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Ray BLK connects with RAYE for new collaboration

20 Jul

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has teamed up with fellow recording artist RAYE for a new collaboration.

Born Rachel Keen, the “You Don’t Know Me” star previously co-penned songs for Charli XCX (“After the Afterparty”), Tara Carosielli (“Money”), Matoma (“The Wave”), Blonde (“Just for One Night”), M.O (“Not in Love”), 5 After Midnight (“Up in Here”) and Snakehips (“Don’t Leave”).

In addition to working on her upcoming project under Polydor Records, RAYE has also contributed to the next releases by Jess Glynne [Atlantic], Rihanna [Roc Nation], Little Mix [Syco Music], Rita Ora [Atlantic], Mabel McVey [Polydor], Era Istrefi [Ultra Music], Rudimental [Atlantic], Anne-Marie [Asylum], Naughty Boy [Virgin EMI] and Ellie Goulding [Polydor].

Meanwhile, BLK’s upcoming project – featuring current promotional single “Doing Me” – is scheduled to arrive later this year via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Durt” delivers additional alliances with Jimmy Napes (Sam Smith), Gina Kushka (Kylie Minogue), Tom Havelock (Kwabs), Paul Epworth (FKA twigs), Chris Loco (Maverick Sabre), Jin Jin (Dido), MNEK (Tinie Tempah) and Cass Lowe (Leona Lewis).

Watch the music video for “I, U, Us” below.

Rita Ora collaborates with Chris Martin for new album

6 Jul

Rita Ora has collaborated with fellow recording artist Chris Martin for her upcoming sophomore album.

The co-founder and lead singer of the British rock band Coldplay recently co-penned “Homesick” for Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut album under Warner Bros. Records, out now via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

His resume boasts additional songwriting credits including Brandy’s “I Tried,” Nelly Furtado’s “All Good Things Come to An End,” Jamelia’a “See it a Boy’s Eyes,” Kylie Minogue’s “Every Day’s Like Christmas,” Natalia Imbruglia’s “Want,” K’naan’s “Better,” and Beverley Knight’s “First Time.”

Meanwhile, Ora is scheduled to release her second studio collection – featuring the Ed Sheeran-penned / Steve Mac-produced “Your Song” – later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records UK.

Other musicians expected to appear on the follow-up to 2012’s “ORA” are Digital Farm Animals, Chelcee Grimes, Jimmy Napes, Diana Gordon, Leon Thomas, Jin Jin, Sam Romans, Max McElligott, Ali Tamposi, Brian Lee, Eyelar, Andrew Watt, Julia Michaels, Dallas K, Charli XCX, Jake Gosling, RAYE, Ammar Malik, MØ, Justin Tranter, Louis Bell, and Stargate.

Watch the music video for “Your Song” below.

Ray BLK teams with Dan Caplen for new single “Flat Champagne”

28 Jun

Photo Credit: Elle UK

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has teamed up with fellow recording artist Dan Caplen for his new single “Flat Champagne,” which will arrive on June 30 via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was written by Dan Caplen and Daniel “Bnann” Watts alongside Jordan Riley, who also co-penned and produced songs on the next projects by Dakota, Ella Henderson, KStewart, Grace Carter, L Devine, Nina Nesbitt, Raphaella, Becky Hill, Calum Scott, Mullally, and Zak Abel.

Meanwhile, BLK’s upcoming studio collection – featuring the Jimmy Napes-assisted “Doing Me” – is scheduled to arrive later this year.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Durt” reportedly boasts further contributions from Paul Epworth (Bruno Marks) Chris Loco (Erik Hassle), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (Craig David), MNEK (Tinie Tempah), Cass Lowe (Sam Smith).

Stream the audio clip for “Doing Me” below.

Tourist drafts Ardyn for new single “We Stayed Up All Night”

27 Jun

Tourist has announced the details for his new single.

The British record producer and songwriter (born William Phillips) has christened “We Stayed Up All Night” as the first promotional cut from his upcoming project and will release it on June 30 via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The track was written by Tourist and the song’s featured vocalist Katy “Ardyn” Pearson alongside Glen “Fictonian” Roberts and James “Jimmy Napes” Napier, whose other credits include Alicia Keys’ “Hallelujah,” Madonna’s “Best Night,” Disclosure’s “Latch,” and Ellie Goulding’s “Latch.”

Tourist’s songwriting and production resume boasts further works with Lianne La Havas (“Patterns”), Will Heard (“I Can’t Keep Up”), Jessie Ware (“Pieces”), Sam Smith (“Stay with Me”), Kacy Hill (“Arm’s Length”), Ekkah (“Small Talk”), Niia Rocco (“Holding On”), Birdy (“Secrets”) and Lapsley (“Hurt Me”).

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Tourist’s work!

Marlon Roudette signs new deal with Island Records UK

26 Jun

Marlon Roudette has signed a new deal with Island Records UK.

“Excited to announce that I’ve signed a new record deal with @islandrecordsuk Massive thanks to the whole team and boss Darcus Beese for persevering since my Mattafix days!! #ultralove @islandrecords I’m on Bob Marley’s label baby!!,” the British singer/songwriter posted to Instagram.

The Universal Music imprint also houses artists including Ariana Grande, John Newman, Bibi Bourelly, Cosima, Elli Ingram, AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Grace Mitchell, Hailee Steinfeld, Jack Garratt, DNCE, and Kid Cudi, amongst others.

Roudette’s current promotional single “Ultra Love” – which was co-written alongside Joacim Persson and Sebastian Arman – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

For his next project, Roudette has reportedly worked with Future Cut (Adele), Tre Jean-Marie (Jacob Banks), Guy Chambers (Robbie Williams), Jamie Hartman (Kacy Hill), Crada (Drake), Jimmy Napes (Rita Ora), Digital Farm Animals (Little Mix), Amy Wadge (Ed Sheeran), Mark Batson (Emeli Sande), LOSTBOY (Fleur East) and Red Triangle (Nina Nesbitt).

On the songwriting front, the “New Age” star has contributed to the next projects by Liam Payne, Ady Suleiman, and Emma Bale. His previous credits include Siobahn Donaghy’s “Twist of Fate,” Mabel McVey’s “Finders Keepers,” Louisa Johnson’s “Road to Rome,” and Sinead Harnett’s “Unconditional.”

Stream the audio clip for “Ultra Love” below.

RAYE reunites with Jin Jin for new collaboration

10 Jun

British singer/songwriter Rachel Keen, professionally known as RAYE, has reunited with Jin Jin for a new collaboration.

Jin Jin (real name Janee Bennett) previously co-wrote “You Don’t Know Me” for Jax Jones and RAYE alongside regular collaborator Uzoechi “MNEK” Emenike. The track peaked to number three on the UK Singles Chart.

Other notable songwriting credits by Jin Jin include Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Mind,” Little Mix’s “Grown,” Clean Bandit’s “Real Love,” Bakermat’s “Don’t Want You Back,” Alex Newell’s “Keep it Moving,” Sub Focus’ “Love Divine,” Tinie Tempah’s “Mamacita,” Foxes’ “Scar,” Fleur East’s “Like That,” Aston Merrygold’s “Trudy,” and Krishane’s “Drunk & Incapable.”

Meanwhile, RAYE is expected to release her next project – featuring current promotional single “The Line” – later this year via Polydor Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly delivers songwriting contributions from Sam Romans (Noah Cyrus), Emeli Sande (Rihanna), Jimmy Napes (Lianne La Havas), Eyelar (Charli XCX), Johnny McDaid (Ed Sheeran), Stacy Barthe (Katy Perry), Billy Walsh (The Weeknd), Autumn Rowe (Dua Lipa), Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Leona Lewis) and Jean Baptiste Kouame (Mabel McVey).

Fans of Jin Jin’s works, on the other hand, should keep an eye on the next projects by Dom McCallister, Taya, Jonas Blue, Sabrina Carpenter, HRVY, Rita Ora, Sigala, Bobii Lewis, YEBBA, David Guetta, Ray BLK, Conrad Sewell, Anne-Marie, Mullally, Starley, Ella Eyre, Blonde, Sean Paul, Dido, Jasmine Thompson, Astrid S, Vance Joy, Dakota, Era Istrefi, Stanaj, and Janelle Monae.

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Jin Jin’s work!

Ray BLK teams up with Jimmy Napes for new single “Doing Me”

5 Jun

Ray BLK has announced the details for her new single.

The British singer/songwriter, born Rita Ekwere, has christened “Doing Me” as the first promotional cut from her upcoming project and will release it on June 9 via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

“Doing Me” was co-written and produced by James Napier (professionally known as Jimmy Napes), whose other credits include Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me,” Madonna’s “Best Night,” Alicia Keys’ “Hallelujah,” Mary J. Blige’s “When You’re Gone,” Jessie Ware’s “Pieces,” Liv Dawson’s “Searching, ” Ellie Goulding’s “Heal,” Clean Bandit’s “Rather Be,” and Lianne La Havas’ “Wonderful.”

BLK’s upcoming project, which serves as the follow-up to 2016’s “Durt,” is scheduled to arrive later this year.

The still-untitled collection reportedly delivers additional productions and songwriting contributions from Paul Epworth (FKA twigs) Chris Loco (Etta Bond), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (Little Mix), MNEK (Kylie Minogue), Cass Lowe (Snakehips) and Jordan Riley (Ella Henderson).

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Jimmy Napes’ work!