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Alicia Keys hits the studio with Andrew Wyatt

24 Apr

American singer, songwriter, and record producer Alicia Keys has teamed up with fellow musician Andrew Wyatt for a new collaboration.

The Miike Snow vocalist is responsible for co-writing singles including Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man,” Lorde’s “Perfect Places,” Dua Lipa’s “New Love,” Liam Gallagher’s “Chinatown,” and Beck’s “Dreams.”

Wyatt’s songwriting resume boasts additional works with Florence + The Machine (“Wish That You Were Here”), Kacy Hill (“First Time”), Pixie Lott (“Ain’t Got You”) and Charli XCX (“I Need Ur Love”).

Meanwhile, Keys is expected to release her seventh studio collection early next year via Sony Music Entertainment / RCA Records.

The follow-up to 2016’s “Here” reportedly delivers further productions and songwriting contributions from Kaytranada, Johnny McDaid, Stacy Barthe, Arrow Benjamin, Emile Haynie, Fred Ball, DaHeala, and Foy Vance.

Watch the music video for “In Common” below.

Noah Cyrus teams up with Warren “Oak” Felder for new collaboration

23 Apr

Noah Cyrus has teamed up with Warren “Oak” Felder for a new collaboration.

Felder’s production resume boasts works with Demi Lovato (“Sorry Not Sorry”), Kehlani (“Distraction”), Alessia Cara (“Scars to Your Beautiful”), Alina Baraz (“I Don’t Even Know Why Though”) and Snakehips (“Either Way”).

The American musician has also contributed to the next projects by Liam Payne, Sabina Ddumba, Ray BLK, Tori Kelly, Nick Jonas, Zhavia Ward, Dinah Jane, Aloe Blacc, Ella Henderson, John Legend, Sabrina Carpenter, and Raye.

Meanwhile, Cyrus is expected to release her debut album “NC-17” – featuring current single “We Are Fucked” – later this year via Barry Weiss’ label RECORDS in partnership with Sony Music imprint Columbia Records.

The highly-anticipated project reportedly delivers further contributions from Benny Cassette, Emily Weisband, Big Taste, Sasha Sloan, Knightstarr, Jin Jin, Two Inch Punch, Noonie Bao, Sam Romans, Joe Janiak, Sebastian Kole, Paul E. Phamous, Zaire Kaolo, Trevor Brown, Mike Elizondo, and Stint.

Watch the music video for “Again” below.

Zhavia Ward signs new deal with Columbia Records

22 Apr

Zhavia Ward has signed a new deal with Columbia Records.

The Sony Music imprint also houses artists including Beyonce, Calvin Harris, Diplo, Harry Styles, John Mayer, Haim, Leon Bridges, George Ezra, Adele, John Legend, Celine Dion, Lecrae, Noah Cyrus, and Lennon Stella.

For her upcoming debut project, Ward has worked with songwriters Priscilla Renea (Rihanna, Charlie Puth), Ben Abraham (Kesha, Ray BLK), Jin Jin (Ebba Smith, Jess Glynne) and Paul E. Phamous (Lykke Li, Nick Jonas).

On the production front, “The Four” star has teamed up with Benny Cassette (Diana Gordon, Keri Hilson), Warren Felder (Liam Payne, Demi Lovato), Alex Hope (Troye Sivan, Kacy Hill), M-Phazes (Kehlani, Zara Larsson) and Symbolyc One (Madonna, Kanye West) and Trevor Brown (Alina Baraz, Maty Noyes).

PrettyMuch deliver debut mini-album

21 Apr

American-Canadian boy band PrettyMuch – composed of members Austin Porter, Nick Mara, Edwin Honoret, Brandon Arreaga and Zion Kuwonu – have delivered their debut mini-album online.

“PrettyMuch an EP” – featuring four new songs in the shape of “Hello,” “10,000 Hours,” “Healthy” and “On My Way” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

The Syco Music project boasts productions from Axident, Big Taste, Gladius, Warren “Oak” Felder, ADP, Julian Bunetta, Fred Gibson, and The Electric.

On the songwriting front, PrettyMuch have worked with Steph Jones, Nate Cyphert, Wayne Hector, Talay Riley, Sean Douglas, and Rachel “Raye” Keen.

Stream “PrettyMuch an EP” below.

Khalid releases new promotional single “OTW”

20 Apr

American singer/songwriter Khalid Robinson, known mononymously as Khalid, has released his new promotional single online.

“OTW” – featuring guest appearances from fellow recording artists 6LACK and Ty Dolla $ign – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Production duties on “OTW” were handled by Nineteen85, who is also responsible for Drake’s “Hotline Bling,” PartyNextDoor’s “Not Nice,” Jessie Ware’s “Desire,” Majid Jordan’s “My Love,” Nicki Minaj’s “Truffle Butter,” Jennifer Hudson’s “Dangerous,” and DJ Khaled’s “For Free.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Khalid’s upcoming sophomore studio collection – featuring additional alliances with Stargate, Hit-Boy, Sam Romans, and Scribz Riley – is scheduled to arrive later this year via RCA Records.

In the meantime, Khalid has also provided guest vocals on the latest releases by Normani Kordei (“Love Lies”), Sabrina Claudio (“Don’t Let Me Down”), Alina Baraz (“Floating”), Tayla Parx (“Runaway”) and Billie Eilish (“Lovely”).

Stream the audio clip for “OTW” below.

Little Mix draft Nija Charles, Captain Cuts for fifth album

19 Apr

British girl group Little Mix have added Nija Charles and Captain Cuts to the list of contributors for their upcoming fifth album.

Charles’ songwriting resume boasts works with Cardi B (“Ring”), Jason Derulo (“Colors”), Chris Brown (“Pull Up”), Lecrae (“Lucked Up”), Flo Rida (“Hola”), Lyrica Anderson (“Don’t Take it Personal”) and Kid Ink (“F With You”).

Composed of Ben Berger, Ryan McMahon and Ryan Rabin; Captain Cuts are known for producing Bebe Rexha’s “I Got You,” Rozes’ “Famous,” Chainsmokers’“Break Up Every Night,” Halsey’s “Roman Holiday,” Sabrina Carpenter’s “Two Young Hearts,” and Amy Shark’s “Sink In.”

Meanwhile, Little Mix are expected to release their fifth studio collection later this year via Syco Music (UK) and Columbia Records (US).

The follow-up to 2016’s “Glory Days” reportedly boasts further productions from TMS, Chris Loco, Goldfingers, Fred Ball, Red Triangle, Jez Ashurst, MNEK, Tre Jean-Marie, Freedo, and The Electric.

On the songwriting front, Little Mix have also worked with Kamille, Maegan Cottone, Jessica Agombar, Sinead Harnett, Rachel Furner, Eyelar, Chelcee Grimes, Sam Romans, James Newman, Plested, Iain James, and Shakka.

Watch the music video for “Power” below.

Lykke Li confirms new album “So Sad So Sexy”

19 Apr

Lykke Li has confirmed the details for her upcoming album.

The Swedish singer/songwriter christened her fourth studio collection “So Sad So Sexy” and will release it on June 8 via LL Recordings / RCA Records.

Current promotional singles “Hard Rain” (produced by Rostam Batmanglij) and “Deep End” (co-written by Ilsey Juber and Stephen “Koz” Kozmeniuk with collective production duties from Jeff Bhasker, Malay, and T-Minus) are now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

Lykke Li’s last album, 2014’s “I Never Learn,” peaked to number twenty-nine on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles “No Rest for the Wicked,” “Gunshot” and “Never Gonna Love Again.”

See the tracklisting for “So Sad So Sexy” – featuring further productions and songwriting contributions from Max Martin, Ali Payami, Stephan Moccio, Paul E. Phamous, Billy Walsh, and Skrillex – below.

(1) Hard Rain / (2) Deep End / (3) Two Nights / (4) Last Piece / (5) Jaguars in the Air / (6) Sex Money Feelings Die / (7) So Sad So Sexy / (8) Better Alone / (9) Bad Woman / (10) Utopia