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Ray BLK drafts Cass Lowe for debut album

18 May

Photo Credit: Elle UK

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has drafted Cass Lowe for her upcoming debut album.

The multi-platinum selling British songwriter and record producer’s credits include Snakehips’ “Don’t Leave,” Blonde’s “All Cried Out,” Sinead Harnett’s “Anywhere But Here,” Cheryl’s “Coming Up for Air,” Shola Ama’s “Boyfriend,” Fifth Harmony’s “Scared of Lonely,” AlunaGeorge’s “I Remember,” Felix Jaehn’s “Hot2Touch,” Niia Bertino’s “Girl Like Me,” Kwabs’ “Make You Mine,” Gabrielle Aplin’s “The House We Never Built,” and Hey Violet’s “Pure.”

Among the fellow producers Lowe has worked with are Electric, Mike Spencer, Dallas Austin, Jesse Shatkin, Lucas Secon, Gary Go, MNEK, Martin Terefe, Guy Sigsworth, Richard Stannard, Ash Howes, Jonas Quant, Robin Hanniball, Mark Ralph, Scott Hoffman, Adam Midgley, Tommy Baxter, Carl Falk, Rami Yacoub, Bradford Ellis, Julian Bunetta, Martin Solveig, and Stargate.

Meanwhile, BLK is expected to release her upcoming project, which serves as the follow-up to 2016’s “Durt,” later this year.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts additional alliances with Paul Epworth (FKA twigs, Florence Welch), Chris Loco (Rita Ora, Jessie Reyez), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (Dido, Janelle Monae), MNEK (Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha) and Jordan Riley (Ella Henderson, Calum Scott).

Fans of Cass Lowe’s works, on the other hand, should keep an eye on the next projects by Sam Smith, Ella Henderson, Stanaj, Paloma Faith, Alex Aiono, Leona Lewis, Zak Abel, Anne-Marie, Astrid S, David Guetta, Kenzie May, DAGNY, KStewart, Nick Jonas, Rudimental, Kiah Victoria, and MØ.

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Lowe’s work!

Tayla Parx teases new collaboration with Janelle Monae

17 May

Tayla Parx has teased a new collaboration with Janelle Monae.

“I was finishing up Janelle Monae album in ATL and Big Boi walks in like ..you tryna do a freestyle like that on my record? Love the south,” the American singer/songwriter tweeted on Tuesday (May 16, 2017).

Parx (real name Taylor Parks) is responsible for co-writing Mariah Carey’s “Infinity,” Alicia Keys’ “In Common,” Jojo’s “Fuck Apologies,” Jason Derulo’s “Love Me Down,” Meghan Trainor’s “Better,” Fifth Harmony’s “Bo$$,” Jennifer Lopez’s “So Good,” and Keyshia Cole’s “Rick James.”

Her extensive resume delivers additional works with producers KAYTRANADA, Eric Hudson, Illangelo, Tommy Brown, Dem Jointz, Noel Zancanella, T-Collar, Ian Kirkpatrick, Electric, Ricky Reed, TMS, Emanuel Kiriakou, Andrew Goldstein, The Stereotypes, Rodney Jerkins, Greg Wells, Antonio Dixon, The Rascals, Mitch Allan, Nick Monson, and Daniel “Daylight” Kyriakides.

Meanwhile, Monae is expected to release her fourth studio collection, which serves as the follow-up 2013’s “The Electric Lady,” later this year Wondaland Records in partnership with Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly boasts further collaborations Jonny Lattimer (Kwabs, Ellie Goulding), Ina Wroldsen (Britney Spears, Rag’n’Bone Man), Adriano Buffone (Avicii, JP Cooper), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (RAYE, Clean Bandit) and Fred Cox (Tanika Bailey, Jamie Lidell).

Fans of Parx’s songwriting works, on the other hand, should keep an eye on the next projects by Cassie, Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, Demi Lovato, Kesha, Fleur East, Mollie King, Stanaj, Diana Gordon, Alina Baraz, Majid Jordan, Hailee Steinfeld, Skip Marley, Tori Kelly, and Cameron Dallas.

Stream “The Electric Lady” below.

Rita Ora drafts Jimmy Napes for sophomore album

14 May

British singer/songwriter Rita Ora has drafted James Napier, professionally known as Jimmy Napes, for her upcoming sophomore album.

The Grammy award-winning record producer and songwriter is known for his works with Sam Smith (“I’m Not the Only One”), Disclosure (“Latch”), Alicia Keys (“Hallelujah”), Mary J. Blige (“Nobody But You”), Clean Bandit (“Rather Be”), Jessie Ware (“Pieces”), Liv Dawson (“Searching”), Ellie Goulding (“Heal”), Lapsley (“Hurt Me”), Javeon (“Intoxicated”), Ria Ritchie (“In My Blood”), Lianne La Havas (“Wonderful”) and Gorgon City (“Unmissable”).

Napes’ extensive resume boasts additional works with fellow musicians including Richard “Biff” Stannard, Bradford Ellis, Felix Joseph, William “Tourist” Phillips, Noonie Bao, Toby Gad, Diplo, Rodney Jerkins, Francis “Eg” White, Matt Prime, James Draper, Youthonix, Naughty Boy, Mojam Music, Jonny Coffer, Julio Bashmore, Tobias Jesso Jr., MoZella, Craze & Hoax, MNEK, Philip Plested, Fraser T. Smith, Emile Haynie, Levi Lennox, James Ford, and Sampha.

Meanwhile, Ora is scheduled to release her second studio collection – featuring lead single “Your Song” as well as “Him & Me,” “Girls,” “Falling to Pieces” and “Velvet Rope” – later this year via Atlantic Records.

In addition to confirmed collaborators Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac, Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt and Sam Romans, the follow-up to 2012’s “ORA” reportedly delivers further alliances with Digital Farm Animals, RAYE, Jake Gosling, Ammar Malik, Stargate, Eyelar, Leon Thomas, Diana Gordon, Max McElligott, Chelcee Grimes, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Meghan Trainor, Dallas K, and Jin Jin.

Stream the following the playlist dedicated to Jimmy Napes’ work!

Rita Ora teams with Ed Sheeran, Steve Mac for new single “Your Song”

13 May

Rita Ora has confirmed the details for her new single.

The British singer/songwriter christened “Your Song” as the first promotional cut from her upcoming sophomore album and will release it on May 26 via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

The track was co-written by fellow recording artist Ed Sheeran, whose other credits include Major Lazer’s “Cold Water,” Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself,” Jessie Ware’s “Say You Love Me,” Hilary Duff’s “Tattoo,” Tori Kelly’s “I Was Made for Loving You,” and Rixton’s “Hotel Ceiling.”

Production duties on “Your Song” were handled by Steve Mac, who is also responsible for Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Zara Larsson’s “Don’t Let Me Be Yours,” Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye,” Louisa Johnson’s “So Good,” Birdy’s “Hear You Calling,” Sabrina Carpenter’s “Thumbs,” and Anne-Marie’s “Alarm.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Ora’s second studio collection, which serves as the follow-up to 2012’s “ORA,” will arrive later this year via Atlantic Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional songwriting contributions from Diana Gordon, Chelcee Grimes, Ali Tamposi, Jin Jin, Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Georgia Ku, Brian Lee, Andrew Watt, Max McElligott, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Sam Romans, Justin Tranter, and Ammar Malik.

Stream “ORA” below.

STARLEY teams with Jin Jin for new collaboration

11 May

STARLEY has teamed up with Jin Jin for a new collaboration.

The British singer/songwriter, born Janee Bennett, is known for co-writing Jess Glynne’s “Hold My Hand,” Tinie Tempah’s “Not Letting Go,” Krishane’s “Drunk & Incapable,” Jax Jones’ “You Don’t Know Me,” Foxes’ “Scar,” Little Mix’s “Grown,” Fleur East’s “Like That,” Olly Murs’ “How Much for Your Love,” Alex Newell’s “Keep it Moving,” and Sub Focus’ “Love Divine.”

Jin Jin’s extensive resume boasts further works with producers Bless Beats, Cutfather, Daniel Davidsen, Peter Wallevik, Knox Brown, Starsmith, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, The Rascals, Fraser T. Smith, MNEK, Gorgon City, Toby Gad, DJ Freedo, Laconic, Komi Hakam, GRADES, Jake Gosling, Electric, Bhavik “Knightstarr” Pattani, and Frederik “Fredro” Odesjo.

Meanwhile, STARLEY is expected to release her debut project – featuring lead single “Call on Me” – later this year via Tinted Records an Epic Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly delivers additional alliances with Salaam Remi (Amy Winehouse), Prince Charlez (Mary J. Blige), GRADES (Jessie Ware), Rosina Russell (K. Michelle) and Steve Booker (John Newman).

Fans of Jin Jin’s songwriting works, on the other hand, should keep an eye on the next projects by Jess Glynne, Dom McCallister, Astrid S, Taya, Janelle Monae, Tamera Foster, David Guetta, Anne-Marie, Melissa Steel, YEBBA, Rita Ora, Shola Ama, Jasmine Thompson, DAKOTA, Bobii Lewis, Sinead Harnett, KStewart, Era Istefi, Jonas Blue, Ella Eyre, and Dido.

Stream the audio clip for “Call on Me” below.

Ray BLK hits the studio with Paul Epworth

3 May

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has recorded new music with Paul Epworth.

The Grammy award-winning record producer and songwriter is known for his works with Adele (“Rolling in the Deep”), Usher (“Chains”), Lianne La Havas (“Unstoppable”), FKA twigs (“Pendulum”), Coldplay (“Magic”), Lana Del Rey (“Black Beauty”), Bruno Mars (“Natalie”), Cee Lo Green (“It’s Okay”), Kate Nash (“Mouthwash”) and Florence + the Machine (“Mother”).

Epworth’s resume boasts additional collaborations with fellow producers and songwriters including Benny Blanco, Ammar Malik, Rick Nowels, Bibi Bourelly, Thomas “Kid Harpoon” Hull, Stacy Barthe, Michael “Clams Casino” Volpe, Joel Little, Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, and Element (Hitesh Ceon & Kim Ofstad).

Meanwhile, BLK – who won BBC’s Sound of 2017 – is expected to release her upcoming project later this year.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers alliances with Chris Loco (Emeli Sande, Jessie Reyez), Jin Jin (Dido, Fleur East), MNEK (Dua Lipa, Bebe Rexha) and Jordan Riley (Ella Henderson, Calum Scott).

BLK’s critically-acclaimed EP “Durt” – featuring productions from Fraser T. Smith, Joseph “Courage” Carson, SG Lewis, and Felix Joseph – is out now via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

Stream “Durt” below.

Era Istrefi taps Jenna Andrews for debut album

22 Apr

Kosovo-Albanian recording artist Era Istrefi has tapped the songwriting services of Jenna Andrews for her upcoming debut album.

The Canadian singer/songwriter’s notable credits include SoMo’s “Curve,” The Band Perry’s “Live Forever,” BANKS’ “Mind Games,” Jordan Fisher’s “All About Us,” Majid Jordan’s “Make it Work,” Skylar Stecker’s “Bring Me to Life,” Tori Kelly’s “Bottled Up,” Drake’s “You and the Six,” Marsha Ambrosius’ “Run,” Tamia’s “Love Life,” and Jessie J’s “Personal.”

Andrews’ resume boasts further collaborations with producers including Sacha Skarbek, Jeff Bhasker, Arnthor Birgisson, Jonas Jeberg, Will IDAP, RedOne, Chuck Harmony, Dan Heath, Benny Cassette, Matt Parad, Jon Levine, Tim Anderson, Wayne Wilkins, Mick Schultz, Kerry Brothers, Rune Westberg, Brett James, Daniel “Daylight” Kyriakides, Moon Willis, and King Henry.

Meanwhile, Estrefi is expected to release her first studio collection – featuring singles “Bon Bon” and “Redrum” – later this year via B1 Recordings / Neser Music in partnership with Ultra Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly boasts additional songwriting contributions from Sam Romans (John Legend), Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett (Dido), Linnea Sodahl (Zara Larsson), Sarah Hudson (Dua Lipa), Jesse Saint John (Marina Diamandis), Camille Purcell (The Script) and Rachel “RAYE” Keen (Charli XCX).

Listen to the audio clip for “Redrum” below.