Archive | December, 2014

Max Martin, Savan Kotecha grace debut album by Tori Kelly

31 Dec


Tori Kelly has teamed with Savan Kotecha and Max Martin for her debut album.

The songwriting and production duo are responsible Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” with Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj [Republic Records], Jennifer Lopez’s “First Love” [Capitol Records] and Christina Aguilera’s “Your Body” [RCA Records].

Martin and Kotecha also worked with Britney Spears (“I Wanna Go”), Justin Bieber (“Beauty and a Beat”), Usher (“Scream”), Leona Lewis (“Out of My Head”), Cher Lloyd (“With Ur Love”) and Cassadee Pope (“Easier to Lie”).

As mentioned in previous posts, Kelly will release her highly-anticipated debut album in early 2015 via Universal Music Group / Capitol Records.

The still-untitled project is executive-produced by Scooter Braun, who’s also overseeing the careers of Ariana Grande [Republic Records], Carly Rae Jepsen [Interscope Records] and Madison Beer [Island Records].

Other album contributors include Rodney Jerkins (Brandy, Toni Braxton), Fraser T. Smith (Adele, CeeLo Green), Oren Yoel (Miley Cyrus, Stacy Barthe), Ed Sheeran (Jessie Ware, Hilary Duff) and Pharrell (Beyonce, Gwen Stefani).

In related news, Kelly recently provided guest vocals for Professor Green’s hit single “Lullaby” [Virgin EMI Records]. The Ina Wroldsen-assisted / Chris Loco-produced track peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart.

Watch an acoustic performance for “Funny” below. The song was written by Tori Kelly along with Claude Kelly and Chuck Harmony.

Salaam Remi hints at new Mack Wilds album

31 Dec


Salaam Remi has hinted at a new album by Mack Wilds.

“@MackWilds new joints Gon make ya summer ‘15” the record producer and songwriter tweeted on Tuesday (December 30, 2014).

Remi served as executive-producer for Wilds’ debut album, “New York: A Love Story,” which was released on 30 September 2013 via Larger Than Life Records.

That collection peaked at number 28 on the US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart and delivered four singles in the shape of “Own It,” “Henny,” “Remember the Time,” and my personal favorite, “My Crib.”


On the production front, Remi confirmed further placements on the next projects by Jazmine Sullivan (“Reality Show” – RCA), Kat Dahlia (“My Garden” – Epic) and Jordin Sparks (“Right Here, Right Now” – Larger Than Life).

The legendary hitmaker recently co-wrote and produced “Hard Work” for British singer/songwriter Ella Henderson. The track appears on the artist’s debut album, “Chapter One,” out now via iTunes in partnership with Syco Music.

Watch the music video for “Don’t Turn Me Down” below.


Ne-Yo shoots “Coming With You” music video with Colin Tilley

29 Dec


Ne-Yo has confirmed plans to shoot the music video for his new single.

“Coming With You” is lifted from the singer, songwriter and record producer’s sixth album, “Non-Fiction,” out on January 27 via Motown Records.

Production duties on “Coming With You” were handled by Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate, who previously teamed with Ne-Yo on hit singles including “So Sick,” “Sexy Love,” “Miss Independent” and “Closer.”

Award winning music video director Colin Tilley will be responsible for the song’s video treatment. His resume includes works for Nicki Minaj (“Anaconda”), Cheryl (“Crazy Stupid Love”) and Jason Derulo (“Talk Dirty”).

Meanwhile, fans of Ne-Yo’s poignant songwriting should keep an eye on the next projects by Rihanna [Roc Nation], Keri Hilson [Interscope Records], Sevyn Streeter [Atlantic Records] and Gabi Wilson [RCA Records].

His notable credits include Celine Dion’s “Thank You” [Columbia Records], Leona Lewis’ “I’m You” [Syco Music], Jessica Sanchez’s “Plastic Roses” [Interscope Records] and LeToya Luckett’s “Not Anymore” [Capitol Records].

Watch the lyric video for “Coming With You” below.

DJ Fresh, Ella Eyre premiere music video for new single “Gravity”

25 Dec

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DJ Fresh has premiered the music video for his new single online.

The British electronic music producer posted the visual clip for “Gravity” to his official YouTube page on Wednesday (December 24, 2014).

“Gravity” features vocals from singer/songwriter Ella Eyre, who previously teamed with other musicians including Rudimental (“Waiting All Night”), Sigma (“Changing”) and Naughty Boy (“Think About It”).

The tracks follows the Ellie Goulding-assisted “Flashlight” and will be available for download from February 8, 2015 on Ministry of Sound Recordings.

In related news, Eyre’s debut album “Feline” will hit stores and digital outlets on February 28, 2015 via Universal Music Group imprint Virgin EMI Records.

The highly-anticipated project boasts productions and songwriting contributions from Chris Loco, Natalia Hajjara, Two Inch Punch, Wayne Hector, Starsmith, Jarrad “Jaz” Rogers, Steve Robson and Paddy Byrne.

Watch the music video for “Gravity” below.

Stacy Barthe shares release date for debut album “BEcoming”

24 Dec


Stacy Barthe has shared the release date for her upcoming debut album.

The singer/songwriter is plotting to unleash “BEcoming” on March 3, 2015 via John Legend’s label Homeschool Records and Motown Records.

Lead single “A N G E L” was produced by Darhyl “DJ” Camper, who is also responsible for Chris Brown’s “Lady in a Glass Dress” [RCA Records] and Nicki Minaj’s “Favorite” featuring Jeremih [Republic Records].

Other tracks slotted for inclusion on the album are “Flawed Beautiful Creatures,” “Hey You There,” “Eyes Wide Shut” “You Wonder Why” and “Live for Today.”

In addition to Camper, “BEcoming” boasts further collaborations with Pharrell (Usher, Mariah Carey), Salaam Remi (Miguel, Craig David), Benny Cassette (Keri Hilson, Elle Varner) and James “Malay” Ho (Alicia Keys, Frank Ocean).

Watch the music video for “Hell Yeah” below.

Rita Ora works with Jarrad Rogers for new album

24 Dec

Rita Ora - I Will Never Let You Down

British singer/songwriter Rita Ora has worked with Jarrad “Jaz” Rogers on songs for her upcoming sophomore album.

The Australian hitmaker recently co-wrote and produced “Doing It” for Charli XCX along with Ariel Rechtshaid, Noonie Bao and Matthew Burns. The tracks appears on the artist’s second studio collection, “Sucker,” out now via iTunes.

He is also responsible for Ella Eyre’s “If I Go” [Virgin EMI Records], Rebecca Fergusson’s “I Hope” [Syco Music], Icona Pop’s “In the Stars” [Big Beat Records] and Neon Jungle’s “So Alive” [RCA Records].

Meanwhile, the “Grateful” star will release her next studio collection in early 2015 via Roc Nation and Columbia Records.

The still-untitled project follows 2012’s “ORA,” which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and spawned four hit singles in the shape of “R.I.P.,” “How We Do (Party),” “Shine Ya Light” and “Radioactive.”

In addition to Rogers, the highly-anticipated project reportedly boasts further contributions from Diplo, Priscilla Renea, Tommy Brown, Victoria Monet, DJ Mustard, Camille Purcell, Devonte Hynes, and Chantal Kreviazuk.

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

Gwen Stefani registers new song titles with ASCAP

24 Dec


Gwen Stefani has registered new song titles with ASCAP – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

“Hell Yeah Baby” and “Hard 2 Love” were written by Stefani along with Charli XCX, Ryn Weaver, Passion Pit’s frontman Michael Angelakos, Magnus “Cashmere Cat” Høiberg and Benjamin “Benny Blanco” Levin.

Both tracks are expected to appear on Stefani’s third album, which will be released next year via Mad Love Records and Interscope Records.

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XCX previously co-wrote songs for Icona Pop (“I Love It”), Iggy Azalea (“Beg for It”) and Neon Jungle (“So Alive”). Her sophomore album “Sucker” is out now via iTunes in partnership with Neon Gold Records and Atlantic Records.

Meanwhile, Weaver is putting the final touches on her upcoming debut album under Friends Keep Secrets / Interscope Records. The still-untitled project follows this year’s “Promises” EP, featuring hit single “OctaHate.”


On the production front, Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat have collectively helmed songs that were performed by Ariana Grande (“Be My Baby”), Jessie Ware (“Say You Love Me”) and Justine Skye (“Save My Soul”).

As mentioned in earlier, Stefani’s new album will boast further alliances with Pharrell (Ciara, Nicki Minaj), Calvin Harris (Rihanna, Leona Lewis), Ryan Tedder (Adele, Taylor Swift) and Noel Zancanella (Maroon5, Demi Lovato).

Watch the music video for “Baby Don’t Lie” below.

Polly A. announces new project “Ghetto Gold Dream”

24 Dec

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Polly A. has announced the title for her upcoming project.

The singer/songwriter – real name name Meleni Smith – christened her next collection of songs “Ghetto Gold Dreams” and will release it early next year.

“Ghetto Gold Dreams” serves as the follow-up to “Distorted Fairy Tales,” which features the Matrax-produced / Frankie Storm-assisted single “Nature.”

As a songwriter, Polly A. penned songs for Alicia Keys (“Love is My Disease”), Natasha Bedingfield (“Happy”), Selena Gomez (“Bang Bang Bang”), Angel Haze (“No Bueno”), J. Cole (“Crooked Smile”) and Kat Dahlia (“Mirror”).

Her resume also includes works with hitmakers Stargate (Rihanna, Katy Perry), Toby Gad (Madonna, John Legend), Salaam Remi (Usher, Jordin Sparks), Boi-1da (Tinashe, Kelly Rowland) and Syience (Beyonce, Emeli Sande).

Watch the music video for “Nature” below.

Christina Aguilera drafts David Hodges for new album?

24 Dec


Christina Aguilera has registered a new song title with ASCAP – The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.

“Waves” was written by Maggie Chapman and Meghan Kabir along with David Hodges, whose credits include Colbie Caillat (“Never Getting Over You”), Lea Michele (“Empty Handed”) and Christina Perri (“The Words”).

The track is expected to appear on Aguilera’s highly-anticipated eighth album, which will be released next year via RCA Records.

Her last studio collection, 2012’s “Lotus,” debuted at number seven on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and delivered international hit single “Your Body.”

Watch the music video for “Let There Be Love” below.

Kelly Clarkson teams with Jesse Shatkin for new album

24 Dec

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson has teamed with Jesse Shatkin for her upcoming studio album.

Shatkin is responsible for co-writing and producing “Chandelier” by Sia [RCA Records], “Kiss Me Once” by Kylie Minogue [Parlophone Records] and “Waiting for Lightning” by Cheryl [Polydor Records].

His resume also includes works for Leona Lewis [Island Records], Katy Perry [Capitol Records], Selena Gomez [Interscope Records], Pink [RCA Records] and Brooke Candy [Monkey Puzzle Records].

Meanwhile, Clarkson is confirmed to release her seventh studio collection next year via RCA Records. The still-untitled project serves as the follow-up to 2013’s “Wrapped in Red,” which debuted at number three on the US Albums Chart.

Other producers and songwriters expected to appear on the highly-anticipated project are Greg Kurstin (Britney Spears, Lana Del Rey) and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Nelly Furtado, Mariah Carey).

Watch the music video for “Wrapped in Red” below.