Archive | September, 2015

Tamera Foster hits the studio with Swizz Beatz, Naughty Boy, Mojam

28 Sep


British singer/songwriter Tamera Foster has recorded new music with Naughty Boy, Mojam, and Swizz Beatz.

It is yet to be known whether the session was intended for a future Naughty Boy release or Foster’s upcoming debut album.

In the past couple of years, Swizz Beatz – real name Kasseem Dean – has produced Alicia Keys’ “New Day” [RCA], Nicki Minaj’s “Roman’s Revenge” [Cash Money] and Whitney Houston’s “Million Dollar Bill” [Arista].

Meanwhile, Mojam – composed of members James Murray and Mustafa Omer – have helmed songs for Sinead Harnett (“Do It Anyway”), Conor Maynard (“Talking About”) and James Arthur (“Get Down”).

Finally, Naughty Boy’s current single “Runnin’ (Lose it All)” – featuring vocals from Beyonce and Arrow Benjamin – is now available for download via iTunes. The track was co-written by Carla Marie Williams and Jonny Coffer.

He also contributed to the next projects by Emeli Sande [Capitol], Rihanna [Roc Nation], Tanika [Virgin EMI], Ava Lily [Naughty Records], Pia Mia [Interscope], Cover Drive [TBA] and Nico & Vinz [Warner Bros].

As mentioned in earlier posts, Foster’s first studio collection will be released in 2016 through Simon Cowell’s label Syco Music.

Among the musicians associated with the still-untitled project are Future Cut, Camille Purcell, Happy Perez, Jin Jin, MNEK, Talay Riley, Chris Loco, Iain James, Steve Mac, Chelcee Grimes, Mr. Hudson, and Komi Hakam.

Watch the music video for “Runnin’ (Lose it All)” below.

Years & Years premiere “Eyes Shut” music video

28 Sep

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Years & Years have premiered the music video for their new single online.

The British electronica group posted the Chino Moya-directed clip for “Eyes Shut” to their Vevo channel on Sunday (September 27, 2015).

“Eyes Shut” was produced by group members Olly Alexander, Emre Turkmen and Michael Goldsworthy along with Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith) and Mike Spencer (Emeli Sande).

Years & Years’ debut studio collection “Communion” – featuring previous singles “Shine,” “King,” “Desire,” “Take Shelter” and “Real” – is now available for download via Polydor Records (UK) and Interscope Records (US).

Watch the music video for “Eyes Shut” below.

V Bozeman, Timbaland release new single “Smile”

26 Sep

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V Bozeman has released her new single online.

“Smile” – featuring regular collaborator Timbaland – is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital outlets.

The track was collectively helmed by Kirby Lauryen (Beyonce, Ariana Grande), James “Jim Beanz” Washington (Craig David, Nelly Furtado) and Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley (Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake).

Bozeman’s upcoming studio collection is entitled “Music is My Boyfriend” and it will hit stores via Mosley Music Group in partnership with Epic Records.

Listen to the audio clip for “Smile” below.

CeeLo Green unwraps “Heart Blanche” tracklisting

26 Sep

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CeeLo Green has unwrapped the tracklisting for his upcoming album.

“Heart Blanche” is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets on November 13 through Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

Current single “Music to My Soul” – now available for download via iTunes – was co-written by Geoffro Cause (David Guetta) and produced by Cook Classics (Lil Wayne), The Futuristics (Hailee Steinfeld) and Tommy Hittz (Chris Brown).

The follow-up to 2010’s “The Lady Killer” boasts further contributions from Charlie Puth (Thomas Rhett), Jon Bellion (Zedd), Wallpaper (Jessie J), Mark Ronson (Bruno Mars), John Hill (Rihanna) and Eg White (Sam Smith).

Peep the tracklisting for “Heart Blanche” below.

(01) Heart Blanche (Intro) / (02) Est. 1980’S / (03) Mother May I / (04) Working Class Heroes (Work) / (05) Tonight / (06) Robin Williams / (07) Sign of the Times / (08) CeeLo Green Sings the Blues / (09) Music to My Soul / (10) Race Against Time / (11) Better Late Than Never / (12) Smells Like Fire / (13) Purple Hearts (Soldier of Love) / (14) Thorns / (15) The Glory Games

Gwen Stefani hits the studio with Mattman and Robin for third album

25 Sep


Singer/songwriter Gwen Stefani has added Mattman and Robin to the list of contributors for her upcoming third album.

The songwriting and production duo – consisting of Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson – recently helmed “Cake to the Ocean” by pop group DNCE.

Other notable credits by Mattman and Robin include Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Run Away With Me” [Interscope], Hailee Steinfeld’s “Love Myself” [Republic] and Taylor Swift’s “All You Had to Do Was Stay” [Big Machine].

Meanwhile, Stefani is expected to release her next studio collection – featuring singles “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark the Fire” – later this year through Mad Love Records and Interscope Records.

The follow-up to 2006’s “The Sweet Escape” reportedly delivers further alliances with Benny Blanco, Julia Michaels, Pharrell, Justin Tranter, Cashmere Cat, Sia, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella, Ryn Weaver, and Greg Kurstin.

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

FKA twigs works with Sia for second album

25 Sep

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FKA twigs has worked with Sia for her upcoming sophomore album.

The Australian singer/songwriter previously co-wrote hits for Celine Dion (“Loved Me Back to Life”), Jennifer Lopez (“Expertease”), Jessie J (“Breathe”), Kylie Minogue (“Kiss Me Once”) and Kelly Clarkson (“Invisible”).

Furthermore, Sia’s next album “This is Acting” will hit stores and digital outlets later this year through Puzzle Monkey Records and RCA Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “1000 Forms of Fear” includes songs that were initially pitched to Adele [XL], Beyonce [Columbia], Katy Perry [Capitol], Demi Lovato [Hollywood], Rihanna [Roc Nation] and Shakira [RCA].

FKA twigs’ first studio collection, 2014’s “LP1,” peaked to number thirty on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned three singles in the shape of “Two Weeks,” “Video Girl” and “Pendulum.”

Her current mini-collection “M3LL155X” – boasting contributions from Arca, Boots, Joel Compass, and Tic – is now available for download for download via iTunes in partnership with Young Turks Recordings.

Listen to the audio clip for “Alive” below.

Taya records new music with James Newman

25 Sep


Taya has recorded new music with James Newman.

Newman recently co-wrote “Lay It All On Me” for Rudimental along with Jonny “Ghostwriter” Harris. The Ed Sheeran-assisted track is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Atlantic Records.

Other notable songwriting credits by Newman include Little Mix’s “Love Me Like You” [Syco Music], Calvin Harris’ “Blame” f/ John Newman [Columbia Records] and Jess Glynne’s “No Rights, No Wrongs” [Atlantic Records].

Meanwhile, Taya is expected to release her first project – featuring lead single “Got Me Wondering” – later this year through Atlantic Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly features alliances with Nicola Roberts (Cheryl, Joel Compass), Snakehips (Vanessa White, Sinead Harnett), Ina Wroldsen (Shakira, Demi Lovato) and T-Minus (Drake, Kelly Rowland).

Watch the music video for “Got Me Wondering” below.

Sia unleashes new single “Alive”

24 Sep


Sia has unleashed her new single online.

The Australian singer/songwriter posted the audio clip for “Alive” to her Vevo channel on Thursday (September 24, 2015).

“Alive” – now available for download via iTunes – was written by Sia along with fellow recording artist Adele and Canadian musician Tobias Jesso Jr.

Production duties were handled by Jesse Shatkin, whose other credits include Kelly Clarkson’s “Invisible” [RCA], Foxes “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now” [Sign of the Times] and Jasmine Thompson’s “Crystal Heart” [Atlantic].

Sia’s upcoming studio collection “This is Acting” will hit stores and digital outlets later this year through Monkey Puzzle Records and RCA Records.

The keenly-awaited project serves as the follow-up to 2014’s “1000 Forms of Fear,” which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned hit singles including “Chandelier” and “Big Girls Cry.”

On the songwriting front, Sia has contributed to the next projects by Rihanna [Roc Nation], Gwen Stefani [Interscope] and Labrinth [Syco Music].

Listen to the audio clip for “Alive” below.

Rihanna reunites with Priscilla Renea for eighth album

24 Sep


Rihanna has reunited with Priscilla Renea for her upcoming eighth album.

Renea previously co-wrote “Watch ‘N Learn” for Rihanna along with Alja Jackson and Chauncey “Hit-Boy” Hollis. She also co-wrote “California King Bed,” which peaked to number eight on the UK Singles Chart.

Other notable credits by Renea include Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” [Epic], Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It” [Syco], Cheryl’s “Promise This” [Polydor], Tamar Braxton’s “Tip Toe” [Streamline] and Demi Lovato’s “Fix a Heart” [Hollywood].

She has also contributed to the next projects by Clean Bandit [Atlantic], Rita Ora [Columbia], Chromeo [Last Gang] Usher [RCA] and K. Michelle [Atlantic].

Meanwhile, Rihanna is expected to release her next studio collection later this year through Westbury Road Entertainment and Roc Nation Records.

The highly-anticipated LP will be executive produced by Kanye West, who also worked with Madonna (“Illuminati”), Mariah Carey (“Stay the Night”), Alicia Keys (“You Don’t Know My Name”) and Janet Jackson (“My Baby”).

Other songwriters associated with the follow-up to 2012’s “Unapologetic” are Charli XCX, James Fauntleroy, Sia Furler, Kiesza, Candice Pillay, Ester Dean, Ne-Yo, Emeli Sande, Rock City, Kirby Lauryen, and Bibi Bourelly.

Watch the music video for “California King Bed” below.

Alex Newell works with Cutfather for debut album

24 Sep


Alex Newell has worked with Cutfather for his upcoming debut album.

The Danish record producer and songwriter helmed “Up” for Olly Murs along with regular collaborators Maegan Cottone, Peter Wallevik and Daniel Davidsen. The Demi Lovato-assisted track peaked to number four on the UK Singles Chart.

His extensive resume includes further works with Kylie Minogue (“Get Outta My Way”), Pixie Lott (“My Love”), Jake Miller (“First Flight Home”), The Saturdays (“If This is Love”) and Melanie C (“Think About It”).

He also contributed to the next projects by Daughtry [RCA], Fleur East [Syco Music], Clairity [Republic] and Conor Maynard [Parlophone].

Meanwhile, Newell is expected to release his first studio collection later this year through Warner Music Group imprint Atlantic Records.

The still-untitled LP features additional alliances with MNEK (Rudimental, Becky Hill), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (Jess Glynne, Little Mix), Lucas Secon (Trey Songz, Jordin Sparks) and Kate Stewart (Joel Compass, Oliver Heldens).

Furthermore, the former “Glee” star has provided guest vocals on current releases by The Knocks (“Collect My Love”), Blonde (“All Cried Out”) and Clean Bandit (“Stronger”).

Watch the music video for “Collect My Love” below.