Hakeem (Yazz) and Jamal (Jussie Smollett) on Empire.
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Ahead of the upcoming episode of Fox’s Empire on Feb. 18, Billboard can exclusively premiere “Money for Nothing” (featuring Jussie Smollett and Yazz), a new song that will air during the show.
“‘Money for Nothing’ was pretty special to record for me. This song basically defined the MTV jumpstart,” Smollett, who plays the character Jamal Lyon, tells Billboard.
“It’s such a throwback and the fact that the great Dire Straits approved us to do it was insane. The way Team Timbaland‘s genius, Jim Beanz, flipped it and added the hip hop element while maintaining the original vibe is just dope. Plus I love performing with my TV baby bro Yazz. We had a lot of fun with this one.”
The upcoming episode of Empire, titled “Keep it in the Family,” features guest appearances by Courtney Love and Naomi Campbell.
“Money for Nothing” will be available for download through iTunes on Feb. 17.
The soundtrack from Empire‘s first season will be available on March 10. Pre-orders begin Feb. 17.