Tuesday, March 18, 2008
VARA UNVEILS NEW SINGLE, "WATER"
As previously reported, model turned singer Stefani Vara will release her upcoming debut album – “Storybook Diaries” – in May via Siri Music/Universal Republic.
The first official single, “Water”, was co-written by Bless’ed Pen: Chauncy Jackson & Kim Croft, and produced by Keynon Moore for Masta Productions.
Other tracks earmarked for inclusion on the set are “Easy (U Like That)”, and The Insomniax produced “Lately”, which was released digitally late 2007 and garnered Vara a huge fanbase.
[Listen] Stefani Vara - Water
Posted at 10:20 pm by mokhal
JONES POSTS NEW SONG @ MYSPACE
Singer/songwriter Steph Jones posted a new version of “You Are My Sunshine” on his official MySpace profile, so make sure you check it out!
Even though there’s no release confirmed for his forthcoming debut album, “Mr. Ordinary”, the set is said to spawn collaborations with Ryan “Alias” Tedder (Beyonce, Lyrica Anderson), Evan “Kidd” Bogart (Mya Harrison, Jennifer Lopez), Terius “Dream” Nash (Keke Wyatt, Mariah Carey), and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Tamar Braxton, Blu Cantrell).
[Visit] Steph Jones @ MySpace
Posted at 10:07 pm by mokhal
Monday, March 17, 2008
[RANDOM ALBUM REVIEW] TAMAR BRAXTON - TAMAR
- Your Room: produced by Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson.
- Can't Nobody: co-written by Tab Nkhereanye / produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.
- Miss Your Kiss: produced by Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson.
- Get None: co-written by Mya Harrison, Bryan Michael Cox / produced by Jermaine Dupri.
- No Disrespect: produced by Missy Elliot.
- The Way It Should Be: co-written by Tab Nkhereanye / produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.
- Tonight: produced by Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson.
- Words: produced by Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson.
- Get Mine: co-written by Tab Nkhereanye / produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.
- If You Don't Wanna Love Me: co-written by Tocha Scott / produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.
- I'm Over You: produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart.
- Money Can't Buy You Love: produced by Darrell "Delite" Allamby.
- Once Again: produced by Darrell "Delite" Allamby.
- You Don't Know: produced by Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson.
Since I'm a big fan of production duo Tim Kelley & Bob Robinson – best known for their work with Jennifer Lopez ("Cherry Pie"), Mya ("One Night"), Willa Ford ("Tender"), Hilary Duff ("I Wish"), Brian McKnight ("Comfortable") – I thought about giving this album a listen ….
Unfortunately, Tamar's solo offering fails to impress despite the presence of top notch musicians such as Jermaine Dupri (Mariah Carey, Chante Moore), Missy Elliot (Tamia, Keyshia Cole), and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Blu Cantrell, Celine Dion).
Why? Simply because the beats are hot but the delivery, lyrics, and vocal arrangements are mediocre at best.
Rating: (2/5) – Average.
Posted at 07:40 pm by mokhal
KIRALY DRAFTS DOZIER FOR DEBUT ENGLISH ALBUM
Hungarian born songstress Linda Kiraly is currently putting the final touches on her self-titled debut English album, which is plotted for release later this year via Universal Republic.
It's also been reported that the "Can't Let Go" singer has snagged the services of songwriter/producer Beau Dozier for the project, and he's best known for his work with Tila Tequila ("Fuck Ya Man"), 3LW ("Crazy"), Jojo ("Anything"), Avant & Nicole Scherzinger ("Lie about Us"), and Joss Stone ("Nothing Better Than").
Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Canela Cox, Shola Ama), Dernst Emile (Rihanna, Wynter Gordon), Billy Steinberg (Dannii Minogue, Katharine McPhee), and Josh Alexander (The Veronicas, Ruth-Anne Cunningham) are among the additional musicians backing Kiraly on the set.
Posted at 07:36 pm by mokhal
THE VERONICAS TO RELEASE NEW SINGLE IN APRIL
After achieving success with “Hook Me Up” and “Untouched”, Australian duo The Veronicas have christened the Toby Gad produced “This Love” as the 3rd single to be lifted from their sophomore album “Hook Me Up” (Sire/Warner Bros).
The set features additional collaborations with Greg Wells (Michelle Branch, Paris Hilton), Shelly Peiken (Ashley Parker Angel, Diana DeGarmo), Billy Steinberg (Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion), and Josh Alexander (Fefe Dobson, Leona Lewis).
Posted at 07:32 pm by mokhal
MADONNA - HARD CANDY [OFFICIAL TRACK LIST]
As previously reported, Madonna will release her album "Hard Candy" on 29th April via Maverick/Warner Bros, and it will be preceded by the Timbaland produced lead single "4 Minutes" featuring Justin Timberlake.
Other musicians expected on the set include The Neptunes: Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo (Gwen Stefani, Ashlee Simpson), Kanye West (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson), Sean "The Garrett" Pen (Kelis, Britney Spears), Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean (Beyonce, Alicia Keys), and Allaune "Akon" Thiam (Whitney Houston, Nicole Scherzinger).
Madonna – Hard Candy (Official Track List):
- Candy Shop
- 4 Minutes
- Give it 2 Me
- Miles Away
- She's Not Me
- Beat Goes On
- Dance 2night
- Spanish Lesson
- Devil Wouldn't Recognize You
Posted at 07:30 pm by mokhal
Saturday, March 15, 2008
RIHANNA TAKES A BOW ON STARGATE PRODUCED SINGLE
Rihanna is set to re-release her hit album "Good Girl Gone Bad" on 27th May via Def Jam/Island Records, and the rejuvinated set will include a new track entitled "Take a Bow", co-written by Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith (Christina Milian, Lindsay Lohan), and produced by Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Mary J. Blige, Janet Jackson).
Songwriting/production team Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith and Stargate collectively collaborated with the Barbados born songstress on tracks like "Happy", "Let Me", "We Ride", "Question Existing", "Cry", "Don't Stop the Music", "Unfaithful", "Hate That I Love You" and "Good Girl Gone Bad".
[Listen] Rihanna - Take a Bow
Posted at 01:53 am by mokhal
Friday, March 14, 2008
SILVAS POSTS NEW SONGS @ MYSPACE
Singer/songwriter Lucie Silvas posted new songs on her official MySpace profile including "Faultline", "Remember Me" and "Tempted". Her as-yet untitled 3rd album is expected to boast collaborations with Terius "Dream" Nash, with whom she wrote the tracks "All This Madness", "Bad Boyz" and "Sleepover".
[Visit] Lucie Silvas @ MySpace
Posted at 02:28 pm by mokhal
SOLANGE PLOTS AUGUST RELEASE FOR SOPHOMORE ALBUM
After changing the title to "Just What I Want", singer/songwriter Solange Knowles has renamed her forthcoming sophomore album yet again to "Soul Angel and the Hadley Street Dreams".
The Geffen set – currently earmarked for an August release – is expected to spawn collaborations with Soulshock & Karlin: Carsten Schack & Kenneth Karlin (Toni Braxton, Nicole Scherzinger), Mark Ronson (Nikka Costa, Christina Aguilera), Marsha Ambrosius (Angie Stone, Jazmine Sullivan), Jack Splash (Alicia Keys, Britney Spears), The Neptunes: Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo (Kelis, Faith Evans), Robert Shea Taylor (Paula DeAnda, Wynter Gordon), Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean (Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Lopez), and Thomas "Cee-Lo" Callaway (Estelle Swaray, Tori Alamaze).
Posted at 02:01 am by mokhal
Thursday, March 13, 2008
SULLIVAN ASSISTS ELLIOT ON NEW ALBUM
J records signee Jazmine Sullivan has been confirmed as a guest artist on the track “Like When You Play the Music”, off Missy Elliot’s as-yet untitled 7th album to be released in May via Goldmind/Atlantic Records.
Look out for Sullivan’s forthcoming debut album this Spring/Summer featuring alliances from Jack Splash (Beyonce, Alicia Keys), Salaam Remi (Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse), Cool & Dre: Marcello Valenzano and Andre Lyon (Christina Milian, Mariah Carey), Nate “Danja” Hills (Nelly Furtado, Jennifer Lopez), Carvin & Ivan (Mya Harrison, Faith Evans), Anthony Bell (Vivian Green, Jewel Kilcher), James Poyser (Nikka Costa, Taylor Dayne), and Mike Elizondo (Gwen Stefani, Natasha Bedingfield).
Posted at 03:23 pm by mokhal
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