Brandy works with Steve Mostyn for new album

2 Sep

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Brandy has worked with Steve Mostyn for her upcoming studio album.

Mostyn is responsible for co-writing and / or producing “Kiss and Make Up” by Mary J. Blige [Epic Records], “Troubeaux” by Jennifer Lopez f/ Nas [Capitol Records], “Use Me” by Miguel [RCA Records.]

The Australian hitmaker’s resume also includes works for Elle Varner [RCA Records], K. Michelle [Atlantic Records], Ella Henderson [Syco Music], Kandace Springs [Blue Note Records] and Mayer Hawthorne [Republic Records].

Brandy’s last studio album, 2012’s “Two Eleven,” peaked at number three on the US Albums Chart and delivered two hit singles in the shape of the Chris Brown-assisted “Put it Down” and Tha Bizness-produced “Wildest Dreams.”

Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated new studio collection is expected to be released later this year. It will yield further productions from David “The Arcelious” Harris, Warren “Oak” Felder and Ronald “Flippa” Colson.

Watch the music video for “Right Here (Departed)” below.

Charli XCX teams up with ROSTAM for new song “Need Your Love”

2 Sep

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A new song title has been revealed from Charli XCX’s new album.

“Need Your Love” is slotted for inclusion on the British artist’s sophomore album, “Sucker,” out on October 22 via Neon Gold / Atlantic Records.

The track was helmed by American songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist of New York City-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend and electro-soul group Discovery, Rostam Batmanglij.

XCX – born Charlotte Aitchison – recently released the Mark Klasfeld-directed music video for her new single “Break the Rules,” co-written by Steve Mac, Tor Erik Hermansen, Daniel “Robopop” Omelio and Magnus August Høiberg.

“Sucker” is confirmed to yield further collaborations with Patrik Berger (Robyn, Icona Pop), Ed Drewett (The Wanted, Olly Murs), John Hill (Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield) and Madeon (Lady Gaga, Ellie Goulding).

Watch the music video for “Break the Rules” below.

Jhene Aiko premieres “The Pressure” music video

2 Sep

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Jhene Aiko has premiered the music video for her new single online.

The singer/songwriter posted the CALMATIC and Donald Glover-directed clip for “The Pressure” to her official Vevo page on Tuesday (September 2, 2014).

Production duties on “The Pressure” were handled by Mac Robinson and Brian Warfield of The Fisticuffs, who also worked with the likes of Mariah Carey (“Beautiful”), Miguel (“Quickie”) and Jazmine Sullivan (“One Night Stand”).

As previously reported, Aiko is scheduled to release her debut album “Souled Out” on September 9 via ARTium Records / Def Jam Recordings.

The highly-anticipated studio collection will boast further alliances with No I.D. (Elijah Blake, Kanye West), James Fauntleroy (Brandy, Toni Braxton), Key Wane (Ariana Grande, Big Sean) and Dot Da Genius (Kid Cudi, Rockie Fresh).

Watch the music video for “The Pressure” below.

Leah McFall confirms debut album “Weird to Wonderful”

2 Sep

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Leah McFall has confirmed the title for her debut album.

The Irish singer/songwriter christened her first studio collection “Weird to Wonderful” and will release it later this year via Capitol Records.

Lead single “Home” – helmed by Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am along with Jean Baptiste Kouame, Ryan “DJ Replay” Buendia and Michael McHenry – is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital outlets.

“Weird to Wonderful” is expected to yield further contributions from Sia (Beyonce, Kelly Rowland), Ester Dean (Rihanna, Jasmine Villegas), Lauren Evans (Ciara, Jordin Sparks) and Shaznay Lewis (Stooshe, Little Mix).

Watch the music video for “Home” below.

Invader Girl releases music video for new single “Starting Fires”

2 Sep

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Invader Girl has released the music video for her new single online.

The British singer/songwriter posted the Powster-directed visual clip for “Starting Fires” to her official Vevo page on Sunday (August 31, 2014).

The track was produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard, who is also responsible for Kylie Minogue’s “Love at First Sight” [Parlophone Records], Leona Lewis’ “One More Sleep” [Syco Music] and 5SOS’s “18” [Capitol Records].

Fans of Stannard’s songwriting and production work should also look out for the next releases by Ella Henderson [Syco Music], Jetta [Polydor Records], Clare Maguire [Virgin EMI Records] and Chloe Howl [Columbia Records].

Meanwhile, the still-untitled LP by Invader Girl – born Camilla Roholm – is expected to be released later this year via RCA Records.

Watch the music video for “Starting Fires” below.

Jessie Ware debuts new song “Want Your Feeling”

1 Sep

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Jessie Ware has debuted a new song online.

The British singer/songwriter posted the audio clip for “Want Your Feeling” to her official SoundCloud page on Monday (September 1, 2014).

The James Ford-produced track was co-written by Devonte Hynes, whose resume includes works for Tinashe [RCA Records], Laura Welsh [Polydor Records] and FKA twigs [Yung Turks Recordings].

As previously reported, Ware will release her sophomore studio collection “Tough Love” on October 6 via PMR Records / Island Records.

The highly-anticipated project is preceded by current single “Say You Love Me,” which was co-written by Ed Sheeran along with the song’s producers Benny Blanco and Two Inch Punch.

Other musicians backing Ware on the follow-up to 2012’s “Devotion” are Tom “Kid Harpoon” Hull (Bipolar Sunshine, Lily Allen), Miguel (Beyoncé, Elle Varner) and Sam Hook (Bridget Kelly, Lianne La Havas).

Brandy recruits Warren “Oak” Felder for new album

1 Sep

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R&B singer/songwriter Brandy has added Warren “Oak” Felder to the list of contributors for her upcoming seventh studio album.

Felder is responsible for co-writing and producing Toni Braxton’s “Hands Tied” [Atlantic Records], Jennifer Lopez’s “Expertease” [Capitol Records] and Ariana Grande’s “Break Your Heart Right Back” [Republic Records].

His extensive resume also includes works for Elle Varner [RCA Records], K. Michelle [Atlantic Records], Nicki Minaj [Cash Money Records], Jessie J [Republic Records] and Ella Henderson [Syco Music].

Brandy’s new studio collection, meanwhile, is expected to be released later this year. The still-untitled project serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “Two Eleven,” which debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

In addition to Felder, the highly-anticipated LP will also boast further productions and songwriting contributions from David “The Arcelious” Harris, Stacy Barthe, Diane Warren, and Ronald “Flippa” Colson.

Watch the music video for “Wildest Dreams” below.

Mary J. Blige drafts Jimmy Napes for “The London Sessions”

1 Sep

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Mary J. Blige has drafted Jimmy Napes for her upcoming project.

Napes is known for co-writing hit singles “Rather Be” by Clean Bandit [Atlantic Records], “Stay with Me” by Sam Smith [Capitol Records] and “White Noise” by Disclosure f/ AlunaGeorge [PMR / Island Records].

The songwriter and record producer – born James Napier – also collaborated with the likes of Jessie Ware [PMR / Island Records], Eliza Doolittle [Parlophone Records] and Gorgon City [Black Butter / Virgin EMI Records].

Meanwhile, Blige’s new studio collection “The London Sessions” will be released in November via Universal Music Group / Capitol Records.

Among the tracks confirmed for the LP are the Sam Smith-assisted “Therapy” and the Emeli Sande-penned / Naughty Boy-produced “Pick Me Up.”

“The London Sessions” is executively produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, who extensive resume includes works for Mariah Carey (“You’re Mine”), Ariana Grande (“Hands on Me”) and Maroon 5 (“My Heart is Open”).

Watch the music video for “Be Without You” below.

Kandace Springs reveals artwork for debut mini-album

31 Aug

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Kandace Springs has unveiled the artwork for her upcoming EP.

The singer, songwriter and pianist is scheduled to release the self-titled mini-album on September 30 via SRP / Blue Note Records.

The highly-anticipated project is executively produced by Evan Rogers and Carl Sturken, who also worked with Rihanna [SRP Records], Kelly Clarkson [RCA Records] and Christina Milian [Young Money Records].

Other musicians backing Springs on the EP are Warren Felder (Usher, Ariana Grande), Andrew Wansel (K. Michelle, Nicki Minaj), Steve Mostyn (Elle Varner, Jennifer Hudson) and Ronald Colson (Brandy, Mary J. Blige).

Watch the music video for “Love Got in the Way” below.

Brandy collaborates with Ronald “Flippa” Colson for new album

31 Aug

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Brandy has collaborated with Ronald “Flippa” Colson for her upcoming album.

Colson is responsible for co-writing and producing “Good Kisser” by Usher [RCA Records], “West Coast” by Kandace Springs [Blue Note Records] and “Wonderful” by Mary J. Blige [Epic Records].

He also worked on the next projects Ty Dolla $ign [Atlantic Records], Elle Varner [RCA Records], Omarion [Warner Bros. Records], Nick Jonas [Island Records] and Kendrick Lamar [Interscope Records].

Meanwhile, the new studio collection by Brandy is expected to be released later this year. It serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “Two Eleven,” which peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Other songwriters and producers that have contributed to the still-untitled LP are David “The Arcelious” Harris (K. Michelle, Gabi Wilson), Stacy Barthe (Marsha Ambrosius, Luke James) and Diane Warren (Adele, Kelly Rowland).

In related news, Brandy will appear on Chris Brown’s upcoming studio album, “X,” out on September 16 via RCA Records. The pair teamed up on the track “Do Better,” which was produced by Glass John.

Watch the music video for “Put it Down” below.

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