Released October 2013 by RCA
No current top pop artist does mindless dancefloor fun better than Pitbull. Yes, "Timber" would be impossible without the influence of Avicii's boundary pushing "Wake Me Up," and it's not as artful, but this song is an outstanding party track. Ke$ha joins the party singing the chorus, and she brings along Dr. Luke and Cirkut to help produce. The relative newcomer for mainstream pop is British producer Sermstyle. He's only 25, but he's already worked with top level rappers Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar.
The most obvious unique element to "Timber" is that wailing harmonica. Avicii has taught us that country and folk sounds are not incompatible with today's electronic dance music. Pitbull adds a, "Swing your partner round and round" refrain to turn the whole record into some sort of dance pop hoedown. Lyrically, there is not a lot new here. Ke$ha carries the call to the dance floor, while Pitbull continues to enjoy talking about himself. He does mention twerking and Miley Cyrus and then delivers one of his best self-celebratory lines yet. "Look up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane. No, it's just me, ain't a damn thing changed."
Pitbull is gearing up to deliver an eighth studio album sometime in 2014. With the massive worldwide success of "Feel This Moment" fresh in the minds of pop fans, "Timber" finds himself merrily continuing on his international party pop path. Ke$ha is the one who has a lot to gain from this track. Her commercial success has trailed off badly with her last two singles failing to sell a million copies. Ke$ha sounds great here, and the song is as much hers as it is Pitbull's. Get ready to be yelling, "Timber!" in the club.