track listing

Standard edition
No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "Oh Timbaland"  Tim Mosley, Tim Clayton, Nina SimoneTimbaland 3:31
2. "Give It to Me" (featuring Nelly Furtado & Justin Timberlake)Mosley, Nate Hills, Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, ClaytonTimbaland, Danja 3:54
3. "Release" (featuring Justin Timberlake)Mosley, Timberlake, Craig LongmileTimbaland 3:25
4. "The Way I Are" (featuring Keri Hilson & D.O.E.)Mosley, Hills, Keri Hilson, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, John MaultsbyTimbaland, Danja 2:59
5. "Bounce" (featuring Justin Timberlake, Dr. Dre & Missy Elliott)Mosley, Timberlake, Andre Young, Melissa ElliottTimbaland 4:04
6. "Come and Get Me" (featuring 50 Cent & Tony Yayo)Mosley, Clayton, Curtis Jackson, Marvin BernardTimbaland, Danja 3:30
7. "Kill Yourself" (featuring Attitude & Sebastian)Mosley, Clayton, Garland MosleyTimbaland 4:06
8. "Boardmeeting" (featuring Magoo)Mosley, Hills, Marvin BarcliffTimbaland, Danja 2:29
9. "Fantasy" (performed by Money)Walter Millsap, Nelson, Lamar Van Sciver, Ericka Watson, Dwight Watson, Frank GreenfieldWalter Millsap, Boss Beats 4:11
10. "Scream" (featuring Keri Hilson & Nicole Scherzinger)Hilson, Mosley, HillsTimbaland, Danja 5:41
11. "Miscommunication" (featuring Keri Hilson & Sebastian)Hilson, Hills, G. MosleyDanja 3:18
12. "Bombay" (featuring Amar & Jim Beanz)Mosley, Amarpreet Dhanjan, James WashingtonTimbaland 2:55
13. "Throw It on Me" (featuring The Hives)Mosley, Clayton, Randy FitzsimmonsTimbaland 2:11
14. "Time" (featuring She Wants Revenge)Mosley, Clayton, Adam Bravin, Justin WarfieldTimbaland 3:57
15. "One and Only" (featuring Fall Out Boy)Mosley, Hannon Lane, Pete Wentz, Patrick StumpTimbaland, Hannon Lane 4:16
16. "Apologize" (featuring OneRepublic)Ryan TedderGreg Wells, Ryan Tedder, Timbaland 3:04
17. "2 Man Show" (featuring Elton John)Mosley, Hills, Elton John, MillsapTimbaland 4:25


  • K. Alexander Jr. – chorus
  • Marcella "Ms. Lago" Araica – programming, backing vocals, engineer, mixing
  • James Barton – mixing assistant
  • Jim Beanz – vocals, backing vocals, vocal producer
  • Stevie Blacke – strings
  • Adam Bravin – bass
  • Míguel Bustamante – assistant engineer
  • Kelvin Chu – A&R
  • Ciara Cleary - Assistant
  • D. Davis – chorus
  • Justin Dreyfuss – marketing coordinator
  • Andrew Flad – marketing
  • Rick Frazier – project coordinator
  • Keisha Gamble – project coordinator
  • Mark Gray – engineer, assistant engineer
  • Matty Green – assistant engineer
  • Johan Gustafsson – engineer
  • Barry Hankerson – executive producer
  • Jerome Harmon – bass, strings, keyboards
  • A. Helaire – chorus
  • Keri Hilson – backing vocals
  • Bob Horn – mixing
  • Andrew Hurley – drums
  • Monique Idlett-Mosley – publicity, marketing
  • S. Jackson – chorus
  • Jermaine Jennings "Tank" – steel guitar
  • Elton John – piano
  • Tiffany Johnson – project manager
  • Gary Jordan – project coordinator
  • Harmon Lane – drums, keyboards, producer
  • N. Lollis – chorus
  • Ari Mihelson – photography
  • E. Millsap – chorus
  • Walter Milsap – choir conductor
  • Tim Mosley – guitar
  • Julian Peploe – package design
  • Kevin Rudolf – guitar
  • Manny Smith – A&R
  • Marcus Spence – A&R
  • Johnkenun Spivery – organ
  • Patrick Stump – guitar
  • Ron Taylor – digital editing
  • Ryan Tedder – producer
  • Timbaland – synthesizer, drums, keyboards, producer, executive producer, musician
  • Andrew Van Meter – production coordination
  • Justin Warfield – guitar
  • Dan Warner – bass, guitar
  • Albert Watson – photography
  • E. Watson – chorus
  • D. Williams – chorus

Charts and certifications

Release history
Region Date
United Kingdom February 4, 2007
Japan March 30, 2007
United States April 3, 2007
Brazil September 5, 2007
Spain November 6, 2007

Shock Value 2008 Tour

Shock Value 2008 Tour
Tour by Timbaland
Associated album Timbaland Presents Shock Value
Start date August 15, 2008
End date August 23, 2008
Legs 1 (Cancelled)
Shows 5 in Australia (Cancelled)
1 in New Zealand (Cancelled)
Timbaland tour chronology
Shock Value 2008 Tour
Shock Value II Tour

The Shock Value 2008 Tour was supposed to be Timbaland's concert tour to support his album, Timbaland Presents Shock Value. Dates in Australia and New Zealand were announced. However, the tour was cancelled one day before it was going to begin due to scheduling conflicts in Europe.

Tour Dates (all cancelled)

Date City Venue
August 15, 2008 Sydney, Australia Entertainment Centre
August 16, 2008 Brisbane, Australia River Stage
August 17, 2008 Adelaide, Australia Entertainment Centre
August 20, 2008 Perth, Australia Challenge Stadium
August 22, 2008 Melbourne, Australia Rod Laver Arena
August 23, 2008 Auckland, New Zealand Vector Arena


Preceded by
One Chance by Paul Potts
Irish album chart number-one album (first run)
08/02/2007 - 08/16/2007
Succeeded by
Because Of The Times by Kings of Leon
Preceded by
Because Of The Times by Kings of Leon
Irish album chart number-one album (second run)
08/23/2007 - 09/13/2007
Succeeded by
Curtis by 50 Cent
Preceded by
X by Kylie Minogue
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
12/31/2007 - 01/28/2008
Succeeded by
Spirit by Leona Lewis
Preceded by
Kiddy Contest Vol. 13 by Kiddy Contest Kids
Austrian album chart number-one album
01/11/2008 - 01/18/2008
Succeeded by
Neujahrskonzert 2008 by Wiener Philharmoniker / Georges Pretre
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