Archive | January, 2016

Justin Tranter hints at new collaboration with Betty Who

31 Jan

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Justin Tranter has hinted at a new collaboration with Betty Who.

“Sometimes you and @iambettywho show up wearing the exact same outfit,” the songwriter posted to his Instagram account on Saturday (January 30, 2016).

Tranter recently co-wrote “Hands to Myself” for Selena Gomez along with Julia Michaels, Mattias Larsson, Robin Fredriksson, and Max Martin. The track peaked to number twenty-one on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

His other songwriting credits include Justin Bieber (“Sorry”), Gwen Stefani (“Used to Love You”), Pia Mia (“Touch”), Fifth Harmony (“Like Mariah”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Run”), Hailee Steinfeld (“Love Myself”), Kelly Clarkson (“Nostalgic”), and DNCE (“Cake By the Ocean”).

Meanwhile, Betty Who – real name Jessica Anne Newham – is expected to release her second studio collection later this year through RCA Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Take Me When You Go” reportedly delivers productions and songwriting contributions from Priscilla Renea (Clean Bandit, Mariah Carey) and Daniel “Robopop” Omelio (James Blunt, Lana Del Rey).

Watch the music video for “Somebody Loves You” below.

Rebecca Ferguson hits the studio with Bradford Ellis

31 Jan

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Rebecca Ferguson has recorded new music with Bradford Ellis.

The British hitmaker recently co-wrote “Light My Way Home” for fellow musician Etherwood along with singer/songwriter Eva Lazarus. The track debuted at number forty-seven on the UK Singles Chart.

Ellis also wrote and / or produced songs for Anne-Marie (“Karate”), Slo (“Shut Out of Paradise”), Ella Henderson (“Billie Holiday”), Leona Lewis (“One More Sleep”), Wilkinson (“Afterglow”), and Little Mix (“These Four Walls”).

Meanwhile, Ferguson is scheduled to release her fourth studio collection later this year through Simon Cowell’s Sony imprint Syco Music.

The still-untitled album delivers additional alliances with Jake Gosling (Christina Perri, Tori Kelly), Chris Leonard (Nina Nesbitt, Ed Sheeran), Negin Djafari (Fifth Harmony, Karen Harding), and Jonny Lattimer (Foxes, Ellie Goulding).

Watch the music video for “Teach Me How To Be Loved” below.

Kara DioGuardi signs new publishing deal with Warner / Chappell Music

31 Jan

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According to recent article by Billboard magazine, Kara DioGuardi has signed a new deal with Warner/Chappell Music.

The publishing company houses other musicians including The-Dream, Ross Golan, Justin Tranter, Julia Michaels, Taylor Parks, Zac Poor, Ilya Salmanzadeh, PartyNextDoor, Sean Douglas, Ian Kirkpatrick, and Mattman & Robin.

Meanwhile, DioGuardi’s resume includes works with Pink (“Sober”), Kelly Clarkson (“Heartbeat Song”), Britney Spears (“Heaven on Earth”), Christina Aguilera (“Ain’t No Other Man”), Ashlee Simpson (“Pieces of Me”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Baby Love”), and Katy Perry (“I Do Not Hook Up”).

She’s also known for collaborating with top producers such as will.i.am, Greg Wells, Cutfather, John Shanks, Dr. Luke, Toby Gad, Jonathan Rotem, DJ Premier, Jason Evigan, Mitch Allan, Greg Kurstin, and Harvey Mason Jr.

Her next placements include Clairity [Republic], Becky Hill [Parlophone], Kelsea Ballerini [Black River], and Brooke Eden [Red Bow].

Watch DioGuardi perform “Terrified” with Jason Reeves below.

Foxes releases new song “Wicked Love”

31 Jan

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Foxes has released a new song online.

“Wicked Love” – taken from the British singer-songwriter’s upcoming sophomore album “All I Need” – is now available for download via iTunes.

The track was written by Foxes along with Maureen “Mozella” McDonald (Charlie Puth, Pia Mia) and Rick Nowels (Lana Del Rey, Craig David).

Production duties were handled by Mark Ralph, whose other credits include Lion AlunaGeorge’s “I’m in Control” [Island], Lion Babe’s “Where Do We Go” [Polydor], and Years & Years’ “Eyes Shut” [Interscope].

As mentioned in earlier posts, “All I Need” – featuring previous singles “Body Talk,” “Feet Don’t Fail Me Now,” “Amazing” and “Better Love” – will hit stores on February 5 through Sign of the Times / RCA Records.

Other album contributors include Babyface (Madonna), Jesse Shatkin (Sia), Dan Wilson (Adele), Kid Harpoon (Florence Welch), Jonas Quant (Leona Lewis), Jonny Lattimer (Kwabs), Liam Howe (FKA twigs), and Jim Eliot (Rae Morris).

Watch the music video for “Amazing” below.

Birdy premieres “Keeping Your Head Up” music video

31 Jan

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

The British singer-songwriter posted the visual clip for “Keeping Your Head Up” to her YouTube channel on Friday (January 29, 2016).

“Keeping Your Head Up” was co-written by Wayne Hector (Ella Eyre, Olly Murs) and Steve Mac (Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis).

Birdy’s upcoming third studio collection “Beautiful Lies” is scheduled to hit stores and online outlets on March 25 through Atlantic Records.

Other album contributors include Sam Romans (AlunaGeorge), Jamie Hartman (Kacy Hill), Justin Parker (Sinead Harnett), Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran), Ammar Malik (Shawn Mendes), and Robopop (Lana Del Rey).

Watch the music video for “Keeping Your Head Up” below.

Charli XCX enlists BloodPop for new album

28 Jan

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Charli XCX has drafted BloodPop for her upcoming third album.

“These two have potential cc: @nooniebao @bloodpop,” the British singer-songwriter posted to her Instagram account.

BloodPop – real name Michael Tucker – recently co-produced and co-wrote “Sorry” for Justin Bieber along with Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, and Skrillex. The track peaked to number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

His other songwriting and production credits include Tinashe’s “Bet” [RCA], Pia Mia’s “Touch” [Interscope], Raye’s “Tell Me” [Polydor], Mikky Ekko’s “U” [RCA], and Madonna’s “Beautiful Scars” [Interscope].

Meanwhile, XCX – real name Charlotte Aitchison – is scheduled to release her next album later this year through Asylum (UK) and Atlantic Records (US).

The follow-up to 2014’s “Sucker” reportedly delivers further alliances with SOPHIE (Namie Amuro, Nicki Minaj), Sarah Hudson (Katy Perry, Iggy Azalea), and Noonie Bao (Carly Rae Jepsen, Icona Pop).

Watch the music video for “Doing It” below.

Rihanna releases new album “Anti”

28 Jan

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Rihanna has released her eighth album online.

“Anti” – featuring appearances from Drake and SZA – is now streaming exclusively on Tidal for one week, and a deluxe version of the album with three bonus tracks will be made available on January 29th.

Lead single “Work” was co-written by Jahron “PartyNextDoor” Brathwaite and produced by Matthew “Boi-1da” Samuels, Allen Ritter, and Sevn Thomas.

Other songwriters backing Rihanna on the follow-up to 2012’s “Unapologetic” are James Fauntleroy (Leona Lewis), Bibi Bourelly (Usher), Jean Baptiste Kouame (Madonna), The-Dream (Santigold), and The Weeknd (Ariana Grande).

On the production front, “Anti” boasts contributions from Shea Taylor (Sia), Jeff Bhasker (Beyonce), Mick Schultz (Zendaya), Hit-Boy (Brandy), DJ Mustard (Tinashe), Fred Ball (Jessie Ware), and Brian Kennedy (Fantasia).

Peep the tracklisting for “Anti” below.

(1) Consideration / (2) James Joint / (3) Kiss it Better / (4) Work / (5) Desperado / (6) Woo / (7) Needed Me / (8) Yeah, I Said It / (9) Same Ol’ Mistakes / (10) Never Ending / (11) Love on the Brain / (12) Higher / (13) Close to You

Kiko Bun hits the studio with Rudimental

28 Jan

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Kiko Bun has recorded new music with Rudimental.

“I had a wonderful time working with @ruidmentaluk chaps over the past couple of days!! Thank you guys for having me! Love your vibe and the banter!! Maximum respect!!” the singer-songwriter posted to Instagram.

The drum and bass band consists of members Kesi Dryden, Piers Agget, DJ Locksmith, and Amir Amor. Their sophomore album, “We the Generation,” is out now via Asylum Records (UK) and Atlantic Records (US).

Among the artists Rudimental previously collaborated with are Ed Sheeran [Atlantic], Emeli Sande [Capitol], Becky Hill [Parlophone], Ella Eyre [Virgin EMI], Anne-Marie [Major Toms], and Foy Vance [Gingerbread Man].

Meanwhile, Kiko Bun is expected to release his first studio collection later this year through Universal Music Group / Island Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly features productions and songwriting contributions from Future Cut (Little Mix, Olly Murs), Camille Purcell (Ella Henderson, David Guetta), and MNEK (Tanika, Karen Harding).

Watch the music video for “We the Generation” below.

Fergie reunites with Toby Gad for new album

27 Jan

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Fergie has reunited with Toby Gad for her upcoming sophomore album.

Gad previously co-wrote Fergie’s “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” which topped the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart in 2007.

His recent songwriting and production credits include Olly Murs’ “Love Shouldn’t Be This Hard” [Epic], Hilary Duff’s “Belong” [RCA], Tori Kelly’s “First Heartbreak” [Capitol], and John Newman’s “I’m Not Your Man” [Island].

Moreover, Gad has contributed to the next projects by Nico & Vinz [Warner Bros], Clean Bandit [Atlantic], Pixie Lott [Virgin EMI], Craig David [Insanity], Sabina Ddumba [Warner Music], and LeAnn Rimes [Curb].

Fergie, on the other hand, is scheduled to release the follow-up to 2006’s “The Dutchess” in March through Interscope Records.

Other contributors on the still-untitled album are Will.i.am (Cheryl), Jean Baptiste (Madonna), Mike WiLL Made It (Rihanna), RoccStar (Usher), DJ Mustard (Tinashe), Charlie Puth (Trey Songz), and Dr. Luke (Ciara).

Watch the music video for “Big Girls Don’t Cry” below.

One Direction premieres “History” music video

27 Jan

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One Direction have premiered the music video for their new single online.

The English-Irish boy band posted the visual clip for “History” to their Vevo channel on Tuesday (January 26, 2016).

“History” was written by group members Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson along with regular collaborators Wayne Hector (Olly Murs), Ed Drewett (Craig David), John Henry Ryan (Ben Haenow) and Julian Bunetta (Fleur East).

One Direction’s latest studio collection “Made in the A.M.” – featuring previous singles “Drag Me Down” and “Perfect” – is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Syco Music and Columbia Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Four” boasts further alliances with Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran), Jacob Kasher (Charlie Puth), Ross Golan (Michael Buble), Johan Carlsson (Meghan Trainor), and Ammar Malik (Shawn Mendes).

Watch the music video for “History” below.