Ginuwine met rookie producer Timbaland in New York, and the two recorded the unusual, synthesizer-infused R&B effort ‘The Pony’ together. The song attracted strong interest, and at the age of 21 Ginuwine chose to sign with the New York-based Sony subsidiary 550 Music. He enjoyed immediate success with the release of ‘Pony,’ which reached number 1 on Billboard’s R&B chart, and number 6 on the Hot 100 chart. As a result his debut album, written and recorded with Timbaland, was assured of mainstream media attention, and reached number 45 on the album chart. To promote the set, Ginuwine set out on a national tour supporting Aaliyah, Dru Hill, Mary J. Blige and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. A string of crossover hit singles followed, including ‘Tell Me Do U Wanna’, ‘I’ll Do Anything/I’m Sorry’ and ‘Only When U R Lonely’. On the strength of his work with the singer, Timbaland went on to become one of the main forces in late 90s R&B.
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