Tuesday, February 06, 2007
NEYO SETS RELEASE DATE FOR SOPHOMORE ALBUM
Singer/songwriter/actor NeYo's upcoming sophomore album is due 24th April via Def Jam Records, and will be preceded by the lead single "Because Of You", which was produced by Stargate (Shola Ama, Lemar). Producer Shea Taylor (Paula DeAnda, Wynter Gordon) is also among the album's collaborators, whereas vocalist Rihanna appears on the rumored 2nd single "Leaving Tonight".
In a recent interview with MTV, NeYo also discussed working with Britney Spears on her next album, and even though he hasn't met her yet, he already submitted more than 5 tracks to her record executives. Hopefully all of them will make it to the album
Posted at 06:26 pm by mokhal
STEPH JONES IS MR. ORDINARY
Model/singer Steph Jones has signed a new deal with Def Jam's Disturbing The Peace Records (Ludacris, Shareefa, Bobby Valentino), and is currently putting the final touches on his upcoming debut album. There's still no word on whom he'll be collaborating with in terms of songwriters/producers, but I bet it's gonna be HAWT just like him, hee hee
Make sure you check out his new song "Mr. Ordinary" on the link below, and it features rapper Jay-Z on the background!
[Listen] Steph Jones - Mr. Ordinary
Posted at 12:39 am by mokhal
Monday, February 05, 2007
JENNIFER LOPEZ SKIPZ THE BLUES WITH GARRETT AND SWIZZY
Besides having her debut Spanish album being released in the next few months, singer/actress Jennifer Lopez is already hard at work on her upcoming 5th English album, which is due late 2007. Songwriter Sean Garrett (Gwen Stefani, Britney Spears) as well as producer Swizz Beatz (Fantasia, Beyonce) are among the confirmed collaborators, and according to Swizzy's official discography, some of the new joints he produced for Jenny include "Still From Da Block" and "Skip The Blues (Not Me)". AAAH … I can't wait!!!!
Posted at 12:46 am by mokhal
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Newcomer Tynisha Keli is putting the final touches on her upcoming debut album, which will come out soon via Warner Brothers Records. The new set will include collaborations with producers Bryan Michael Cox (Lea Quezada, Claudette Ortiz), Adonis (Ciara, Whitney Houston), Kendrick Dean (Toni Braxton, Brandy) and The Corna Boyz (LeToya Luckett, Megan Rochell). Even though the official track list hasn't been set yet, joints like "Right Hand Man", "Let It Go", "Like Everybody Else" and "My Everything" are expected to make it to the final cut.
Posted at 06:37 pm by mokhal
KEKE PALMER DRAFTS THE CLUTCH FOR DEBUT ALBUM
Singer/Actress Keke Palmer, who shot to fame with movies like "Akeelah And The Bee" and "Madea's Family Reunion", is currently recording her debut album which will come out via Atlantic Records. Songwriters Balewa Muhammed (Ciara, Christina Aguilera), Keri Hilson (Britney Spears, Toni Braxton) and Kandi Burruss (Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys) are among the album's collaborators, whereas joints like "How Will I Know", "Joystick" and "Too Many Pictures" are tipped for inclusion on the album's final tracklisting.
Posted at 01:35 am by mokhal
Saturday, February 03, 2007
[ALBUM REVIEW] JANET JACKSON - 20 Y.O.
MONICA'Z RATING = VERY GOOD
Janet Jackson has always been my favorite singer, and she inspires me in so many ways that no one can even imagine! Her previous album, "Damita Jo", was absolute perfection IMHO, so when I learnt that she was coming back with "20 Y.O.", my excitement was beyond unbearable. So recently I got to listen to the album, and here's what I think in all honesty …
"20 Y.O." kicks off with the club banger "So Excited" featuring rapper Khia, and even though it's not a bad song, I don't think its single material. "So Excited" also samples Herbie Hancock's "Rock It", and FYI this is not the 1st time Janet samples one of his songs as "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" has been sampled on "All Nite" from her "Damita Jo" album. "Show Me" is definitely one of my favorites as its catchy and sassy at the same time. "Get It Out Me" sounds like the Dallas Austin produced "Sexhibition" (also from the "Damita Jo" album), but less exciting. "Do It 2 Me" is another favorite of mine, and it's a classic So So Def production. I also can't help but think that producer Jermaine Dupri is a big fan of Brenda Russell's "If Only For One Night" as the same sample has also been used on Bow Wow's "Let Me Hold You" featuring sexy Omarion, but if you ask me, I like Janet's version a lot more (and I'm tryna be non-biased here!). "This Body" is first truly sexual song on the album, and I also think it would have been an excellent single. "With U" reminds me of Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" (thanx to songwriter/singer Johnta Austin), whereas "Call On Me" featuring Nelly is also similar to his duet with Kelly Rowland on "Dilemma".
All in all, "20 Y.O." is a fun album that doesn't take itself very seriously, but at the same time you can't help but wonder how good it would have been if bonus tracks like the excellent "Roll Wit'Chu" and the romantic "Days Go By" were added to the track list, not forgetting to mention the Dr. Dre and Kanye West rejects (I'm still mad at you Jermaine ).
Buy Janet Jackson - 20 Y.O. @ Amazon.com
[Listen] Brenda Russell - If Only For One Night
Posted at 09:16 pm by mokhal
MACY GETS BIG ON NEW ALBUM
Singer/songwriter/Actress Macy Gray will release her upcoming 4th studio album “Big” on March 27th via Geffen Records. The new set sports collaborations with vocalist Fergie and rapper Nas, as well as producers Will-I-Am (Kelis, Mary J. Blige) and Justin Timberlake, who is also writing songs on the next albums by Keri Hilson and ex-bandmate JC Chasez.
Here is the track list for “Big”:
- Finally Made Me Happy
- Shoo Be Doo
- What I Gotta Do
- Glad You’re Here
- Ghetto Love
- Get Out
- Treat Me Like Your Money
- Strange Behavior
Posted at 02:27 am by mokhal
Friday, February 02, 2007
[MONICA MANIA INTERVIEW] CELENA CHERRY
British girlband The Honeyz burst into the scene in 1998 with their amazing ballad "Finally Found", which also gave them their 1st top 10 single. The successful path continued with hits like "End of The Line", "Love of a Lifetime" and "Won't Take It Lying Down", as well as their album "Wonder No. 8". Unfortunately the band split shortly after their success, and lead singer Celena Cherry finally decided to step out on her own as she's currently recording her own debut album. I caught up with her to talk about The Honeyz, what she thinks of group reunions, whom she'd love to duet with, and much more … Enjoy
Can you tell us when you started singing? And which artists influence you musically?
I started singing at a young age at theatre school and loved artists like Randy Crawford and Whitney Houston. Oh and Gloria Estefan.
Are you currently recording a new album? If so, when is it coming out?
Yes I am, I'm still working on it as I want it to be perfect. Will let you know when it will be released.
Can you tell us the names of your favorite tracks from the album? And liner notes regarding which each song is about?
One of my favorite tracks is "Gave You My Love" which you can hear on http://www.myspace.com/celenacherry. It was written from the heart and is very true to me.
Whom have you worked with in terms of songwriters/producers? And which ones you'd love to hook up with in the future?
I've worked with Tore Johanson, who did Franz Ferdindad's first album, as well as many different producers and songwriters. The list is endless! I would also love to work with Guy Chambers.
Some of the music producers I've interviewed said that UK artists are less driven and don't take things as seriously as their US Counterparts. Do you agree with this notion?
I think it depends on who the artists are. I'm sure there are American artists are not that driven. In America there are more artists and they have more money, so you cannot compare.
If you could do a duet, which artist would you choose?
Keane or Coldplay's Chris Martin.
2007 will see the likes of Cleo, Shola Ama, Alesha Dixon and Mutya releasing their new albums. Do you feel the pressure? And who is your favorite from the ones I've mentioned?
I don't feel pressure at all, and I don't care what they do. I just wanna do the best for me.
Now I'll rewind a little bit, and ask you about your former girlgroup The Honeyz. How were they formed? And why did they break up?
There is so much drama circulated within the story of that group. The girls didn't wanna carry on, and till this day I don't know why we broke up!
Were you surprised by Heavenly's decision to leave the group? And did you know that she was going to come back?
I was very surprised, it was a big shock. We had no idea she would return - it was not in our power.
Are you still in touch with Mariama, Naima and Heavenly?
I still speak to Naima and Mariama.
I bought "Wonder No. 8" few years back, and I still listen to it every now and then cuz the songs never get dated (especially the ballads). Which songs were your favorites? And why?
I love every song on "Wonder No. 8", it's a great album. "Finally Found" means a lot to me as it came from my own experience.
The Honeyz' "Somebody to Love Me" was written by the legendary Babyface. Did you get to meet him in person? If so, how was it like working with him?
Unfortunately we never met him, but what a great song……….
There are rumors that the Honeyz are re-forming. Is that true?
We did reform but it didn't work out. So we are no longer together.
Honeyz have had so many line-up changes that some fans started saying that they'll never be as successful as you used to be in the late 90s. What do you have to say about this?
They are probably right. The secret to a successful band is unity and we don't have that, we did in the beginning.
What do you think of All Saints' reunion? And do you fear that the Honeyz will face the same fate sales wise if they ever reformed?
I think it's fantastic, but Honeyz will not be reforming.
Are you currently dating anyone? And what does Celena look for in a man?
I'm actually happily married to a lovely guy. In a man I look for someone who can make me laugh and someone who has a good heart.
Last but not the least, is there any message you'd like to give to your fans all over the world?
Thank you for supporting The Honeyz and thank you for all the support and kindness you have shown me since the group ended. You haven't seen the last of me…. Love you all. xxxx
Visit Celena Cherry on MySpace
[Listen] The Honeyz - Somebody To Love Me (written by Babyface)
[Watch] The Honeyz - Finally Found
Posted at 08:55 pm by mokhal
JEANNIE ORTEGA READY FOR ALBUM # 02
Singer/actress Jeannie Ortega mentioned in a new message dedicated to her fans via her Myspace profile that she will start recording her 2nd album very soon, and it's going to be CRAZZZY! Her debut album, "No Place Like BKLYN", spawned hits like "So Done" and "Crowded" featuring Papoose, as well as collaborations with Stargate (Beyonce, Shola Ama), Soulshock & Karlin (Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton), Lisa Simmons (Kelly Rowland, Backstreet Boys) and Dr. Luke (Avril Lavigne, Kelis), who is also working with Britney Spears on her comeback album. Hopefully Jeannie will hit the jackpot with her sophomore effort, and I wish her all the best J
Posted at 06:12 pm by mokhal
Thursday, February 01, 2007
"TREY DAY" - RELEASE DATE
Trey Songz will release his upcoming sophomore album "Trey Day" on 12th June via Atlantic / Wea Records. The new set will be preceded by the lead single "Wonder Woman", whereas Johnta Austin (Jessica Simpson, Janet Jackson), Troy Taylor (Brownstone, Karina Pasian), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Mariah Carey, Chante Moore), Nate Hills (Keri Hilson, Justin Timberlake) and Bryan Michael Cox (Teairra Mari, Brian McKnight) are among the album's collaborators.
Thanx MBobby J
Posted at 02:48 pm by mokhal
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