Archive | March, 2014

Kandace Springs taps Andre Harris for debut album

31 Mar

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Singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs is scheduled to collaborate with Andre Harris for her upcoming debut album.

As previously reported, the still-untitled project is expected to be released later this year via SRP Music Group / Blue Note / Capitol Records.

Harris has previously teamed up with artists including Mariah Carey [Island Records], Alicia Keys [RCA Records], Ciara [Epic Records], Robin Thicke [Interscope Records] and Toni Braxton [Motown Records].

Some of his recent songwriting and production credits are “Don’t Make Me Wait” by LeToya Luckett [eOne Music], “Be” by Daley [Republic Records] and “Confident” by Justin Bieber [Island Def Jam Recordings].

Other hitmakers backing Springs on the highly-anticipated release are Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge (Chris Brown, Eric Bellinger), Jack Splash (Pixie Lott, Britney Spears) and James Poyser (Erykah Badu, Mack Wilds).

Watch the music video for “Love Got in the Way” below.

Rita Ora premieres “I Will Never Let You Down” music video

31 Mar

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Rita Ora has premiered the music video for her new single online.

“I Will Never Let You Down” marks the first promotional single from the singer/songwriter’s upcoming sophomore album.

The still-untitled project – which serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “ORA” – is scheduled for release later this year via Roc Nation / Columbia Records.

Video treatment for “Never Let You Down” was handled by Francesco Carrozzini, whose credits include Beyonce’s “Jealous” [Columbia Records] and Banks’ “Waiting Game” [Capitol Records].

Production-wise, the track was helmed by Scottish hitmaker Calvin Harris, who also worked with the likes of Leona Lewis [Syco Music], Kylie Minogue [Parlophone Records] and Rihanna [Island Def Jam Recordings].

Other musicians backing the “Radioactive” star on the new album are Thomas “Diplo” Pentz (Tinie Tempah, Chris Brown), Dave “Diplo” Switch (Brandy, Christina Aguilera) and Daniel “DJ Fresh” Stein (RaVaughn, Ellie Goulding).

Watch the music video for “I Will Never Let You Down” below.

Alicia Keys unleashes new single “It’s On Again”

31 Mar

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Alicia Keys has unleashed her new single online.

“It’s On Again” – which features Kendrick Lamar – is lifted from the upcoming motion picture soundtrack, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” out on September 22 via Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia Records.

The track was produced by Pharrell Williams, whose recent credits include Kylie Minogue’s “I Was Gonna Cancel” [Parlophone Records] and Jennifer Hudson’s “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” [RCA Records].

He also worked on the next projects by Tori Kelly [Capitol Records], Usher [RCA Records], Stacy Barthe [Motown Records], Jessie J [Republic Records], Ed Sheeran [Atlantic Records] and Leah LaBelle [Epic Records].

Meanwhile, Alicia is currently working on her upcoming sixth studio album, which is expected to be released later this year via RCA Records.

The highly-anticipated collection serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “Girl on Fire,” which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Listen to “It’s On Again” below.

Dev unveils music video for new single “Kiss It”

31 Mar

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Dev has unveiled the music video for her new single online.

“Kiss It” – which features Sage the Gemini – marks the first promotional single from the singer/songwriter’s upcoming sophomore album.

The track was co-written by Eric Bellinger, whose credits include Chris Brown’s “Fine China” [RCA Records], Marcus Canty’s “In and Out” [Epic Records] and Sevyn Streeter’s “Sex in the Ceiling” [Atlantic Records].

Production duties were handled by Chauncey “Hit-Boy” Hollis, who is also responsible for Beyonce’s “XO” [Columbia Records], Rihanna’s “Watch ‘N Learn” [Island Records] and Kelly Rowland’s “Lay it On Me” [Republic Records].

Dev’s upcoming as-yet-untitled release serves as the follow-up to 2011’s “The Night the Sun Came Up.” That collection delivered three hit singles in the shape of “Bass Down Low,” “In the Dark” and “Naked.”

Watch the music video for “Kiss It” below.

Katy B announces new single “Still”

30 Mar

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Katy B has announced the details of her new single.

The British singer/songwriter – born Kathleen Anne Brien – christened “Still” as the next promotional single from her latest album, “Little Red,” out now via Sony Music Entertainment / Rinse / Columbia Records.

The track was written by Katy B along with Gordon Warren and Fraser T. Smith, whose recent credits include Birdy’s “Standing in the Way of Light” [Atlantic Records] and Ellie Goulding’s “Hearts without Chains” [Polydor Records].

He also worked on the next albums by Sam Smith [PMR Records], Ella Eyre [Virgin EMI Records], Kwabs [Atlantic Records], Tori Kelly [Capitol Records], Bebe Rexha [Warner Bros. Records] and Charli XCX [Asylum Records].

“Still” serves as the follow-up to previous release “Crying for No Reason,” which peaked at number five on the Official UK Singles Chart.

In addition to Smith and Warren, “Little Red” boasts further contributions from Al Shux (Leona Lewis, Ella Henderson), The Invisible Men (Conor Maynard, Nicola Roberts) and Guy Chambers (Kylie Minogue, Robbie Williams).

Watch the music video for “What Love is Made Of” below.

Sam Smith releases “Stay with Me” music video

28 Mar

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Sam Smith has released the music video for his new single online.

“Stay with Me” marks the second promotional single from the British singer/songwriter’s upcoming debut album, “In the Lonely Hour,” out on May 26 via Universal Music Group / PMR / Capitol Records.

The track – which serves as the follow-up to “Money on My Mind” – was written by Sam Smith along with James Napier and William “Tourist” Phillips.

“In the Lonely Hour” is confirmed to boast further allianes from Richard “Biff” Stannard (Lana Del Rey, Kylie Minogue), Two Inch Punch (Jessie Ware, Ella Eyre) and Rodney Jerkins (Beyonce Knowles, Michael Jackson).

Watch the music video for “Stay with Me” below.

Birdy unveils music video for new single “Words as Weapons”

28 Mar

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Birdy has unveiled the music video for her new single online.

“Words as Weapons” marks the fourth promotional single from the British singer/songwriter’s latest album, “Fire Within,” out now via Atlantic Records.

The track was written by Birdy – born Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde – along with Ryan Tedder, who also teamed up with the artist on hit single “Wings.”

Fans of his songwriting and production work should also look forward to the next albums by Ariana Grande [Republic Records], Taylor Swift [Big Machine Records], Adele [XL Recordings] and Colbie Caillat [Republic Records].

Meanwhile, Birdy’s new album “Fire Within” boasts further contributions from Fraser T. Smith (Kwabs, Sam Smith), Kid Harpoon (Shakira, Jessie Ware) and John Hill (Christina Aguilera, Natasha Bedingfield).

Watch the music video for “Words as Weapons” below.