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This song features Pitbull's RCA label mate Ke$ha. The pair previously collaborated on the rapper's Rebultion album track "Girls" as well as a remix of the "TiK ToK" star's single "Crazy Kids."
Pitbull told Ryan Seacrest that the use of a harmonica on the song was inspired by Avicii's hit single "Wake Me Up." He explained: "I've been all around the world touring and it was a record from Avicii that was so big and had this country feel to it. This record came down produced by Dr Luke, Cirkut and Sermstyle, and I said, 'Man I need to get my hands on that'. And being on tour with Ke$ha, we hit it off, and what better than to have a crazy, sexy, cool, beautiful woman on it with me?"
This was the third UK #1 hit for both Pitbull and Ke$ha. The rapper reached the summit twice in 2011, with his own cut, "Give Me Everything (Tonight)" and as a featured artist on Jennifer Lopez's "On The Floor." Ke$ha hit the peak position with Flo Rida in 2009 on "Right Round" and again in 2011 with "We R Who We R."
Rihanna was Pitbull's first choice to appear on the song, but she wasn't available as she was working with Shakira on the Columbian singer's "Can't Remember To Forget" single.
This was the second US chart-topper for Pitbull, who previously reached #1 with "Give Me Everything (Tonight)" in 2011. Ke$ha had reached the Hot 100 summit twice before, with "TiK ToK" and "We R Who We R," both in 2010.
Songwriters Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar, and Greg Errico filed a copyright infringement lawsuit in June 2014 against the makers of "Timber," claiming it features a harmonica melody that is identical to the one used in Lee Oskar's 1978 song "San Francisco Bay." The lawsuit claims that while the record label obtained permission to use the sample from a license holder, it failed to obtain permission from the songwriters themselves.

Oskar is best-known for his work with the band War.
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Comments (1):

The song samples "San Francisco Bay" (1979) by Danish harmonica player Lee Oskar, which was written by Lee Oskar, Keri Oskar, and Greg Errico. This song features Paul Harrington playing the harmonica. He was told to emulate Oskar while he plays throughout the whole song.
- Jesse, Dallas, TX
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