[Musicians’ Galore] Arnthor Birgisson

26 Jul


Arnthor Birgisson is an Icelandic/Swedish songwriter and producer.

He is known for his works with Selena Gomez (“Write Your Name”), Leona Lewis (“My Hands”), Shontelle (“Impossible”), Vanessa Hudgens (“Say OK”), Enrique Iglesias (“Wish I Was Your Lover”), Shayne Ward (“No U Hang Up”), Paula DeAnda (“Roll the Credits”), and Danity Kane (“Stay with Me”).

Along with fellow musician Anders Bagge, Birgisson has helmed international hit singles for Janet Jackson (“All Nite”), Samantha Mumba (“Gotta Tell You”), Jessica Simpson (“Irresistible”), Honeyz (“Won’t Take it Lying Down”), and Jennifer Lopez (“Love Don’t Cost a Thing”).

Other artists Birgisson has collaborated with are Carlos Santana, Britney Spears, Delta Goodrem, Bebe Rexha, Christina Milian, Tina Arena, Nadine Coyle, Celine Dion, Tiaan Williams, Rachel “Raye” Keen, Nikki Williams, Ronan Keating, Agnes Carlsson, Kim Cesarion, and Tove Styrke.

On the production front, Birgisson co-helmed songs with Max Martin, Rami Yacoub, Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson, Andreas “Quiz” Romdhane, Joel Pott, Mughal “ISHI” Eshraque, Gary Clark, Andrew Frampton, Sandy Vee, Paul Herman, Gary Go, Achraf “AJ Junior” Janussi, and Gordon Chambers.

On the songwriting front, Birgisson co-penned songs with Cathy Dennis, Makeba Riddick, Karen Poole, Shelly Poole, Lindy Robbins, Kara DioGuardi, Pam Sheyne, Angela Hunte, Michelle Bell, Ina Wroldsen, Erika Nuri, Julie Frost, Maegan Cottone, Ana Diaz, Negin Djafari, Savan Kotecha, Wayne Hector, Sean Garrett, Iain James, Ali Tennant, Bilal Hajji, and Sean Douglas.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Arnthor Birgisson’s work!

[Musicians’ Galore] Ariel Rechtshaid

24 Jul


Ariel Rechtshaid is an American record producer, audio engineer, mixing engineer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter.

His production and songwriting credits include Plain White T’s (“Hey There Delilah”), Madonna (“Living for Love”), Usher (“Climax”), Adele (“When We Were Young”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“All That”), Sky Ferreira (“Everything is Embarrassing”), Charli XCX (“You’re the One”), and HAIM (“Falling”).

Rechtshaid’s extensive resume boasts further works with Kelela (“Rewind”), Justin Bieber (“Thought of You”), Kylie Minogue (“If Only”), Rae Morris (“Don’t Go”), Beyonce (“Ring Off”), and Major Lazer (“You’re No Good”).

He also worked with top songwriters such as Sia Furler, Jeremiah “Nugget” Raisen, The-Dream, Angela Hunte, Noonie Bao, Eric Bellinger, Nate Campany, Tish Hyman, Elijah Blake, Kid Harpoon, and Tobias Jesso Jr.

Amongst the fellow producers Rechtshaid has teamed up with are Devonte Hynes, Justin Raisen, Toby Gad, Rick Nowels, Diplo, ROSTAM, Daniel Nigro, BURNS, Dimitri Tikovoi, Jesse Shatkin, and DJ Dahi.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Ariel Rechtshaid’s work!

Sam Smith hits the studio with Malay for new album?

23 Jul


Sam Smith has recorded new music with James “Malay” Ho.

The hit songwriter and record producer is known for his works with John Legend (“Green Light”), Frank Ocean (“Lost”), Goapele (“Undertow”), Alicia Keys (“One Thing”), and Stacy Barthe (“War IV Love”).

His recent credits include Thirdstory’s “G Train” [Verve], Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things” [Def Jam], Zayn Malik’s “It’s You” [RCA], Raury’s “Trap Tears” [Columbia], and Tori Kelly’s “Talk” [Capitol].

Meanwhile, Smith is currently recording new music for his upcoming sophomore album under Method Records and Capitol Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly boasts productions and songwriting contributions from Jimmy Napes (Madonna, Ellie Goulding), Levi Lennox (Miguel, Becky Hill), and Mark Taylor (Enrique Iglesias, Kylie Minogue).

Smith’s first studio collection, 2014’s “In the Lonely Hour,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not the Only One.”

Watch the music video for “Lay Me Down” below.

Phantogram unleash music video for new single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore”

23 Jul


Phantogram have unleashed the music video for their new single online.

The electronic rock duo posted the Grant Singer-directed clip for “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” to their Vevo channel on Thursday (July 21, 2016).

The track was co-written by group members Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel along with Dan Wilson, who also worked with Adele (“Someone Like You”), Pink (“The Great Escape”), John Legend (“You & I”), and Rae Morris (“Unguarded”).

Production duties on “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” were handled by Ricky Reed, who recently helmed songs for Meghan Trainor (“No”), Andy Black (“We Don’t Have to Dance”) and Fitz and the Tantrums (“Handclap”).

Phantogram’s upcoming third studio collection “Three” is scheduled to arrive on September 16 via Universal Music Group / Republic Records.

Watch the music video for “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” below.

Imani Williams premieres music video for new single “Don’t Need No Money”

23 Jul


Imani Williams has premiered the music video for her new single online.

The singer-songwriter posted the visual clip for “Don’t Need No Money” – featuring Sigala and Blonde – to her Vevo channel on Thursday (July 21, 2016).

Video treatment was handled by Carly Cussen, who also worked with the likes of Craig David (“One More Time”), Keke Palmer (“No Enemiez”), Lady Leshurr (“Where Are You Now?”), and Karen Harding (“Say Something”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Williams’ first studio collection is expected to be released later this year through Sony Music Entertainment UK.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers contributions from Electric, Ali Tennant, TMS, Becky Hill, Red Triangle, Chelcee Grimes, Bless Beats, Joy Deb, Tre Jean-Marie, and Michael Angelo.

Watch the music video for “Don’t Need No Money” below.

Colbie Caillat schedules release date for new album “The Malibu Sessions”

23 Jul


Colbie Caillat has scheduled the release date for her new album.

The singer-songwriter will release “The Malibu Sessions” on October 7th via Universal Music Group / Republic Records.

Lead single “Goldmine” – now available for download via iTunes – was co-written by Kara DioGuardi, Taylor Berrett, and Jason Reeves of High Dive Heart.

Other musicians backing Caillat on the follow-up to 2014’s “Gypsy Heart” are Toby Gad (Beyonce, Alicia Keys), John Shanks (Miley Cyrus, Lea Michele), and Rune Westberg (Prince Royce, Adam Lambert).

Peep the tracklisting “The Malibu Sessions” below.

(1) Gypsy Heart / (2) Goldmine / (3) Cruisin’ / (4) Like Tomorrow Never Comes / (5) Only You / (6) Good Thing / (7) Runnin / (8) Never Got Away / (9) Don’t Wanna Love You / (10) In Love Again / (11) Now

DAKOTA signs new deal with Virgin EMI Records

21 Jul


Singer-songwriter DAKOTA has signed a new deal with Virgin EMI Records in partnership with 70Hz Recordings.

The Universal Music Group imprint also houses artists including Emeli Sande, MNEK, Bastille, Halsey, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Alessia Cara, Martin Garrix, DJ Mustard, Camille Purcell, and many others.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Grammy award winning record producer and songwriter Fraser T. Smith will handle executive production duties on DAKOTA’s upcoming first studio collection.

The still-untitled project reportedly boasts further productions from Future Cut (Rita Ora), Josh Record (Dua Lipa), Luke Potashnick (Gabrielle Aplin), Bless Beats (Jess Glynne), and Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran).

On the songwriting front, DAKOTA has teamed up with Amy Wadge (Fleur East), Karen Poole (Becky Hill), Laura Dockrill (Karen Harding), Maiday (Jessie Ware), Ed Drewett (Olly Murs), and Alex James (Katharine McPhee).

Watch an exclusive live performance of “Fast Car” below.

Colbie Caillat announces details for new single

21 Jul


Colbie Caillat has announced the details for her new single.

The singer-songwriter christened “Goldmine” as the first promotional cut from her upcoming fifth album “The Malibu Sessions” and will release it on July 22.

“Goldmine” was written by Colbie Caillat along with Kara DioGuardi, Taylor Berrett, and Jason Reeves of High Dive Heart.

As mentioned in earlier posts, “The Malibu Sessions” is expected to arrive later this year through Universal Music Group / Republic Records.

The highly anticipated project boasts further contributions from Toby Gad (Beyonce, Alicia Keys), John Shanks (Miley Cyrus, Lea Michele), and Rune Westberg (Prince Royce, Adam Lambert).

Caillat’s previous studio collection, 2014’s “Gypsy Heart,” peaked to number seventeen on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned the Babyface-produced singles “Try” and “Just Like That.”

Preview “The Malibu Sessions” below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Andrea Martin

20 Jul


Andrea Martin is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

Her debut album “Best of You” – featuring the Rodney Jerkins-produced “Let Me Return the Favor” – was released in 1998 via Arista Records.

Along with fellow songwriter Ivan Matias, Martin has penned hit singles for Angie Stone (“Wish I Didn’t Miss You”), Blu Cantrell (“Breathe”), En Vogue (“Don’t Let Go”), SWV (“You’re the One”), Tracie Spencer (“Still in My Heart”), Kristine Blond (“Teach Him”), and Another Level (“Be Alone No More”).

Martin’s extensive resume boasts further works with Monica (“Before You Walk Out of My Life”), Toni Braxton (“I Love Me Some Him”), Fantasia (“Lose to Win”), Jennifer Hudson (“I Still Love You”), Leona Lewis (“Better in Time”), Melanie Fiona (“It Kills Me”), Mary J. Blige (“Feel Inside”), Daley (“Blame the World”), Treasure Davis (“Someone New”), and Jordin Sparks (“It Takes More”).

She also collaborated with top producers including Soulshock & Karlin, Naughty Boy, RedOne, Swizz Beatz, Cutfather, Jonas Jeberg, Kasper Larsen, Stargate, Jack Splash, Harmony Samuels, Jonathan Rotem, Future Cut, Shea Taylor, Carlos McKinney, Lucas Secon, Jonny Coffer, Arnthor Birgisson, Jesse Wilson, Steve Robson, Chuck Harmony, Fraser T. Smith, Gorgon City, Espionage, Supa Dups, and Chris Loco.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Andrea Martin’s work!

Izzy Bizu hints at new collaboration with Naughty Boy

20 Jul


Izzy Bizu has hinted at a new collaboration with Naughty Boy.

“Jamming a bit of Marvin Gaye with @NaughtyBoyMusic,” the British singer-songwriter tweeted on Tuesday (July 20, 2016).

Naughty Boy’s debut studio collection, “Hotel Cabana,” was released in 2013 via Virgin EMI Records. That collection peaked to number two on the UK Albums Chart and spawned singles including “La La La” and “Lifted.”

The hitmaker – born Shahid Khan – also co-penned and produced songs for Rihanna (“Half of Me”), Leona Lewis (“Trouble”), Mary J. Blige (“Pick Me Up”), Jess Glynne (“Saddest Vanilla”), and Emeli Sande (“Heaven”).

Meanwhile, Bizu is scheduled to release her first album “A Moment of Madness” – featuring singles “Give Me Love,” “White Together” and “Mad Behavior” – on September 22 via Sony Music Entertainment UK.

The keenly awaited project boasts contributions from Mika Barroux, Justin Broad, Paul Herman, Ian Barter, John Beck, Steven Chrisanthou, James Hogarth, Adam Argyle, Luke Juby, Jonny Lattimer, and HONNE.

Watch the music video for “White Tiger” below.


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