Wednesday, January 30, 2008
KYLIE MINOGUE - WOW [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Kylie Minogue's "Wow", which is the 2nd U.K. single lifted from her latest album "X". The track was co-written by Karen Poole (Rachel Stevens, Leona Lewis) and produced by Greg Kurstin (Peaches, Lily Allen).
The single will be released on 18th February via Parlophone records, and will feature the following B-Sides:
- Carried Away: co-written by Karen Poole / produced by Greg Kurstin.
- Cherry Bomb: co-written by Karen Poole / produced by Bloodshy & Avant.
- Do It Again: co-written by Karen Poole / produced by Dan Carey.
[Watch] Kylie Minogue - Wow
Posted at 06:35 pm by mokhal
JORDIN SPARKS - JORDIN SPARKS [TOM'S ALBUM REVIEW]
My dear pen pal Tom recently sent me his review of Jordin Sparks' self-titled debut album with Jive Records, and since I find his opinions pretty insightful, I thought about sharing it with the beloved readers of this blog :)
Tattoo: (Amanda Ghost / Ian Dench / Stargate)
I kinda liked it at first despite the overused beat, but got sick of pretty fast. Nice lyrics and vocal arrangements, and I like StarGate's recent use of voice sampling, but the generic beat just kinda made it lose for me.
One Step at a Time: (Robbie Nevil / Cutfather & Jonas Jeberg)
Lovely song! Very cheesy and poppy, but I really like it. Like a lot of Cutfather & Jonas Jeberg's work, a big StarGate rip-off but very good at that. The beautiful melody and vocal arrangements are also very reminiscent of Makeba's mid-tempo StarGate songs. If you ask me, it would do very well as a first single. It's got this awesome cut ad-lib part in the intro and after the choruses that works real well as a song in whole.
No Air: (The Underdogs / Erik "Bluetooth" Griggs)
Very similar to The Underdogs' stuff on Chris Brown's album, although there's technically nothing wrong with that. It's kinda catchy, but there's nothing special about it either. If this is gonna hit hard, it's purely because of the big duet aspect.
Freeze: (Amanda Ghost / Ian Dench / Stargate)
One of the better StarGate tracks I've heard in a while. Hard but gentle and smooth, and it sounds like a mix of "Say It Right" and "Infinished Sympathy" in a very StarGate/Ghost/Dench way while still being different for them. Not the prime example of a catchy song, but definitely something that would do very well on the charts. Stargate should have their standards set this high!
Shy Boy: (Klas Ahlund / Bloodshy & Avant)
Easily my favorite track! I mean Klas Ahlund has got me eating out of his hand (lol). Please make many more songs with Murlyn.
Now You Tell Me: (Frankie Storm / Espionage)
Expected this to be a Stargate production, but it's an actual Frankie Storm/Espionage track! Coldplay influences are evident, but it still has a lot of pop appeal, plus Frankie is just the greatest new writer out there.
Next to You: (Lindy Robbins / Emanuel Kiriakou)
I'm not a huge fan of this sort of song - the infamous Robbins/Cates/Kiriakou pop/rock/adult/contemporary ballad. Lindy Robbins is a good writer, but many of her songs miss the creativity and freshness. Some of her work with Soulpower has left her songs decent but forgettable to me.
Just For the Record: (Johnta Austin / Stargate)
I don't like this, lol!
Permanent Monday: (Lindy Robbins / Walter Afanasieff / Emanuel Kiriakou)
Bit Kelly Clarkson-ish! Overall, kind of the same story as "Next To You".
Young And In Love: (Cathy Dennis / Bloodshy & Avant)
Decent enough, but "Shy Boy" really caught my attention and didn't leave much for this!
See My Side: (Klas Ahlund / Bloodshy & Avant)
Very European and kinda Psychedelic! I'm pretty sure this is the slowest Bloodshy & Avant song I've ever heard, but it's a bit of a standard Robyn slow jam. In fact, it can be very easily compared to "Anytime You Like".
God Loves Ugly: (Stephen Lipsey)
Like the rest of the ballads on this album, an acoustic sounding song with a programmed beat. Decent enough but just forgettable! I also feel the order of the track-list is a little strange (lol).
This Is My Now: (Stephen Lipsey)
Standard Idols power ballad, no comment!
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Posted at 06:24 pm by mokhal
KYLIE MINOGUE - IN MY ARMS [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Kylie Minogue’s new single “In My Arms”, which was co-written by DJ Calvin Harris (Sophie Ellis Bextor, Rosin Murphy) and produced by Richard “Biff” Stannard (Spice Girls, Atomic Kitten).
The track is lifted from Minogue’s latest album “X” featuring additional alliances from Bloodshy & Avant: Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg (Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears), Karen Poole (Jamelia, Mutya Buena), Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Jessica Simpson), Cutfather & Jonas Jeberg (Jordin Sparks, Holly Valance), Cathy Dennis (Janet Jackson, Kelly Clarkson) and Guy Chambers (Kelis, Delta Goodrem).
[Watch] Kylie Minogue - In My Arms
Posted at 05:50 am by mokhal
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
LEWIS' NEW SINGLE ANNOUNCED
It has been confirmed that Leona Lewis’ next single is a double A-side of “Footprints in the Sand” and the Andrea Martin penned “Better in Time”, produced by Johnathan “J.R.” Rotem. The melodious new tracks will be released digitally on 9th March and physically just a day later, hitting the shelves on 10th March in the UK.
Posted at 09:12 pm by mokhal
Up and coming Mercury/Island Def Jam recording group Velvet Angels have a song entitled "Curl My Toes" on their official MySpace profile, and the track in question was initially recorded by The Pussycat Dolls, but didn't end up on the final cut of their platinum selling debut album "PCD".
Damon Sharpe (Anastacia, Jennifer Lopez) and Alex Cantrall (Joanna "Jojo" Levesque, Ashley Parker Angel) co-wrote the joint, whilst Soulshock & Karlin: Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin (Samantha Jade, Kasey Butler) produced it.
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Posted at 07:24 pm by mokhal
LEWIS SETS DATE FOR U.S. DEBUT ALBUM
British songstress Leona Lewis will release the U.S. version of her smash selling debut album "Spirit" on 8th April via J/Syco Music. The set will be preceded by lead single "Bleeding Love", co-written by Jesse McCartney and produced by Ryan "Alias" Tedder.
The rejuvinated set will feature 2 new tracks: the Allaune "Akon" Thiam produced "Forgive Me" and "Misses Glass", written and produced by Mad Scientist & Rock City.
Among the additional producer/songwriter collaborators on "Spirit" are Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez), Andrea Martin (Blu Cantrell, Toni Braxton), Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Celine Dion), Josh Alexander (Katharine McPhee, Linda Kiraly), Max Martin (Kelis, Avril Lavigne), Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald (Kelly Clarkson, Jeannie Ortega), Johnta Austin (Fantasia Barrino, Jordin Sparks), Eric Hudson (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson), Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson (Alicia Keys, Esmee Denters), Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith (Christina Milian, Paula DeAnda) and Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson).
Posted at 01:26 am by mokhal
Monday, January 28, 2008
ERYKAH BADU - HONEY [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Erykah Badu’s new single “Honey”, directed by Chris Robinson. The 9th Wonder produced track is also the lead joint from her upcoming album, “Nu AmErykah”, due 26th February via Motown Records.
[Watch] Erykah Badu - Honey
Posted at 07:55 pm by mokhal
ATOMIC KITTEN - ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Atomic Kitten's new single "Anyone Who Had a Heart", but don't get too excited cuz they are not re-uniting!!!
[Watch] Atomic Kitten - Anyone Who Had a Heart
Believe it or not, but I still listen to their albums ("Right Now", "Feels So Good", "Ladies Night"), and if I could make a compilation, these songs would be on top of my playlist:
Atomic Kitten – Hamada's Compilation:
- You Are: produced by Steve Mac.
- It's Ok: produced by Stargate.
- Be With You: produced by Ash Howes & Martin Harrington.
- Love Won't Wait: produced by Rob Davis.
- Don't Go Breaking My Heart: produced by Ash Howes & Martin Harrington.
- The Last Goodbye: produced by Stargate.
- If You Come To Me: produced by Richard "Biff" Stannard & Julian Gallagher.
- Love Doesn't Have To Hurt: co-written by Billy Steinberg / produced by Bill Padley & Jem Godfrey.
- Believer: co-written by Billy Steinberg / produced by Rick Nowels, Ash Howes & Martin Harrington.
- Everything Goes Around: produced by Ash Howes & Martin Harrington.
- Nothing In The World: co-written by Karen Poole / produced by Steve Robson.
- No One Loves You (Like I Love You): produced by Andy McCluskey & Stewart Kershaw.
- Always Be My Baby: co-written by Gary Barlow / produced by The True North Music Company.
- Never Get Over You: produced by Ash Howes & Martin Harrington.
- Someone Like Me: produced by Ciaron Bell.
Posted at 07:02 pm by mokhal
NATASHA BEDINGFIELD - POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE [TRACKLIST + CREDITS]
Pop songstress Natasha Bedingfield released her U.S. sophomore album, "Pocketful of Sunshine", on 22nd January via Epic/Sony. The set was preceded by the Ryan "Alias" Tedder produced "Love Like This" featuring Sean Kingston, which was initially offered to Geffen recording artist Mary J. Blige.
Other musicians backing Bedingfield on "Pocketful of Sunshine" include Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson), Nate "Danja" Hills (Katharine McPhee, Nelly Furtado), Dernst Emile (Rihanna, Wynter Gordon), Cristyle Johnson (Jennifer Lopez, Esmee Denters), Johnathan "J.R." Rotem (Robyn Janelle, Lyrica Anderson), John Shanks (Alanis Morrisette, Michelle Branch), Toby Gad (Fergie, The Veronicas), Steve Kipner (Kelly Rowland, Delta Goodrem), Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Gwen Stefani) and Greg Kurstin (Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue).
Natasha Bedingfield – Pocketful of Sunshine (Tracklist + Credits):
1. Put Your Arms Around Me: produced by Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner, Wayne Wilkins.
2. Pocketful of Sunshine: co-written by Danielle Brisebois / produced by John Shanks.
3. Happy: produced by Toby Gad.
4. Love Like This: co-written by The Runaways / produced by Ryan "Alias" Tedder.
5. Piece of Your Heart: co-written by Danielle Brisebois / produced by Jonathan "J.R." Rotem.
6. Soulmate: produced by Patrick Leonard.
7. Say It Again: produced by Mike Elizondo.
8. Angel: co-written by Cristyle Johnson / produced by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins & Dernst Emile.
9. Backyard: produced by Greg Kurstin.
10. Freckles: produced by Toby Gad.
11. Who Knows: produced by Mike Elizondo.
12. Pirate Bones: produced by Andrew Frampton, Steve Kipner, Wayne Wilkins.
13. Not Givin' Up: co-written by Steve Kipner / produced by Nate "Danja" Hills.
Posted at 06:27 pm by mokhal
Sunday, January 27, 2008
[RANDOM ALBUM REVIEW] MICHELLE BRANCH - THE SPIRIT ROOM
- All You Wanted: written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- Everything: co-written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- Drop in The Ocean: co-written by Jennifer Hagio / produced by John Shanks.
- Goodbye to You: written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- Here with Me: co-written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- If Only She Knew: written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- Sweet Misery: written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- You Get Me: co-written by Shelly Peiken / produced by John Shanks.
- You Set Me Free: co-written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
- Something To Sleep To: co-written by Jennifer Hagio / produced by John Shanks.
- I’d Rather Be in Love: written by Michelle Branch / produced by John Shanks.
Verdict: I’ve always been a fan of Branch’s ever since she came out with “Everything”, but unfortunately wasn’t really encouraged to buy any of her albums until recently, and I’m so glad I did! “The Spirit Room” is an extreme delight from beginning to end as she’s a wonderful singer/songwriter, whilst John Shanks is an amazing producer. The biggest proof to my notion is that this album is still enjoyable despite being released 7 years ago – (4/5).
Posted at 06:30 pm by mokhal
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