Duran Duran returns this week with "Red Carpet Massacre," its second Epic album since its original quintet reunited in 2001. The set includes three tracks produced by Timbaland, one of which, "Nite Ru

Duran Duran returns this week with "Red Carpet Massacre," its second Epic album since its original quintet reunited in 2001. The set includes three tracks produced by Timbaland, one of which, "Nite Runner," features Justin Timberlake.

"I'm always personally really inspired by working with urban producers, moreso than rock producers," keyboardist Nick Rhodes says. "They really bring something to the songs that we don't have completely covered, whereas with rock producers, often I find [they suggest] things we'd do ourselves naturally anyway."

The Timberlake collaboration is one Duran Duran had been trying to engineer for quite some time and finally materialized last September in New York. "All of us have admired his work, particularly on his first solo album," Rhodes says of Timberlake. "He's a real talent. It was quite natural for him and [Duran Duran frontman] Simon [LeBon] to be working together on vocal arrangements and melodic structure."

"What we did is definitely Duran Duran, but it's new," Timbaland right-hand-man Nate "Danja" Hills says. "It will put them right in with what's going on today. Simon sounds better than he's ever sounded. He didn't miss a beat at all."

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