Rita Ora confirms details for sophomore album “Phoenix”

19 Sep

Rita Ora has confirmed the details for her upcoming sophomore album.

The British singer/songwriter christened her second studio collection “Phoenix” and will release it on November 23 via Atlantic Records UK.

The highly-anticipated project features singles “Girls,” “For You,” “Your Song,” “Lonely Together” and “Anywhere,” as well as unreleased cuts “Summer Love,” “Let You Love Me,” “Cashmere,” “First Time High,” and “Velvet Rope.”

On the follow-up to 2012’s “Ora,” Rita has also collaborated with songwriters/producers including Invisible Men, Ali Tamposi, Brian Lee, Andrew Watt, Sir Nolan, Digital Farm Animals, Jonny Coffer, Louis Bell, Steve Mac, Ed Sheeran, Ben Billions, Jimmy Napes, Sam Romans, and Rudimental.

Watch the music video for “Girls” below.

Ruth B announces new promotional single “Rare”

18 Sep

Ruth B has announced the details for her new single.

The Canadian singer/songwriter (born Ruth Berhe) christened “Rare” as the first promotional cut from her upcoming sophomore album under Columbia Records.

Co-written and produced by Dernst “D’Mile” Emile (Janet Jackson’s “Feedback,” Mary J. Blige’s “Gonna Breakthrough,” Rihanna’s “That La La,” Victoria Monet’s “Little More Time,” and The Carters’ “Boss”), the track will arrive on September 21 via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

On the follow-up to 2017’s “Safe Haven,” which is expected to arrive later this year, Ruth B has also worked with songwriters and producers including Justin Tranter (Bebe Rexha), Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas), Andrew Wells (Meghan Trainor) and Danny Parker (Shawn Mendes).

Watch the music video for “Superficial Love” below.

Normani taps Ester Dean for new collaboration

15 Sep

Normani has tapped Ester Dean for new a collaboration.

Dean’s extensive songwriting resume boasts works with Rihanna (“Say My Name”), Katy Perry (“Peacock”), Britney Spears (“Selfish”), Christina Aguilera (“Not Myself Tonight”), Nicole Scherzinger (“Right There”), Beyonce (“Start Over”), Keri Hilson (“Lose Control”) and Nicki Minaj (“By My Side”).

Her debut EP “Miss Ester Dean” – featuring productions from Polow Da Don (“That Girl”), DJ Mustard (“New Shit”), Kane Beatz (“Any Other Way”), Cook Classics (“Fuck It”) and The Featherstones (“Jealous”) – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

Meanwhile, Normani is currently working on her debut project under Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

Other songwriters expected to appear on the still-untitled project are Tayla Parx, Jimmy Napes, Raye, Justin Tranter, Kito, Victoria Monet, Michah Powell, Starrah, Jude Demorest, Caroline Ailin, August Rigo, and Jozzy.

Stream “Miss Ester Dean” below.

Jazmine Sullivan hits the studio with Justin Timberlake

14 Sep

Jazmine Sullivan has teamed up with label mate Justin Timberlake for a new collaboration.

It is yet to be known whether the session was intended for an upcoming Timberlake project or Sullivan’s next studio collection.

As a songwriter, Timberlake has penned songs for Keri Hilson (“Slow Dance”), Ciara (“Love Sex Magic”), Beyonce (“Blow”), Rihanna (“Rehab”), Madonna (“Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You”), Britney Spears (“What It’s Like to Be Me”), Leona Lewis (“Don’t Let Me Down”) and Esmee Denters (“Love Dealer”).

Timberlake’s latest album “Man of the Woods” – featuring singles “Filthy,” “Supplies” and “Say Something” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Meanwhile, Sullivan is expected her fourth album – featuring contributions from James “Malay” Ho – later this year via Sony Music / RCA Records.

The still-untitled project serves as the follow-up to 2015’s “Reality Show,” which peaked to number twelve on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles “Dumb,” “Forever Don’t Last” and “Let it Burn.”

On the songwriting front, Sullivan is responsible for co-writing Mary J. Blige’s “Thick of It,” Christina Milian’s “Say I,” Tamia’s “Still Love You,” Monica’s “Everything to Me,” Faith Evans’ “He Is,” Candice Glover’s “Cried,” Jessica Sanchez’s “Drive By,” and Jennifer Hudson’s “I’m His Only Woman.”

Watch the music video for “Bust Your Windows” below.

Zara Larsson confirms new song title “Ruin My Life”

14 Sep

Zara Larsson has confirmed a new song title from her upcoming third album.

“Ruin My Life” – which was collectively helmed by Brittany “Delacey” Amaradio, Michael Pollack, Jamie “Sermstyle” Sanderson, Jackson Foote, and The Monsters & Strangerz – is slotted for inclusion on the highly-anticipated project, which will arrive later this year via TEN Music Group / Epic Records.

On the follow-up to 2017’s “So Good,” Larsson has also collaborated with songwriters including Whitney Phillips, Marlon Roudette, Dayo “Dyo” Olatunji, Max McElligott, Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett, Natalie Dunn, Erik Hassle, Caroline Ailin, Brett “Leland” McLaughlin, and Madison Emiko Love.

Among the producers expected to appear on the album are MNEK, Hit Impulse, Kid Joki, Jim Lavigne, William Wiik Larsen, Jack Patterson, Electric, Rami Yacoub, Cass Lowe, Digital Farm Animals, The Futuristics, Andrew Wells, Grades, Carassius Gold, Goldfingers, Jordan Riley, and Max Martin.

Stream the audio clip for “Only You” below.

Sinead Harnett hits the studio with Illangelo, Doc McKinney

13 Sep

British singer/songwriter Sinead Harnett has teamed up with Carlo “Illangelo” Montagnese and Martin “Doc” McKinney for a new collaboration.

Illangelo is responsible for producing Alicia Keys’ “In Common,” Post Malone’s “I Fall Apart,” Emeli Sande’s “Starlight,” Majid Jordan’s “Something About You,” Katy Perry’s “Pendulum,” and The Weeknd’s “Tell Your Friends.”

Meanwhile, Doc McKinney’s production resume boasts works with John Legend (“Wanna Be Loved”), Drake (“The Ride”), Santigold (“Outside the War”), The Weeknd (“Starboy”), Future (“Low Life”) and M.I.A. (“Exodus”).

Besides writing songs on the next projects by Little Mix and Louise Redknapp, Harnett is expected to release her next project – featuring the Grades-produced lead single “Body” – later this year via all digital streaming outlets.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts further contributions from Future Cut, Paul E. Phamous, Marlon Roudette, Alan Sampson, J Mills, Monro, Ari PenSmith, P2J, Michael Angelo, Hue “SoundzFire” Strother, Autumn Rowe, Maths Time Joy, Stint, and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins.

Watch the music video for “Body” below.

Mariah Carey enslists Bibi Bourelly, Nineteen85 for new single “GTFO”

13 Sep

Mariah Carey has released her new promotional single online.

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

The track was co-written by Bibi Bourelly, whose other credits include Christina Aguilera’s “Accelerate,” Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money,” Selena Gomez’s “Camouflage,” and Camila Cabello’s “I Have Questions.”

Production duties on “GTFO” were handled by Nineteen85, who is also responsible for Justin Timberlake’s “Soulmate,” Jessie Ware’s “Desire,” Majid Jordan’s “My Imagination,” Drake’s “One Dance,” Jennifer Hudson’s “Dangerous,” PartyNextDoor’s “Not Nice,” and Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Carey’s upcoming fifteenth album is expected to arrive later this year via Butterfly MC Records / Epic Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse” reportedly delivers additional alliances with Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Johnta Austin, Crystal Nicole, Eric Hudson, Priscilla Renea, No ID, and Prince Charlez.

Stream the audio clip for “GTFO” below.