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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

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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

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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

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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

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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).

Jordin Sparks reunites with Jonas Jeberg for new album

7 Mar

Jordin Sparks has reunited with Jonas “Jay Jay” Jeberg for her upcoming third album, which is due later this year via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

The pair previously teamed up on the hit single “One Step at a Time,” taken from the artist’s self-titled debut album [Sony Music Entertainment / Jive Records].

Jeberg is also known for co-writing and producing singles “Boys” by Nicki Minaj featuring Cassie [Universal Music Group / Cash Money / Republic Records] and “Breakfast (Syrup)” by Kreayshawn featuring 2 Chainz [Sony Music Entertainment / Columbia Records].

Some of his upcoming placements include songs with Anjulie [Universal Music Group / Republic Records], Sabi [Warner Music Group / Kemosabe Records], Kelly Rowland [Universal Music Group / Republic Records] and Demi Lovato [Disney Music Group / Hollywood Records].

Meanwhile, the new collection by Sparks – which serves as the follow-up to 2009’s “Battlefield” – is confirmed to boast further collaborations with Theron “Neff-U” Feemster (Brandy Norwood, Mary J. Blige), Salaam Remi (Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Katharine McPhee, Fantasia Barrino) and Emanuel Kiriakou (David Archuleta, Bridgit Mendler).