Archive | July, 2016

[Musicians’ Galore] Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

31 Jul

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Kenneth Edmonds, known as Babyface, is an American R&B musician, singer-songwriter, and record producer.

He has written and produced over 26 No. 1 R&B hits throughout his career, and has won 11 Grammy Awards.

On February 4, 2014, he released a Grammy Award-winning duet album with Toni Braxton titled “Love, Marriage & Divorce” on Motown Records.

His latest studio collection, “Return of the Tender Lover,” is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital outlets.

Recent songwriting / production credits by Babyface include Zendaya’s “Something New” [Republic], Foxes’ “Scar” [Epic], Jordin Sparks’ “They Don’t Give” [Louder Than Life], and Samantha Jade’s “Shake That” [Sony Music].

Along with regular collaborators L.A. Reid and Daryl Simmons, Babyface has helmed hit singles for Toni Braxton (“Breathe Again”), Whitney Houston (“I’m Your Baby Tonight”), Paula Abdul (“Knocked Out”), Tevin Campbell (“Can We Talk”), Pebbles (“Girlfriend”), Bobby Brown (“Don’t Be Cruel”), TLC (“Baby-Baby-Baby”), and Boyz II Men (“End of the Road”).

His extensive resume boasts further works with Madonna (“Take a Bow”), Janet Jackson (“Thinking About My Ex”), Beyonce (“Broken-Hearted Girl”), Celine Dion (“Always Be Your Girl”), Mariah Carey (“Never Forget You”), Ariana Grande (“Honeymoon Avenue”), Colbie Caillat (“Try”), Justin Bieber (“Catching Feelings”), Zendaya (“Something New”), Fantasia (“I Feel Beautiful”), and Tamar Braxton (“Where it Hurts”).

Among the fellow songwriters Babyface has collaborated with are Diane Warren, Kandi Burruss, Tanya “Freckles” White, Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett, Carmen Reece, Patrick “J. Que” Smith, LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels, and Jason Reeves.

On the production front, Babyface has teamed up with hitmakers Antonio Dixon, The Underdogs, Bryce Wilson, Stargate, Tim & Bob, The Rascals, Salaam Remi, The Neptunes, Bryan Michael Cox, Rodney Jerkins, David Foster, Happy Perez, Shea Taylor, and Jason Evigan.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Babyface’s work!

Dua Lipa drafts Lauren Christy, Jon Levine for new single “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”

31 Jul

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Dua Lipa is gearing up to release a brand new single in September.

The British singer-songwriter christened “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” as the fifth promotional cut from her upcoming self-titled debut album.

“Blow Your Mind (Mwah)” was written by Dua Lipa along with Lauren Christy (Bebe Rexha, Iggy Azalea) and Jon Levine (Rachel Platten, Leona Lewis).

Meanwhile, Dua Lipa’s first studio collection – featuring previous singles “New Love,” “Be the One,” “Last Dance” and “Hotter Than Hell” – is scheduled to arrive on February 10, 2017 via Warner Brothers Records.

Other album songwriters include Andrew Wyatt, Lucy Taylor, Talay Riley, Chelcee Grimes, Karen Poole, Laura Dockrill, Sarah Hudson, Camille Purcell, Noonie Bao, Emily Warren, JHart, Iain James, Ed Drewett, and Lindy Robbins.

On the production front, Dua Lipa has teamed up with TMS, Emile Haynie, Greg Wells, Josh Record, Two Inch Punch, Chris Loco, Digital Farm Animals, BloodPop, Sacha Skarbek, Adam Argyle, and Jayson DeZuzio.

Watch the music video for “Last Dance” below.

Shawn Mendes releases new single “Three Empty Words”

31 Jul

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Shawn Mendes has released his new single online.

“Three Empty Words” – which was written by Mendes along with Scott Harris, Geoffrey Warburton and Ido Zmishlany – is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital outlets.

Production duties on “Three Empty Words” were handled by Jake Gosling, who is also responsible for singles performed by Ed Sheeran (“Thinking Out Loud”), One Direction (“Little Things”), and Paloma Faith (“Picking Up the Pieces”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Mendes will release his second studio collection “Illuminate” – featuring “Treat You Better,” “Mercy,” “Ruin” and “Don’t Be a Fool” – on September 23 via Island Records.

The follow-up to 2015’s “Handwritten” reportedly boasts further contributions from Dan Wilson, Laleh Pourkarim, Stephan Moccio, Amy Wadge, Ilsey Juber, Chris Leonard, Ammar Malik, Danny Parker, and Teddy Geiger.

Listen to the audio clip for “Three Empty Words” below.

Sabrina Carpenter debuts new single “On Purpose”

31 Jul

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Sabrina Carpenter has debuted her new single online.

The singer-songwriter posted the audio clip for “On Purpose” to her Vevo channel on Thursday (July 29, 2016).

“On Purpose” – now available for download via iTunes – was co-written by Carpenter along with the song’s producer Ido Zmishlany.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Carpenter’s upcoming sophomore album – featuring lead single “Smoke and Fire” – is expected to arrive later this year through Hollywood Records.

The still-untitled project serves as the follow-up to 2015’s “Eyes Wide Open,” which debuted at number forty-three on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned the Meghan Trainor-penned “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying.”

Listen to the audio clip for “On Purpose” below.

BANKS unveils artwork for sophomore album “The Altar”

31 Jul

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BANKS has unveiled the artwork for her upcoming sophomore album.

The singer-songwriter christened her second studio collection “The Altar” and will release it on September 30 via Harvest Records.

Lead single “Fuck With Myself” – now available for download via iTunes – was produced by Alexander “Al Shux” Shuckburgh and Lindsey Ramey.

Other musicians backing BANKS on “The Altar” are DJ Dahi (Madonna), Jenna Andrews (Majid Jordan), SOHN (Erik Hassle), Ben Billion$ (Kelly Rowland), Danny “Styles” Schofield (Nicki Minaj), and Belly (The Weeknd).

Watch the music video for “Fuck With Myself” below.

Hey Violet premieres “Brand New Moves” music video

31 Jul

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Hey Violet have premiered the music video for their new single online.

The alternative pop band posted the visual clip for “Brand New Moves” to their Vevo channel on Friday (July 29, 2016).

Production duties on “Brand New Moves” – now available for download via iTunes – were handled by Julian Bunetta, who also worked with Fifth Harmony (“Me & My Girls”), One Direction (“Drag Me Down”), and Louisa Johnson (“Forever Young”).

Hey Violet’s upcoming second EP “Brand New Moves” – featuring “Fuqboi” and “Pure” – is scheduled for release on August 16 via Capitol Records.

Watch the music video for “Brand New Moves” below.

AlunaGeorge premiere music video for new single “Mean What I Mean”

28 Jul

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AlunaGeorge have premiered the music video for their new single online.

The British electronic music duo posted the visual clip for “Mean What I Mean” – featuring Leikeli47 and Dreezy – to their Vevo channel on Wednesday (July 27, 2016).

“Mean What I Mean” – now available for download via iTunes – was co-written by group members Aluna Francis and George Reid along with Amanda “MNDR” Warner (Kylie Minogue, Sean Paul), Harold Lily (Christina Milian, Toni Braxton) and Dan “Utters” Radclyffe (Sinead Harnett, Ella Eyre).

As mentioned in earlier posts, AlunaGeorge’s upcoming sophomore album “I Remember” – featuring lead single “I’m in Control” – is scheduled to arrive on September 16 via Island Records (UK) and Interscope Records (US).

Other album contributors include Mark Ralph, Sam Romans, Jean Baptiste Kouame, Michael McHenry, DJ Replay, Stargate, Charli XCX, John Hill, Noonie Bao, Cass Lowe, Kid Harpoon, Ajay Bhattacharyya, and Cathy Dennis.

Watch the music video for “Mean What I Mean” below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Andre Merritt

28 Jul

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Andre Merritt is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer.

He is best known for penning hit singles performed by Cheryl Cole (“Fight for This Love”), Rihanna (“Disturbia”), Chris Brown (“Forever”), Omarion (“Entourage”), and LeToya Luckett (“Ain’t Got Shit”).

His resume boasts further works with Fifth Harmony (“Going Nowhere”), Melanie Fiona (“Bones”), Jesse McCartney (“Crash & Burn”), Alexandra Burke (“Overcome”), and Marie Digby (“Shoulda Been Simple”).

Amongst the fellow songwriters Merritt has collaborated with are Priscilla Renea, Sevyn Streeter, Autumn Rowe, Paloma Faith, Lindy Robbins, Craig David, Lil’ Eddie, Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Rob Allen, James Fauntleroy, Corey “Latif” Williams, Taurian “Adonis” Shropshire, Elijah Blake, and James “JHart” Abrahart.

He also teamed up with top producers including Wayne Wilkins, Steve Kipner, Brian Kennedy, Jonas Jeberg, Polow Da Don, Eric Hudson, Jack Splash, Cory Bold, DJ Frank-E, Julian Bunetta, The Runners, Warren “Oak” Felder, Danja, Hit-Boy, Jim Jonsin, Mansur Zafr, Emanuel Kiriakou, Detail, Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, David Guetta, and will.i.am.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Andre Merritt’s work!

Sinead Harnett teams up with GRADES for new single “If You Let Me”

28 Jul

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Sinead Harnett has confirmed the details for her new single.

The British singer-songwriter christened “If You Let Me” as the first promotional cut from her upcoming third EP will release it on July 29 via iTunes.

Production duties on “If You Let Me” were handled by GRADES, who also worked with NAO, Fantasia Barrino, Natalie La Rose, and Becky Hill.

Meanwhile, Harnett’s self-titled EP – featuring “Rather Be With You,” “Say What You Mean” and “Love to Lose” – is scheduled to arrive on August 4 via Rinse Recordings.

The keenly awaited mini-collection follows 2014’s “N.O.W,” which spawned contributions from Snakehips (Tinashe), Utters (AlunaGeorge), Paddy Byrne (Olly Murs), and Jonny Lattimer (Anne-Marie).

Watch the music video for “If You Let Me” below.

Jojo schedules release date for new album “Mad Love”

28 Jul

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Jojo has scheduled the release date for her upcoming third album.

The singer-songwriter – born Joanna Levesque – will release “Mad Love” on October 14 via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

Lead single “Mad Love” – featuring Wiz Khalifa – is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital outlets.

Other musicians backing Jojo on “Mad Love” are MNEK (Beyonce), Ina Wroldsen (Demi Lovato), Justin Tranter (Gwen Stefani), Hayley Warner (John Legend), Taylor Parks (Alicia Keys), and Becky Hill (Imani Williams).

Her previous studio collection, 2006’s “The High Road,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned the Ruth-Anne Cunningham-penned / Billy Steinberg and Josh Alexander-produced single “Too Little, Too Late.”

Watch the music video for “Fuck Apologies” below.