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DAKOTA drafts Evan “Kidd” Bogart for new collaboration

12 Mar

British singer/songwriter DAKOTA (born Sophie Elton) has drafted Evan “Kidd” Bogart for a new collaboration.

The American music executive, television producer, music publisher and songwriter is responsible for co-penning Beyonce’s “Halo,” Rihanna’s “SOS,” Madonna’s “Ghosttown,” Britney Spears’ “Love Me Down,” Jason Derulo’s “It Girl,” Keyshia Cole’s “This is Us,” Livvi Franc’s “Autoamtik,” Brandy’s “Right Here (Departed),” and Leona Lewis’ “Happy.”

Bogart’s extensive resume boasts further works with top producers Fraser T. Smith, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, Rodney Jerkins, Greg Wells, Jason Evigan, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella, Supa Dups, RedOne, Jake Gosling, Emanuel Kiriakou, Jim Jonsin, Wayne Wilkins, Mike Dean, Alex Da Kid, Ricky Reed, Brian Kennedy, Chuck Harmony, and The Invisible Men.

Meanwhile, DAKOTA is expected to release her first studio collection – featuring “Long Hot Summer” and “Lonely Like the Fool” – later this year via 70Hz Recordings in partnership with Virgin EMI Records.

Other songwriters DAKOTA has worked with are Karen Poole, Fiona Bevan, Amy Wadge, Maegan Cottone, Jennifer Decilveo, Isabella Summers, Nicola Roberts, Rachel Furner, Laura Dockrill, Jin Jin, Maiday, Nina Nesbitt, Chiara Hunter, Becky Hill, Clare Maguire, Jamie Scott, Levi Lennox, Alex James, Ollie Green, Ed Drewett, Samuel Preston, Jimmy Napes, and Tobias Jesso Jr.

Listen to the audio clip for “Long Hot Summer” below.

DAKOTA teams up with Tim Woodcock for new song “Long Hot Summer”

8 Aug

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DAKOTA has shared a new song online.

“Long Hot Summer” is slotted for inclusion on the British singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album under 70Hz Recordings / Virgin EMI Records.

The track – now available for streaming via Spotify – was written by DAKOTA along with Tim Woodcock, who also worked with the likes of Billie Piper (“Something Deep Inside”) and Eliza Doolittle (“Skinny Genes”).

Other musicians backing DAKOTA on her yet to be titled first studio collection are Future Cut, Amy Wadge, Josh Record, Maiday, Bless Beats, Laura Dockrill, Jamie Scott, Ed Drewett, Luke Potashnick, and Alex James.

On the songwriting front, DAKOTA – real name Sophie Elton – recently co-penned DJ Snake’s “Future, Pt. 2” along with Karen Poole and Fraser T. Smith. The Bipolar Sunshine-assisted track appears on French electronic music producer’s debut album, “Encore,” out now via Interscope Records.

Listen to the audio clip for “Long Hot Summer” below.

DAKOTA signs new deal with Virgin EMI Records

21 Jul

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Singer-songwriter DAKOTA has signed a new deal with Virgin EMI Records in partnership with 70Hz Recordings.

The Universal Music Group imprint also houses artists including Emeli Sande, MNEK, Bastille, Halsey, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, Iggy Azalea, Lorde, Alessia Cara, Martin Garrix, DJ Mustard, Camille Purcell, and many others.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Grammy award winning record producer and songwriter Fraser T. Smith will handle executive production duties on DAKOTA’s upcoming first studio collection.

The still-untitled project reportedly boasts further productions from Future Cut (Rita Ora), Josh Record (Dua Lipa), Luke Potashnick (Gabrielle Aplin), Bless Beats (Jess Glynne), and Jamie Scott (Ed Sheeran).

On the songwriting front, DAKOTA has teamed up with Amy Wadge (Fleur East), Karen Poole (Becky Hill), Laura Dockrill (Karen Harding), Maiday (Jessie Ware), Ed Drewett (Olly Murs), and Alex James (Katharine McPhee).

Watch an exclusive live performance of “Fast Car” below.

Alesha Dixon confirms new album “Do It for Love”

6 Aug

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Alesha Dixon has confirmed the title for her upcoming fourth album.

The British singer/songwriter christened her next collection “Do It for Love” and will release it on October 09 through Precious Stone Records.

Current single “The Way We Are” – which was written by Dixon along with Alex James and Harry Sommerdahl – is now available for download via iTunes.

Other CD contributors are Future Cut (Rihanna, Olly Murs), Shaznay Lewis (Little Mix, Fleur East) and Count Justice (Sevyn Streeter, Chris Brown).

Dixon’s last studio collection, 2010’s “The Entertainer,” peaked to number sixteen on the UK R&B Albums Chart and spawned hit singles including the Shama Joseph-produced “Drummer Boy” and Emeli Sande-assisted “Radio.”

Watch the music video for “The Way We Are” below.

Alesha Dixon unveils music video for new single “The Way We Are”

19 May

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Alesha Dixon has unveiled the music video for her new single online.

The British singer and songwriter posted the visual clip for “The Way We Are” to her Vevo channel on Tuesday (May 19, 2015).

“The Way We Are” – available for download from June 21 via iTunes (UK) – was written by Dixon along with Alex James (Olly Murs, Rebecca Ferguson) and Harry Sommerdahl (Carrie Underwood, The Saturdays).

The track also marks the first promotional cut from Dixon’s upcoming fourth studio collection, which will hit stores and digital outlets later this year under her own imprint Precious Stone Records.

Other musicians backing Dixon on the follow-up to 2010’s “The Entertainer” are Future Cut (Ella Eyre, Conor Maynard), Shaznay Lewis (Stooshe, Little Mix) and Count Justice (Sevyn Streeter, Chris Brown).

Watch the music video for “The Way We Are” below.

Alesha Dixon unveils artwork for new single “The Way We Are”

7 May

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Alesha Dixon has unveiled the official artwork for her new single online.

“The Way We Are” marks the first promotional cut from the British singer/songwriter’s upcoming fourth studio album.

The track – available for download from June 21 via iTunes (UK) – was written by Dixon along with Alex James (Olly Murs, Rebecca Ferguson) and Harry Sommerdahl (Carrie Underwood, The Saturdays).

Dixon’s third studio album, 2010’s “The Entertainer,” peaked to number sixteen on the UK R&B Albums Chart and delivered hit singles including the Shama Joseph-produced “Drummer Boy” and Emeli Sande-assisted “Radio.”

For her new album, the “Breathe Slow” star has teamed with former All Saints member Shaznay Lewis (Little Mix, Mutya Keisha Siobhan) and production duo Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalola of Future Cut (Rihanna, Ella Eyre).

Listen to a preview for “The Way We Are” below.

Cheryl releases new album “Only Human”

11 Nov

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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has released her fourth studio album online.

“Only Human” – featuring hit singles “Crazy Stupid Love” and “I Don’t Care” – is now available for download via iTunes (UK) in partnership with Universal Music Group / Polydor Records.

The highly-anticipated project serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “A Million Lights,” which peaked at number two on the UK Albums Chart.

Among the producers backing Cheryl on “Only Human” are Wayne Wilkins, Red Triangle, The Invisible Men, Jesse Shatkin, Greg Kurstin, Lucas Secon, Cass Lowe, Babydaddy, Matt Schwartz, DaWood, Jocke Ahlund and Oligee.

On the songwriting front, “Only Human” boasts contributions from Nicola Roberts, Camille Purcell, Sia, Katy Tiz, Heidi Rojas, Matt Morris, Bonnie McKee, Jo Perry, Mark Taylor, Liam Payne, Sam Preston and Alex James.

Watch the music video for “I Don’t Care” below.