Tye Tribett reveals collaboration with Justin Timberlake on 2003 hit "Cry Me A River"
The internet recently went crazy when the 2 time Grammy award winner revealed he contributed to Justin Timberlake's worldwide hit “Cry Me a River” which debuted at No. 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100, earning the Hot Shot Debut honour with 29.6 million audience impressions. On February 1, 2003, the single reached a peak of No. 3, becoming Timberlake’s first solo single to reach that position.The song also debuted on the US Pop Songs chart at No. 37. and reached a peak of 3 on February 1, 2003.
Speaking to influencer Kev on Stage, Tye reveals
“I got like two thousand dollars,” Tribbett confessed. “He got like $2 billion.” while the song went on to sell 1.2 million copies in the US alone
Kevin jokingly responds, “That’s why they call it the music business. It ain’t the music friendships.”
He further reveals “That’s all me,” in reference to the keys intro of "Cry me a River
At the time, Timbaland was working with Justin Timberlake on his debut solo album, “Justified.” Timbaland invited Tye to do the background vocals on “Cry Me A River” alongside one half of Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius. While grateful for the opportunity, Tye noted his compensation didn’t add up to the others working on the project.
“I did the vocal arrangements on there, me and the girl Floetry — and then, took off. “Cry Me A River” was like huge. So, I got like $2,000, and he [Timbaland] got like $2 billion. But I love you, guys. I love you, Tim,” Tye explained during his interview.
Well since then he has become a Grammy award winner and toured countries and sold records worldwide. Tye has a new album out right now .. check his 5th studio record “All Things New.” Out now on all major platforms