Tag Archives: Darkchild

Sinead Harnett liberates new single “Leo Bear”

15 Jun


Sinead Harnett has liberated her new promotional single online.

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

The track was produced by Maths Time Joy (born Timothy Worthington), who is also responsible for Mahalia’s “Grateful,” Jaz Karis’ “Doubt My Love,” Bebe Rexha’s “Gateway Drug,” and Gallant’s “Jupiter.”

Harnett’s upcoming debut album – which reportedly features further contributions from Future Cut, Loxe, Doc McKinney, Illangelo, Alan Sampson, Steve Mostyn, P2J, Ari PenSmith, Stint, Rodney Jerkins, Autumn Rowe, Hue Strother, and Marlon Roudette – is expected to arrive later this year.

Watch the music video for “Leo Bear” below.

Blaque unleashes shelved third album “Torch”

4 Jun


American girl group Blaque – composed of members Shamri Devoe, Brandi Williams and the dearly departed Natina Reed – have unleashed their shelved third studio collection online.

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

Originally set to release in 2003, Torch delivers productions from Missy Elliott, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Fred “Uncle Freddie” Jerkins, Linda Perry, Warryn Campbell, Jazz Nixon, Nisan Stewart, and Craig Brockman.

On the songwriting front, Blaque worked with Tweet, LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels, Wirlie Morris, Tamara Savage, Patrick “J. Que” Smith, Harold Lilly, Traci Hale, Dante Nolan, Ethan Farmer, Kenny and Charlie Bereal.

See the tracklisting for “Torch” below.

(1) Blackout / (2) Dat’s Right / (3) Ugly / (4) Wanksta / (5) If It Was Me / (6) Helpless / (7) Love Em Down / (8) Try Harder / (9) Freakazoid / (10) Fall Through / (11) It’s Not Me / (12) Fall Back / (13) Nappy Dugout / (14) Her Name Is

H.E.R. reunites with MNEK for new collaboration

15 May


American singer/songwriter Gabi Wilson, known professionally as H.E.R., has reunited with fellow recording artist MNEK for a new collaboration.

MNEK previously produced and co-wrote “2” for H.E.R. alongside regular collaborator Ryan Ashley. The track appears on H.E.R’s self-titled project, which was released in 2017 via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

MNEK’s debut studio collection “Language” – featuring singles “Paradise,” “Tongue,” “Colour,” “Crazy World,” “Correct” and “Girlfriend” – is out now via Universal Music Group / Virgin EMI Records.


Meanwhile, H.E.R. is expected to release her upcoming debut album – featuring current promotional single “Hard Place” (which was produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins – later this year via RCA Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional alliances with Stint (Alina Baraz, Kiah Victoria), Trey Campbell (Bebe Rexha, Ella Mai), Bryan Michael Cox (Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton) and Darhyl Camper (Brandy, Kelly Rowland).

Watch the music video for “Hard Place” below.

Ciara liberates new studio collection “Beauty Marks”

12 May

American singer, songwriter Ciara Princess Harris, known mononymously as Ciara, has liberated her seventh studio collection online.

“Beauty Marks” – featuring singles “Level Up,” “Dose,” Greatest Love,” “Thinkin Bout You” and “Freak Me” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The highly-anticipated project boasts productions from Benny Cassette, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Maejor, Tricky Stewart, Pierre Medor, Jasper Cameron, and Skylar Grey.

On the songwriting front, Ciara has worked with Ester Dean, Carmen Reece, Theron Thomas, Janine the Machine, Rosina “Soaky Siren” Russell, Kaveh Rastegar, Tiwa Savage, Kimberly Perry of The Band Perry.

Watch the music video for “Thinkin Bout You” below.

K. Michelle releases new album “Kimberley: The People I Used to Know”

9 Dec

American singer/songwriter Kimberley Pate, professionally known as K. Michelle, has released her new studio collection online.

“Kimberley:The People I Used to Know” – featuring singles “Birthday,” “Fuck Your Man” and the Chris Brown-assisted “Either Way” – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2016’s “More Issues Than Vogue” boasts songwriting contributions from fellow recording artists including Kelly Clarkson (“Run Don’t Walk”), Sonyae Elise (“Birthday”), Prince Charlez (“Talk to God”), Safaree Samuels (“Alert”) and Priscilla Renea (“Brain on Love”).

Other album songwriters include Bianca “Blush” Atterberry (Pia Mia), Kevin Kadish (Meghan Trainor), Carmen Reece (Ray BLK), Micah Powell (Sevyn Streeter), Gabrielle “Goldie” Nowee (Rita Ora), Claude Kelly (Britney Spears), Lindsay Gilbert (Tamar Braxton) and Sam Sumser (Jason Derulo).

On the production front, K. Michelle has teamed up with Ronnie “Lil’ Ronnie” Jackson (Usher), Darhyl “DJ” Camper (Mariah Carey), Uforo “Bongo” Ebong (Toni Braxton), Hitmaka (Ariana Grande), Louis Biancaniello (Jessie J), Philip “HardWork” Constable (Grace Sewell), Eric Hudson (Brandy) Chuck Harmony (Mary J. Blige) and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Janet Jackson).

Stream “Kimberley: The People I Used to Know” below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Rodney Jerkins

7 Dec


Rodney Jerkins, also known by his stage name Darkchild, is an American record producer and songwriter.

He has helmed a broad range of popular singles including “What About Us?” (Brandy), “Angel of Mine” (Monica), “Make Me” (Janet Jackson), “Déjà vu” (Beyonce), “It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston), “If You Had My Love” (Jennifer Lopez), “He Wasn’t Man Enough” (Toni Braxton), “Say My Name” (Destiny’s Child) and “Telephone” (Lady Gaga).

Jerkins’s extensive resume boasts further works with Aaliyah (“Everything’s Gonna Be Alright”), Chante Moore (“If I Gave Love”), Britney Spears (“Don’t Keep Me Waiting”), Christina Milian (“Get Loose”), Teairra Mari (“Stay in Ya Lane”), Megan Rochelle (“The One You Need”), Kelly Clarkson (“I Forgive You”), Natasha Bedingfield (“Again”) and Rihanna (“As Real As You And Me”).

Amongst the songwriters he has collaborated with are LaShawn Daniels, Makeba Riddick, Claude Kelly, Emeli Sande, Nasri Atweh, Victoria Horn, Rico Love, Delisha Thomas, Sam Romans, Ina Wroldsen, Jimmy Napes, Priscilla Renea, Gordon Chambers, Ester Dean, Mischke Butler, Kandi Burruss, August Rigo, Crystal Nicole, Bruno Mars, Sia Furler, John Legend, and Diane Warren.

On the production front, Darkchild has helmed songs with Fred Jerkins, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Dallas Austin, Cory Rooney, Harvey Mason Jr., Sean “Diddy” Combs, Chuckii Booker, Benny Blanco, Andre Lindal, D’Mile, Francis “Eg” White, William “Tourist” Phillips, Stephen Fitzmaurice, Tommy Brown, Paul “Hot Sauce” Dawson, Rock Mafia, and The Stereotypes.

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

Mary J. Blige releases “Whole Damn Year” lyric video

2 Oct

Mary J Blige - Whole Damn Year

Mary J. Blige has released the lyric video for her new single online.

The R&B singer/songwriter posted the lyric-based visual clip for “Whole Damn Year” to her official Vevo page on Wednesday (October 1, 2014).

“Whole Damn Year” was co-written by Emeli Sande and Naughty Boy, who are also responsible for Rihanna’s “Half of Me” [Def Jam Recordings], Leona Lewis’ “Trouble” [Syco Music] and Fantasia’s “Side Effects of You” [RCA Records].

As previously reported, Blige’s next studio collection “The London Sessions” is scheduled to hit stores and digital outlets on December 2 via Capitol Records.

The highly-anticipated LP will be executive produced by Rodney Jerkins, whose recent works include Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” [Def Jam Recordings] and Ariana Grande’s “Hands On Me” [Republic Records].

Other contributors include Craze & Hoax (Tinie Tempah, Pixie Lott), Francis “Eg” White (Pink, Natalie Imbruglia), Disclosure (Usher, Pharrell Williams), Jimmy Napes (Clean Bandit, Gorgon City) and MJ Cole (Katy B, Wretch 32).

Watch the lyric video for “Whole Damn Year” below.

Mary J. Blige recruits Sam Smith for new project “The London Sessions”

5 Aug


Mary J. Blige has added Sam Smith to the list of contributors for her upcoming project, tentatively entitled “The London Sessions.”

The British singer/songwriter – born Samuel Frederick Smith – previously provided guest vocals for Disclosure (“Latch”) and Naughty Boy (“La La La”).

His debut album “In the Lonely Hour” – featuring international hit single “Stay with Me” – is now available via PMR / Capitol Records.

Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated new project by the “Be Without You” star is expected to be released later this year.

It will be executively produced by Naughty Boy, who also worked on the next albums by Rihanna [SRP Records], Ella Eyre [Virgin EMI Records], Kwabs [Atlantic Records] and Jess Glynne [Black Butter Records].

“The London Sessions” reportedly boasts further contributions from Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Emeli Sande, and Sam Romans.

Watch the Sam Smith perform “Stay with Me” with Mary J. Blige below.

Nathan Sykes enlists Carmen Reece, The Rascals for new project

3 Aug


Nathan Sykes has teamed up with Carmen Reece and Khristopher Riddick-Tynes of The Rascals on material.

Reece is known for co-writing Ariana Grande’s “Right There” [Republic Records] and Jasmine V’s “That Me Right There” [Interscope Records].

Meanwhile, notable songwriting and production credits by The Rascals include RaVaughn’s “Best Friend” [Columbia Records] and Babyface & Toni Braxton’s “I’d Rather Be Broke” [Motown Records].

It is yet to be known whether this material is intended for Sykes’ upcoming project, which is expected to be released later this year.

For the highly-anticipated collection, the former member of The Wanted also collaborated with songwriters and producers Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, and Rob Knox.

Watch Nathan Sykes perform “Calling All Hearts” with Jessie J below.

Mariah Carey premieres music video for new single ‘Almost Home’

8 Mar

Mariah Carey has premiered the music video for her new single online.

“Almost Home” – written by Carey along Justin Grey, Simone Porter, Lindsey Rey, Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen – is taken from the Disney film Oz the Great and Powerful. The track is available for download on iTunes and other online digital outlets via Universal Music Group / Island Records.

Production duties were handled by Norwegian duo Stargate, whose recent credits include “Acid Rain” by Alexis Jordan [Sony Music Entertainment / Roc Nation / Columbia Records], “Kill, Fuck, Marry” by Nikki Williams [Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Recordings] and “R.I.P.” by Rita Ora featuring Tinie Tempah [Sony Music Entertainment / Roc Nation / Columbia Records].

Meanwhile, the still-untitled upcoming studio album by Carey – which serves as the follow-up to 2010’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” – is confirmed to spawn collaborations with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Nelly Furtado, Leona Lewis), Chauncey “Hit-Boy” Hollis (Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez) and Terius “The Dream” Nash (Celine Dion, Usher Raymond).