Aston Merrygold premieres music video for new single “Get Stupid”

28 May

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Aston Merrygold has premiered the music video for his new single online.

The British singer and songwriter posted the James Lees-directed clip for “Get Stupid” to his official YouTube channel on Tuesday (May 26, 2015).

“Get Stupid” was co-written by Karen Poole, whose other credits include Giorgio Moroder’s “Right Here Right Now” f/ Kylie Minogue [RCA], Lily Allen’s “As Long As I Got You” [Parlophone] and Nina Nesbitt’s “Mr. C” [Island].

Production duties were handled by Sonny Mason, who is also co-responsible for Kimbra’s “Love in High Places” [Warner Bros], The Wanted’s “Glow in the Dark” [Island] and Loveable Rogues’ “What a Night” [Syco Music].

As mentioned in earlier posts, Merrygold is plotting to release his debut album later this year under Warner Bros Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly features further collaborations with Future Cut (Fleur East, Tamera Foster), Chelcee Grimes (Little Mix, Conor Maynard), Lil’ Eddie (Usher, Prince Royce) and Jin Jin (MNEK, Jess Glynne).

Watch the music video for “Get Stupid” below.

Olly Murs unveils music video for new single “Beautiful to Me”

28 May

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Olly Murs has unveiled the music video for his new single online.

The British singer and songwriter posted the visual clip for “Beautiful to Me” to his Vevo channel on Wednesday (May 27, 2015).

“Beautiful to Me” was written by Murs along with Steve Robson (Leona Lewis, Christina Aguilera), Martin Johnson (Christina Perri, Jason Derulo) and Sam Hollander (Bonnie McKee, Carly Rae Jepsen).

Murs’ latest album “Never Been Better” – featuring previous promotional cuts “”Seasons,” “Up” and “Wrapped Up” – is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Syco Music and Epic Records.

The project also boasts further collaborations with Jason Evigan (David Guetta, Bebe Rexha), Sean Douglas (Madonna, Jason Derulo), Claude Kelly (Jessie J, Toni Braxton) and Wayne Hector (Fleur East, John Newman).

Watch the music video for “Beautiful to Me” below.

The Weeknd unleashes music video for new single “The Hills”

27 May

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The Weeknd has unleashed the music video for his new single online.

The Canadian singer and songwriter – real name Abel Tesfaye – posted “The Hills” visual clip to his Vevo channel on Wednesday (May 27, 2015).

“The Hills” – now available for download via iTunes – is slotted for inclusion on The Weeknd’s upcoming studio album under Republic Records.

Among the contributors on the still-untitled project are Stephan Moccio (Ne-Yo, Miley Cyrus), Max Martin (Adam Lambert, Tori Kelly), Savan Kotecha (Usher, Ariana Grande) and Ali Payami (Taylor Swift, Ellie Goulding).

The Weeknd’s last studio collection, 2013’s “Kiss Land,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Furthermore, his single “Earned It” – taken from the original motion picture soundtrack “Fifty Shades of Grey” – went on to peak at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and number four on the UK Singles Chart.

Watch the music video for “The Hills” below.

Frank Ocean works with Rick Rubin for sophomore album

27 May

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Frank Ocean has worked with Rick Rubin for his upcoming studio album.

Rubin recently produced “Don’t” and “Bloodstream” for Ed Sheeran. Both hit singles appear on the British singer and songwriter’s latest album, “x,” now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Atlantic Records.

Other credits by the legendary record producer are Adele’s “One and Only” [XL Recordings], Lady Gaga’s “Dope” [Streamline Records], Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” [Interscope Records] and Jennifer Nettles’ “That Girl” [Mercury Nashville].

Meanwhile, Ocean is expected to release her second studio collection later this year under Universal Music Group / Def Jam Recordings.

The still-untitled CD boasts productions from Pharrell (Usher, Miley Cyrus), Rodney Jerkins (Ciara, Janet Jackson), Hit-Boy (Beyonce, Kelly Rowland), Diplo (Madonna, Katy Perry) and Happy Perez (Babyface, Mariah Carey).

Ocean’s first studio collection, 2012’s “Channel Orange,” peaked to number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Lost,” “Pyramids,” “Thinkin’ Bout You” and “Sweet Life.”

Watch the music video for “Novocane” below.

Sinead Harnett teams with Cass Lowe for new song “Anywhere But Here”

27 May

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Sinead Harnett has unveiled a new song through her SoundCloud channel.

“Anywhere But Here” is slotted for inclusion on the British singer/songwriter’s upcoming debut album under Virgin EMI Records.

Harnett wrote “Anywhere But Here” along with Cass Lowe, whose resume includes further works with Cheryl Cole [Polydor Records], Joel Compass [Outsiders Recorded Music] and Shane Filan [Capitol Records].

Current single “She Ain’t Me” will be available for download from June 14 via iTunes and all other digital outlets. The track was co-written by Iain James (Ella Henderson, Olly Murs) and produced by TMS (Labrinth, Emeli Sande).

Other musicians backing Harnett on her debut album are Chris Loco (Rita Ora, Kylie Minogue), James Fauntleroy (Beyonce, Justin Timberlake), Knox Brown (Jess Glynne, Mary J. Blige) and Justin Parker (Rihanna, Ellie Goulding).

Listen to the audio clip for “Anywhere But Here” below.

Tamar Braxton releases new single “If I Don’t Have You”

27 May

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Tamar Braxton has released her new single online.

“If I Don’t Have You” is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Streamline Records and Epic Records.

The track was co-written by LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels along with Makeba Riddick, whose other credits include Lion Babe’s “Jump Hi” [Interscope], Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” [Def Jam] and Beyonce’s “Suga Mama” [Columbia].

Production duties were handled by Marcos Palacios and Ernest Clark, who are also responsible for Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” [Republic], Trey Songz’ “Change Your Mind” [Atlantic] and John Legend’s “Made to Love” [Columbia].

Braxton’s upcoming fourth album “Calling All Lovers” – featuring previous promotional cut “Let Me Know” – will hit stores and digital outlets on July 31.

The keenly-awaited project boasts further alliances with Harmony Samuels (Ciara, Kelly Rowland), Tiffany Fred (Zendaya, Jennifer Hudson), Symbolyc One (Madonna, Kanye West) and Al Sherrod Lambert (Fantasia, Ariana Grande).

Listen to the audio clip for “If I Don’t Have You” below.

Jess Glynne shares acoustic version of hit single “My Love”

27 May

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Jess Glynne has shared the acoustic version of “My Love” via her Vevo channel.

The track is slotted for inclusion on the British singer/songwriter’s debut album, “I Cry When I Laugh,” out on August 14 under Atlantic Records.

Production duties on the acoustic version were handled by Steve Mac, whose other credits include Ella Henderson’s “Glow” [Syco Music], Cover Drive’s “Explode” [Polydor Records] and Shakira’s “Empires” [RCA Records].

The original version of “My Love” was performed by British record producer Route 94 with guest vocals by Glynne. The track – now available for download via iTunes – debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Glynne’s debut album “I Cry When I Laugh” also features previous promotional cuts “Hold My Hand” and the Gorgon City-produced “Right Here.”

Knox Brown (Mary J. Blige, Sinead Harnett), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (MNEK, Aston Merrygold), Naughty Boy (Rihanna, Ella Eyre) and Emeli Sande (Katy Perry, Leona Lewis) are among the album’s other collaborators.

On the songwriting front, Glynne has contributed to the next projects by Little Mix [Syco Music], Tinie Tempah [Parlophone Records], Rita Ora [Columbia Records], Labrinth [Syco Music] and M.O. [Operator Records].

Watch the acoustic performance of “My Love” below.

Bonnie McKee unwraps artwork for new EP “Bombastic”

27 May

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Bonnie McKee has unwrapped the artwork for her upcoming EP.

The singer and songwriter is scheduled to release “Bombastic” – featuring 4 new songs including “Wasted Youth,” “Easy” and “I Want It All” – on June 30 via iTunes (US) and all other digital outlets.

Lead single “Bombastic” was co-written by Sean Walsh along with Charlie Puth (Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor) and Axident (Pitbull, Jessie J).

Other musicians backing McKee on the EP are Oliver “Oligee” Goldstein (Ciara, Michelle Branch), Josh Abraham (Shakira, Adam Lambert), Gary Go (Rihanna, Katharine McPhee) and Sam Hollander (Kelly Rowland, Carly Rae Jepsen).

On the songwriting front, McKee’s resume includes works for Katy Perry (“Roar”), Britney Spears (“Hold It Against Me”), Cheryl (“I Don’t Care”), Ellie Goulding (“Under Control”) and Kelly Clarkson (“Bad Reputation”).

She has also collaborated with top producers including Greg Kurstin (Sia, Charli XCX), Max Martin (Usher, Christina Aguilera), Dr. Luke (Kelis, Leona Lewis),  Cirkut (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj) and Benny Blanco (Miguel, Ed Sheeran).

Watch the music video for “Bombastic” below.

Nicki Minaj premieres “The Night is Still Young” music video

27 May

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Nicki Minaj has premiered the music video for her new single online.

The rapper and singer posted the visual clip for “The Night is Still Young” to her Vevo channel on Tuesday (May 26, 2015).

“Still Young” was co-written by Ester Dean (Usher, Christina Aguilera), Theron Thomas of Rock City (Rihanna, Jennifer Hudson), Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson) and Henry “Cirkut” Walter (Rihanna, Katy Perry).

Video treatment was handled by Hannah Lux Davis, whose other credits include David Guetta’s “Hey Mama” [Parlophone], Lea Michele’s “On My Way” [Columbia] and  Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder” [Republic].

Minaj’s latest album “The Pinkprint” – featuring previous singles “Only,” “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself” – is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Cash Money Records and Republic Records.

Watch the music video for “The Night is Still Young” below.

Disclosure, Gregory Porter unleash new single “Holding On”

27 May

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Disclosure have unleashed their new single online.

The British electronic music duo posted the audio clip for “Holding On” to their Vevo channel on Tuesday (May 26, 2015).

“Holding On” – featuring vocals from Gregory Porter – marks the first promotional cut from the group’s upcoming sophomore album under PMR Records in conjunction with Island Records (UK) and Cherrytree Records (US).

The track was written by band members Guy and Howard Lawrence along with regular collaborator Jimmy Napes, whose other credits include Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me” [Capitol] and Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be” [Atlantic].

Disclosure’s debut album, 2013’s “Settle,” debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spawned several hit singles including “Latch,” “White Noise,” “You & Me,” “F for You” and “Voices.”

That collection also featured guest appearances from AlunaGeorge [Island Records], Sinead Harnett [Virgin EMI Records], Jessie Ware [PMR Records], London Grammer [Ministry of Sound] and Sasha Keable [Polydor Records].

In related news, Howard Lawrence of Disclosure has written “Wonderful” for fellow UK singer and songwriter Lianne La Havas along with Matt “Aqualung” Hales. The track is included on Havas’ second studio collection, “Blood,” which will hit stores on July 31 under Warner Bros Records.

Meanwhile, fans of Jimmy Napes’ songwriting and production work should peep the next projects by Alicia Keys [RCA], Ellie Goulding [Polydor], Karen Harding [Capitol] and Eliza Doolittle [Parlophone].

Listen to the audio clip for “Holding On” below.

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