Archive | March, 2017

[Musicians’ Galore] Ester Dean

30 Mar

Ester Dean is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress.

She has co-written songs for Britney Spears (“Selfish”), Katy Perry (“Firework”), Beyoncé (“Countdown”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Wet”), Mary J. Blige (“I Am”), Nicki Minaj (“Super Bass”), Kelly Clarkson (“Mr. Know it All”), Kelly Rowland (“I’m Dat Chick”), Keri Hilson (“Lose Control”), Rihanna (“You Da One”), Selena Gomez (“Come and Get it”), G.R.L. (“Ugly Heart”), Teyana Taylor (“Google Me”), Little Mix (“Always Be Together”) and Pia Toscano (“This Time”).

Among the fellow songwriters Dean has worked with are Traci Hale, Penelope Magnet, Kandi Burruss, Makeba Riddick, Crystal Nicole, Julie Frost, MoZella, Kelly Sheehan, Stacy Barthe, Laura “LP” Pergolizzi, Starrah, Jasper Cameron, Sam Martin, Claude Kelly, Sean Douglas, Thabiso Nkhereanye, Johnta Austin, Corey Williams, Giorgio Tuinfort, Ne-Yo, and The-Dream.

The “Crazy Youngsters” star has collaborated with top producers including Stargate, Polow Da Don, Tricky Stewart, Jazze Pha, Rodney Jerkins, Dapo Tormiro, Benny Blanco, Hit-Boy, Sermstyle, Jim Jonsin, Ammo, JMIKE, Scott Storch, Mike WiLL Made It, Warren “Oak” Felder, Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Ronald “Flip” Colson, Brian Kennedy, RedOne, Sandy Vee, DJ Frank-E, Kane Beatz, Shellback, Calvin Harris, John Hill, Cirkut, and Dr. Luke.

Her mini-album “Miss Ester Dean” – featuring “Jealous,” “Any Other Way” and “That Girl” – is now available ia iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

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

Mary J. Blige reveals tracklist for new album “Strength of a Woman”

30 Mar

American R&B singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige has revealed the tracklisting for her upcoming thirteenth album, “Strength of a Woman,” out on April 28 via Universal Music Group / Capitol Records.

Current single “U + Me (Love Lesson)” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2014’s “The London Sessions” delivers guest appearances from Quavo, DJ Khaled & Missy Elliot (“Glow Up”), KAYTRANADA (“Telling the Truth”), Prince Charlez (“Smile”) and Kanye West (“Love Yourself”).

Other musicians backing Blige on “Strength of a Woman” Darhyl “DJ” Camper (Brandy, Tamar Braxton), Jazmine Sullivan (Tamia, Candice Glover), Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge (Ne-Yo, Kandace Springs), Davion Farris (Tyrese, Marsha Ambrosius) and Hit-Boy (Rihanna, Kelly Rowland).

See the tracklisting for “Strength of a Woman” below.

(1) Love Yourself / (2) Thick of It / (3) Set Me Free / (4) It’s Me / (5) Glow Up / (6) U + Me (Love Lesson) / (7) Indestructible / (8) Thank You / (9) Survivor / (10) Find the Love / (11) Smile / (12) Telling the Truth / (13) Strength of a Woman / (14) Hello Father

RØMANS confirms details for new single

29 Mar

RØMANS has confirmed the details for his new single.

The British singer, songwriter, and record producer – real name Samuel Elliot Roman – christened “Happy Love” as his next promotional cut and will release on March 31 via Roc Nation Records.

His mini-albums, “Act I” (2015) and “Overthinking – Pt. 1” (2016), along with his previous promotional singles, “Love is the Beast,” “Silence” and “Prisoner,” are now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

As a songwriter/producer, RØMANS has reportedly contributed to the next projects by Cosima, Noah Cyrus, RAYE, Jess Glynne, Sigala, Louisa Johnson, Ella Henderson, Blonde, Fleur East, Gavin Jones, Era Istrefi, KStewart, Calum Scott, Jonas Blue, Ava Lily, Rudimental, Liv Dawson, Matoma, Naughty Boy, Jessie Ware, Sigma, and X Ambassadors.

His notable credits include Mary J. Blige’s “Doubt,” Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Fade to Nothing,” Lapsley’s “Love is Blind,” Melissa Steel’s “You Love Me,” Kwabs’ “Father Figure,” Ella Mai’s “10,000 Hours,” Little Mix’s “Down & Dirty,” Mahalia’s “Back Up Plan,” Clean Bandit’s “Tears,” Stefanie Heinzmann’s “Falling,” Birdy’s “Beautiful Lies,” and AlunaGeorge’s “I’m in Control.”

Stream “Love is the Beast” below.

Adam Lambert teams with Big Taste for new collaboration

29 Mar

Adam Lambert has teamed up with Big Taste for a new collaboration.

The New Zealand vocalist, songwriter and record producer – born Leroy Clampitt – is known for his works with Justin Bieber (“Company”), Maty Noyes (“Falling Out of Love”), Jake Miller (“Overnight”), MAALA (“Hush”), Sage the Gemini (“Now and Later”), Train (“Ziplock of Sunshine”), Jupiter Project (“You and Me”), Boulevards (“The Spot”) and JAHKOY (“Hold Your Hand”).

Big Taste’s resume boasts additional collaborations with fellow songwriters/producers including Joe London, Amanda “MNDR” Warner, James “JHart” Abrahart, Rachel “RAYE” Keen, Fred Gibson, Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett, Rachel “RAYE” Keen, Ian Kirkpatrick, and James “Gladius” Wong.

Meanwhile, Lambert is reportedly working on his fourth album and is expected to release it later this year via Warner Brothers Records.

The follow-up to 2015’s “The Original Hight” reportedly boasts further productions from Axident (Astrid S, Jason Derulo), Leland (Selena Gomez, Troye Sivan), BloodPop (Madonna, Lady GaGa) and MNEK (Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha).

Among the songwriters expected to appear on the highly-anticipated project are Ilsey Juber (Noah Cyrus, Ellie Goulding), Sarah Hudson (Charli XCX, Katy Perry) and Ferras Al-Qaisi (Idina Menzel, Erika Jayne).

Stream “The Original High” below.

Halsey drafts Greg Kurstin for sophomore album

29 Mar

American singer/songwriter Halsey has enlisted Greg Kurstin for her upcoming sophomore album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom.”

The Grammy award-winning record producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s recent credits include Brooke Candy’s “Living Out Loud,” Niall Horan’s “This Town,” Sia’s “The Greatest,” Shura’s “Tongue Tied,” Gwen Stefani’s “Rare,” and Frances’ “Say it Again.”

Kurstin’s extensive resume boasts further works with Adele (“Hello”), Beyonce (“Standing on the Sun”), Kylie Minogue (“Wow”), Britney Spears (“Rock Me In”), Selena Gomez (“Whiplash”), Charli XCX (“Famous”), Ellie Goulding (“Burn”), Sky Ferreira (“Red Lips”) and Carly Rae Jepsen (“Boy Problems”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” is scheduled to arrive on June 2 via Astralwerks / Capitol Records.

The follow-up to 2015’s “Badlands” reportedly delivers additional alliances with Benny Blanco (Rihanna, Ed Sheeran), Captain Cuts (Kesha, Bebe Rexha), Tim Anderson (BANKS, Lana Del Rey), The Futuristics (G-Eazy, Camila Cabello) and Ricky Reed (Meghan Trainor, Jason Derulo).

Halsey’s current single “Not Afraid Anymore” – which was co-written by Nasri Atweh and Adam Messinger of The Messengers alongside Canadian record producer Jason “DaHeala” Quenneville – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Greg Kurstin’s work below!

Kelela reunites in the studio with Arca

29 Mar

American singer/songwriter Kelela Mizanekristos has reunited with Arca for a new collaboration.

The pair previously teamed up on “A Message” and “Hallucinogen,” taken from Kelela’s 2015 mini-album, “Hallucinogen.”

Arca’s resume boasts further works with FKA twigs (“Papi Pacify”), Bjork (“Mouth Mantra”), Kanye West (“New Slaves”) and Frank Ocean (“Mine”).

The Venezuelan electronic producer, consultant, mixing engineer and DJ – real name Alejandro Ghersi – is also scheduled to release his third studio collection, “Reverie,” on April 7 via XL Recordings.

Meanwhile, Kelela’s still-untitled debut album – featuring contributions from Ariel Rechtshaid, Damon Albarn, and Jeremiah “Nugget” Raisen – is expected to arrive later this year via Cherry Coffee Music/ Warp Records.

Additionally, the “Rewind” star recently provided guest vocals on tracks performed by artists/acts including Solange (“Scales”), Clams Casino (“A Breath Away”), Danny Brown (“From the Ground”) and Marcelline & TRNSGNDR/VHS (“Dangerzone”).

Watch the music video for “Reverie” below.

Jessie Ware enlists NAO, GRADES for new collaboration

28 Mar

Jessie Ware has enlisted the songwriting and production services of NAO and GRADES for a her upcoming third album.

“No filter can hide how tired I am but what an absolute TREAT to be in the studio with @this_nao & @grades,” the British singer/songwriter posted to her Instagram profile on Tuesday (March 28, 2017).

NAO’s debut studio collection, 2016’s “For All We Know,” peaked to number seventeen on the UK Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Bad Blood,” “Fool to Love,” “Girlfriend” and “In the Morning.”

Meanwhile, GRADES is responsible for producing singles NAO’s “Bad Blood,” Tinie Tempah’s “Text from Your Ex,” Aanysa’s “Burn Break Crash,” Sinead Harnett’s “If You Let Me,” and WENS’ “Bleed.”

Ware, on the other hand, is expected to release her third studio collection later this year via PMR Records and Island Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Tough Love” reportedly delivers further productions from Jamie Scott, Benny Blanco, Two Inch Punch, Julian Bunetta, Andrew “Pop” Wansel, Emile Haynie, John Henry Ryan, Stephan Moccio, Fred Ball, Sam Dixon, Bastian Langebaek, and Ajay “STINT” Bhattacharyya.

Among the songwriters expected to appear on the album are Danny Parker, Maureen “MoZella” McDonald, Ed Drewett, Julia Michaels, Ammar Malik, Rachel “Maiday” Moulden, James Newman, Amy Wadge, Max McElligott, Shungudzo “Shungudz” Kuyimba, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Sam Romans.

Stream NAO’s “For All We Know” below.