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Normani drafts Pharrell Williams for debut album

11 Dec

American singer/songwriter Normani Kordei, known mononymously as Normani, has enlisted Pharrell Williams for her upcoming debut album.

Williams’s recent songwriting and production credits include Ariana Grande’s “The Light is Coming,” Travis Scott’s “Skeletons,” Janelle Monae’s “I Got the Juice,” Camila Cabello’s “Sangria Wine,” Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods,” and The Carters’ “Apeshit.”

His last studio collection under Columbia Records, 2014’s “Girl,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Marilyn Monroe,” “Come Get it Bae” and “Gust of Wind.”

Meanwhile, Normani current single “Waves” – featuring 6LACK – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

For her upcoming debut album under Keep Cool / RCA Records, Normani has also worked with producers Stargate, Boi-1da, D’Mile, Joel Little, The-Dream, Nova Wav, Jahaan Sweet, London on Da Track, DJ Mustard, and The Rascals.

Stream the audio clip for “Waves” below.

Kelly Rowland teams up with NOVA WAV for new promotional single

30 Nov

Kelly Rowland has released her new promotional single online.

“Kelly” – which was co-written and produced by Denisia “Blu June” Andrews and Brittany “Chi” Coney of Nova Wav – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Nova Wav’s songwriting and production resume boasts additional works with The Carters (“LoveHappy”), Kehlani (“Crzy”), Teyana Taylor (“Gonna Love Me”), Beyonce (“Shining”), Kelly Clarkson (“Whole Lotta Woman”), Tinashe (“Ooh La La”) and Britney Spears (“Hard to Forget Ya”).

Rowland’s upcoming fifth album, which serves as the follow-up to 2013’s “Talk a Good Game,” reportedly yields further contributions from The Rascals, Marcos “Kosine” Palacios, Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph, Darhyl “DJ” Camper, Bianca “Blush” Atterberry, Patrick “J. Que” Smith, Mick Schultz, and The Stereotypes.

Stream the audio clip for “Kelly” below.

Lauren Jauregui liberates debut solo single “Expectations”

24 Oct

Lauren Jauregui has liberated her debut solo single online.

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

The track was produced by Kid Harpoon, who is also responsible for Jessie Ware’s “Wildest Moments,” Shakira’s “Can’t Remember to Forget You,” Harry Styles’ “Sweet Creature,” and Florence + the Machine’s “What Kind of Man.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Jauregui is currently working on her upcoming project under Syco Music / Columbia Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly yields further contributions from The Rascals (Justine Skye, Ariana Grande), Nija Charles (Normani, The Carters), Rami Yacoub (Britney Spears, Demi Lovato), Kurtis “K9” McKenzie (Sabrina Claudio, Little Mix) and Rob Knox (Ciara, Justin Timberlake).

Stream the audio clip for “Expectations” below.

Justine Skye hits the studio with The Rascals, Talay Riley

23 Jun

American singer/songwriter Justine Skye has enlisted the production and songwriting services of The Rascals and Talay Riley.

Composed of Leon Thomas and Khristopher Riddick-Tynes, The Rascals are responsible for co-writing and producing Jessie Reyez’s “Body Count,” Zendaya’s “Something New,” Ariana Grande’s “Baby I,” Jessica Mauboy’s “Can I Get a Moment?,” Samantha Jade’s “Shake That” and RaVaughn’s “Best Friend.”

Meanwhile, Riley’s songwriting resume boasts works with Craig David (“Talk to Me”), H.E.R. (“Lights On”), Khalid (“Young, Dumb & Broke”), Chris Brown (“Rock Your Body”), Kelela (“All the Way Down”), Britney Spears (“Clumsy”), Nick Jonas (“Levels”) and Dua Lipa (“Last Dance”).

Skye’s debut album “Ultraviolet” – featuring singles “Back for More,” “Don’t Think About It” and “U Don’t Know” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Stream “Ultraviolet” below.

Rita Ora drafts Cardi B, Bebe Rexha, Charli XCX for new single “Girls”

5 May

British singer/songwriter Rita Ora has drafted fellow recording artists Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX for her new promotional single “Girls.”

Scheduled to arrive on May 11 via all other digital streaming outlets; “Girls” was written by Ali Tamposi (Beyonce, Demi Lovato), Brian Lee (Camila Cabello, Selena Gomez), Andrew Watt (Post Malone, Justin Bieber) and Jonny Coffer (Emeli Sande, Rag’n’Bone Man).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Ora’s sophomore album – featuring previous singles “Anywhere,” “This Song” and “Proud” – is scheduled to arrive later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records UK.

The still-untitled collection reportedly yields from songwriting contributions from Jason Boyd, Eyelar, Gabrielle Nowee, Sam Romans, Chelcee Grimes, Diana Gordon, Max McElligott, Ammar Malik, and Justin Tranter.

On the production front, Ora has worked with Stargate, Jason Evigan, King Henry, Mike Dean, Jake Gosling, Emile Haynie, Digital Farm Animals, Jimmy Napes, Leon Thomas, Freedo, Nolan Lambroza, Steve Mac, and Ritual.

Stream the audio clip for “Proud” below.

Jessie Reyez drafts Babyface, The Rascals for new single “Body Count”

4 May

Canadian singer/songwriter Jessica Reyes, known professionally as Jessie Reyez, has released her new promotional single online.

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

The track was produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds alongside Khristopher Riddick-Tynes and Leon Thomas of The Rascals, who are also responsible for Zendaya’s “Something New,” Ariana Grande’s “Baby I,” Samantha Jade’s “Shake That,” Jessica Mauboy’s “Can I Get a Moment?,” Ravaughn’s “Best Friend,” Deborah Cox’s “Kinda Miss You,” and Foxes’ “Scar.”

Reyez’s upcoming debut album – featuring further contributions from Jahaan Sweet, Boi-1da, Tobias Jesso Jr., Happy Perez, Fred Ball, Two Inch Punch, Chris Braide, Salaam Remi, Hazebanga, Fredro, Chris Loco, Jason Evigan, and Poo Bear – is scheduled to arrive later this year via FMLY / Polydor Records.

Reyez also co-wrote “One Kiss” for Scottish record producer and DJ Calvin Harris. The Dua Lipa-featuring track topped the UK Singles Chart and peaked to number two on the US Billboard Hot Dance / Electronic Songs Chart.

Stream the audio clip for “One Kiss” below.

Jessie Reyez teams up with Lewis Capaldi for new single “Rush”

25 Feb

Canadian singer/songwriter Jessie Reyez has teamed with fellow recording artist Lewis Capaldi for his new promotional single “Rush,” which is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming platforms.

Production duties on “Rush” were handled by James “Malay” Ho, whose resume boasts additional works with Sam Smith (“Midnight Train”), Frank Ocean (“Nikes”), Zayn Malik (“It’s You”), Alessia Cara (“Wild Things”), Tori Kelly (“Talk”), Alicia Keys (“One Thing”) and John Legend (“Green Light”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Reyez is expected to release her first studio collection later this year via Universal Music Group / Polydor Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers contributions from The Rascals, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jason Evigan, Chris Loco, Fredro, Salaam Remi, Chris Braide, Jason Boyd, HazeBanga, Benny Blanco, Two Inch Punch, Georgia Ku, Fred Ball, Jesse Shatkin, Tobias Jesso Jr., and Will IDAP.

Stream the audio clip for “Rush” below.