Archive | November, 2016

[Musicians’ Galore] RedOne

28 Nov


RedOne, born Nadir Al-Khayat, is a Moroccan Swedish record producer, singer-songwriter, and record executive.

The Grammy Award winning hitmaker has worked with many high profile recording artists, most notably Lady Gaga (“Bad Romance”), Nicki Minaj (“Starships”), Jennifer Lopez (“One the Floor”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Poison”), Kelly Rowland (“Down for Whatever”), Brandy (“True”), Alexandra Burke (“Broken Heels”), Usher (“More”) and Enrique Iglesias (“Takin’ Back My Love”).

Amongst the musicians RedOne frequently collaborates with are Novel Janussi, Ameerah “Astrid” Roelants, Rachid “Rush” Aziz, Achraf “AJ” Janussi, Kinda Hamid, Jimmy “Jimmy Joker” Thornfeldt, Bilal “The Chef” Hajji, Jakke Erixson, Claude Kelly, Angela Hunte, Savan Kotecha, Jenna Andrews, David “DQ” Quinones, and Martin “Cherry Cherry Boom Boom” Kierszenbaum.

His extensive resume boasts further works with songwriters including Cathy Dennis, Andrea Martin, Michelle Bell, Frankie Storm, Ester Dean, Simon Wilcox, Fransisca Hall, Makeba Riddick, Kristal Oliver, Erika Nuri, Nyla Thorbourne, Heidi Rojas, Ali Tamposi, Rosina Russell, Evan Bogart, Talay Riley, Wayne Hector, Andrew Frampton, Justin Tranter, Marty James, Sean Douglas, Eric Bellinger, Ne-Yo, and Prince Charlez.

RedOne also helmed songs with fellow producers such as Dave Stewart, Giorgio Tuinfort, Rami Yacoub, Carl Falk, Benny Cassette, Julian Bunetta, Steve Kipner, Adam Baptiste, Josef Larossi, Madeon, Arnthor Birgisson, Bradley Spalter, Herbert “Herbie” Crichlow, Ki “KiFi” Fitzgerald, Matt Schwartz, Dann Huff, Ilya Salmanzadeh, and Brian Kennedy.

His current single “Don’t You Need Somebody” – featuring Enrique Iglesias, R. City, Serayah and Shaggy –  is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

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

[Musicians’ Galore] Rock City

27 Nov


Rock City is an American songwriting and production duo, composed of siblings Theron and Timothy Thomas, who have also released music under the namesakes R. City and Planet VI.

Their debut album, 2015’s “What Dreams Are Made Of,” peaked to number twenty-five on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned smash worldwide hit “Locked Away” featuring Adam Levine.

The Thomas brothers have also written and produced for several prominent artists, including Miley Cyrus (“We Can’t Stop”), Nicki Minaj (“Only”), Rihanna (“Pour It Up”), Kelly Rowland (“Kisses Down Low”), Usher (“I Don’t Mind”), Ariana Grande (“Be My Baby”), Jennifer Lopez (“Ain’t Your Mama”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Super Villain”) and Beyoncé (“All Night”).

Amongst the top producers Rock City have collaborated with are Dr. Luke, Cirkut, MaddScientist, Shama Joseph, Harmony Samuels, Brian Kennedy, Mike WiLL Made It, Polow Da Don, Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Diplo, Tricky Stewart, Scott Storch, Jonathan Rotem, Salaam Remi, JMIKE, The Underdogs, Bryan Michael Cox, Tiago Carvalho, Ben Billions, Happy Perez, Tha Bizness, Drumma Boy, Ricky Reed, and The Invisible Men.

They have also co-written songs with Keri Hilson, Shontelle, Chloe Angelides, MoZella, Ester Dean, Meghan Trainor, Ilsey Juber, Kalenna Harper, Marcella Araica, Bianca Atterberry, Verse Simmonds, Mischke Butler, Talay Riley, Jacob “JKash” Kasher, Gamal “LunchMoney” Lewis, Jaramye Daniels, Ben Harrison, Evan Bogart, and JHart.

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

Kehlani confirms title for debut album

27 Nov


Kehlani has confirmed the title for her upcoming debut album.

The singer-songwriter christened her first studio collection “SWEETSEXYSAVAGE” and will release it in early 2017 via Atlantic Records.

Amongst the tracks slotted for inclusion on the highly-anticipated project are “CRZY,” “Distraction,” “Did I,” “24/7” and “FWU.”

“SWEETSEXYSAVAGE” is also confirmed to boast alliances with NOVA WAV (Chloe x Halle, Britney Spears), Warren “Oak” Felder (Rihanna, Liam Payne) and Andrew “Pop” Wansel (Usher, Nicki Minaj).

Furthermore, Kehlani has reportedly teamed up with Charlie Puth (Fergie), Harmony Samuels (Zara Larsson), The-Dream (Beyonce), Happy Perez (Mariah Carey), Jonathan Rotem (Gwen Stefani) and Pharrell Williams (Alicia Keys).

Watch the music video for “Distraction” below.

John Legend liberates new promotional single “I Know Better”

26 Nov


John Legend has liberated his new promotional single online.

“I Know Better” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was co-written and produced by Legend alongside Blake Mills, who previously teamed up with the artist on hit single, “Love Me Now.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Legend’s fifth studio collection “Darkness and Light” will arrive on December 2 via GOOD Music / Columbia Records.

The follow-up to 2013’s “Love in the Future” delivers additional alliances with Greg Kurstin, Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Tobias Jesso Jr., John Henry Ryan, Matt Sweeney, Tyler Johnson, and Joel Compass.

Listen to the audio clip for “I Know Better” below.

Olly Murs reunites with Wayne Hector, Steve Mac for new single “Years & Years”

26 Nov


Olly Murs has announced the details for his new single.

The British singer-songwriter christened “Years & Years” as the third promotional cut from his fifth studio collection, “24 HRS.”

“Years & Years” was co-written by Wayne Hector, who also worked with the likes of Gabrielle Aplin (“Anybody Out There”), Eliza Doolittle (“Big When I Was Little”), Carly Rae Jepsen (“Your Type”) and Pixie Lott (“Paper Planes”).

Production duties were handled by Steve Mac, whose recent credits include Clean Bandit (“Rockabye”), Anne-Marie (“Alarm”), Sabrina Carpenter (“Thumbs”), Ina Wroldsen (“Mary’s Story”) and Louisa Johnson (“So Good”).

Murs’ latest album “24 HRS” – featuring previous singles “Grow Up” and “You Don’t Know Love” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Listen to the audio clip for “Years & Years” below.

Tom Odell unveils music video for new single “Silhouette”

26 Nov


Tom Odell has unveiled the music video for his new single online.

The British singer, songwriter, and producer posted the Charles Mehling-directed clip for “Silhouette” to his Vevo channel on Friday (November 25, 2016).

“Silhouette” was co-written by Jamie Scott, whose credits include Niall Horan’s “This Town” [Capitol], Jessie Ware’s “Till the End” [Interscope], Izzy Bizu’s “Glorious” [Sony Music] and Major Lazer’s “Cold Water” [Mad Decent].

Meanwhile, Odell’s sophomore album “Wrong Crowd” – featuring singles “Here I Am,” “Magnetized” and “Concrete” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Fans of Scott’s work, on the other hand, should look out for the next projects by The Beach, Anne-Marie, DAKOTA, Ella Henderson, Sigma, The Vamps, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man, Shift K3Y, Craig David, and Aloe Blacc.

Watch the music video for “Silhouette” below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Sean “The Pen” Garrett

25 Nov


Garrett Hamler, better known by his stage name Sean “The Pen” Garrett, is an American singer, songwriter and record producer.

Alongside regular collaborators Swizz Beatz and Polow Da Don, he helmed singles for Beyonce (“Check On It”), Kelis (“Blindfold Me”), Gwen Stefani (“Now That You Got it”), Mashonda (“Blackout”), Kelly Rowland (“Like This”), Fergie (“London Bridge”), Jamie Foxx (“DJ Play a Love Song”), Pussycat Dolls (“Buttons”) and Nicole Scherzinger (“Whatever U Like”).

His extensive resume boasts further works with Mary J. Blige (“Work That”), Janet Jackson (“My Baby”), Britney Spears (“Toy Soldier”), Teairra Mari (“Make Her Feel Good”), Christina Milian (“I Need More”), Keyshia Cole (“Guess What”), Brandy (“Put it Down”), Megan Rochell (“Let Go”), Alicia Keys (“Waiting for Your Love”) and Keri Hilson (“Turn Up the Radio”).

Garrett also worked with top producers including Bloodshy & Avant, Rodney Jerkins, Kanye West, Alex Da Kid, Mike WiLL Made It, Rich Harrison, Mario Winans, Kwame Holland, Arnthor Birgisson, Fernando Garibay, Da Internz, Rami Yacoub, Scott Storch, Pharrell Williams, Teddy Bishop, Eric Hudson, Andre Harris, Bryan Michael Cox, Ryan Leslie,, and Stargate.

On the songwriting front, he has teamed up with Cathy Dennis, Makeba Riddick, Angie Beyince, Solange Knowles, Kirby Lauryen, Candice Nelson, Lakeisha Gamble, Patrick “J. Que” Smith, Corey “Latif” Williams, LaShawn Daniels, Ryan Toby, Shaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith, and John Legend.

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

The Weeknd releases new album “Starboy”

25 Nov


The Weeknd has released his third studio collection online.

“Starboy” – featuring singles “False Alarm,” “Party Monster” and “I Feel it Coming” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Beauty Behind the Madness” reunites The Weeknd – real name Abel Tesfaye – with Doc McKinney, Cirkut, Ben Billions, Belly, DaHeala, Lana Del Rey, Savan Kotecha, Ali Payami, Peter Svensson, Max Martin, Labrinth, Cashmere Cat, Benny Blanco, and Diplo.

Other album contributors include Billy Walsh, Dan Wilson, Frank Dukes, Jake One, Emmanuel Nickerson, Dylan Wiggins, Metro Boomin, Prince 85, Sir Dylan, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Kendrick Lamar, Future, and Daft Punk.

Listen to “Starboy” in its entirety below.

Calum Scott delivers new single “Rhythm Inside”

25 Nov


Calum Scott has delivered his new single online.

“Rhythm Inside” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was co-written by Jon Maguire (One Direction, Shane Filan), Corey Sanders (Catherine McGrath, Stephanie Rainey), Kasper Larsen (Nina Nesbitt, Imani Williams) and Mich “Cutfather” Hansen (Kylie Minogue, Olly Murs).

Production duties on “Rhythm Inside” were handled by Fraser T. Smith, whose other credits include Craig David (“6 of 1 Thing”), GRACE (“Boyfriend Jeans”), Ellie Goulding (“Your Biggest Mistake”) and Gavin James (“Bitter Pill”).

Scott, on the other hand, is expected to release his upcoming debut studio collection – featuring previous single “Dancing on My Own” – in 2017 via Universal Music Group / Capitol Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional alliances with Mac & Phil (Emeli Sande, Ava Lily), Jonny Coffer (Beyonce, Jess Glynne), Philip Plested (Little Mix, Ella Henderson) and Sam Romans (Sampha, Alicia Keys).

Listen to the audio clip for “Rhythm Inside” below.

Sevyn Streeter announces new single “Before I Do”

24 Nov


Sevyn Streeter has announced the details for her new single.

The singer-songwriter christened “Before I Do” as the next promotional cut from her upcoming debut album “Girl Disrupted” and will release it on December 2 via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

“Before I Do” serves as the follow-up to previous promotional singles “D4L” (featuring The-Dream), “My Love for You” (co-written by Damon Thomas) and “Prolly” (produced by Charlie Heat).

Other musicians reportedly backing Streeter on “Girl Disrupted” are Tricky Stewart (Bruno Mars), Sean Garrett (Chris Brown), Drumma Boy (Goapele), Bangladesh (Kelly Rowland) and Cameron Wallace (Beyonce).

Watch the music video for “D4L” below.