Timbaland has high hopes for Britney Spears – provided she can reconnect with her family.
“I would love Britney to have a smash, it would be the greatest comeback ever,” the music producer told Ryan Seacrest on his KIIS-FM radio show Friday.
“I think it would be phenomenal,” continued Timbaland, “but I think she’s got to be connected with her family. She can’t do it alone.” (Spears and her mother, Lynne, have had a troubled relationship recently.)
Comparing Spears, 25, to another famous singer, Timbaland added: “Sly can’t come back on his own, he needs the family Stones. You need a team. You can’t be an island.”
“Britney’s cool, but I think that … it was too much,” he says. “Now it’s like, ‘Okay, Britney’s opening, she got a new song.’ …It’s kinda dull. It’s kinda flat-lined.”
As for what he thinks of her new song, “Gimme More,” he says: “I haven’t heard it but everyone tells me, they just don’t say nothing about it.”
On the subject of his pal Justin Timberlake, with whom Timbaland collaborated on Justified and FutureSex/LoveSounds, the producer says: “Justin is having so much success he could easily say, ‘Okay, I want to operate as an island.’ But he is easygoing. I’m not saying that [Britney] is not, I don’t know. But Justin – we have a different aura together.”
Going into the VMAs, Timberlake tied with Beyoncé Knowles to score a leading seven nominations, including a nod for video of the year for his “What Goes Around … Comes Around.”