MNEK works with Alex Da Kid for debut album?

5 Mar


MNEK has worked on new material with Alex Da Kid.

“Was writing to the hot beats of Alex Da Kid yesterday! Lovely guy, really nice to meet you (nice to hear a London accent too),” he tweeted.

It is yet to be known whether the session was intended for another artist or a future MNEK’s upcoming debut album.

Alex Da Kid – born Alexander Grant – recently served as executive producer for Imagine Dragon’s second studio collection, “Smoke and Mirrors,” which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

His extensive resume also includes works for Eminem (“Love the Way You Lie”), Skylar Grey (“C’mon Let Me Ride”), Rihanna (“Farewell”), Nicki Minaj (“Beautiful Sinner”) and Christina Aguilera (“Make the World Move”).

Meanwhile, MNEK is expected to release his full-length debut album later this year under Universal Music Group imprint Virgin EMI Records.

The still-untitled project will be preceded by the “Small Talk” EP, which will be available for download from March 27 via iTunes (UK).

On the songwriting and production front, MNEK has confirmed placements on the next releases by Madonna [Interscope], Jojo [Atlantic], Becky Hill [Parlophone], Tamera Foster [Syco] and Melissa Steel [Atlantic].

Some of his notable credits are Karen Harding’s “Say Something” [Capitol Records], Little Mix’s “Nothing Feels Like You” [Columbia Records] and Kylie Minogue’s “Feels So Good” [Parlophone Records].

Watch the music video for “The Rhythm” below.

Tinashe premieres “Bated Breath” music video

5 Mar


Tinashe has premiered a new music video online.

The singer/songwriter posted the Stephen Garnett-directed clip for “Bated Breath” to her official YouTube channel on Wednesday (March 04, 2015).

“Bated Breath” was co-written and produced by Brent “Ritz” Reynolds, who also teamed with the artist on previous promotional cut “Aquarius.”

Tinashe’s debut album “Aquarius” – featuring hit singles “2 On,” “Pretend” and “All Hands on Deck” – is now available for download via iTunes.

As mentioned in earlier posts, the “Vulnerable” star has initiated the process of recording her second studio collection under RCA Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly includes productions from Dr. Luke (Ciara, Britney Spears), Cirkut (Rihanna, Katy Perry), Joshua “Ammo” Coleman (Sia, Jason Derulo) and Jack Antonoff (Taylor Swift, Carly Rae Jepsen).

On the songwriting front, Tinashe has teamed with Taylor Parks (Zendaya, Jennifer Lopez), Chloe Angelides (Ariana Grande, Jessie J), Jacob Kasher (Kylie Minogue, Selena Gomez) and Rock City (Usher, Nicki Minaj).

Watch the music video for “Bated Breath” below.

Brandy reunites with Hit-Boy for new album?

4 Mar

Brandy - Stacy - ChaunceyBrandy has hinted at a new collaboration with Hit-Boy.

“You did an amazing job tonight, Stacy Barthe (lil sis). Chauncey, do not be late for studio tomorrow,” she posted to her Instagram page.

The R&B and Hip-Hop record producer – real name Chauncey Hollis – previously helmed “1st & Love” for Brandy along with Kara DioGuardi, Frank Ocean, Jesse “Chase N Cashe” Woodward and Rich King.

His extensive resume also includes works for Mariah Carey (“Thirsty”), Beyonce (“XO”), Kelly Rowland (“Lay it On Me”), Rihanna (“Watch ‘N Learn”), Nicki Minaj (“Come on a Cone”) and John Legend (“The Beginning”).

Meanwhile, Brandy’s next studio collection and follow-up to 2012’s “Two Eleven” is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets later this year.

MBK Entertainment CEO Jeff Robinson serves as the album’s executive producer. He is also overseeing the upcoming releases by Elle Varner, Gabi Wilson, Justine Skye, Daisha and Tiara Thomas.

On the songwriting and production front, the still-untitled project boasts further contributions from Swagg R’Celious, Diane Warren, Stacy Barthe, Warren Felder, Andrew Wansel, Ronald Colson, Steve Mostyn and Kirby Lauryen.

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

Rita Ora works with Nolan Lambroza for sophomore album

4 Mar

Rita Ora has worked with Nolan “Sir Nolan” Lambroza on new material.

The Los Angeles-based musician is known for his collaborations with Pitbull [Polo Grounds Music], Christina Aguilera [RCA Records], Karmin [Epic Records], Cody Simpson [Atlantic Records] and Justin Bieber [Island Records].

Some of his recent production and songwriting credits are Kelly Clarkson’s “War Paint” [RCA Records], Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” [Island Records] and Lea Michele’s “Burn with You” [Columbia Records].

Meanwhile, Ora is scheduled to release her sophomore album later this year via Roc Nation and Sony Music Entertainment imprint Columbia Records.

The still-untitled project serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “ORA,” which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spawned four hit singles in the shape of “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party),” “Shine Ya Light” and “Radioactive.”

Other musicians backing the “Grateful” star on the highly-anticipated project are Devonte Hynes (Solange, Jessie Ware), Dr. Luke (Ciara, Britney Spears), DJ Mustard (Omarion, Chris Brown) and Diplo (Madonna, Katy Perry).

Watch the music video for “Doing It” w/ Charli XCX below.

Jordin Sparks debuts new single “Double Tap”

4 Mar

Jordin Sparks - Double Tap

Jordin Sparks has debuted her new single online.

The singer/songwriter posted the audio clip for the 2 Chainz-assisted “Double Tap” to her official Vevo channel on Tuesday (March 03, 2015).

“Double Tap” – now available for download via iTunes (US) – was written by Victoria Monet (Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony), Thomas Lumpkins (Janet Jackson, Britney Spears) and Jonas Jeberg (Meghan Trainor, Nicki Minaj).

As mentioned in previous posts, Sparks’ third studio album “Right Here, Right Now” will hit stores and digital outlets later this year under 19 Recordings and Sony Music Entertainment imprint Larger Than Life Records.

The follow-up to 2009’s “Battlefield” is executive produced by Salaam Remi, who also worked with Jazmine Sullivan [RCA Records], Ella Henderson [Syco Music], Kat Dahlia [Epic Records] and Mack Wilds [Larger Than Life Records].

Other musicians backing Sparks on “Right Here, Right Now” are DJ Mustard (Tinashe, Omarion), Elijah Blake (Usher, Keyshia Cole), Crada (Drake, Emeli Sande) and Dem Jointz (Brandy, Christina Aguilera).

Listen to “Double Tap” below.

Dem Jointz confirms new Madison Beer collaboration

4 Mar

Dem Jointz - Madison

Dem Jointz has confirmed a new collaboration with Madison Beer.

“Madison Beer got a banger! Thanks to Sha Sha Jones and Danny Carter,” he posted to his Instagram page on Tuesday (March 03, 2015).

The Hip-Hop and R&B record producer – real name Dwayne Abernathy – is known for his work with Danity Kane (“All in a Day’s Work”), Brandy f/ Chris Brown (“Put it Down”) and Christina Aguilera (“Shut Up”).

Among the other artists he worked with are Sevyn Streeter [Atlantic Records], Marsha Ambrosius [RCA Records], Jordin Sparks [Larger Than Life Records] and Tinie Tempah [Parlophone Records].

Meanwhile, Beer is expected to release her first studio collection later this year via Universal Music Group imprint Island Records.

Music mogul Scooter Braun serves as the project’s executive producer. His client list also includes Ariana Grande [Republic Records], Tori Kelly [Capitol Records] and Carly Rae Jepsen [Interscope Records].

Other contributors on the still-untitled LP are Tricky Stewart (Beyonce, Kelly Rowland), The-Dream (Usher, Mariah Carey), Ina Wroldsen (Janelle Monae, Britney Spears) and Toby Gad (Madonna, John Legend).

Watch the music video for “Melodies” below.

Karen Harding collaborates with Laura Dockrill, Josh Record for debut album

4 Mar

Karen - Laura - Josh

British singer/songwriter Karen Harding has collaborated with fellow musicians Laura Dockrill and Josh Record on new material.

Dockrill previously co-wrote “Give Up” for Javeon along with William “Tourist” Phillips [Virgin EMI Records] and “Sweet Talk” for Jessie Ware along with Julio Bashmore [PMR / Island Records].

Meanwhile, Josh Record recently co-wrote and produced “Yours” for Ella Henderson [Syco Music]. Furthermore, his debut album “Pillars” is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Virgin EMI Records.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Harding will release her first studio collection later this year under Method Records and Capitol Records.

The still-untitled project is preceded by the MNEK-assisted lead single “Say Something,” which peaked to number seven on the UK Singles Chart.

Other album contributors include Richard Stannard (Leona Lewis, Ellie Goulding), Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Mary J. Blige), Rodney Jerkins (Alicia Keys, John Legend) and Tom Aspaul (Little Mix, Kylie Minogue).

Watch the music video for “Say Something” below.

Madonna confirms new single “Ghosttown”

3 Mar


Madonna has confirmed the title for her new single.

The singer/songwriter christened “Ghosttown” as the second promotional cut from her upcoming album, “Rebel Heart,” which will hit stores and digital outlets on March 10 via Live Nation and Interscope Records.

“Ghosttown” – now available for download via iTunes – was co-written by Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Beyonce, Leona Lewis), Jason Evigan (Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato) and Sean Douglas (Meghan Trainor, David Guetta).

Production duties on “Ghosttown” were handled by Madonna along with Mathieu “Billboard” Jomphe, whose other credits include Shakira’s “Dare (La La La)” [RCA Records] and Ellie Goulding’s “In My City” [Polydor Records].

Previous promotional cut, the Diplo-produced “Living for Love,” which peaked to number one on the US Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.

Other musicians backing Madonna on the follow-up to 2012’s “MDNA” are Toby Gad (Alicia Keys, John Legend), Mozella (Rihanna, Miley Cyrus), Ariel Rechtshaid (Usher, Charli XCX) and MNEK (Babyface, Kylie Minogue).

Watch the “Living for Love” music video below.

Carly Rae Jepsen debuts new single “I Really Like You”

3 Mar

Carly Rae Jepsen - I Really Like You

Carly Rae Jepsen has debuted her new single online.

The Canadian singer/songwriter posted the audio clip for “I Really Like You” to her official Vevo channel on Monday (March 02, 2015).

“I Really Like You” was co-written by Jacob Kasher Hindlin, whose other credits include Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$” [Epic Records], Jason Derulo’s “Wiggle” [Warner Bros. Records] and Jessie J’s “Burnin’ Up” [Republic Records].

Production duties on “Like You” were handled by Peter Svensson, who is also responsible for Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder” f/ The Weeknd [Republic Records] and Avril Lavigne’s “Rock ‘N Roll” [Epic Records].

Jepsen’s next studio collection and follow-up to 2012’s “Kiss” will hit stores and digital outlets later this year via Schoolboy Records and Interscope Records.

The still-untitled project spawns further collaborations with Sam Hollander (Katy Perry, One Direction), Jenna Andrews (Elle Varner, Marsha Ambrosius), Benny Blanco (Miguel, Charli XCX) and Sia (Beyonce, Gwen Stefani).

Listen to “I Really Like You” below.

Rixton release debut album “Let the Road”

3 Mar


Rixton have released their debut album online.

“Let the Road” – featuring hit singles “Me and My Broken Heart,” “Wait on Me” and “Hotel Ceiling” – is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Schoolboy / Giant Little Man / Mad Love / Interscope Records.

The project was prominently produced by Benny Blanco, whose recent credits include Mikky Ekko’s “Watch Me Rise” [RCA Records], Maroon 5’s “Maps” [222 Records] and Charli XCX’s “Caught in the Middle” [Atlantic Records].

Other album producers are Stargate (Tinashe, Bebe Rexha), Ross Golan (Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor), Steve Mac (Shakira, Ella Henderson), Robopop (Lana Del Rey, Prince Royce) and Ammar Malik (Nick Jonas, Ariana Grande).

On the songwriting front, “Let the Road” boasts contributions from Wayne Hector (Fleur East, Olly Murs), Ed Sheeran (Hilary Duff, Tori Kelly), Jacob Kasher (Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Mike Posner (Labrinth, Emeli Sande).

Watch the music video for “Me and My Broken Heart” below.


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