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[Common Collaborators] Alicia Keys and Beyoncé

5 Jul

Since its a slow news day, I thought about writing this post, which has been on my mind for a while now. Its about songwriters/producers who worked with two artists that are frequently associated with one another. For this post, I have chosen Alicia Keys and Beyoncé.  In case you did not know, Keys was signed to Columbia Records (which is Beyoncé’s current label) before signing to Clive Davis’ J Records.  Here are the musicians that both artists have worked with:

  • Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson: Alicia Keys (“Tell You Something”) / Beyoncé (“My Body”)
  • Antonio Dixon: Alicia Keys (“That’s When I Knew”) / Beyoncé (“Best Thing I Never Had”)
  • Candice Nelson: Alicia Keys (“Heartburn”) / Beyoncé (“Resentment”)
  • Chad Hugo: Alicia Keys (“How Come You Don’t Call Me” – Remix) / Beyonce (“I Care,” “Work it Out” and “My First Time”)
  • Dre & Vidal: Alicia Keys (“So Simple”) / Beyonce (“T-Shirt” w/ Destiny’s Child)
  • Frank Ocean: Alicia Keys (“One Thing”) / Beyoncé (“I Miss You” and “Superpower”)
  • Harold Lilly: Alicia Keys (“Teenage Love Affair,” “Wreckless Love,” “Saviour,” “Where Do We Go from Here,” “I Need You,” “Pawn it All,” “Illusion of Bliss,” “Girl Can’t Be Herself,” “More Than We Know,” “So Simple” and “Where Do We Begin Now”) / Beyoncé (“Ego”)
  • Jeff Bhasker: Alicia Keys (“Girl on Fire,” “Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart,” “Love is Blind,” “Wait Til You See My Smile,” “Like the Sea” and “Tears Always Win”) / Beyoncé (“I Care,” “Rather Die Young” and “Party”)
  • Jermaine Dupri: Alicia Keys (“Girlfriend” and “My Boo”) / Beyoncé (“With Me” w/ Destiny’s Child)
  • Justin Timberlake: Alicia Keys (“How Come You Don’t Call Me – Remix” and “Morning Light”) / Beyoncé (“Until the End of Time,” “Blow” and “Rocket”)
  • Kandi Burruss: Alicia Keys (“Jane Doe”) / Beyoncé (“Bills, Bills, Bills,” “So Good,” “Bug a Boo,” “Hey Ladies” and “She Can’t Love” w/ Destiny’s Child)
  • Kanye West: Alicia Keys (“You Don’t Know My Name” and “Unbreakable”) / Beyoncé (“Party”)
  • Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds: Alicia Keys (“That’s When I Knew”) / Beyoncé (“Best Thing I Never Had” and “Broken Hearted Girl”).
  • LaShawn “Big Shiz” Daniels: Alicia Keys (“Rear View Mirror”) / Beyoncé (“Scared of Lonely,” “World Wide Woman” and “Back Up”)
  • Miguel: Alicia Keys (“Where’s the Fun in Forever”) / Beyoncé (“Rocket”)
  • Noah “40” Shebib: Alicia Keys (“Unthinkable”) / Beyoncé (“Mine”)
  • Pharrell Williams: Alicia Keys (“Work on It,” “It’s On Again,” “Know Who Are” and “Apple”) / Beyoncé (“Work it Out,” “Green Light,” “Kitty Kat,” “Blow,” “Superpower” and “My First Time”)
  • Rich Harrison: Alicia Keys (“Ain’t No Reason” – performed by Christina Milian) / Beyoncé (“Crazy in Love,” “Be with You,” “Suga Mama,” “Freakum Dress” and Creole)
  • Rodney Jerkins: Alicia Keys (“Rear View Mirror” and “Listen to Your Heart”) / Beyoncé (“Déjà vu,” “Back Up,” “World Wide Woman” and “Scared of Lonely”)
  • Sean Garrett: Alicia Keys (“Waiting for Your Love”) / Beyoncé (“Ring the Alarm,” “Get Me Bodied,” “Upgrade U,” “Check on It,” “Green Light,” “Diva,” “Video Phone” and “Lay Up Under Me”)
  • Swizz Beatz: Alicia Keys (“Waiting for Your Love,” “Put it in a Love Song,” “New Day,” “The Gospel,” “Pawn it All,” “She Don’t Really Care,” “Million Dollar Bill,” “Wait Til You See My Smile”) and “Illusion of Bliss”) / Beyoncé (“Get Me Bodied,” “Upgrade U,” “Ring the Alarm,” “Lost Your Mind” and “Check on It”)
  • Timbaland: Alicia Keys (“Heartburn”) / Beyoncé (“Partition,” “Drunk in Love” and “Rocket”)
  • Toby Gad: Alicia Keys (“Love is My Disease”) / Beyoncé (“If I Were a Boy”)

Stream the audio clip for “Put It in a Love Song” below.

Ameriie releases new mini-collection “Drive”

30 Jun

Amerie-Face-Closeups

Ameriie has released her new EP online.

“Drive” – featuring 6 new songs in the shape of “Focus,” “Thru the Stars,” “Sing About It,” “Trouble with Love,” “Take the Blame” and “Out Loud” – is now available for download via iTunes and all other digital outlets.

The mini-collection also boasts production duties from Rich Harrison (Beyonce, Toni Braxton), Mike City (Usher, Jamie Foxx), Focus (Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez) and The Buchanans (Mashonda, Lupe Fiasco).

Ameriie’s last studio collection, 2009’s “In Love & War,” peaked to number three on the US Billboard Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Why R U” and the Trey Songz-assisted “Pretty Brown.”

Watch the music video for “Why Don’t We Fall in Love” below.

Jennifer Hudson premieres ‘I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)’ music video

23 Jan

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson has premiered the music video for her new single online.

“I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” – which features T.I. – marks the first promotional single from the artist’s upcoming third album.

The track was produced by Pharrell Williams, whose recent credits include “Can’t Rely on You” by Paloma Faith [RCA Records], “Blow” by Beyonce [Columbia Records] and “Feet to the Fire” by Kelly Rowland [Republic Records].

His next studio collection – which serves as the follow-up to 2006’s “In My Mind” – will be released later this year via Columbia Records.

Meanwhile, Hudson’s new album is expected to boast further productions from Salaam Remi (Jordin Sparks, Mack Wilds), Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis (Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige) and Raphael Saadiq (Adrien Marcel, Ella Eyre).

Her last studio offering, 2010’s “I Remember Me,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart. It also yielded hit singles including The R. Kelly-penned “Where You At” and Rich Harrison-produced “No One Gonna Love You.”

Watch the music video for “I Can’t Describe (The Way I Feel)” below.

Kristal Lyndriette debuts new single ‘Silhouette’

14 Nov

Kristal Lyndriette - Silhouette

Kristal Lyndriette has debuted her new single online.

“Silhouette” marks the first promotional single from the singer/songwriter’s upcoming as-yet-untitled debut album with Voltron Records.

The track was helmed by Kenyon Dixon (Faith Evans, Kelly Rowland), Taurian “Adonis” Shropshire (Chris Brown, Mariah Carey) and Brandon “B.A.M.” Hodge (Kendrick Lamar, Marsha Ambrosius).

You may recall Lyndriette as a former member of R&B quartet RichGirl, along with Amber “Sevyn” Streeter, Audra Simmons and Christina “Brave” Williams.

The group was developed by super producer Rich Harrison, whose credits include “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce [Columbia Records], “Take Your Hand” by Usher [RCA Records] and “Get Right” by Jennifer Lopez [Epic Records].

Among the notable singles released by RichGirl were “24,” “He Ain’t With Me Now (Tho)” and “Swagger Right (featuring Fabolous).”

Meanwhile, Lyndriette released her debut EP “Proclamation” in December, 2011 via Globetrakkers Music Group. That collection yielded cuts including “Addicted,” “Ladies Wanna Party (featuring Gyrlhood)” and “Picture That.”

Listen to “Silhouette” below.

[Songs Meant for Other Artists] Christina Milian – Ain’t No Reason

24 Mar

Song Title: “Ain’t No Reason.”

Turned Down By: Alicia Keys.

Recorded By: Christina Milian.

Written By: Alicia Keys, Taneisha Smith, Harold Lilly, Kerry “Krucial” Brothers and Rich Harrison.

“Ain’t No Reason” was originally intended for Alicia Keys sophomore album, “The Diary of Alicia Keys” [Sony Music Entertainment / J Records].

I remember reading the CD’s booklet over and over again, looking for Harrison’s name on the credits as I’ve learned from online reports that both musicians have collaborated for the project and always wondered how music would sound like if Keys and Harrison got together in the studio.

Somehow I’ve got my answer through Christina Milian’s rendition of “Ain’t No Reason,” which was featured on the original motion soundtrack “Be Cool.”

The “Dip it Low” singer later on re-enlisted the songwriting and production services of Harrison for her third album “So Amazing” [Universal Music Group / Island Def Jam Recordings]. Unfortunately, the track “Wind You Up” was only included as a bonus joint on the Japanese edition of the album.