Archive | February, 2016

AlunaGeorge confirms title, release date for sophomore album

28 Feb


AlunaGeorge confirmed the title and release date for their sophomore album.

The UK electronic music duo – composed of Aluna Francis and George Reid – christened their second studio collection “I Remember” and will release it on April 29 through Island Records (UK) and Interscope Records (US).

Lead single “I’m in Control” – now available for download via iTunes and all other online outlets – was co-written by Sam Romans (Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige) and Mark Ralph (Clean Bandit, Lion Babe).

Other album contributors include Cathy Dennis (Santigold), Tom Aspaul (Karen Harding), Scott “Babydaddy” Hoffman (Chris Brown), Jin Jin (Olly Murs), Cass Lowe (Tinashe), Happy Perez (Kehlani) and Dallas Austin (Madonna).

AlunaGeorge’s first studio collection, 2013’s “Body Music,” peaked to number eleven on the UK Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Your Drums, Your Love,” “Your Know You Like It” and “Attracting Flies.”

On the production front, George Reid recently collaborated with Karen Poole and Dan “Utters” Radclyffe on songs performed by Atlantic Recording artist Taya (“Sweet Waste of Time”) and actor-singer Raleigh Ritchie (A Moor).

Watch the music video for “I’m in Control” below.

Corinne Bailey Rae reveals details for third album

28 Feb


Corrine Bailey Rae has revealed the details for her upcoming third album.

The British singer-songwriter christened her next studio collection “The Heart Speaks in Whispers” and will release it on May 13 via Virgin Records.

Lead single “Been to the Moon” – co-written by sisters Amber and Paris Strother – is now available for download via iTunes and all other online outlets.

Moreover, Steve Brown executive-produced “The Heart Speaks in Whispers.” The London based musician previously teamed up with Bailey Rae on her critically acclaimed sophomore album, 2010’s “The Sea.”

Peep the training for “The Heart Speaks in Whispers” below.

(1) The Skies Will Break / (2) Hey, I Won’t Break Your Heart / (3) Been to the Moon / (4) Tell Me / (5) Stop Where You Are / (6) Green Aphrodisiac / (7) Horse Print Dress / (8) Do You Ever Think About Me? / (9) Caramel / (10) Taken By Dreams / (11) Walk On / (12) Dreams / Deluxe Edition – (13) In the Dark / (14) Ice Cream Colours / (15) High / (16) Push On for the Dawn

Fifth Harmony premieres “Work from Home” music video

28 Feb


Fifth Harmony have premiered the music video for their new single online.

The visual clip for “Work from Home” – featuring Ty Dolla $ign – was posted the American pop quintet’s Vevo channel on Friday (February 26, 2016).

Jude Demorest penned “Work from Home” along with Brian Lee (Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez), Dallas K (Tiesto, Pixie Lott), Eskeerdo (Afrojack, Carly Rae Jepsen) and Ammo (Jessie J, Maroon 5).

Video treatment was handled by Director X, whose recent credits include Rihanna’s “Work” [Roc Nation], Drake’s “Hotline Bling” [OVO Sound], Little Mix’s “Black Magic” [Syco] and Iggy Azalea’s “Trouble” [Def Jam].

As mentioned in earlier posts, Fifth Harmony’s upcoming sophomore album “7/27” will be released on May 20 via Syco Music and Epic Records.

The keenly-awaited project follows 2015’s “Reflection,” which debuted at number five on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned three singles in the shape of “Bo$$,” “Sledgehammer” and “Worth It.”

Watch the music video for “Work from Home” below.

K. Michelle drafts Priscilla Renea, Eric Hudson for new single “Time”

28 Feb


K. Michelle has debuted her new single online.

The singer-songwriter – real name Kimberly Pate – posted the audio clip for “Time” to her YouTube channel on Thursday (February 25, 2016).

“Time” was co-written by Priscilla Renea Hamilton, whose other credits include Monica’s “I Miss Music” [RCA], Fifth Harmony’s “Worth It” [Syco], Tamar Braxton’s “Tip Toe” [Streamline] and Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” [Epic].

Production duties were handled by Eric Hudson, who also worked with the likes of Marsha Ambrosius (“Shoes”), Omarion (“Entourage”), Bridget Kelly (“Special Delivery”), Mary J. Blige (“Why?”) and Keyshia Cole (“Missing Me”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, K. Michelle will release her third studio collection “More Issues Than Vogue” – featuring previous singles “Not a Little Bit,” “Ain’t You” and “Mindful” – on March 25 via Atlantic Records.

The keenly awaited project follows to 2014’s “Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?,” which debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Hard to Do” and “Maybe I Should Call.”

Listen to the audio clip for “Time” below.

Olly Murs reunites with Claude Kelly of Louis York for fifth album

28 Feb


Olly Murs has reunited with Claude Kelly of Louis York for his next album.

The pair previously teamed up on singles “Please Don’t Let Me Go,” “Dance With Me Tonight,” “Troublemaker,” “Right Place, Right Time,” and “Wrapped Up.”

Kelly’s extensive songwriting resume includes further works with Tori Kelly (“Funny”), James Blunt (“Satellites”), Tamia (“Lipstick”), Jessie J (“Price Tag”), Tamar Braxton (“Raise the Bar”) and Britney Spears (“Circus”).

Meanwhile, Murs will release the follow-up to 2014’s “Never Been Better” later this year through Syco Music (UK) and Epic Records (US).

Other album contributors include Steve Robson (Leona Lewis), Jin Jin (AlunaGeorge), Cutfather (Daughtry), Ina Wroldsen (Cover Drive), Samuel Preston (Nina Nesbitt) and Camille Purcell (Ella Henderson).

Watch the music video for “Clair Huxtable” below.

Raleigh Ritchie releases debut album “You’re a Man Now, Boy”

28 Feb


Raleigh Ritchie has released his debut studio collection online.

“You’re a Man Now, Boy” – featuring singles “Bloodsport,” “The Greatest” and “Stronger Than Ever” – is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia Records.

The highly anticipated LP was helmed prominently by Justin Broad (Izzy Bizu, Corinne Bailey Rae) and Paul Herman (Emeli Sande, Natasha Bedingfield).

Other album contributors include Chris Loco (Ella Eyre), Mike Spencer (Jack Garratt), Utters (All Saints), Mike Elizondo (Eminem), George Reid (AlunaGeorge) and Sounwave (Kendrick Lamar).

Listen to the audio clip for “Cowards” below.

Yuna reveals tracklisting for new international album “Chapters”

28 Feb


Yuna has revealed the tracklisting for her upcoming international album.

The Malaysian singer/songwriter will release “Chapters” – featuring the DJ Premier-produced “Places to Go” – on May 20 through Verve Records.

Current single “Crush” – featuring vocals from R&B crooner Usher – is now available for download via iTunes and all other online outlets.

Brian Warfield and Mac Robinson of Fisticuffs serve as executive producers on “Chapters.” The duo’s resume includes works with Mariah Carey (“#Beautiful”), Jhene Aiko (“The Worst”) and Miguel (“Quickie”).

Peep the tracklisting for “Chapters” below.

(1) Mannequin / (2) Lanes / (3) Crush / (4) Unrequited Love / (5) Best Love / (6) Used to Love You / (7) Too Close / (8) Best of Me / (9) Your Love / (10) All I Do / (11) Places to Go / (12) Poor Heart / (13) Time

Charli XCX releases new mini-collection “Vroom Vroom”

28 Feb


Charli XCX has released her new EP online.

“Vroom Vroom” – featuring four songs including “Paradise,” “Trophy” and “Secret (Shh)” – is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Vroom Vroom Recordings and Atlantic Records.

The mini-collection was entirely produced by London-based electronic music producer SOPHIE, whose credits also include Madonna’s “Bitch I’m Madonna” [Interscope] and Namie Amuro’s “B Who I Want 2 B” [Dimension Point].

Other musicians backing XCX on “Vroom Vroom” are MNDR (Kylie Minogue), Noonie Bao (Carly Rae Jepsen), Patrick Berger (Santigold), Jodie Harsh (Sophie Ellis Bextor) and Jessica Ashley (Madison Beer).

Charli’s last studio collection, 2014’s “Sucker,” debuted at number twenty-eight on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles “Boom Clap,” “Break the Rules” and the Rita Ora-assisted “Doing It.”

On the songwriting front, XCX is responsible for co-penning Icona Pop’s “I Love It” [Big Beat], Neon Jungle’s “So Alive” [RCA], Selena Gomez’s “Same Old Love” [Interscope] and James Blunt’s “When I Find Love Again” [Atlantic].

Watch the music video for “Breaking Up” below.

Fifth Harmony unveils artwork for sophomore album “7/27”

25 Feb


Fifth Harmony have unwrapped the artwork for their upcoming second album.

The American girl group – composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Lauren Jauregui, Camila Cabello and Dinah Jane – will release “7/27” on May 20 via Simon Cowell’s Sony imprint Syco Music and Epic Records.

Lead single “Work from Home” was written by Jude Demorest along with Brian Lee (Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga), Dallas K (Nate Campany, Pixie Lott), Eskeeredo (Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown) and Ammo (Katy Perry, Britney Spears).

The follow-up to 2015’s “Reflection” reportedly boasts additional alliances with Max Martin, Julia Michaels, Mitch Allan, Justin Tranter, Meghan Trainor, Jack Antonoff, Jason Evigan, Taylor Parks, The Rascals, Jared Cotter, Negin Djafari, Tommy Brown, LunchMoney Lewis, Benny Blanco, and THE ELEV3N.

Watch the music video for “Sledgehammer” below.

Nao unleashes new single “Fool to Love”

25 Feb


NAO has unleashed her new single online.

The British singer-songwriter – real name Neo Joshua – posted the audio clip for “Fool to Love” on SoundCloud (Thursday / February 25, 2016).

Production duties on “Fool to Love” – now available for download via iTunes – were handled by Daniel “GRADES” Traynor, who also worked on the next projects by Becky Hill [Parlophone] and Natalie La Rose [Republic].

As mentioned in earlier posts, NAO will release her first studio collection – featuring lead single “Bad Blood” – later this year through Little Tokyo Recordings (UK) and RCA Records (US).

Preview the audio clip for “Fool to Love” below.