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Julia Michaels enlists Jimmy Napes for new collaboration

17 Feb

American singer/songwriter Julia Carin Cavacos, professionally known as Julia Michaels, has enlisted Jimmy Napes for a new collaboration.

The British songwriter and record producer has previously helmed songs for Sam Smith (“Too Good at Goodbyes”), Alicia Keys (“Hallelujah”), Mary J. Blige (“When You’re Gone”), Lianne La Havas (“Wonderful”), Rita Ora (“Velvet Rope”), Gregory Porter (“Holding On”), Ray BLK (“Doing Me”), Ellie Goulding (“Heal”), Ria Ritchie (“In My Blood”) and Jessie Ware (“Pieces”).

Napes’ debut mini-album “The Making of Me” – featuring the Jacob Banks-penned / Disclosure-produced “Keep You to Myself” – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

Michaels, on the other hand, is expected to release her upcoming project and follow-up to 2017’s “Nervous System” later this year via Republic Records.

Her current promotional singles “Heaven” (co-written with MNEK and Tayla Parx) and “Are You” (co-written with Justin Tranter and produced by Mattias Larsson and Robin Fredriksson Mattman & Robin) appear on the original motion picture soundtrack, “Fifty Shades Freed.”

Stream the audio clip for “Are You” below.

Ray BLK signs new deal with Island Records

23 Jan

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has inked a new deal with Island Records UK.

The Universal Music imprint also houses artists including Ariana Grande, Sigrid, JP Cooper, Drake, Mollie King, Bibi Bourelly, Cosima, AlunaGeorge, Hailee Steinfeld, Marlon Roudette, and Jessie Ware, amongst others.

As mentioned in earlier posts, BLK is expected to release her upcoming project and follow-up to 2016’s “Durt” – featuring the Gina Kushka and Tom Havelock-penned / Jimmy Napes-produced “Doing Me” – later this year.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts further contributions from Rymez, Kelly Kiara, Lil Eddie, Raye, The 23rd, MNEK, Dayo Olatunji, Courage, Jin Jin, Invisible Men, Kamille, Mr. Hudson, Evan Bogart, Harloe, Parker Ighile, Kane “KIN” Parfitt, Moon Willis, Paul Epworth, and Chris Loco.

Stream the audio clip for “Chill Out” below.

Rita Ora liberates new promotional single “Proud”

20 Jan

British singer/songwriter Rita Ora has liberated her new single online.

“Proud” – which was co-written by fellow recording artist Rachel “Raye” Keen alongside Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett and Fridolin “Freedo” Walcher – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Ora’s upcoming sophomore album – featuring previous promotional singles “Anywhere” and “This Song” – is scheduled to arrive later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records UK.

The still-untitled collection reportedly yields productions and songwriting contributions from Stargate, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Jason Evigan, Gabrielle Nowee, Sam Romans, Chelcee Grimes, Jonny Coffer, Diana Gordon, Max McElligott, Jimmy Napes, Ammar Malik, Justin Tranter, Mike Dean, Emile Haynie, Jason Boyd, Digital Farm Animals, Leon Thomas, and Jake Gosling.

Stream the audio clip for “Proud” below.

Ray BLK taps Harloe for new collaboration

16 Jan

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has tapped the songwriting services of fellow recording artist Harloe.

Born Jessica Ashley Karpov, Harloe’s songwriting resume boasts works with Kelly Clarkson (“Medicine”), Britney Spears (“Love Me Down”), Charli XCX (“Secret”), Olivia Holt (“Thin Air”) and Madison Beer (“Unbreakable”).

Her current single “More Than Ever” – which was co-written with regular collaborator Emanuel Kiriakou – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Meanwhile, BLK is expected to release her upcoming project and follow-up to 2016’s “Durt” – featuring the Gina Kushka and Tom Havelock-penned / Jimmy Napes-produced “Doing Me” – later this year.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts further contributions from Rymez, Kelly Kiara, MNEK, Lil Eddie, Raye, The 23rd, Dayo Olatunji, Courage, Jin Jin, Invisible Men, Kamille, Mr. Hudson, Evan Bogart, Tamera Foster, Parker Ighile, Kane “KIN” Parfitt, Moon Willis, Paul Epworth, and Chris Loco.

Stream the audio clip for “More Than Ever” below.

Rita Ora drafts Liam Payne on new promotional single “For You”

4 Jan

Photo Credit: Phil Poynter

British singer/songwriter Rita Ora has teamed up with fellow recording artist Liam Payne on her next promotional single “For You,” which will arrive on January 5th via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

Taken from the original motion picture soundtrack “Fifty Shades Freed,” the track was written by Ali Tamposi (Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez), Andrew Watt (Justin Bieber, Charlie Puth) and Ali Payami (Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Ora’s upcoming sophomore album – featuring previous promotional singles “Anywhere” and “This Song” – is scheduled to arrive later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records UK.

The still-untitled collection reportedly yields productions and songwriting contributions from Stargate, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Jason Evigan, Gabrielle Nowee, Sam Romans, Chelcee Grimes, Jonny Coffer, Diana Gordon, Max McElligott, Jimmy Napes, Ammar Malik, Justin Tranter, Mike Dean, Emile Haynie, Jason Boyd, Digital Farm Animals, Leon Thomas, and Jake Gosling.

Stream the audio clip for “Anywhere” below.

Liv Dawson shares new promotional single “Hush”

8 Dec

British singer/songwriter Olivia Ellen Dawson, professionally known as Liv Dawson, has shared her new promotional single online.

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

The track was co-written and produced by Jimmy Napes, whose other credits include Sam Smith’s “Too Good at Goodbyes,” Alicia Keys’ “Hallelujah,” Madonna’s “Best Night,” Gregory Porter’s “Holding On,” Ray BLK’s “Doing Me,” Ellie Goulding’s “Heal,” and Kwabs’ “Father Figure.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Dawson’s upcoming project – featuring previous singles “Painkiller,” “Somewhere Good,” “Last Time,” and “Searching” – is expected to arrive early next year via Method Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts additional alliances with Lostboy (Mabel McVey), Nataliya Phillips (Anne-Marie), Fraser T. Smith (Raye), Max McElligott (John Newman), Knightstarr (Tori Kelly), Jordan Riley (Nina Nesbitt), Frances (Ella Henderson) and Sam Romans (John Legend).

Stream the audio clip for “Hush” below.

Sam Smith premieres music video for new single “One Last Song”

30 Nov

Sam Smith has premiered the music video for his new single online.

The visual clip for “One Last Song” was posted to the British singer/songwriter’s Vevo channel on Wednesday (November 29, 2017).

Production duties on “One Last Song” were collectively handled by Steve Fitzmaurice (Paloma Faith, Kylie Minogue), Jimmy Napes (Madonna, Alicia Keys) and Tyler Johnson (John Legend, Harry Styles).

Smith’s latest album “The Thrill of it All” – featuring the Stargate-produced lead single “Too Good at Goodbyes” and Timbaland-assisted “Pray” – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

Watch the music video for “One Last Song” below.