Archive | April, 2013

Rita Ora debuts music video for ‘Facemelt’

30 Apr

Rita Ora has debuted the music video for “Facemelt.”

The track is included on the British singer/songwriter’s debut album, “ORA,” out now via Sony Music Entertainment / Roc Nation / Columbia Records.

“Facemelt” was co-written by James Fauntleroy, whose recent credits include “Suit & Tie” by Justin Timberlake featuring Jay-Z [RCA Records] and “Get it Over With” by Rihanna [SRP / Island Def Jam Recordings].

Production duties were handled by David “Switch” Taylor, who is also responsible for “Slower” by Brandy [RCA Records], “Sugar” by Kerli [Island Def Jam Recordings] and “Pirate in the Water” by Santigold [Atlantic Records].

[Watch] Rita Ora – Facemelt

Mika, Ariana Grande premiere music video for ‘Popular Song’

30 Apr

Mika has premiered the music video for his new single online.

“Popular Song” – which features Aria Grande – marks the fifth promotional single from the British singer/songwriter’s latest album, “The Origin of Love,” out now via Universal Music Group / Island Records.

The track was co-written Mathieu “Billboard” Jomphe and Stephen Schwartz along with Priscilla Renea Hamilton, whose credits include “Don’t Wake Me Up” by Chris Brown [RCA Records], “Gang Bang” by Madonna [Interscope Records] and “Don’t Mind” by Mary J. Blige [Geffen Records].

Production duties were handled by Mika along with frequent collaborator Greg Wells, who is also responsible for singles “Waking Up in Vegas” by Katy Perry [Capitol Records], “Beautiful Soul” by Jesse McCartney [Hollywood Records] and “I Do Not Hook Up” by Kelly Clarkson [RCA Records].

Toni Estes records new album with Bryan Michael Cox

30 Apr

Toni Estes

Toni Estes has started the process of recording her upcoming as-yet-untitled sophomore album, which serves as the follow-up to 2000’s “Two*Eleven.”

Production on the new collection is headed by Bryan Michael Cox, who previously teamed up with Estes on the “Two*Eleven” tracks “Told Me,” “Let Me Know,” “She Already” and “She Can’t.”

He also contributed to the next projects by Usher [Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records], Mariah Carey [Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Recordings] and Tamar Braxton [Sony Music Entertainment / Epic Records].

As a songwriter, Estes has collaborated with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels on the tracks “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” “If I Told You That” and “Get It Back” – taken from Whitney Houston’s 2008’s release “My Love is Your Love” [Sony Music Entertainment / Arista Records].

Little Boots releases music video for new single ‘Broken Record’

30 Apr

Little Boots has released the music video for her new single online.

“Broken Record” – produced by Tim Goldsworthy – marks the fourth promotional single from the singer/songwriter’s upcoming sophomore album, “Nocturnes,” which will be released in the United Kingdom on May 6 via On Repeat Records.

The track was written by Victoria “Little Boots” Hesketh along with Rick Nowels, whose credits include “Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Rey [Interscope Records], “No Freedom” by Dido [RCA Records] and “End of the World” by Nelly Furtado [Mosley Music Group / Interscope Records].

“Nocturnes” serves as the follow-up to 2009’s “Hands.” That release peaked at number five on the UK Albums Chart. It also delivered three hit singles in the shape of “New in Town,” “Earthquake” and “Remedy.”

Chris Brown schedules release date for new album ‘X’

30 Apr

Chris Brown has scheduled the release date for his upcoming sixth album.

The R&B singer/songwriter will release “X” in the United States on July 16 via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

Lead single “Fine China” was helmed by Amber “Sevyn” Streeter (Jordin Sparks, Fantasia Barrino), Eric Bellinger (Christina Milian, Usher Raymond) and Leon “RoccStar” Youngblood (Rita Ora, Keri Hilson).

Other tracks slotted for inclusion on “X” – which serves as the follow-up to 2012’S “Fortune” – are “Autumn Leaves,” “Lady in Glass Dress” and “Add Me In.”

For the new collection, Brown has also collaborated with Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley, Nathaniel “Danja” Hills, Jean Baptiste Kouame, Ernest “Tuo” Clark, Marcos “Kosine” Palacios, Thomas “Diplo” Pentz, and Darhyl “DJ” Camper.

Dido premieres music video for new single ‘End of Night’

29 Apr

Dido - Girl Who Got Away

Dido has premiered the music video for her new single online.

“End of Night” is taken from the British singer/songwriter’s fourth studio album, “Girl Who Got Away,” out now via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

The track was co-written and produced by Greg Kurstin, who is also responsible for singles “True Love” by Pink [Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records] and “I Was a Fool” by Tegan and Sara [Warner Bros. Records].

“Girl Who Got Away” – which serves as the follow-up to 2008’s “Safe Trip Home” – yields further productions and songwriting collaborations with Lester Mendez (Shakira, Enrique Iglesias), Rick Nowels (Shaznay Lewis, Craig David) and Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce Knowles, Lana Del Rey).

Pink teams with Lily Rose Cooper, Greg Kurstin on new single

29 Apr

Pink

Pink has announced the details for her new single.

The singer/songwriter – real name Alecia Moore – will release “True Love” as the fourth promotional single from her latest album, “The Truth About Love,” out now via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

Pink wrote the track – which features Lily Rose Cooper – along with frequent collaborator Greg Kurstin, whose recent credits include “Standing on the Sun” by Beyonce Knowles [Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia Records] and “End of Night” by Dido [Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records].

“The Truth About Love” boasts further contributions from Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Alicia Keys), Emile Haynie (Lana Del Rey, Florence Welch), Martin “Max Martin” Sandberg (Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears), Karl “Shellback” Schuster (Mike Posner, Carrie Underwood), Francis “Eg” White (Rebecca Ferguson, Natalia Imbruglia) and John Hill (Shakira, Natasha Bedingfield).

Meanwhile, Kurstin has confirmed further productions and songwriting placements on the next projects by The Bird and the Bee [Blue Note Records], Kylie Minogue [Parlophone Records], Mikky Ekko [RCA Records], Neon Hitch [Reprise Records], Katy Perry [Capitol Records], Bonnie McPhee [Epic Records], Sky Ferreira [Capitol Records] and Kelly Clarkson [RCA Records].

Celine Dion hits the studio with Francis “Eg” White on new album teaser

29 Apr

Celine Dion has released a new teaser for her upcoming English studio album, which serves as the follow-up 2007’s “Taking Chances.”

The new collection – tentatively entitled “Water and a Flame” – is scheduled to be released in October via Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia Records.

Among the songwriters and producers backing the Dion on the highly-anticipated project are Francis “Eg” White, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Fraser T. Smith, Emanuel Kiriakou, Andrew Goldstein, and Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith.

Stooshe confirm official tracklisting, songwriting credits for debut album ‘London with the Lights On’

28 Apr

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Stooshe have confirmed the official tracking and songwriting credits for their upcoming debut album, “London with the Lights On,” which is due on May 27 via Warner Music Group / Future Cut Recordings / Warner Bros. Records.

The highly-anticipated project – previously entitled “Swings and Roundabouts” – was executively produced by Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalola of British songwriting and production duo Future Cut, whose credits include artists such as Lily Rose Cooper [Parlophone Records], Melanie Fiona [Republic Records], Pixie Lott [Mercury Records] and Nicole Scherzinger [Interscope Records].

In addition to lead singles “Black Heart” and “Slip,” the project will boast songwriting contributions from Joanna “Jo” Perry, Mo Brandis, Andrea Martin, Inara George, Ed Drewett, Shaznay Lewis, Lindy Robbins and Chris Braide.

Stooshe – London with the Lights On [Official Tracklisting]:
“Slip” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Mo Brandis, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Love Me (featuring Travie McCoy)” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Karis Anderson, Alexandra Buggs, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Black Heart” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Shaznay Lewis, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Jimmy” – (Jonanna “Jo” Perry, Lindy Robbins, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“My Man Music” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Diana Barrand, Karis Anderson, Alexandra Buggs, Courtney Rumbold, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Kiss Chase” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Ed Drewett, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Round 2” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Mo Brandis, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Hoochi Mama” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Diana Barrand, Courtney Rumbold, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Your Own Kind of Beautiful” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Inara George, Chris Braide).
“Put the Kettle On” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Mo Brandis, David Lander, Tom Maine, Harry Tarlton).
“Perfectly Wrong” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Inara George, Chris Braide).
“See Me Like This” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Andrea Martin, Jack McManus, Blair MacKichan, Karis Anderson, Alexandra Buggs, Courtney Rumbold, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Fly Again” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Mo Brandis, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Turning Me On” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Mo Brandis, Thom Bell, Obi Ebele, Ben Ebele, Linda Epstein).
“Ain’t No Other Me” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Leon Thomas, Scotty Granger, Brian Judah, Roahn Hylton).
“Inbred City” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).
“Shame” – (Joanna “Jo” Perry, Darren Lewis, Tunde Babalola).

Livvi Franc teams with Ali Tamposi, Rich Skillz for new song ‘Gasoline’

28 Apr

Livvi Franc has posted a new song online.

The Barbadian singer/songwriter – real name Olivia Waithe – has uploaded “Gasoline” to her official SoundCloud page.

The track was written by Franc along with Ali Tamposi, whose credits include “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” by Kelly Clarkson [RCA Records], “Can’t Live in a World” by Cover Drive [Polydor Records] and “Save the Hero” by Beyonce Knowles [Parkwood Entertainment / Columbia Records].

Production duties were handled by Rich “Rich Skillz” Velonskis, who is also responsible for “Ultimate Satisfaction” by Ludacris [Disturbing tha Peace / Def Jam Records], “Make U Love Me” by Robin Thicke [Universal Music Group / Interscope Records] and “369” by Cupid [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records].

Meanwhile, fans of Livvi Franc’s songwriting should keep an eye on the next projects by Jordin Sparks [RCA Records], Melanie Amaro [Epic Records], Demi Lovato [Hollywood Records], Ciara [Epic Records], Priyanka Chopra [Interscope Records] and Juliet Simms [Republic Records].