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Frances premieres “Grow” music video

20 Mar

Frances has premiered a new music video online.

The British singer/songwriter – real name Sophie Cooke – posted the visual clip for “Grow” to her Vevo channel on Sunday (March 19, 2017).

This video was helmed in collaboration with Domestic Abuse Charity, “Refuge,” to help raise awareness of domestic violence and the work that “Refuge” does to help and support victims.

Frances’ debut album “Things I’ve Never Said” – featuring singles “Don’t Worry About Me,” “Don’t Matter” and “Say it Again” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The highly-anticipated project boasts songwriting contributions from Jimmy Napes (Clean Bandit), Rachel Furner (Little Mix), Ollie Green (JONES), Jonny Lattimer (Izzy Bizu) and Dan McDougall (Bruno Major).

Album producers include Steve Fitzmaurice (Sam Smith), Two Inch Punch (Ella Eyre), Greg Kurstin (Adele), Mojam Music (Fleur East), Dave McCracken (Elle King), RITUAL (Dua Lipa), Mark Ralph (AlunaGeorge), Howard Lawrence (Liv Dawson) and Craze & Hoax (Maverick Sabre).

Watch the music video for “Grow” below.

Clean Bandit teases new collaboration with Jess Glynne, Jimmy Napes

20 Mar

Clean Bandit have reunited in the studio with Jess Glynne and Jimmy Napes.

“MC Emotional Banger and DJ Vibrancy jamming @jessglynne @jimmynapes,” the British electronic music group – composed of Grace Chatto and siblings Jack and Luke Patterson – posted to their Instagram profile.

Clean Bandit previously teamed with Glynne and Napes on international hit single “Rather Be,” which topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked to number ten on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Glynne also provided guest vocals on Clean Bandit’s “Real Love,” which peaked to number two on the UK Singles Chart, and Napes co-wrote “Extraordinary,” which delivered guest vocals from UK singer-songwriter Sharna Bass.

As mentioned in earlier posts, the upcoming sophomore album by Clean Bandit – featuring singles “Tears,” “Rockabye” and “Symphony” – will arrive later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

The follow-up to 2014’s “New Eyes” boasts contributions from Sam Romans (Craig David), Mark Ralph (AlunaGeorge), Ina Wroldsen (Janelle Monae), Ammar Malik (Selena Gomez) and Steve Mac (Demi Lovato).

Other musicians expected to appear on the still-untitled project are Toby Gad (Beyonce), Natasha Bedingfield (Tori Kelly), Labrinth (Noah Cyrus), Priscilla Renae (Rihanna), Cass Lowe (Sam Smith), Eyelar (Diztortion), Jesse Shatkin (Kelly Clarkson), MNDR (Charli XCX) and Joel Compass (Tinashe).

Watch the music video for “Symphony” below.

Sigma hits the studio with Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Jean Baptiste Kouame

15 Mar

British drum and bass duo Sigma – composed of Joseph “Joe” Lenzie and Cameron “Cam” Edwards – have recorded new music with Eyelar Mirzazadeh and Jean Baptiste Kouame for their upcoming sophomore album.

Mirzazadeh previously featured on the track “Stay,” taken from Sigma’s debut album, 2015’s “Life.” She is also known for co-writing Charli XCX’s “After the Afterparty,” Diztortion’s “I’ll Be There,” Yellow Claw’s “Catch Me,” R3hab’s “Get Up,” Taya’s “Got Me Wondering,” and Redlight’s “Here with Me.”

Meanwhile, Kouame’s songwriting resume boasts works with Little Mix (“F.U.”), Kelis (“Scream”), AlunaGeorge (“Full Swing”), Rihanna (“Woo”), Nikki Minaj (“The Boys”), Madonna (“I’m a Sinner”), Rudimental (“Foreign World”), Leah McFall (“Home”), DJ Mustard (“Whole Lotta Lovin’”), Bonnie McKee (“Broken Record”), Laura Izibor (“Carousel”) and Sevyn Streeter (“It Won’t Stop”).

Sigma’s second studio collection, on the other hand, is expected to arrive later this year via Independent UK dance record label, 3BEAT Music.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers further songwriting contributions from Sam Romans, Jamie Hartman, Cass Lowe, Paddy Byrne, Ollie Green, Shola Ama, Ed Drewett, Bryn Christopher, Chelcee Grimes, Jimmy Napes, Arrow Benjamin, Ina Wroldsen, Jamie Scott, Talay Riley, Chiara Hunter, Ed Thomas, Josh Record, Dantae Johnson, Max McElligott, and Jonny Harris.

Sigma’s debut album, 2015’s “Life,” peaked to number two on the UK Dance Albums Chart and spawned guest apperances from Jetta John-Hartley (“Slow Down”), Rita Ora (“Coming Home”), Labrinth (“Higher”), Ella Henderson (“Glitterball”) and Paloma Faith (“Changing”).

Watch the music video for “Find Me” below.

DAKOTA drafts Evan “Kidd” Bogart for new collaboration

12 Mar

British singer/songwriter DAKOTA (born Sophie Elton) has drafted Evan “Kidd” Bogart for a new collaboration.

The American music executive, television producer, music publisher and songwriter is responsible for co-penning Beyonce’s “Halo,” Rihanna’s “SOS,” Madonna’s “Ghosttown,” Britney Spears’ “Love Me Down,” Jason Derulo’s “It Girl,” Keyshia Cole’s “This is Us,” Livvi Franc’s “Autoamtik,” Brandy’s “Right Here (Departed),” and Leona Lewis’ “Happy.”

Bogart’s extensive resume boasts further works with top producers Fraser T. Smith, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, Rodney Jerkins, Greg Wells, Jason Evigan, Ryan Tedder, Noel Zancanella, Supa Dups, RedOne, Jake Gosling, Emanuel Kiriakou, Jim Jonsin, Wayne Wilkins, Mike Dean, Alex Da Kid, Ricky Reed, Brian Kennedy, Chuck Harmony, and The Invisible Men.

Meanwhile, DAKOTA is expected to release her first studio collection – featuring “Long Hot Summer” and “Lonely Like the Fool” – later this year via 70Hz Recordings in partnership with Virgin EMI Records.

Other songwriters DAKOTA has worked with are Karen Poole, Fiona Bevan, Amy Wadge, Maegan Cottone, Jennifer Decilveo, Isabella Summers, Nicola Roberts, Rachel Furner, Laura Dockrill, Jin Jin, Maiday, Nina Nesbitt, Chiara Hunter, Becky Hill, Clare Maguire, Jamie Scott, Levi Lennox, Alex James, Ollie Green, Ed Drewett, Samuel Preston, Jimmy Napes, and Tobias Jesso Jr.

Listen to the audio clip for “Long Hot Summer” 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.

Liv Dawson delivers new single “Searching”

3 Feb

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Liv Dawson has delivered her new single online.

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

The track was co-written by Jimmy Napes, whose other credits include Ria Ritchie’s “In My Blood,” Jessie Ware’s “Pieces,” Ellie Goulding’s “Heal,” Alicia Keys’ “Chemical,” and Lianne La Havas’ “Wonderful.”

Production duties on “Searching” were handled by siblings Guy and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure, who also worked with the likes of Sam Smith (“Omen”), The Weeknd (“Nocturnal”) and Mary J. Blige (“Right Now”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Dawson’s upcoming debut album will arrive later this year via Method Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers contributions from TMS (Paloma Faith), Lucy “Pawws” Taylor (Dua Lipa), Sam Romans (John Legend), Frances (Ella Henderson), Knightstarr (Craig David), and Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele).

Listen to the audio clip for “Searching” below.