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Tori Kelly reunites with Ed Sheeran for new collaboration?

13 Aug

American singer/songwriter Victoria Loren Kelly, professionally known as Tori Kelly, has reportedly reunited with Ed Sheeran for a new collaboration.

The pair previously teamed up on “I Was Made for Loving You,” taken from Kelly’s debut studio collection, 2015’s “Unbreakable Smile,” which peaked to number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart.

Sheeran’s songwriting resume boasts further works with Jessie Ware (“Say You Love Me”), Rita Ora (“Your Song”), Liam Payne (“Strip that Down”), Zara Larsson (“Don’t Let Me Be Yours”), Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”), Hilary Duff (“Tattoo”) and Jess Glynne (“Woman Like Me”).

Meanwhile, Kelly is expected to release her sophomore album later this year via School Boy Records in partnership with Capitol Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts further songwriting contributions from Jimmy Napes, Natasha Bedingfield, JHart, Tayla Parx, Nate Campany, Fabienne Holloway, Daniel Nigro, Emily Warren, and Wayne Hector.

Among the producers expected to appear on the album are MOJAM (aka Mustafa Omer & James Murray), Warren “Oak” Felder, Noel Zancanella, Stephan Moccio, Neff-U, Kyle Shearer, and Fred Cox.

Stream the audio clip for “I Was Made for Loving You” below.

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.

Jimmy Napes teases new collaboration with Tori Kelly

12 Aug

Jimmy Napes has teased a new collaboration with Tori Kelly.

“Had so much fun working with the incredible @torikelly today. When my son realises she’s the elephant from ‘Sing’ it’s going to blow his little mind,” the British singer, songwriter, and record producer posted to Instagram.

Napes’ credits include Sam Smith’s “Stay with Me,” Ray BLK’s “Doing 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.”

His extensive resume boasts additional works with fellow musicians including Richard “Biff” Stannard, Bradford Ellis, Felix Joseph, William “Tourist” Phillips, Toby Gad, Rodney Jerkins, Malay, Francis “Eg” White, Youthonix, Jonny Coffer, Timbaland, Fraser T. Smith, Emile Haynie, and Sampha.

Meanwhile, Kelly is expected to release her sophomore album and follow-up to 2015’s “Unbreakable Smile” later this year via School Boy Records in partnership with Capitol Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts productions from Mojam Music (Louisa Johnson), Warren “Oak” Felder (Demi Lovato), Noel Zancanella (Leona Lewis), Stephan Moccio (Maty Noyes), Theron “Neff-U” Feemster (ZZ Ward), Kyle Shearer (Phoebe Ryan) and Fred Cox (Janelle Monae).

On the songwriting front, Kelly has worked with Natasha Bedingfield (Anne-Marie), James “JHart” Abrahart (Molly Kate Kestner), Tayla Parx (Alina Baraz), Nate Campany (Starley), Fabienne Holloway (Chloe Leone), Daniel Nigro (Charlotte OC), Emily Warren (Dua Lipa) and Wayne Hector (Craig David).

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Jimmy Napes’ works!

Rita Ora connects with Avicii for new single “Lonely Together”

11 Aug

British singer/songwriter Rita Ora has connected with Swedish DJ, remixer, and record producer Avicii (born Tim Bergling) for his new promotional single “Lonely Together,” now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Featuring co-production duties by Benny Blanco and Cashmere Cat; “Lonely Together” was co-written by Ali Tamposi (Lea Michele, Demi Lovato), Brian Lee (Selena Gomez, Fifth Harmony) and Andrew Watt (Charlie Puth, Justin Bieber).

Preceded by the Steve Mac-produced / Ed Sheeran-penned “Your Song;” Ora’s upcoming sophomore album is scheduled arrive in 2018 via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records UK.

The still-untitled collection reportedly boasts further productions from Stargate, Jonny Coffer, Digital Farm Animals, Jimmy Napes, Leon Thomas, Jake Gosling, Mike Dean, Jason Evigan, Emile Haynie, and RITUAL.

On the songwriting front, Ora has worked with Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Sam Romans, Gabrielle “Goldie” Nowee, Max McElligott, Diana Gordon, Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd, Chelcee Grimes, Justin Tranter, Georgia Ku, and Ammar Malik.

Stream the audio clip for “Lonely Together” below.

Lianne La Havas shares music video for “Tokyo”

10 Aug

Lianne La Havas has shared a new music video online.

The British singer/songwriter posted the Ravi Dhar-directed clip for “Tokyo” to her YouTube channel on Wednesday (August 09, 2017).

The track was co-written and produced by regular collaborator Matthew “Aqualung” Hales, whose resume boasts further works with Sara Bareilles (“Islands”), Birdy (“Blown Apart”), Rebecca Ferguson (“I Choose You”), Kandace Springs (“Chosen”), Pixie Geldof (“Escape Route”), Lea Michele (“Don’t Look Down”), Paloma Faith (“Flood”) and Bat for Lashes (“In Your Bed”).

Havas’ current studio collection “Blood” – featuring singles “Unstoppable” and “What You Don’t Do” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The follow-up to 2012’s “Is Your Love Big Enough?” boasts additional contributions from Al Shux (Kelela), Sam Dew (Marsha Ambrosius), Di Genius (Tanika), Shea Taylor (Bridget Kelly), Jimmy Napes (Alicia Keys), Howard Lawrence (Frances) and Mark Batson (Emeli Sande).

Watch the music video for “Tokyo” below.

Ray BLK reunites in the studio with Fraser T. Smith

9 Aug

British singer/songwriter Rita Ekwere, professionally known as Ray BLK, has reunited with Fraser T. Smith for Craig David’s upcoming seventh album under Sony Music Entertainment UK / Insanity Records.

The multi Grammy Award winning record producer, and songwriter previously teamed up with Ray BLK on the track “Baby Girlz,” taken from the artist’s critically-acclaimed debut mini-collection, 2016’s “Durt.”

Smith’s extensive resume boasts further works with Stormzy (“Big for Your Boots”), Dakota (“Long Hot Summer”), Cosmo Pyke (“Social Sites”), Grace (“Boyfriend Jeans”), DJ Snake (“Future, Pt. 2”), Fleur East (“Like That”), Sam Smith (“Not in That Way”) and Adele (“Set Fire to the Rain”).

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.

In addition to Gina Kushka, Tom Havelock and Jimmy Napes, who worked with BLK on “Doing Me;” Paul Epworth (Lianne La Havas), Chris Loco (Raleigh Ritchie), Jin Jin (Dido), Cass Lowe (Nick Jonas), RAYE (Louisa Johnson), Felix Joseph (Elli Ingram), MNEK (Jax Jones) and Courage (Liv Dawson) are among the other musicians expected to appear on the still-untitled collection.

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Fraser T. Smith’s works!

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.