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[Common Collaborators] Alicia Keys and Beyoncé

5 Jul

Since its a slow news day, I thought about writing this post, which has been on my mind for a while now. Its about songwriters/producers who worked with two artists that are frequently associated with one another. For this post, I have chosen Alicia Keys and Beyoncé.  In case you did not know, Keys was signed to Columbia Records (which is Beyoncé’s current label) before signing to Clive Davis’ J Records.  Here are the musicians that both artists have worked with:

  • Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson: Alicia Keys (“Tell You Something”) / Beyoncé (“My Body”)
  • Antonio Dixon: Alicia Keys (“That’s When I Knew”) / Beyoncé (“Best Thing I Never Had”)
  • Candice Nelson: Alicia Keys (“Heartburn”) / Beyoncé (“Resentment”)
  • Chad Hugo: Alicia Keys (“How Come You Don’t Call Me” – Remix) / Beyonce (“I Care,” “Work it Out” and “My First Time”)
  • Dre & Vidal: Alicia Keys (“So Simple”) / Beyonce (“T-Shirt” w/ Destiny’s Child)
  • Frank Ocean: Alicia Keys (“One Thing”) / Beyoncé (“I Miss You” and “Superpower”)
  • Harold Lilly: Alicia Keys (“Teenage Love Affair,” “Wreckless Love,” “Saviour,” “Where Do We Go from Here,” “I Need You,” “Pawn it All,” “Illusion of Bliss,” “Girl Can’t Be Herself,” “More Than We Know,” “So Simple” and “Where Do We Begin Now”) / Beyoncé (“Ego”)
  • Jeff Bhasker: Alicia Keys (“Girl on Fire,” “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,” “Love is Blind,” “Wait Til You See My Smile,” “Like the Sea” and “Tears Always Win”) / Beyoncé (“I Care,” “Rather Die Young” and “Party”)
  • Jermaine Dupri: Alicia Keys (“Girlfriend” and “My Boo”) / Beyoncé (“With Me” w/ Destiny’s Child)
  • Justin Timberlake: Alicia Keys (“How Come You Don’t Call Me – Remix” and “Morning Light”) / Beyoncé (“Until the End of Time,” “Blow” and “Rocket”)
  • Kandi Burruss: Alicia Keys (“Jane Doe”) / Beyoncé (“Bills, Bills, Bills,” “So Good,” “Bug a Boo,” “Hey Ladies” and “She Can’t Love” w/ Destiny’s Child)
  • Kanye West: Alicia Keys (“You Don’t Know My Name” and “Unbreakable”) / Beyoncé (“Party”)
  • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds: Alicia Keys (“That’s When I Knew”) / Beyoncé (“Best Thing I Never Had” and “Broken Hearted Girl”).
  • LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels: Alicia Keys (“Rear View Mirror”) / Beyoncé (“Scared of Lonely,” “World Wide Woman” and “Back Up”)
  • Miguel: Alicia Keys (“Where’s the Fun in Forever”) / Beyoncé (“Rocket”)
  • Noah “40” Shebib: Alicia Keys (“Unthinkable”) / Beyoncé (“Mine”)
  • Pharrell Williams: Alicia Keys (“Work on It,” “It’s On Again,” “Know Who Are” and “Apple”) / Beyoncé (“Work it Out,” “Green Light,” “Kitty Kat,” “Blow,” “Superpower” and “My First Time”)
  • Rich Harrison: Alicia Keys (“Ain’t No Reason” – performed by Christina Milian) / Beyoncé (“Crazy in Love,” “Be with You,” “Suga Mama,” “Freakum Dress” and Creole)
  • Rodney Jerkins: Alicia Keys (“Rear View Mirror” and “Listen to Your Heart”) / Beyoncé (“Déjà vu,” “Back Up,” “World Wide Woman” and “Scared of Lonely”)
  • Sean Garrett: Alicia Keys (“Waiting for Your Love”) / Beyoncé (“Ring the Alarm,” “Get Me Bodied,” “Upgrade U,” “Check on It,” “Green Light,” “Diva,” “Video Phone” and “Lay Up Under Me”)
  • Swizz Beatz: Alicia Keys (“Waiting for Your Love,” “Put it in a Love Song,” “New Day,” “The Gospel,” “Pawn it All,” “She Don’t Really Care,” “Million Dollar Bill,” “Wait Til You See My Smile”) and “Illusion of Bliss”) / Beyoncé (“Get Me Bodied,” “Upgrade U,” “Ring the Alarm,” “Lost Your Mind” and “Check on It”)
  • Timbaland: Alicia Keys (“Heartburn”) / Beyoncé (“Partition,” “Drunk in Love” and “Rocket”)
  • Toby Gad: Alicia Keys (“Love is My Disease”) / Beyoncé (“If I Were a Boy”)

Stream the audio clip for “Put It in a Love Song” below.

Antonique Smith debuts new single “Higher”

3 Sep

Antonique Smith - Higher

Antonique Smith has debuted her new single online.

The actress, singer, and songwriter posted the audio clip for “Higher” to her official YouTube channel on Friday (August 28, 2015).

Co-production duties on “Higher” – out now via iTunes – were handled by Kevin Risto and Wayne Nugent of Midi Mafia, who are also behind John Legend’s “Quickly” f/ Brandy and Justin Bieber’s “Overboard” f/ Jessica Jarrell.

Smith’s upcoming mini-collection “Love is Everything” – featuring previous promotional cut “Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)” – is slated to hit digital outlets later this year through 9:23 Music Group.

Among the musicians who reportedly contributed to the EP are Toby Gad (Beyonce, Alicia Keys), Danja (Usher, Britney Spears), Novel (Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson) and Dr. Dre (Eminem, Kendrick Lamar).

Listen to the audio clip for “Higher” below.

Avery Wilson drafts Kirby Lauryen, Rodney Jerkins for new single “If I Have To”

5 May


Avery Wilson has announced the title for his debut single.

The singer/songwriter christened “If I Have To” as the first promotional cut from his upcoming debut project.

“If I Have To” was co-written by Kirby Lauryen, whose other credits include Jennifer Lopez’s “Let It Be Me” [Capitol], Ariana Grande’s “Break Your Heart Right Back” [Republic] and Rihanna’s “FourFiveSeconds” [Roc Nation].

Production duties were handled by Rodney Jerkins, who is also responsible for Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” [Def Jam], Leona Lewis’ “Shake You Up” [Syco Music] and Mary J. Blige’s “Doubt” [Capitol].

Wilson’s debut project is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets later this year under Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

The still-untitled collection will feature additional collaborations with Sean “The Pen” Garrett, Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson, Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph, Harmony Samuels, Carmen Reece, and Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge.

Listen to the audio clip for “If I Have To” below.

Evan Ross drops “How to Live Alone” lyric video

14 Dec


Evan Ross is out with the lyric video for his new single online.

The singer and actor posted the lyric-based visual clip for “How to Live Alone” to his official Vevo page on Saturday (December 13, 2014).

“How to Live Alone” was penned by Jon Bellion, who is also responsible for co-writing Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” [Warner Bros. Records] and Eminem’s “The Monster” featuring Rihanna [Interscope Records].

Meanwhile, the upcoming project by Ross is expected to be released during the first quarter of 2015 via Evolve Music Group in partnership with Capitol Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly spawns alliances with Rodney Jerkins (Brandy, Michael Jackson), DJ White Shadow (R. Kelly, Lady Gaga), Savan Kotecha (Usher, Ariana Grande) and Novel (Fantasia, Avery Wilson).

Watch the lyric video for “How to Live Alone” below.

Evan Ross announces new single “How to Live Alone”

7 Dec


Evan Ross has announced the title for his new single.

The actor and singer christened “How to Live Alone” as the first promotional cut from his upcoming project, which will be released in 2015 via Rodney Jerkins’ label Evolve Music Group and Capitol Records.

“How to Live Alone” was written by Jon Bellion, who is also responsible for helming Jason Derulo’s “Trumpets” [Warner Bros. Records] and Eminem’s “The Monster” featuring Rihanna [Interscope Records].

Other musicians backing Ross on the still-untitled project are Novel (Kelis, Alicia Keys), Ericka J. Coulter (Tamar Braxton, El DeBarge), Savan Kotecha (Britney Spears, Ariana Grande) and Arnthor Birgisson (Leona Lewis, Janet Jackson).

Antonique Smith drops “Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)” music video

3 Dec


Antonique Smith has shared the music video for her new single online.

The singer/songwriter posted the Larenz Tate-directed clip for “Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)” to her official Vevo page on Monday (1st December, 2014).

“Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)” – which was written by Smith along with Darryl Farmer and Elijah Kelley – is now available for download via iTunes.

The track appears on the artist’s upcoming debut album, “Love is Everything,” which will be released during the first quarter of 2015.

Among the musicians backing Smith on the highly-anticipated project are Toby Gad (Madonna, Alicia Keys), Danja (Usher, Keri Hilson), Novel (Avery Wilson, Leona Lewis) and Dr. Dre (Mary J. Blige, Gwen Stefani).

Watch the music video for “Hold Up Wait a Minute (Woo Woo)” below.

Avery Wilson hits the studio with Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph

30 Jul


Avery Wilson has teamed up with Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph for his new project.

Joseph is known for co-writing and producing Jennifer Lopez’s “Emotions” [Capitol Records], Rihanna’s “Man Down” [Def Jam Recordings] and Kid Ink’s “No Miracles” featuring Elle Varner [RCA Records].

His resume also includes works for Kanye West [Roc-A-Fella Records], Frank Ocean [Def Jam Recordings], Sevyn Streeter [Atlantic Records], Tessanne Chin [Republic Records] and Chris Brown [RCA Records].

Meanwhile, the still-untitled project by Wilson is expected to be released later this year via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

It reportedly features further contributions from Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Usher, Janet Jackson), Ursula Yancy (Estelle, Keyshia Cole) and Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson (Evan Ross, Natasha Bedingfield).

Watch Avery Wilson’s rendition of Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” below.

Novel collaborates with Sean Garrett for Avery Wilson project

26 Jul


Novel has recently collaborated with Sean Garrett to write and produce songs for Avery Wilson’s upcoming project.

The singer, songwriter and record producer – born Alonzo Stevenson – is known for helming Alicia Keys’ “Tell You Something” [RCA Record], Leona Lewis’ “Whatever It Takes” [Syco Music] and Joss Stone’s “Tell Me What We’re Gonna Do Now” [Virgin Records].

His extensive resume also includes works for Kelis [Federal Prism], Jennifer Hudson [RCA Records], Beyoncé [Columbia Records], Natasha Bedingfield [Epic Records] and Evan Ross [Capitol Records].

Meanwhile, the as-yet-untitled project by Wilson – who featured on the third season of hit TV show The Voice – is expected to be released later this year.

It is said to feature additional contributions from Ursula Yancy (Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Lopez) and Salaam Remi (Melanie Fiona, Luke James).

Listen to Novel’s new mixtape “Red Wine & Ambien II” below.

Natasha Bedingfield drafts Mojam for new album

18 Apr


British singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield has drafted the production services of Mojam for her upcoming studio album.

The duo – which consists of members Mustafa Omer and James Murray – have previously collaborated with artists including Professor Green [Virgin Records], Emeli Sande [Capitol Records] and Leona Lewis [Syco Music].

Some of their notable production credits are “La La La” by Naughty Boy f/ Sam Smith [Virgin EMI Records], “Get Down” by James Arthur [Syco Music] and “A Heart Can Save the World” by Tinie Tempah [Parlophone Records].

Meanwhile, the new collection by Natasha Bedingfield is expected to be released later this year via Sony Music Entertainment / Phonogenic / Epic Records.

It serves as the follow-up to 2010’s “Strip Me,” which featured the John Hill-produced “Little Too Much” and Ryan Tedder-assisted “Neon Lights.”

For the new album, Bedingfield has also teamed up with Wayne Wilkins (Marlon Roudette, Cheryl Cole), Sia Furler (Beyoncé Knowles, Celine Dion), Toby Gad (Brandy, Alicia Keys) and Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson (Kelis, Lionel Richie).

Watch the music video for “Strip Me” below.

Evan Ross making new music with Novel

18 Mar

Evan Ross

Evan Ross is reportedly recording new music for his upcoming debut album.

The still-untitled project is expected to boast productions from Novel, who previously collaborated with artists including Beyonce [Columbia Records], Jennifer Hudson [RCA Records] and David Guetta [Virgin EMI Records].

Some of the hitmaker’s notable credits are “Tell You Something (Nana’s Reprise)” by Alicia Keys [RCA Records], “Whatever it Takes” by Leona Lewis [Syco Music] and “Music” by Joss Stone f/ Lauryn Hill [Virgin Records].

According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, “Say Yes” is amongst the songs recorded for the still-untitled LP. The track was written by Savan Kotecha along with Arnthor Birgisson and Rami Yacoub.

Watch the music video for Novel’s “Pride & Joi” below.