Tag Archives: Tor Erik Hermansen

Rita Ora enlists Kennedi, Boy Matthews for new collaboration

10 Feb

Rita Ora has enlisted Kennedi and Boy Matthews for a new collaboration.

Besides providing guest vocals on High Contrasts’s “Questions,” Wilkinson’s “Wash Away (Calling for You”), Dan Barber’s “Time for Living” and Hayden James’ “Just Friends,” Boy Matthews (real name James Norton) is also repsonsible for co-writing Zayn Malik’s “Rainberry,” Little Mix’s “Motivate,” Clare Maguire’s “The Valley,” and Duke Dumont’s “Ocean.”

Meanwhile, Kennedi’s songwriting resume boasts works with Ariana Grande (“Fake Smile”), Dua Lipa (“Swan Song”), Isabella Moner (“I’ll Stay”), Hailee Steinfeld (“Back to Life”), Lennon Stella (“Bad”), Jess Kent (“Bass Bumps”), NOTD (“Been There, Done That”) and BLVK JVCK (“Mine Luv”).

Ora’s latest studio collection “Phoenix” – featuring singles “Your Song,” “Anywhere,” “Girls” and “Let You Love Me” – is now available via iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, Google Play, Tidal and all other digital streaming platforms.

Her song “Soul Survivor” – which was co-written by Simon Wilcox and Georgia Ku alongside Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Norwegian production duo Stargate – was featured in the first-ever Super Bowl ad for Bumble, the women-centric dating app.

Stream the audio clip for “Soul Survivor” below.

Sam Smith, Normani share music video for new single “Dancing With a Stranger”

29 Jan

British singer/songwriter Sam Smith and American recording artist Normani have shared the music video for their new single online.

The visual clip for “Dancing With a Stranger” was posted to Smith’s Vevo channel on Tuesday (January 29, 2019).

The track was collectively produced by Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate alongside Jimmy Napes, who is also responsible for Tori Kelly’s “Change Your Mind,” Alicia Keys’s “Hallelujah,” Madonna’s “Best Night,” Rita Ora’s “Velvet Rope,” and Ray BLK’s “Doing Me.”

Smith’s last studio collection, 2017’s “The Thrill of It All,” topped both the UK and US Albums Chart. It also spawned four hit singles in the shape of “Too Good at Goodbyes,” “One Last Song,” “Pray” and “Baby, You Make Me Crazy.”

Meanwhile, Normani’s upcoming debut album – featuring alliances with Pharrell Williams, Daniel Caesar, BlaqNmilD, Joel Little, Illangelo, Teddy Geiger, Boi-1da, Sevn Thomas, Jahaan Sweet, D’Mile, and The Rascals – is scheduled to arrive later this year via Keep Cool / RCA Records.

Watch the music video for “Dancing With a Stranger” below.

Sam Smith teams up with Normani for new single “Dancing With A Stranger”

11 Jan

Sam Smith has teamed up with Normani for his new single “Dancing With a Stranger,” which is now available via all digital streaming outlets.

The track was collectively produced by Jimmy Napes alongside Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate, who previously worked with Smith on international hit single, “Too Good At Goodbyes.”

As mentioned in earlier posts, Normani’s upcoming project – featuring singles “Waves” and the Calvin Harris-produced “Checklist” and “Slow Dance” – is scheduled to arrive later this year via Keep Cool / RCA Records.

The still-untitled collection reportedly yields further productions from Pharrell Williams, Boi-1da, D’Mile, Joel Little, The-Dream, Nova Wav, Jahaan Sweet, London on Da Track, DJ Mustard, and The Rascals.

Stream the audio clip for “Dancing With A Stranger” below.

Samantha Mumba – Woman

12 Dec

“Woman” is the shelved sophomore album by Irish singer/songwriter Samantha Mumba. It was supposed to be released in 2002 via Polydor Records following her UK top 10 single “I’m Right Here.” However, Mumba has since confirmed she was unable to release any new material due to contract restrictions following the restructure of Polydor, which resulted in her being dropped.

On the follow-up to 2000’s “Gotta Tell You,” Mumba has worked with producers Bloodshy & Avant (Madonna, Britney Spears), Arnthor Birggisson (Christina Milian, Leona Lewis), Anders Bagge (Robyn, Jessica Simpson), Stargate (Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez) and Mark Taylor (Enrique Iglesias, Kylie Minogue).

Among the songwriters she has collaborated with on the album are Kandi Burruss (TLC, Destiny’s Child), Nina Woodford (Alesha Dixon, Nelly Furtado), Karen Poole (David Guetta, Janet Jackson), Michelle Bell (Blu Cantrell, Mary J. Blige) and Paul Barry (LeAnn Rimes, James Bay).

For those who were seeking the songwriting and production credits for Mumba’s “Woman” album, hope you find this post helpful!

  • I’m Right Here (Kandi Burruss, Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson, Pontus “Avant” Winnberg, Henrik Jonback)
  • You’re My Boo (Kandi Burruss, Arnthor Birgisson, Anders Bagge)
  • Put Your Money on Me (Karen Poole, Sebastian Nylund, Arnthor Birgisson, Anders Bagge)
  • Wet n’ Wild (Samantha Mumba, Karen Poole, Arnthor Birgisson, Anders Bagge)
  • Wow! (Nina Woodford, Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson, Pontus “Avant” Winnberg, Henrik Jonback)
  • Nobody Knows (Michelle Bell, Arnthor Birgisson, Anders Bagge)
  • Relationships (Michelle Bell, Christian “Bloodshy” Karlsson, Pontus “Avant” Winnberg)
  • Untouchable (Stargate – Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Hallgeir Rustan)
  • Read My Mind (Paul Barry, Mark Taylor, Steven Torch)
  • Can You Deliver? (Anna-Lena Margaretha Hogdahl, David Eriksen)
  • Point of You (Stargate – Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, Hallgeir Rustan)

Normani drafts Pharrell Williams for debut album

11 Dec

American singer/songwriter Normani Kordei, known mononymously as Normani, has enlisted Pharrell Williams for her upcoming debut album.

Williams’s recent songwriting and production credits include Ariana Grande’s “The Light is Coming,” Travis Scott’s “Skeletons,” Janelle Monae’s “I Got the Juice,” Camila Cabello’s “Sangria Wine,” Justin Timberlake’s “Man of the Woods,” and The Carters’ “Apeshit.”

His last studio collection under Columbia Records, 2014’s “Girl,” debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 Albums Chart and spawned singles including “Marilyn Monroe,” “Come Get it Bae” and “Gust of Wind.”

Meanwhile, Normani current single “Waves” – featuring 6LACK – is now available via iTunes and all other digital streaming outlets.

For her upcoming debut album under Keep Cool / RCA Records, Normani has also worked with producers Stargate, Boi-1da, D’Mile, Joel Little, The-Dream, Nova Wav, Jahaan Sweet, London on Da Track, DJ Mustard, and The Rascals.

Stream the audio clip for “Waves” below.

Rita Ora delivers sophomore studio collection “Phoenix”

24 Nov

Rita Ora has released her sophomore studio collection online.

“Phoenix” – featuring singles “Your Song,” “Anywhere,” “Girls” and “Let You Love Me” – is now available via all digital streaming outlets.

On the highly-anticipated project, Ora has worked with songwriters including Ed Sheeran, Ali Tamposi, Georgia Ku, Lotus IV, Ilsey Juber, Emily Warren, Brian Lee, Noonie Bao, Julia Michaels, and Justin Tranter.

Among the producers who contributed to the album are StarGate, Jimmy Napes, Andrew Watt, Digital Farm Animals, Julian Bunetta, Louis Bell, Ben Billions, John Ryan, Sam Romans, Fred Gibson, Sir Nolan, Jonny Coffer, Ali Payami, Benny Blanco, Cashmere Cat, Steve Mac, and Rudimental.

Stream “Phoenix” below.

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.