Alicia Keys records new music with IzyBeats, P2J

22 Feb


American singer/songwriter Alicia Keys has recorded new music with P2J and Izy Beats alongside Swizz Beatz and Jamaican recording artist Proteje. It is yet to be known whether this session is intended for a future Proteje release or Keys’ upcoming studio album, “ALICIA.”

IzyBeats production credits include Jorja Smith’s “Be Honest” and Koffee’s “Rapture.” The Jamaican-born, Miami based producer has also contributed to the next projects by Kasai, Ne-Yo, and Claudia Valentina.

Meanwhile, P2J is responsible for producing Beyonce’s “Brown Skin Girl,” Doja Cat’s “Addiction,” Jaz Karis’ “Summer Story,” Miraa May’s “Bad Behaviour,” Snoh Aalegra’s “Situationship,” and Justine Skye’s “Secrets.”


As mentioned in earlier posts, Keys will release her seventh studio album “ALICIA” on March 20 via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

Her current promotional single “Underdog” – which was co-written by Ed Sheeran alongside Johnny McDaid, Amy Wadge, Jonny Coffer, and Foy Vance – is now available via Apple Music and all other digital streaming outlets.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Here” reportedly boasts additional songwriting contributions from Tricky Stewart, Pierre Medor, Jeremiah Bethea, Emeli Sande, Linda Perry, Jimmy Napes, Arrow Benjamin, and Fred Ball.

Watch the music video for “Underdog” below.


Mabel reunites with Kamille, Steve Mac for new single “Boyfriend”

21 Feb


Mabel has announced the details for her new single.

The British-Swedish singer/songwriter (born Mabel Alabama McVey) dubbed “Boyfriend” as her next promotional cut and will release it on February 26 via Apple Music and all other digital streaming outlets.

The track was co-written by Camille “Kamille” Purcell and Steven “Steve Mac” McCutcheon, who previously teamed up with Mabel on hit singles “Don’t Call Me Up” (UK No. 3) and “Mad Love” (UK No. 8).

Mabel’s debut studio album, 2019’s “High Expectations,” peaked to number three on the UK Albums Chart and spawned productions from Dre Skull (“Bad Behaviour”), Al Shux (“We Don’t Say”), Fraser T. Smith (“Selfish Love”), Josh Crocker (“Not Saying”) and Snakehips (“Stockholm Syndrome”).

Watch the music video for “Mad Love” below.

Jojo confirms details for new album “Good to Know”

21 Feb


Jojo has confirmed the details for her upcoming album.

The American singer/songwriter christened her fourth studio collection “Good to Know” and will release it in Spring 2020 via Warner Records.

Current promotional single “Sabotage” – which co-written by fellow recording artist Merna Bishouty alongside Dan Wilson, Sir Dylan, and Doc McKinney – is now available via Apple Music and all other digital streaming outlets.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Mad Love” reportedly features additional contributions from Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Nat Dunn, AC Burrell, Diane Warren, Malay, Stacy Barthe, Jamie Hartman, Diana Gordon, Sebastian Kole, Isabella Kearney-Nurse, Oak Felder, Lowell, Max Wolfgang, Lil Eddie, and Stint.

In related news, Louise Redknapp’s latest album “Heavy Love” features a song entitled “Wonder Woman,” which Jojo wrote alongside Nikki Flores and Josh Munroe. The album peaked to number eleven on the UK Albums Chart.

Watch the music video for “Sabotage” below.

Lost Girl signs deal with Island Records UK

21 Feb


Lost Girl has signed a new deal with Island Records UK.

“I’m so happy to able to finally announce that I signed my first RECORD deal with @islandrecordsuk about 9 months ago. Anyone who knows me will know I’ve worked my entire life to get to this point, I’ve been singing since I came out the womb, but I never ever gave up. I had a dream and made it a reality,” the British singer/songwriter posted to Instagram.

The Universal Music Group imprint is also home to other artists including Ariana Grande, Drake, Ella Eyre, Hailee Steinfeld, Jaden Smith, Kid Kudi, Miraa May, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone, Ray BLK, Sean Paul, and The Weeknd.

Among the songwriters and producers Lost Girl has worked with are Ed Thomas, Celetia Martin, Bless Beats, Katy B, Okan, Joel Compass, Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Simon Jonasson, Alana Maria, Robin Danielsson, Nia V, Sean1da, Nastylgia, Aida Lae, Joel Malka, and PJ Pipe It Up.

Lost Girl’s debut (and yet-to-be-announced) debut single is scheduled to arrive by the end of this month via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Kelis confirms new EP release for 2020

19 Feb


According to a recent interview with SSENCE, American singer, songwriter and chef Kelis is scheduled to release her new EP later this year.

Among the songwriters and producers Kelis worked with on this project are Uzoechi “MNEK” Emenike (Kara Marni, Ella Eyre), Daniel “Grades” Traynor (Dua Lipa, Lianne La Havas), Rowan “Loxe” Perkinson (Sinead Harnett, Tamera Foster) and Dayo “Dyo” Olatunji (Lauren Jauregui, David Guetta).

Kelis’ last studio album, the David Andrew Sitek-produced “Food,” debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned two singles in the shape of “Jerk Ribs” and “Rumble.”

She also provided guest vocals on the track “Back and Forth,” taken from Italian DJ Giorgio Moroder’s fourteenth studio album, “Deja Vu,” which was released in 2015 via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

Stream the audio clip for “Back and Forth” below.

Kara Marni drafts ADP, Daecolm for new collaboration

19 Feb

Kara Marni has drafted Amish “ADP” Patel and Daecolm for a new collaboration.

ADP recently co-produced and co-wrote “We Made It” for Louis Tomlinson alongside Levi Lennox, John Henry Ryan, and Julian Bunetta. The track appears on Tomlinson’s debut solo album, “Walls,” which peaked to number nine on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Meanwhile, Daecolm’s songwriting credits include Chris Brown’s “Bite My Tongue” and Mario’s “Drowning.” His most recent project ‘Figures” – featuring eight new tracks in the shape of “Flashing Lights,” “Cadillac ’95,” “Swervin,” “Loud,” “Righteous,” “Three,” “Neon” and “Sex Birds” – is out now via iTunes, Apple Music, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Marni is currently working on her upcoming third project under Access Records, which serves as the follow-up to 2018’s “Love Just Ain’t Enough” and 2019’s “No Logic.”

The still-untitled collection reportedly features productions from Invisible Men, Cadenza, Phil Cook, Mojam, Che Pope, Grades, Loxe, Mike Woods, Goldfingers, Jay Mooncie, Mnek, Preditah, and Sons of Sonix.

On the songwriting front, Marni has worked with Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett, Dayyon Alexander, Sam Harper, Autumn Rowe, Nadine Samuels, Carmen Reece, Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Philip Plested, and Chiara Hunter.

Stream “Figures” below.

The Weeknd releases new single “After Hours”

19 Feb

Canadian singer, songwriter, and record producer The Weeknd (born Abel Tesfaye) has released his new single online.

“After Hours” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was written by The Weeknd alongside Ahmad Balshe, Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese, Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville, and Mario Winans.

The Weeknd’s upcoming studio album “After Hours” – featuring previous single “Heartless” – is scheduled to arrive on March 20 via Republic Records.

Stream the audio clip for “After Hours” below.