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Rita Ora delivers sophomore studio collection “Phoenix”

24 Nov

Rita Ora has released her sophomore studio collection online.

“Phoenix” – featuring singles “Your Song,” “Anywhere,” “Girls” and “Let You Love Me” – is now available via all digital streaming outlets.

On the highly-anticipated project, Ora has worked with songwriters including Ed Sheeran, Ali Tamposi, Georgia Ku, Lotus IV, Ilsey Juber, Emily Warren, Brian Lee, Noonie Bao, Julia Michaels, and Justin Tranter.

Among the producers who contributed to the album are StarGate, Jimmy Napes, Andrew Watt, Digital Farm Animals, Julian Bunetta, Louis Bell, Ben Billions, John Ryan, Sam Romans, Fred Gibson, Sir Nolan, Jonny Coffer, Ali Payami, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Steve Mac, and Rudimental.

Stream “Phoenix” below.

Sam Smith drafts Timbaland for sophomore album

9 Apr

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith has drafted the production services of Timbaland for his upcoming sophomore album.

The American record producer, singer, songwriter, rapper and DJ – born Timothy Mosley – is known for his works with Missy Elliot (“Work It”), Aaliyah (“Try Again”), Justin Timberlake (“Cry Me a River”), Nelly Furtado (“Maneater”), Rihanna (“Rehab”) and Beyonce (“Drunk in Love”).

Timbaland’s extensive resume boasts further works with Ginuwine (“Pony”), Adina Howard (“Sexual Needs”), Nicole Wray (“Make it Hot”), Keri Hilson (“Return the Favor”), Demi Lovato (“All Night Long”), Jennifer Hudson (“Pocketbook”), Kelis (“Running Mate”), Brandy (“Drum Life”), Solange (“Get Together”) and Destiny’s Child (“Get on the Bus”).

Meanwhile, Smith is expected to release his sophomore studio collection in late September via Method Records and Capitol Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “In the Lonely Hour” reportedly boasts additional productions from Jimmy Napes (Eliza Doolittle), Two Inch Punch (Rag’n’Bone Man), Malay (Frank Ocean), Cass Lowe (AlunaGeorge), Martin Sjolie (Nathan Sykes), Paul Epworth (Adele) and Joel Little (Ellie Goulding).

Among the songwriters expected to appear on the still-untitled project are Rachel Furner (Craig David), Jason Boyd (Jennifer Lopez), Levi Lennox (Zayn Malik), Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran) and Tobias Jesso Jr. (Kacy Hill).

Stream “In the Lonely Hour” below.

Sam Smith reunites with Two Inch Punch for sophomore album

3 Apr

Sam Smith has reunited with Two Inch Punch for his second album.

The British musician – born Benjamin Ash – previously co-wrote and produced “Life Support,” “Safe With Me” and “Money on My Mind” (initially entitled “Do it for the Love”), which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart.

Other notable credits by Two Inch Punch include Ella Eyre’s “Deeper,” Lulu James’ “Sweetest Thing,” Moko’s “With You,” Anne-Marie’s “Boy,” Frances’ “Let it Out,” Louis Mattrs’ “Bow Down,” Zac Samuel’s “Never Letting Go,” Rag’n’Bone Man’s “Human,” SG Lewis’ “All Night,” JONES’ “Bring Me Down,” Becky Hill’s “Caution to the Wind,” Javeon’s “Precious,” and Years & Years’ “Desire.”

Meanwhile, Smith is expected to release his sophomore studio collection later this year via Method Records and Capitol Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “In the Lonely Hour” reportedly boasts additional alliances with Jimmy Napes (Ellie Goulding), Malay (John Legend), Levi Lennox (Zayn Malik), Johnny McDaid (Harry Styles), Cass Lowe (Tinashe), Martin Sjolie (Charlotte OC), Rachel Furner (Craig David), Paul Epworth (FKA Twigs), Jason Boyd (Jennifer Lopez) and Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele).

Fans of Two Inch Punch’s work, on the other hand, should keep an eye on the next projects by DAKOTA, Era Istrefi, Kacy Hill, JP Cooper, Tory Lanez, Julia Michaels, Ava Lily, Ella Eyre, RAYE, Jessie Ware, Una Sand, Dua Lipa, Janice Kavander, Camille Purcell, ALMA, Noah Cyrus, Gabrielle, Kenzie May, Charli XCX, Liza Owen, Jess Glynne, Mabel McVey, Jorja Smith, Eliza Doolittle, Sinead Harnett, Liv Dawson, Sabrina Claudio, Taya, and Rex Orange County.

Watch the music video for “Money on My Mind” below.

Liv Dawson premieres music video for new single “Searching”

28 Feb

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Liv Dawson has premiered the music video for her new single online.

The British singer-songwriter posted the visual clip for “Searching” to her Vevo channel on Tuesday (February 28, 2017).

“Searching” – now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming outlets – was written by Jimmy Napes alongside the song’s producers Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure.

As mentioned in earlier posts, Dawson is currently working on her upcoming debut album under Method Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers further productions from TMS, Knightstarr, Phairo, Richard “Biffco” Stannard, Nexus, Two Inch Punch, GRADES, Fred Cox, Chris Leonard, and Mojam.

On the songwriting front, Dawson has worked with Lucy “Pawws” Taylor, Sam Romans, Frances, Levi Lennox, Amy Wadge, Bruno Major, Dayo Olatunji, Grace Barker, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Laura Dockrill.

Watch the music video for “Searching” below.

Sam Smith hits the studio with Johnny McDaid

8 Feb

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Sam Smith has recorded new music with Johnny McDaid.

The Irish record producer and songwriter recently co-penned “Shape of You” for Ed Sheeran alongside the song’s producer Steve Mac.

McDaid’s other credits include James Blunt’s “Make Me Better,” Aquilo’s “Sorry,” Robbie Williams’ “Love of My Life,” Birdy’s “Wild Horses,” Biffy Clyro’s “Howl,” Example’s “Say Nothing,” and Rudimental’s “Never Let You Go.”

Meanwhile, Smith is expected to release his sophomore studio collection later this year via Method Records and Capitol Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers further contributions from Jimmy Napes (Alicia Keys), Malay (Frank Ocean), Levi Lennox (Bebe Rexha), Mark Taylor (Ella Eyre) Cass Lowe (Stanaj) and Jason Boyd (Jason Derulo).

Smith’s first studio collection, 2014’s “In the Lonely Hour,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Stay With Me,” “Lay Me Down” and “I’m Not the Only One.”

Watch the music video for “Omen” below.

Alicia Keys drafts KAYTRANADA for new song “Sweet F-ing Love”

10 Jan

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Alicia Keys has unleashed a new song online.

The audio clip for “Sweet F-ing Love” was posted to rapper-producer Swizz Beatz’s SoundCloud channel on Monday (January 09, 2017).

Production duties on “Sweet F-ing Love” were handled by KAYTRANADA, whose other credits include Craig David’s “Sink or Swim,” Zak Abel’s “Say Sumthin,” Kali Uchis’ “Rush,” Anderson Paak’s “Lite Weight,” Talib Kweli’s “Butterfly,” Katy B’s “Honey,” and Sinead Harnett’s “Say What You Mean.”

Keys’ latest album “Here” – featuring singles “In Common” and “Blended Family (What You Do for Love)” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2012’s “Girl on Fire” delivers productions and songwriting contributions from Pharrell Williams, Emeli Sande, Jimmy Napes, Harold Lilly, Mark Batson, Tish Hyman, Illangelo, Billy Walsh, and Taylor Parks.

Listen to the audio clip for “Sweet F-ing Love” below.

Liv Dawson unveils new promotional single “Last Time”

17 Dec

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Liv Dawson has unveiled her new promotional single online.

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

The track was written by Dawson alongside Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele, John Legend) and Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Dawson’s upcoming debut album is expected to be released in 2017 via Method Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers contributions from TMS (Jess Glynne), Lucy “Pawws” Taylor (Dua Lipa), Sam Romans (Craig David), Frances (Karen Harding) and KNIGHTSTARR (Mollie King).

Listen to the audio clip for “Last Time” below.