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Usher enlists Mike Sabath for new collaboration

16 Jan

Usher has enlisted Mike Sabath for a new collaboration.

“@usher broooo. Beyond grateful to be able to work alongside the people who inspired me to do this in the first place. So excited for the world to hear what we got coooookin,” the American record producer and songwriter posted to Instagram on Tuesday (January 15, 2019).

Sabath’s songwriting and production resume boasts works with Liam Payne (“Familiar”), Sabrina Carpenter (“Hold Tight”), Little Mix (“Wasabi”), Madison Beer (“Hurts Like Hell”) and Jordan Fisher (“Mess”).

Sabath has also collaborated with fellow musicians including Rodney Jerkins, Fransisca Hall, Bianca “Blush” Atterberry, Brett “Leland” McLaughlin, Olivia Waithe, Michael Pollack, Kate Pearlman, Sean Douglas, Gamal “LunchMoney” Lewis, Patrick “J. Que” Smith, and Dewain Whitmore Jr.

Meanwhile, Usher’s latest project “A” – which was entirely produced by Xavier “Zaytoven” Dotson – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

His upcoming ninth album, which serves as the follow-up to 2016’s “Hard II Love,” reportedly features further alliances with Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox, Sebastian Kole, Harmony Samuels, Verse Simmonds, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, Danja, Uforo Ebong, Akil King, Ghoss, and Sons of Sonix.

Stream the audio clip for “Say What U Want” below.

Normani taps Calvin Harris for new singles “Checklist” and “Slow Down”

23 Oct

Normani has tapped the production services of Calvin Harris for her new singles.

“Checklist” (which was co-written by Starrah) and “Slow Down” (which was co-written by Jessie Reyez) are now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Besides recently topping the UK Singles Chart with Sam Smith (“Promises”) and Dua Lipa (“One Kiss”), Harris also wrote and produced tracks for Rihanna (“We Found Love”), Kylie Minogue (“Too Much”), Sophie Ellis Bextor (“Off and On”), Rita Ora (“I Will Never Let You Down”) and Mary J. Blige (“One Life”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Normani is currently working on her upcoming debut album under Keep Cool / RCA Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers further productions from Stargate, Boi-1da, DJ Mustard, Nova Wav, Jahaan Sweet, London on Da Track, Joel Little, Sevn Thomas, D’Mile, Jimmy Napes, and Sons of Sonix.

Stream the audio clips for “Checklist” and “Slow Down” below.

Usher enlists Harmony “H-Money” Samuels for new collaboration

4 Oct

Usher has enlisted Harmony “H-Money” Samuels for a new collaboration.

The British record producer and songwriter is known for helming Janet Jackson’s “Made for Now,” Tamar Braxton’s “Let Me Know,” Ciara’s “I Bet,” Ariana Grande’s “The Way,” Michelle Williams’ “Say Yes,” Keyshia Cole’s “Enough of No Love,” and Jennifer Hudson’s “Think Like a Man.”

Samuels’ resume boasts additional works with Ella Mai (“Cheapshot”), Teyana Taylor (“Put Your Love On”), Janelle Monae (“Without a Fight”), Mary J. Blige (“Irreversible”), Sevyn Streeter (“I Like It”), Fantasia Barrino (“Lose to Win”), Brandy (“Without You”) and Kelly Rowland (“Put Your Name On It”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Usher is currently recording his upcoming ninth studio collection under Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Hard II Love” yields further contributions from Jermaine Dupri, Sean Garrett, Bryan Michael Cox, Rico Love, Sebastian Kole, Danja, Bongo ByTheWay, Verse Simmonds, Akil King, and Sons of Sonix.

Stream the following playlist dedicated to Harmony Samuels’ works!

Normani Kordei enlists Raye, D’Mile for new collaboration

29 Jul

Photo Credit: Blair Caldwell

American singer/songwriter Normani Kordei has enlisted the songwriting and production services of Raye and D’Mile for her upcoming project.

Raye’s songwriting credits include John Legend’s “A Good Night,” Madison Beer’s “Home With You,” Hailee Steinfeld’s “Capital Letters,” Little Mix’s “If I Get My Way,” Rita Ora’s “Proud,” and Charli XCX’s “After the Afterparty.”

Meanwhile, D’Mile’s production resume boasts works with The Carters (“Boss”), LeToya Luckett (“I’m Ready”), TLC (“Way Back”), Usher (“Mind of a Man”), Jennifer Lopez (“One Love”), Trey Songz (“Disrespectful”), Wynter Gordon (“Back to You”), and Mary J. Blige (“In the Morning”).

As mentioned in earlier posts, Normani signed a publishing deal with Stellar Songs and is currently working on her debut solo project under RCA Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly delivers further productions from Stargate, London on Da Track, Murda Beatz, T-Minus, Vinylz, Boi-1da, Jorgen Odegard, and Sons of Sonix.

On the songwriting front, Normani has also worked with Victoria Monet, Justin Tranter, Kennedi, Hue Strother, Caroline Ailin, James Fauntleroy, Tayla Parx, August Rigo, Starrah, Nija Charles, Micah Powell, and KiTo.

Watch the music video for Raye’s “Friends” below.

Tanika premieres music video for new single “No Man is An Island”

21 Jul

Tanika has premiered the music video for her new single online.

The visual clip for “No Man is An Island” was posted to Link Up TV’s YouTube channel on Friday (July 20, 2018).

The track was produced by Richard “P2J” Isong, whose other credits include June Diary’s “Take Me,” Lily Allen’s “Higher,” Mullally’s “Sweet Coffee,” Tiwa Savage’s “Get it Now,” and Chris Brown’s “Covered in You.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Tanika’s upcoming debut album, tentatively entitled “Birthdays in Jamaica,” featuring previous singles “Come Through” and “Kingston 13,” is expected to arrive later this year.

She’s also set to appear on the movie “The Intent 2,” for which she recorded new music as well. Her song “Up Hill Battle,” which was co-written and produced by Youthonix, appears on the original motion picture soundtrack “The Intent.”

Tanika also co-wrote “Without You” for fellow recording artist Alexandra Burke alongside regular collaborators Moses Samuels and Michael Akinkuni of songwriting/production duo Sons of Sonix.

Watch the music video for “No Man is An Island” below.

Tanika teases new single “No Man is An Island”

28 Mar

Tanika has teased her new single online.

“Itching to drop new some new music! #nomanisanisland,” the British artist posted to Instagram on Wednesday (March 28, 2018).

The track is slotted for inclusion on the singer/songwriter’s upcoming project, formerly titled “Birthdays in Jamaica,” which will arrive later this year.

Tanika’s current single “Come Through” is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

On the songwriting front, Tanika recently co-penned “Without You” for Alexandra Burke alongside Moses Samuels and Michael Akinkunmi of production duo Sons of Sonix. The Gordon Mills Jr.-produced track appears on Burke’s latest album, “The Truth Is,” out now via Decca Records.

Stream the audio clip for “Come Through” below.

Mary J. Blige hits the studio with Poo Bear, Sons of Sonix

24 Mar

American singer, songwriter, and actress Mary J. Blige has teamed up with Jason “Poo Bear” Boyd and Sons of Sonix for a new collaboration.

Poo Bear is responsible for co-writing Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?,” Chris Brown’s “Little More,” Jennifer Lopez’s “Us,” Fifth Harmony’s “Angel,” Sam Smith’s “Burning,” and Martin Garrix’s “So Far Away.”

Meanwhile, Sons of Sonix – composed of Moses Samuels and Michael Akinkunmi – are responsible for helming Tanika’s “Come Through,” Alexandra Burke’s “Without You,” and Trey Songz’s “What Are We Here For.”

Blige, on the other hand, is expected to release her next studio collection later this year via Universal Music Group / Capitol Records.

Her thirteenth album “Strength of a Woman” debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles “Thick of It,” “U + Me (Love Lesson)” and the Kanye West-assisted “Love Yourself.”

Watch the music video for “Thick of It” below.