Tag Archives: Matt Hales

Kacy Hill confirms title for new single

14 Mar

Kacy Hill has confirmed the title for her new single.

The British singer-songwriter christened “Hard to Love” as the next promotional cut from her upcoming debut album under Kanye West’s label GOOD (Getting Out of Your Dreams) Music and Def Jam Recordings.

“Hard to Love” follows previous single “Lions,” which was collectively produced by Jamie Hartman of Ben’s Brother and Stuart Price.

Other producers expected to appear on the album are Alex Hope (Troye Sivan), Fraser T. Smith (Craig David), Two Inch Punch (Noah Cyrus), BURNS (Charli XCX), Jon Levine (Bebe Rexha), Matt “Aqualung” Hales (Lianne La Havas), Steve Booker (Pixie Lott), Kid Harpoon (Eliza Doolittle), Luke Laird (Kacey Musgraves), Joel Little (Ellie Goulding) and Daniel Heath (Lana Del Rey).

On the songwriting front, Hill has reportedly collaborated with Natalie Hemby (Carly Rae Jepsen), Autumn Rowe (Dua Lipa), Tobias Jesso Jr. (Adele), Andrew Wyatt (Lion Babe), Chelsea Lena (Sabrina Carpenter), Diana Gordon (Rita Ora) and Jonny “Ghost” Harris (Ed Sheeran).

Hill’s mini-collection “Bloo” – featuring “Foreign Fields,” “Arm’s Length” and “Shades of Blue” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Stream “Bloo” below.

Pixie Geldof releases debut album “I’m Yours”

5 Nov


Pixie Geldof has released her debut studio collection online.

“I’m Yours” – featuring singles “Sweet Thing,” “Escape Route,” “Woman Go Wild” and “So Strong” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The album boasts productions from Liam Howe, whose resume boasts further credits with Foxes (“All I Need”), Laura Welsh (“Soft Control”), Marina Diamandis (“Fear and Loathing”) and Lana Del Rey (“Lolita”).

Other musicians backing Geldof on “I’m Yours” are Josh Record (Ella Henderson), Matt “Aqualung” Hales (Lianne La Havas), Bruno Major (Liv Dawson), FRYARS (Rae Morris) and Tony Hoffer (KT Tunstall).

Listen to “I’m Yours” in its entirety below.

[Musicians’ Galore] Matt “Aqualung” Hales

11 Aug


Matt Hales is an English songwriter, musician, producer who has been performing professionally under the name Aqualung since the early 2000s.

Aqualung’s single “Strange and Beautiful (“I’ll Put a Spell on You),” peaked to number seven on the UK Singles Chart. Singer-songwriter Rebecca Ferguson also covered the track for her debut album, “Heaven.”

As a songwriter and record producer, Matt has collaborated with Lianne La Havas (“Lost and Found”), The Fray (“Hurricane”), Jason Mraz (“Everything is Sound”), Sara Bareilles (“Islands”), Diane Birch (“UNFKD”), Paloma Faith (“Just Be”), and James Blunt (“Next Time I’m Seventeen”).

His extensive resume boasts further works with Leona Lewis, Christina Perri, Kandace Springs, Alex Clare, Birdy, Mikky Ekko, Kacy Hill, Josef Salvat, Wrabel, Ginny Blackmore, Katharine McPhee, Laleh, Disclosure, and others.

Amongst the songwriters Matt has collaborated with are Sam Dew, Chantal Kreviazuk, Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Anne Preven, Joergen Eloffson, Melanie Blatt, Ali Tamposi, Jimmy Napes, Eric Bellinger, Joe Janiak, and Shelley Poole.

He also teamed up with fellow producers including Al Shux, Noel Zancanella, Fraser T. Smith, Sacha Skarbek, Dan Wilson, Guy Chambers, Mark Batson, Dave Tozer, Christopher Braide, Warren “Oak” Felder, and SOHN.

Hope you enjoy the following playlist dedicated to Aqualung’s work!

Mika releases new album “No Place in Heaven”

16 Jun

Mika - No Place in Heaven

Mika has released his new album online.

The British singer/songwriter’s fourth studio collection “No Place in Heaven” is now available for download via iTunes in partnership with Casablanca Records.

Lead single “Talk About You” was co-written by Ross Golan (Jason Derulo, Meghan Trainor) and Johan Karlsson (Colbie Caillat, Ariana Grande). Production duties were handled by Mika along with Greg Wells (Adele, Ella Eyre).

Other album contributors include Kerry “Krucial” Brothers (Goapele, Alicia Keys), Nina Woodford (Leona Lewis, Christina Milian), Wayne Hector (Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears), Matt “Aqualung” Hales (Lianne La Havas, Rebecca Ferguson) and Clarence Coffee Jr. (Carly Rae Jepsen, Kylie Minogue).

Mika’s last studio collection, 2012’s “The Origin of Love,” peaked to number 24 on the UK Albums Chart and spawned hit singles including the Pharrell Williams-featuring “Celebrate” and the Ariana Grande-assisted “Popular Song.”

Watch the music video for “Talk About You” below.

Lianne La Havas unleashes music video for new single “Unstoppable”

13 May


Lianne La Havas has unleashed the music video for her new single online.

The British singer/songwriter posted the visual clip for “Unstoppable” to her official YouTube channel on Wednesday (May 15, 2015).

Production duties on “Unstoppable” were handled by Paul Epworth, whose resume also includes works for John Legend [Columbia Records], FKA twigs [Young Turks Recordings] and Florence Welch [Republic Records].

The track marks the first promotional cut from Havas’ sophomore album, “Blood,” which will hit stores on July 31 under Warner Bros Records.

Shea Taylor (Rihanna, Janet Jackson), Di Genius (Ne-Yo, Melissa Steel), Matt Hales (Leona Lewis, Sara Bareilles) and Howard Lawrence of Disclosure (Mary J. Blige, Sam Smith) are among the contributors on the new album.

Havas’ first studio collection, 2012’s “Is Your Love Big Enough?,” peaked to number four on the UK Albums Chart and spawned hit singles including “No Room for Doubt,” “Lost & Found,” “Forget” and “Age.”

Watch the music video for “Unstoppable” below.

Andreya Triana announces details for new album “Giants”

22 Jan

Andreya Triana - Giants

Andreya Triana has announced the details for her upcoming sophomore album.

The British singer/songwriter dubbed her new studio collection “Giants” and will release it on March 23 via London-based independent record label Ninja Tune.

“Giants” is executive produced by Matt Hales, who also worked with the likes of Lianne La Havas [Atlantic Records], Sara Bareilles [Epic Records], Kandace Springs [SRP Records] and Rebecca Ferguson [Syco Music].

Other musicians backing Triana on the follow-up to 2011’s “Lost Where I Belong” are Alan Nglish (CeeLo Green, Taio Cruz), Dee Adam (Alexandra Burke, Diana Vickers) and Paul O’Duffy (Gabrielle, Marlon Roudette).

Peep the tracklisting for “Giants” below.

“That’s Alright with Me”
“Heart in My Hands”
“Keep Running”
“Changing Shapes of Love”
“Song for a Friend”
“It’s Not Over”
“Everything You Never Had (Pt. II)”

Lianne La Havas teams up with Future Cut for new single ‘Age’

9 Nov

Lianne La Havas has unveiled the official lyric video for her new single online.

“Age” marks the fifth single from the British singer/songwriter’s debut album, “Is Your Love Big Enough,” out now via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

The track was written by Lianne La Havas and Matt “Aqualung” Hales, whose credits include “Just Be” by Paloma Faith [Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records], “Everything is Sound” by Jason Mraz [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records] and “Strange and Beautiful (I’ll Put a Spell on You)” by Rebecca Ferguson [Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records].

Production credits were handled by Darren Lewis and Tunde Babalola of Future Cut, who are also responsible for “Black Heart” by Stooshe [Warner Music Group / Future Cut Recordings], “Shine” by Laura Izibor [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records] and “Hurricane” by Cover Drive [Universal Music Group / Polydor Records].