Archive | April, 2017

Sabina Ddumba drafts Tayla Parx for sophomore album

30 Apr

Sabina Ddumba has drafted Tayla Parx for her upcoming sophomore album.

The American singer/songwriter (born Taylor Parks) has co-penned songs for Mariah Carey (“Infinity”), Alicia Keys (“In Common”), Jojo (“Fuck Apologies”), Meghan Trainor (“Better”), Jennifer Lopez (“So Good”), Keyshia Cole (“Rick James”) and Jason Derulo (“Love Me Down”).

In addition to working on her own music project, Parx has also contributed to the next releases by Cassie, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kesha, Fleur East, Mollie King, Stanaj, Diana Gordon, Alina Baraz, Majid Jordan, Hailee Steinfeld, Skip Marley, Tori Kelly, Georgia Ku, and Cameron Dallas.

Meanwhile, Ddumba is expected to release the follow-up to 2016’s “Homeward Bound” later this year via Warner Music Sweden.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional alliances with Warren “Oak” Felder, Ilsey Juber, Mike “Scribz” Riley, Jenna Andrews, GRADES, Hayley Warner, Whitney Phillips, Shungudzo Kuyimba, and Grace Tither.

Stream “Homeward Bound” below.

Selena Gomez works with Charli XCX, Hazebanga for new album

30 Apr

Selena Gomez has worked with Hit-Boy and Hazebanga for her upcoming album.

Hit-Boy (born Chauncey Hollis) previously teamed up with Gomez on “Body Heat” and “Rise,” taken from the artist’s 2015 album, “Revival.”

Other notable production credits by Hit-Boy include Rihanna’s “Woo,” Kelly Rowland’s “Lay it on Me,” Nicki Minaj’s “Feeling Myself,” Jennifer Hudson’s “Gone,” Mariah Carey’s “Thirsty,” Beyonce’s “Sorry,” Mary J. Blige’s “Stronger,” and John Legend’s “Caught Up.”

Meanwhile, Hazebanga (real name Rashad Muhammad) has previously helmed songs for Beyonce (“Flawless”), Santigold (“Big Boss Big Time Business”), Jessie Reyez (“Fools Gold”), Stanaj (“Goddess”), Jordan Fisher (“More Than That”), Chloe x Halle (“Red Lights”) and June Diary (“L.A.N.C.E.”).

Gomez, on the other hand, is expected to release her next studio collection later this year via Universal Music Group / Interscope Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional productions from Mattman & Robin (Hailee Steinfeld), Rami Yacoub (Charlie Puth), Stargate (Demi Lovato), Benny Blanco (Ed Sheeran), Jonas Jeberg (Meghan Trainor), The Futuristics (Halsey), BloodPop (Ellie Goulding) and The Arcade (Rita Ora).

Among the songwriters expected to appear on the album are Jacob Kasher (Kylie Minogue), Lisa Scinta (Chris Brown), Ross Golan (Jasmine Thompson), Julia Michaels (Gwen Stefani), Ammar Malik (Nick Jonas), Charli XCX (RAYE), Justin Tranter (Betty Who), Leland (Troye Sivan) and Albin Nedler (DNCE).

Stream “Revival” below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Candice Nelson

30 Apr

Photo Credit: Dae Howerton

Candice Nelson is an American singer/songwriter, who is known for co-penning Britney Spears’ “Radar,” Keri Hilson’s “Return the Favor,” Mary J. Blige’s “Take Me As I Am,” Brandy’s “Who is She to You,” LeToya Luckett’s “She Don’t,” Bobby Valentino’s “Anonymous,” Kiley Dean’s “Make Me a Song”, Ciara’s “That’s Right,” and Sunshine Anderson’s “Something I Wanna Give You.”

Her extensive resume boasts further works for Karina Pasian (“Official Girl”), Fantasia (“I Nominate You”), Jennifer Hudson (“Pocketbook”), Nikki Flores (“Pain Killer”), Bayje (“Mean Girlz”), Jennifer Lopez (“Brave”), Katharine McPhee (“Open Toes”), Marie Digby (“Daybreak”), Alicia Keys (“Heartburn”), Teyana Taylor (“Translation”) and Victoria Beckham (“Resentment”).

Among the producers Nelson has teamed up with are Bloodshy & Avant, Walter Millsap, Timbaland, Bryan Michael Cox, Mr. Bangladesh, Eric Hudson, HIT-BOY, Darhyl Camper, RedOne, Jim Beanz, Midi Mafia, J-Roc, Warren Felder, Da Internz, Antonio Dixon, Danja, Happy Perez, Detail, Scott Storch, Jonathan Rotem, Bernard “Focus” Edwards Jr., Rich Harrison, and Dre & Vidal.

She has also collaborated with fellow songwriters including Kara DioGuardi, Andre Merritt, Makeba Riddick, Dewain Whitmore, Erika Rose, Justin Timberlake, Marcella “Ms. Lagoo” Araica, Eric Dawkins, LaKeisha Gamble, Jasper Cameron, Ericka J. Coulter, and her former team The Clutch (Balewa Muhammad, Keri Hilson, Patrick “J.Que” Smith, & Ezekiel Lewis).

Nelson’s debut album “Moments” 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 Nelson’s work!

Kenzie May teams up with Felix Joseph for new collaboration

29 Apr

British singer/songwriter Kenzie May has recorded new music with Felix Joseph.

The record producer, songwriter, photographer, and art director is known for his works with Abi Ocia (“Konfyt”), Jorja Smith (“Beautiful Little Fools”), Cosima (“Hymns for Him”), Kwabs (“Perfect Ruin”), Ray BLK (“50/50”), Elli Ingram (“Canna Butter Kisses”), Birdy (“Take My Heart”) and JJ (“City Lights”).

May, on the other hand, is expected to release her debut project – featuring promotional single “Never Find Another” – later this year.

Among the other musicians May has worked with are Future Cut, Hannah Yadi, Blue May, KiTo, Natalia Hajjara, GRADES, Phil Cook, BURNS, Matt Parad, Nylo, Joel Compass, Nate Cyphert, Mike “Scribz’ Riley, Lucas Secon, Josh Wilkinson, Francis “Eg” White, and Cass Lowe.

On the songwriting front, May – born Mackenzie Bryant – has penned songs for Dua Lipa (“Worst Enemy”), FTSE (“Float”), Bronze Whale (“Hear Me”), Dionne Bromfield (“Get Loose”) and Race Banyon (“Surface”).

Listen to the audio clip for “Never Find Another” below.

Kylie Minogue hits the studio with Karen Poole, Eyelar Mirzazadeh for new album

29 Apr

Australian singer/songwriter Kylie Minogue has teamed up with Karen Poole and Eyelar Mirzazadeh for a new collaboration.

Poole previously co-wrote songs for Minogue alongside fellow musicians Johnny Douglas (“Chocolate”), Richard “Biff” Stannard (“City Games”), Jonas Quant (“No More Rain”), Matt Prime (“Cried Out Christmas”), Calvin Harris (“Heart Beat Rock”), Greg Kurstin (“Wow”), Matt Schwartz (“Sparks”), Paul Harris (“Timebomb”), Chris Loco (“Fine”) and Bloodshy & Avant (“Nudity”).

Meanwhile, Eyelar’s songwriting resume boasts works with Taya (“Got Me Wondering”), Charli XCX (“After the Afterparty”), Redlight (“Here with Me”), Diztortion (“I’ll Be There”), Yellow Claw (“Catch Me”) and R3hab (“Get Up”).

Fans of Dutch songbird’s work should also keep an eye on the next projects by RAYE, Karen Harding, Anne-Marie, Liza Owen, AYDEN, Kyla Smith, Clean Bandit, KStewart, Rita Ora, Sigma, Macy Maloy, Kara Marni, Tamera Foster, Mali-Koa, and LOVELLE.

Minogue, on the other hand, is expected to release her fourteenth album and follow-up to 2015’s “Kylie Christmas” later this year via BMG Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly boasts additional alliances with Guy Chambers, Lauren Aquilina, Cutfather, Gina Kushka, Daniel Davidsen, Bonnie McKee, Peter Wallevik, Grace Barker, Luke Fitton, and The Invisible Men.

Listen to the audio clip for “Heart Beat Rock” below.

Halsey unwraps tracklisting for sophomore album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom”

29 Apr

American singer/songwriter Halsey – born Ashley Frangipane – has unwrapped the trackliting for her upcoming sophomore album “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” out on June 2 via Astralwerks / Capitol Records.

Current single “Now or Never” – which was co-written by Starrah and collectively produced by Benny Blanco, Happy Perez, and Cashmere Cat – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2015’s “Badlands” delivers additional alliances with Lido (Ariana Grande), Christopher Braide (Lana Del Rey), Sia Furler (Labrinth), Ricky Reed (Kesha), Dan Wilson (Noah Cyrus), Greg Kurstin (Beyonce), Justin Tranter (Selena Gomez), Rogét Chahayed (Kendrick Lamar), The Weeknd (Rihanna) and AMMO (Jason Derulo).

See the tracklisting for “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom” below.

(1) The Prologue / (2) 100 Letters / (3) Eyes Closed / (4) Heaven in Hiding / (5) Alone / (6) Now or Never / (7) Sorry / (8) Good Morning / (9) Lie / (10) Walls Could Talk / (11) Bad at Love / (12) Don’t Play / (13) Strangers / (14) Angel on Fire / (15) Devil in Me / (16) Hopeless

Listen to the audio clip for “Now or Never” below.

Tara Carosielli releases debut mini-album “I Know You Hate Me”

29 Apr

Photo Credit: Alexander Jordan

British singer/songwriter Tara Carosielli has released her debut EP online.

“I Know You Hate Me” – featuring “Holloway Road,” “Money,” “Lunatic” and “Blood on My Shoes” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The mini-collection boasts productions and songwriting contributions from Joe “Courage” Carson (Taya, Lao Ra), Maaike “KiTo” Lebbing (Noonie Bao, Reija Lee), Hannah Yadi (Maxine Ashley, Frank Gamble) and Rachel “RAYE” Keen (Anne-Marie, Mabel McVey).

Stream “I Know You Hate Me” below.

Jasmine Thompson liberates new single “Old Friends”

29 Apr

Jasmine Thompson has liberated her new single online.

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

The track was co-written by Meghan Trainor alongside Ross Golan and Johan Carlsson, who are also responsible for Ariana Grande’s “Dangerous Woman,” Charlie Puth’s “Then There Was You,” Little Mix’s “You Gotta Not,” Michael Buble’s “Today is Yesterday’s Tomorrow,” Colbie Caillat’s “Nice Guys,” Jason Derulo’s “Painkiller,” and One Direction’s “If I Could Fly.”

As mention in earlier posts, Thompson’s upcoming mini-album “Wonderland” – featuring “Someone’s Somebody,” “Wanna Know Love,” “Fix Me,” “Drama” and “Words” – will arrive on May 19 via Atlantic Records.

The follow-up to 2015’s delivers further contributions from RITUAL (Dua Lipa, Frances), Maegan Cottone (Olly Murs, Imani Williams), Justin Tranter (Imagine Dragons, Selena Gomez) and Livvi Franc (Christina Aguilera, Zara Larsson).

Listen to the audio clip for “Old Friends” below.

Lea Michele delivers new album “Places”

28 Apr

Lea Michele has delivered her new album online.

“Places” – featuring singles “Love is Alive,” “Anything’s Possible,” “Run to You” and “Getaway Car” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Louder” delivers songwriting contributions from Ali Tamposi, Ellie Goulding, Allie X, Julia Michaels, Chantal Kreviazuk, Fransisca Hall, Anjulie Persaud, Ruth-Anne Cunningham, Chloe Angelides, MoZella, Dana Parish, Alexandra Savior, Wrabel, Tim Myers, and Michael Fitzpatrick.

Michele has also worked with producers John Shanks, Toby Gad, Andrew Hollander, Jon Levine, Kyle Moorman, Jesse Shatkin, Xandy Barry, Linda Perry, Nathan Chapman, Christopher Braide, Kid Harpoon, Stephan Moccio, Afrojak, Richard “Biff” Stannard, and Ash Howes.

Stream “Places” below.

H.E.R. releases new single “Say it Again”

28 Apr

American singer/songwriter Gabi Wilson, professionally known as H.E.R., has released her new single online.

“Say it Again” – which was co-written by Wilson alongside Hue “SoundzFire” Strother – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Production duties on “Say it Again” were handled by Darhyl Camper Jr., whose other credits include Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It,” Tamar Braxton’s “Love & War,” Ro James’ “Already Knew That,” Keyshia Cole’s “Trust & Believe,” John Legend’s “Dreams,” and Stacy Barthe’s “Flawed Beautiful Creatures.”

H.E.R.’s upcoming mini-album “Volume 2” – featuring “Every Kind of Way,” “Still Down,” “Lights On,” “I Won’t,” “Changes,” “Faded” and “Rather Be” – will arrive on June 2 via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

Among the musicians backing H.E.R. on the highly-anticipated collection are Daniel “GRADES” Traynor (NAO, Jessie Ware), Mike “Scribz” Riley (Khalid, Tove Lo) and Kurtis “K9” McKenzie (Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora).

Listen to the audio clip for “Say it Again” below.