Tag Archives: James “Malay” Ho

Sam Smith confirms title for sophomore album

12 Aug

Sam Smith has confirmed the title for his upcoming sophomore album.

The British singer/songwriter (born Samuel Frederick Smith) christened his second studio collection “TPH-50HR” (which means The Pink House 50 Heydon Road) and will release it in September via Capitol Records.

The highly-anticipated project reunites Smith with regular collaborator Jimmy Napes (born James Napier), who also contributed to the next projects by Mumford and Sons, Ray BLK, Tori Kelly, Rita Ora, Liv Dawson, Eliza Caird, Raye, Clean Bandit, Etham, Ria Ritchie, and Yebba.

The follow-up to 2014’s “In the Lonely Hour” reportedly boasts additional songwriting contributions from Levi Lennox (FKA twigs), Rachel Furner (Craig David), Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd (Kelly Rowland), Sophie “Frances” Cooke (Meghan Trainor) and Iain James (Olly Murs).

Among the producers expected to appear on the album are Malay (Frank Ocean), Cass Lowe (Sinead Harnett), Two Inch Punch (Rag’n’Bone Man), Martin Sjolie (Charlotte OC), Paul Epworth (John Legend), Fred Cox (Grace Carter), Joel Little (Lorde), Timbaland (Beyonce) and Fraser T. Smith (Stormzy).

Stream “In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows)” below.

Lorde unleashes new promotional single “Sober”

10 Jun

New Zealand singer-songwriter Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor, professionally known as Lorde, has released her new promotional single online.

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

Production duties on “Perfect Places” were handled by Lorde and Jack Antonoff alongside James “Malay” Ho, whose other credits include Frank Ocean’s “Nikes,” Alessia Cara’s “Wild Things,” Zayn Malik’s “It’s You,” Stacy Barthe’s “Lonely Disco Ball,” Jarryd James’ “Sure Love,” and Tori Kelly’s “Talk.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Lorde’s upcoming sophomore album “Melodrama” – featuring previous singles “Liability,” “Green Light” and “Perfect Places” – will arrive on June 16 via Lava Records and Republic Records.

The highly-anticipated collection follows 2013’s “Pure Heroine,” which peaked to number three on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Royals,” “Tennis Court” and “Court.”

Listen to the audio clip for “Sober” 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.

Kai teams up with Justin Raisen for a new collaboration

28 Feb

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Canadian singer/songwriter Kai has teamed up with Justin Raisen for a new collaboration.

The American producer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is known for his works with Charli XCX (“Nuclear Seasons”), Santigold (“Who I Thought You Were”), Kylie Minogue (“If Only”), Sky Ferreira (“You’re Not the One”), Alex Winston (“We Got Nothing”), Theophilus London (“Why Even Try?”), Kim Gordon (“Murdered Out”), Ariel Pink (“Picture Me Gone”), Little Boots (“Satellite”), and Angel Olsen (“Shut Up Kiss Me”).

Raisen’s extensive resume boasts further works with fellow musicians Ariel Rechtshaid, Daniel Nigro, Ashlee Gardner, Rivers Cuomo, Jordan Benik, Remi Nicole, Mary Raisen, and Jeremiah “Nugget” Raisen.

Meanwhile, Kai – real name Alessia De Gasperis-Brigante – is expected to release her debut project later this year.

On the still-untitled collection, the Canadian singer/songwriter has reportedly teamed up with producers Benny Cassette (Kandace Springs), BURNS (Louisa Johnson), Two Inch Punch (Kacy Hill), Joel Little (Ellie Goulding), Malay (John Legend), Daniel Heath (Lana Del Rey) and Banx & Ranx (Olly Murs).

Amongst the songwriters Kai has worked with are Jenna Andrews (Kiesza), Samuel Dew (Taylor Swift), Philip Plested (Ella Henderson), Simon Wilcox (Nick Jonas), Danny Parker (James Blunt) and Teddy Geiger (Shawn Mendes).

Watch the music video for “Never Be Like You” 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.

Miguel reunites with Raphael Saadiq for new collaboration

8 Jan

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Miguel has reunited with Raphael Saadiq for a new collaboration.

Saadiq previously co-wrote and produced “FLESH” for Miguel alongside Anup Kumar Paul. The track appears on Miguel’s 2015 album, “Wildheart.”

Saadiq’s credits also include Usher’s “Champions,” Solange’s “Cranes in the Sky,” Andra Day’s ‘Gold,” Whitney Houston’s “Fine,” Mary J. Blige’s “I See in Color,” and Erykah Badu’s “Love of My Life (An Ode to Hip Hop).”

Miguel, on the other hand, is expected to release his fourth studio collection later this year via Bystorm Entertainment in partnership with RCA Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional alliances with Malay, Happy Perez, Emile Haynie, Dave Sitek, Salaam Remi, Fisticuffs, and MakeYouKnowLove.

Watch the music video for “Coffee” below.