Archive | December, 2016

Jessie Reyez hits the studio with Salaam Remi

31 Dec

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Jessie Reyez has teamed up with Salaam Remi for her upcoming debut project.

“@SalaamRemi #DAYO Grateful for everything that has happened this year. For the legends I’ve gotten to work with. For the people I’m building with from the ground up. For the reception and love I’ve gotten. For the health of my family. For the challenges that have carved my heart out to be a little more seasoned .. and for another day alive,” the Canadian singer-songwriter posted to Instagram on Wednesday (December 29, 2016).

Remi recently co-produced two songs on Anthony Hamilton’s latest studio collection under Mister’s Music / RCA Records, “What I’m Feelin,” alongside James Poyser – “Amen” and “Take You Home.”

His extensive resume boasts further works with Jazmine Sullivan (“Dumb”), Mack Wilds (“Own It”), Jordin Sparks (“They Don’t Give”), Ella Henderson (“Hard Work”), Alicia Keys (“Girl on Fire”), Nelly Furtado (“Enemy”), Melanie Fiona (“Running”) and Amy Winehouse (“Stronger Than Me”).

Other musicians Reyez has collaborated with on the still-untitled collection are Babyface, The Rascals, Jason Evigan, Chris Loco, Fredro, Jason Boyd, Hazebanga, Jaramye Daniels, and Christopher Braide.

Her current promotional single “Figures” – which was produced by Priest and the Beast – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Watch the music video for “Figures” below.

June’s Diary teams up with Bryan Michael Cox for a new collaboration

29 Dec

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June’s Diary have teamed with Bryan Michael Cox for a new collaboration.

“In with @BryanMichaelCox vibing … #WeComing2017,” the R&B quintet posted to their Instagram profile on Wednesday (December 28, 2016).

Cox is responsible for co-writing and producing singles including “Be Without You” (Mary J. Blige), “You Should’ve Known Better” (Monica), “Burn” (Usher), “Don’t Forget About Us” (Mariah Carey), “Nothing” (Janet Jackson), “Never Let You Go” (Justin Bieber) and “Hold You Down” (Danity Kane).

His extensive resume boasts further works with Whitney Houston (“Never Give Up”), Faith Evans (“Catching Feelings”), Tamar Braxton (“Pieces”), Mya (“Life is Too Short”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Steam”), Amerie (“Red Eye”), Keyshia Cole (“Was it Worth It”) and Destiny’s Child (“Bad Habit”).

Meanwhile, June’s Diary – composed of members Ashly Williams, Brienna DeVlug, Gabrielle Carreiro, Kristal Lyndriette and Shyann Roberts – are scheduled to release their debut project via Epic Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers further contributions from Dem Jointz (Brandy, Christina Aguilera), Harmony Samuels (Chris Brown, Kelly Rowland), Tricky Stewart (Beyonce, Christina Milian), Stereotypes (Bruno Mars, John Legend) and Darhyl Camper (Jazmine Sullivan, Nicki Minaj).

Current single “L.A.N.C.E.” – which was produced by Rashad “Hazebanga” Muhammad – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Watch the music video for “L.A.N.C.E.” below.

Maxine Ashley announces details for new mini-collection “Paranoid”

28 Dec

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Maxine Ashley has announced the details for her upcoming EP.

The singer-songwriter christened her next mini-collection “Paranoid” and will release it on January 2, 2017 via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

The EP includes five new songs in the shape of “Easily,” “Paradise,” “Paranoid,” “Free Fall” and the Isabella Summers-assisted “Run from Reason.”

Ashley’s previous mini-collection “Moodswings” delivered contributions from Pharrell Williams (Usher, Janelle Monae), Kerry “Krucial” Brothers (Mario, Alicia Keys) and Theron “Neff-U” Feemster (Tori Kelly, Demi Lovato).

She also teamed up with London-based producers Ed Butler and Robbie Lamond of Billon for their MNEK-penned single “Special,” out now Virgin EMI Records.

Watch the music video for “Between You and I” below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Ina Wroldsen

27 Dec

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Ina Wroldsen is a Norwegian singer/songwriter.

Her credits include “Empires” (Shakira), “Hold My Hand” (Jess Glynne), “Rockabye” (Clean Bandit), “Impossible” (Shontelle), “Melodies” (Madison Beer), “Adore” (Jasmine Thompson), “Love is the Name” (Sofia Carson), “Lionheart” (Demi Lovato) and “Twilight” (Cover Drive).

Other artists Wroldsen has worked with are Britney Spears (“He About to Lose Me”), Leona Lewis (“Come Alive”), Fleur East (“Like That”), Olly Murs (“Better Without You”), Alexandra Burke (“Call Myself a Liar”), Rebecca Ferguson (“My Best”), Pixie Lott (“Gravity”) and Jade Ewen (“Punching Out”).

In addition to being the main vocalist of pop/electronic music duo Ask Embla with fellow Icelandic musician Arnthor Birgisson, Wroldsen has provided guest vocals for Calvin Harris (“How Deep is Your Love”), Martin Solveig (“Places”), Chris Loco (“Human”) and Sigma (“Feels Like Home”).

Her extensive resume boasts further works with producers Steve Mac, Arnthor Birgisson, Andreas Romdhane, Josef Larossi, Fraser T. Smith, Christopher Braide, Guy Chambers, Jonas Jeberg, Fred Ball, Jez Ashurst, Laconic, Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson, Pontus “Avant” Winnberg, Joshua “Ammo” Coleman, Shellback, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Dallas Austin, and TMS.

On the songwriting front, Wroldsen has co-penned songs with Erika Nuri, Bonnie McKee, Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett, Rosina “Soaky Siren” Russell, Emily Warren, Ross Golan, Claude Kelly, Ed Drewett, Wayne Hector, and Evan “Kidd” Bogart.

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

Mahalia delivers debut album “Diary of Me”

27 Dec

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Mahalia has delivered her debut album online.

“Diary of Me” – featuring promotional singles “Back Up Plan” and “Silly Girl” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The project also boasts contributions from Sam Romans (Jess Glynne, Craig David), Richard Woodcraft (Michael Kiwanuka, Christine and the Queens), Boi-1da (Shakira, John Legend) and Nineteen85 (Drake, Majid Jordan).

Mahalia previously co-wrote and provided guest vocals on Rudimental’s single “We the Generation,” taken from the drum and bass group’s sophomore album of the same name, which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart.

Stream “Diary of Me” in its entirety below.

Kelly Clarkson enlists Priscilla Renea for new album

25 Dec

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Kelly Clarkson has enlisted Priscilla Renea for her upcoming album.

Renea’s recent credits include “Living Out Loud” (Brooke Candy), “When I Met You” (Fantasia Barrino), “Thumbs” (Sabrina Carpenter), “Bacon” (Nick Jonas), “Time” (K. Michelle) and “Write on Me” (Fifth Harmony).

In addition to prepping for the release of her own single “Family Tree,” Renea has also contributed to the next projects by Celine Dion, Betty Who, David Guetta, Chromeo, Louisa Johnson, Demi Lovato, ZZ Ward, and Clean Bandit.

Meanwhile, Clarkson’s forthcoming eighth studio collection will arrive in 2017 via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

The follow-up to 2015’s “Piece By Piece” reportedly delivers further songwriting contributions and productions from Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, Molly Kate Kestner, Nick Ruth, and Jason Halbert.

Strem the following playlist dedicated to Renea’s work!

Justine Skye releases new mini-collection “8 Ounces”

23 Dec

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Justine Skye has released her new mini-collection online.

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

The follow-up to 2015’s “Emotionally Unavailable” features nine new songs in the shape of “Love Song,” “Still,” “Girlfriend,” “Tonight,” “Jezebel,” “Too Young to Die,” “Strangers,” “Fun” and “Agenda.”

Production duties on “8 Ounces” were handled by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart and Terius “The-Dream” Nash, who recently helmed songs for Tinashe (“Superlove”), Usher (“Bump”) and Phantogram (“Run Run Blood”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Skye’s upcoming debut album – featuring the Chris Loco & Moon Willis-produced lead single “U Don’t Know” – will arrive in 2017 via Universal Music Group / Roc Nation Records.

Watch the music video for “U Don’t Know” below.