Justin Timberlake and Timbaland to curate iconic music for ESPN’s Monday Night Football
Pop superstar Justin Timberlake and legendary producer Timbaland are teaming up once again to handpick chart-topping songs that will set the tone for ESPN’s Monday Night Football this season.
ESPN announced on August 28th that Timberlake and Timbaland will serve as guest curators for the soundtrack to select Monday Night Football broadcasts throughout the 2023 NFL campaign. Their high-profile collaboration is sure to deliver hit after hit to energize millions of football fans on primetime television.
“Football and music have long gone hand in hand on Monday nights,” said Curtis Friends, ESPN’s senior director of sports marketing. “Partnering with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland is a perfect match given their iconic careers crafting chart-topping anthems.”
The musical duo will debut a new song of their own to kick things off. “Keep Going Up,” a collaborative track featuring Timberlake, Timbaland and singer Nelly Furtado, will premiere in an promotional ad during the Week 1 matchup between the Buffalo Bills and New York Jets on September 11th.
“Keep Going Up” marks the first new music from Timberlake and Timbaland together in over 15 years, since their 2007 smash “Give It To Me” that dominated the airwaves. Fans of Timberlake’s signature sound are sure to indulge in this fresh tease of what’s to come from the hit-making collaborators.
Timberlake and Timbaland will personally curate the soundtrack for seven Monday Night Football broadcasts throughout the 2023 season. Their expertly crafted playlists will set the scene during pregame coverage, highlight packages and more.
Weeks 1, 6, 11, and 16 will feature games accompanied by music handpicked by Timberlake and Timbaland. They will also lend their eclectic tastes to two postseason matchups yet to be determined.
“Together, Timbaland and I look forward to hyping up football fans around the country with killer tracks that will get everyone pumped for some MNF action,” Timberlake said in a statement.
Fans reacted positively on social media to the high-profile partnership. @ESPN posted about the announcement on Instagram, garnering over 50,000 likes. Commenters expressed excitement to hear the music legends’ curated playlists each Monday night this fall.
With their proven formula of infectious grooves and anthemic melodies, Justin Timberlake and Timbaland are sure to deliver can’t-miss song selections that capture the intensity of Monday Night Football. Tune in this season to let two of pop music’s most influential figures get you hyped for gridiron glory under the lights.