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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.

Major Lazer premieres music video for new single “Powerful”

24 Jul

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Major Lazer have premiered the music video for their new single online.

The electronic music group – consisting of members Diplo, Jillionaire and Walshy Fire – posted the visual clip for “Powerful” to their official YouTube channel on Thursday (July 23, 2015).

“Powerful” – now available for download via iTunes – features vocals from British songbird Ellie Goulding and Jamaican artist Tarrus Riley.

The track was co-written by Thomas “Diplo” Pentz along with Maxime Picard, Clement Picard, Ilsey Juber, and Fransisca Hall.

Major Lazer’s latest album “Piece is the Mission” also includes previous promotional cuts “Lean On” (featuring DJ Snake and MØ), “Light it Up” (featuring Nyla), and “All My Love” (featuring Ariana Grande).

Meanwhile, fans of Diplo’s production and songwriting works should peep the next releases by Rita Ora [Columbia Records], Tinashe [RCA Records], Frank Ocean [Def Jam Recordings] and Ellie Goulding [Polydor Records].

Watch the music video for “Powerful” below.

Frank Ocean works with Rick Rubin for sophomore album

27 May

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Frank Ocean has worked with Rick Rubin for his upcoming studio album.

Rubin recently produced “Don’t” and “Bloodstream” for Ed Sheeran. Both hit singles appear on the British singer and songwriter’s latest album, “x,” now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Atlantic Records.

Other credits by the legendary record producer are Adele’s “One and Only” [XL Recordings], Lady Gaga’s “Dope” [Streamline Records], Lana Del Rey’s “Ride” [Interscope Records] and Jennifer Nettles’ “That Girl” [Mercury Nashville].

Meanwhile, Ocean is expected to release her second studio collection later this year under Universal Music Group / Def Jam Recordings.

The still-untitled CD boasts productions from Pharrell (Usher, Miley Cyrus), Rodney Jerkins (Ciara, Janet Jackson), Hit-Boy (Beyonce, Kelly Rowland), Diplo (Madonna, Katy Perry) and Happy Perez (Babyface, Mariah Carey).

Ocean’s first studio collection, 2012’s “Channel Orange,” peaked to number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Lost,” “Pyramids,” “Thinkin’ Bout You” and “Sweet Life.”

Watch the music video for “Novocane” below.

Angel reveals tracklist for new mini-album “Possession with Intent”

1 Oct

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Angel has revealed the official tracklist for his upcoming mini-album.

The British singer, songwriter and record producer – born Sirach Charles – is scheduled to release “Possession with Intent” on October 12 via iTunes (UK) in partnership with Parallel Music Group / Island Records.

“Possession with Intent” serves as the follow-up to 2013’s “About Time,” which spawned hit singles including “Beautiful” and “Time After Time,” as well as collaborations with Parker Ighile, Frank Ocean, and James Fauntleroy.

Peep the tracklisting for “Possession with Intent” below.

“Intro”
“Don’t Like It” (featuring Stormzy)
“On the Low” (featuring Eric Bellinger & Wretch 32)
“Wrap You Up”
“Run This” (featuring Sneakbo)
“Rather Leave” (featuring Sonna Rele)
“Window” (featuring Burna Boy)
“Range”

Tamia inks new deal with Def Jam Recordings

21 Aug

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Tamia has inked a new deal with Def Jam Recordings.

The Universal Music Group imprint is also home to artists including Mariah Carey, Kanye West, Frank Ocean, Teyana Taylor, and Jhene Aiko.

Meanwhile, the yet to be titled sixth LP by the Canadian singer/songwriter is expected to be released later this year.

It serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “Beautiful Surprise,” which debuted at number twenty six on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Among the contributors on the highly-anticipated studio collection are Da Internz (Kelly Rowland, Jazmine Sullivan), Claude Kelly (Whitney Houston, Faith Evans) and Chuck Harmony (Toni Braxton, Fantasia Barrino).

Watch the music video for “Can’t Get Enough” below.

Angel schedules release date for debut album ‘About Time’

14 Mar

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Angel has unveiled the title and release date for his upcoming debut album.

The British singer/songwriter – real name Sirach Charles – will release “About Time” in the UK on April 15 via Universal Music Group / Island Records.

Lead single “Wonderful” was co-written by Parker Ighile, whose credits include “What Now” by Rihanna [Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Recordings] and “Do It like a Dude” by Jessie J [Universal Music Group / Republic Records].

Other songwriters backing Angel on the project include Planet VI: Theron & Timothy Thomas (Keri Hilson, RaVaughn Brown), Eric Bellinger (Usher Raymond, Chris Brown), Erika Nuri (Christina Milian, Fantasia Barrino) and Christopher “Frank Ocean” Breaux (Alicia Keys, John Legend).

Angel – About Time [Official Tracklisting]:
“Intro”
“Wonderful”
“More Time”
“Victory”
“Vegas”
“Secrets”
“Get Money”
“Day Dun”
“Why”
“Rocket Love”
“Time after Time”
“Impossible to Kill”
“Sober”
“Go in Go Hard” (featuring Wretch 32)
“Ride Out” (featuring Sneakbo)
“How Can I Lose” (featuring Chip)

Angel premieres music video for new single ‘The World’

8 Feb

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Angel has premiered the music video for his new single online.

“The World” – available for download on March 31 – will be included on the British singer/songwriter’s upcoming as-yet-untitled debut album, scheduled for release later this year via Universal Music Group / Island Records.

The new collection by Angel – real name Sirach Charles – is confirmed to boast productions from Midi Mafia: Waynne Nugent & Kevin Risto (Fantasia Barrino, Conor Maynard), Bryan Michael Cox (Tamar Braxton, Nicole Scherzinger), Harmony “H-Money” Samuels (Keyshia Cole, Marcus Canty), Eshraque “Ishi” Mughal (Eva Simons, Cover Drive), Shahid “Naughty Boy” Khan (Leona Lewis, Alesha Dixon), MOJAM: Mustafa Omer & James Murray (Tanika Bailey, Mutya Keisha Siobhan) and TMS: Peter Kelleher, Thomas Barnes & Ben Kohn (Jessie J, Ginny Blackmore).

Songwriters include Christopher “Frank Ocean” Breaux (Alicia Keys, Brandy Norwood), Eric Bellinger (Justin Bieber, Usher Raymond), Alistair Tennant (Dionne Bromfield, Maria Lawson), Tanya Lacey (Cover Drive, The Saturdays), and Erika Nuri (Christina Milian, Alexandra Burke).