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Stargate celebrate 20 years in the music business

31 Oct

Norwegian songwriting and production duo Stargate, which is composed of members Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, have celebrated 20 years in the music business.

Alongside former member Hallgeir Rustan, and before relocating to the United States, Stargate have helmed hits for Samantha Mumba (“Always Come Back to Your Love”), Misteeq (“Scandalous”), Shola Ama (“Still Believe”), Blue (“All Rise”), Javine (“Real Things”), Atomic Kitten (“It’s OK”), Billie Piper (“Day & Night”), Fierce (“Sweet Love 2K”) and Ashley Ballard (“Hottie”).

Stargate’s recent credits include David Guetta’s “Light Headed,” Charli XCX’s “Girls Night Out,” Khalid’s “Stay,” Sabrina Carpenter’s “Almost Love,” Ne-Yo’s “Without You,” Tinashe’s “Faded Love,”  Majid Jordan’s “Body Talk,” Camila Cabello’s “OMG,” and Sam Smith’s “Too Good At Goodbyes.”

Under Tim Blacksmith and Danny D’s management, Stargate have also worked with songwriters Johnta Austin, Frankie Storm, Claude Kelly, Starrah, Phillip “Taj” Jackson, Autumn Rowe, Justin Tranter, Ester Dean, Ross Golan, Amanda Ghost, James Fauntleroy, Kristal “Tyterwriter” Oliver, and Ryan Toby.

Stream the following playlists dedicated to Stargate’s works.

Sigma hits the studio with Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Jean Baptiste Kouame

15 Mar

British drum and bass duo Sigma – composed of Joseph “Joe” Lenzie and Cameron “Cam” Edwards – have recorded new music with Eyelar Mirzazadeh and Jean Baptiste Kouame for their upcoming sophomore album.

Mirzazadeh previously featured on the track “Stay,” taken from Sigma’s debut album, 2015’s “Life.” She is also known for co-writing Charli XCX’s “After the Afterparty,” Diztortion’s “I’ll Be There,” Yellow Claw’s “Catch Me,” R3hab’s “Get Up,” Taya’s “Got Me Wondering,” and Redlight’s “Here with Me.”

Meanwhile, Kouame’s songwriting resume boasts works with Little Mix (“F.U.”), Kelis (“Scream”), AlunaGeorge (“Full Swing”), Rihanna (“Woo”), Nikki Minaj (“The Boys”), Madonna (“I’m a Sinner”), Rudimental (“Foreign World”), Leah McFall (“Home”), DJ Mustard (“Whole Lotta Lovin’”), Bonnie McKee (“Broken Record”), Laura Izibor (“Carousel”) and Sevyn Streeter (“It Won’t Stop”).

Sigma’s second studio collection, on the other hand, is expected to arrive later this year via Independent UK dance record label, 3BEAT Music.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers further songwriting contributions from Sam Romans, Jamie Hartman, Cass Lowe, Paddy Byrne, Ollie Green, Shola Ama, Ed Drewett, Bryn Christopher, Chelcee Grimes, Jimmy Napes, Arrow Benjamin, Ina Wroldsen, Jamie Scott, Talay Riley, Chiara Hunter, Ed Thomas, Josh Record, Dantae Johnson, Max McElligott, and Jonny Harris.

Sigma’s debut album, 2015’s “Life,” peaked to number two on the UK Dance Albums Chart and spawned guest apperances from Jetta John-Hartley (“Slow Down”), Rita Ora (“Coming Home”), Labrinth (“Higher”), Ella Henderson (“Glitterball”) and Paloma Faith (“Changing”).

Watch the music video for “Find Me” below.

Gabi Wilson teases new collaboration with Emeli Sande

2 Mar


American singer/songwriter Gabi Wilson, who also goes by the stage name H.E.R., has teamed up with Emeli Sande for a new collaboration.

Sande’s resume boasts songwriting works with Alicia Keys (“Kill Your Mama”), Rihanna (“Half of Me”), Antonique Smith (“All We Really Have is Now”), Katy Perry (“It Takes Two”), Mary J. Blige (“Whole Damn Year”), Gabrielle (“It Takes Time”), Leona Lewis (“Trouble”), Elle Varner (“Runaway”), Alesha Dixon (“Radio”) and Jess Glynne (“Saddest Vanilla”).

The Scottish artist’s second album “Long Live the Angels” – featuring singles “Hurts,” “Garden,” “Breathing Underwater” and “Highs & Lows” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Meanwhile, Wilson is expected to release her upcoming debut album later this year via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly delivers additional songwriting contributions from Shola Ama (Taya), Jaramye Daniels (Teyana Taylor), Kirby Lauryen (Fleur East), Samuel Dew (Zayn Malik) and Eric Bellinger (Usher).

Amongst the producers expected to appear on the album are GRADES (NAO), Cass Lowe (Tinashe), Mike Riley (Tove Lo), The Arcade (Iggy Azalea), Illangelo (Jorja Smith), Harmony Samuels (Brandu), Mike Dean (Kanye West), Bryan Michael Cox (Ciara), The Stereotypes (Bruno Mars), Metro Boomin (The Weeknd), The Rascals (Zendaya) and Da Internz (Big Sean).

As a songwriter, Wilson co-wrote “Boyfriend Material” for Ariana Grande alongside Alex Cantrall, Jeff Hoeppner, and Dwight Watson.

Stream H.E.R’s debut mini-collection “Volume 1” below.

Melissa Steel writes new music with Shola Ama

10 Feb


Melissa Steel has written new music with fellow artist Shola Ama.

The “Imagine” star recently provided guest vocals on JKAY’s single “Danger,” co-written by Aminata “A*M*E” Kabba, Caroline Ailin, Marvin Humes, and Uzoechi “MNEK” Emenike.

As a songwriter, Ama co-wrote Taya’s “Got Me Wondering” alongside Eyelar Mirzazadeh and the song’s producer Tommy “Toddla T” Bell.

Ama also co-wrote “Good Friends” for UK girl group M.O alongside Janee “Jin Jin” Bennett and Gareth “Bless Beats” Keane.

Meanwhile, Steel is expected to release her first studio collection – featuring promotional singles “Kisses for Breakfast” and “You Love Me” – later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

The still-untitled project reportedly features productions from Diztortion (Ms. Dyanmite), Tre Jean Marie (KAYTRANADA), Michael Angelo (Stanaj), Di Genius (Drake), Jonny Lattimer (Anne-Marie), Knox Brown (Dua Lipa), Moon Willis (Justine Skye), Phil Cook (Birdy) and Laconic (Cover Drive).

Steel also collaborated with songwriters Autumn Rowe (Leona Lewis), Viktoria Hansen (All Saints), Jennifer Decilveo (Diana Gordon), Nicola Roberts (Tinashe), Dayo Olatunji (Fifth Harmony) and Sam Romans (Alicia Keys).

Watch the music video for “Kisses for Breakfast” below.

Taya premieres music video for new single “Deeper”

17 Jan


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

The British singer/songwriter – real name Taylor Fowlis – posted the visual clip for “Deeper” to her YouTube channel on Tuesday (January 17, 2016).

“Deeper” – now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets – was co-written by Tom Havelock alongside the song’s producers Alexander “Al Shux” Shuckburgh, Felix Snow, and Raoul “Diztortion” Chen.

Meanwhile, Taya is expected to release her debut project – featuring previous singles “Fingerprints,” “Sweet Waste of Time” and “Got Me Wondering” – later this year via Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly delivers productions from Starsmith, Laconic (Ash Milton & Daniel Goudie), Digital Farm Animals, Electric (Henrik Michelsen & Edvard Erfjord), Parker Ighile, Tre Jean-Marie, and Chris Loco.

On the songwriting front, Taya has worked with Eyelar Mirzazadeh, Ina Wroldsen, Karen Poole, Chiara Hunter, Maiday, Nicola Roberts, Caroline Ailin, Shola Ama, Jin Jin, Laura Dockrill, James Newman, and Jacob Attwooll.

Watch the music video for “Deeper” below.

DJ Freedo teams with Shola Ama, Jin Jin for new collaboration

4 Nov


DJ Freedo has teamed up with Shola Ama and Jin Jin for a new collaboration.

“Legends @sholaama @jinjinofficial,” the Swedish record producer posted to his Instagram account on Thursday (November 03, 2016).

DJ Freedo – real name Fridolin Welcher – is known for co-producing and co-writing Zara Larsson’s hit single “Lush Life,” which peaked to number three on the UK Singles Chart.

He also contributed on the next projects by Little Mix and Fleur East alongside fellow musicians Maegan Cottone and Sam Romans.

Meanwhile, Jin Jin’s songwriting resume boasts credits with Alex Newell (“Keep it Moving”), Foxes (“Scar”), Jess Glynne (“Hold My Hand”), Little Mix (“Grown”) and Krishane w/ Melissa Steel (“Drunk and Incapable”).

Fans of Shola Ama, on the other hand, should check out her new single “Danger,” which is a collaboration with UK DJ and record producer, JKAY. The track was co-written by MNEK, A*M*E, Caroline Ailin, and Marvin Humes.

Ama’s last international studio album, 1999’s “In Return,” delivered contributions from Rodney Jerkins (“Imagine”), Stargate (“Still Believe”), Babyface (“This Time Next Year”) and Soulshock & Karlin (“Can’t Go On”).

Listen to the audio clip for “Danger” below.