Saturday, March 29, 2008
[RANDOM ALBUM REVIEW] ZENA - ALL OF ME
- Change The Game: (Laney Stewart, Tab Nkhereanye, Traci Hale, Ciara Harris)
- Feelin' You: (French, Lakiesha Miles, Ciara Harris, Keri Hilson)
- Average Girl: (French, Zena McNally, Lakiesha Miles)
- In Too Deep: (Wayne Lawes, Rikardo Reid, Zena McNally, Heon Irving)
- Let's Get This Party Started: (Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Wirlie Morris, Tab Nkhereanye, Dorian Hardnett)
- Been Around The World: (Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Traci Hale, Tab Nkhereanye, Jason "J.Que" Patrick)
- Pull Ya Brakes: (Bernard "Focus" Edwards Jr., Kandi Burruss)
- I'm Ready: (Saqib, Zena McNally, Heon Irving)
- Get On It: (Zena McNally, Heon Irving)
- All Of Me: (Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, Wirlie Morris, Traci Hale, Tab Nkhereanye)
- Baby Be Mine: (Zena McNally, Heon Irving, Mega Man, Leke Awoyinka, Antoine Moradbakthi, Martin Okasilli)
- Do She Know: (Wayne Lawes, Zena McNally, Ricardo Reid)
- Fallin' For You: (Trevor Davey, Zena McNally, Heon Irving)
- It's About Time: (Trevor Davey, Zena McNally, Heon Irving)
- Necessary Thing: (Anthony Dent, Angela Irons)
Former Misteeq member Zena McNally released her debut solo album, "All of Me", via Avex Trax Japan, and luckily for me, I found a reasonably priced copy on eBay! Now that I've given it a proper listen, I'm gonna honestly say that it's not that bad!
However, I can't help but wonder why lead single "Been around the World" was chosen to kick-off her solo career cuz it's nothing special, and besides, the video version made McNally look as if she's making a guest appearance on a Vybz Kartel track.
On the other hand, the Keri Hilson penned "Feelin' You" and "Change the Game", co-written by Ciara made the album worth-while. Other highlights include "Let's Get This Party Started" and the French produced "Average Girl".
The midtempo "Pull Ya Brakes" - featuring background vocals from Kandi Burruss - is decent enough despite containing tacky lyrics such as "Dinner and a movie won't lead you to my booty" and "Get your hands off my ass, you're just movin' too fast".
Rating: (3/5) – Good.
Posted at 09:34 pm by mokhal
LAWSON DONE WITH NEW ALBUM PHOTOSHOOT
British songstress Maria Lawson checked in with fans on her blog at MySpace on Friday (March 28) with the following message: - "Hi everyone! Thanks for logging in and checking out my blog. I have been incredibly busy for the last couple of weeks looking after Brandon and getting used to motherhood. Its hard work but I wouldn't change it for the world, he is so adorable. I feel truly blessed to have him. I keep staring at him and sometimes I can't believe he's mine. From the instant I held him, my life has completely changed. I want to thank everyone who sent messages, presents, flowers and congratulations to us. You have all been amazingly kind. I was so touched. I have also been getting ready for my album at the same time so it has been pretty manic but now I am ready and more determined than ever. The album shoot is done and the glam squad on the shoot hooked me up. The photos look fabulous. I will be uploading the single and photos and revamping the site soon so keep checking back."
[Visit] Maria Lawson @ MySpace
Posted at 01:23 am by mokhal
Friday, March 28, 2008
THE VERONICAS - THIS LOVE [VIDEO]
Here is the video for “This Love”, the 3rd single off The Veronicas’ sophomore album “Hook Me Up”. The track was produced by Toby Gad, who previously collaborated with the Australian duo on joints like “Secret”, “Mouth Shut” and “Speechless”, taken from their smash debut LP, “The Secret Life Of …”
“Hook Me Up”, currently earmarked for a May release in the States via Sire/Warner Bros. Records, boasts additional collaborations with Shelly Peiken (Christina Aguilera, Ashley Parker Angel), Greg Wells (Michelle Branch, Paris Hilton), Billy Steinberg (Kylie Minogue, Celine Dion), and Josh Alexander (Katharine McPhee, Ruth-Anne Cunningham).
[Watch] The Veronicas - This Love
Posted at 03:52 pm by mokhal
ESTELLE ROLLS WITH DOUGLAS ON SOPHOMORE ALBUM
It's been confirmed that "In the Rain" is the track Johnny Douglas produced on Estelle's forthcoming sophomore album, "Shine", due 31st March via Homeschool/Atlantic Records.
This is also not the first time the British hitmaker collaborates with the "American Boy" singer as she did the background vocals on Remi Nicole's "Rock N Roll", as well as co-writing Alesha Dixon's "Fired Up" and "Everywhere I Go" – all produced by Douglas, who on the other hand, is best known for his work with Kylie Minogue ("Chocolate"), Gabrielle ("I Wish"), Sugababes ("Buster"), Rachel Stevens ("Secret Garden"), Javine ("Best of My Love"), All Saints ("Lady Marmalade"), Mutya Buena ("Paperbag"), and Eternal ("Just a Step from Heaven").
Posted at 02:48 pm by mokhal
Thursday, March 27, 2008
RAVEN SYMONE - RAVEN SYMONE [ALBUM COVER]
Here is the album cover for Raven Symone's forthcoming self-titled album, which is due 29th April via Hollywood Records. The set features collaborations with songwriting team The Clutch: Candice Nelson, Patrick "J.Que" Smith, Balewa Muhammad & Ezekiel Lewis ("Keep a Friend", "Double Dutch Bus"), Eric Hudson / Tawanna "Frankie Storm" Dabney ("In The Pictures"), Chastity Nwagbara / Kwame Holland ("Got it Girl", "Green"), Marvin Ambrosius / Warren "Oak" Felder ("Love Me or Leave Me"), and Sean "The Pen" Garrett ("What Are You Gonna Do", "Stupid", "Girl Get It", "Shorts Like Me").
Posted at 06:06 pm by mokhal
CAREY CHOOSES STARGATE PRODUCED BALLAD AS NEXT SINGLE
Singer/songwriter Mariah Carey has christened "Bye Bye" as the 2nd single to be lifted from her forthcoming album, "E=MC²", due 15th April via Island/Def Jam Records. The track was co-written by Johnta Austin (Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton), and produced Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Beyonce, Janet Jackson).
"E=MC²" spawns additional alliances from Jermaine Dupri (Alicia Keys, Christina Milian), Bryan Michael Cox (Keyshia Cole, Gwen Stefani), Scott Storch (Britney Spears, Kelly Rowland), Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean (Angie Stone, Mya Harrison), Nate "Danja" Hills (Madonna, Jennifer Lopez), Cristyle "The Ink" Johnson (Monica, Jennifer Hudson), Taurian "Adonis" Shropshire (Natasha Ramos, Tynisha Keli), Terius "Dream" Nash (Wynter Gordon, Karina Pasian), Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Tamar Braxton, Blu Cantrell), and Balewa Muhammad (Amerie, Paula Campbell).
Posted at 03:46 pm by mokhal
ASHLEE SIMPSON - BITTERSWEET WORLD [OFFICIAL TRACK LIST]
As previously reported, Ashlee Simpson has set an April 22nd release date for her third Geffen album, "Bittersweet World", which features the Timbaland produced “Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)”, and the set’s first official single “Little Miss Obsessive”.
In addition to Timbo, the “Bittersweet World” recording sessions have included collaborations with Kara DioGuardi (Samantha Jade, Joss Stone), Chad Hugo of The Neptunes (Katharine McPhee, Natasha Ramos), Mark Ronson (Nikka Costa, Amy Winehouse), Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani), and John Legend (Estelle, Karina Pasian).
Ashlee Simpson – Bittersweet World (Official Track List):
- Outta My Head (Ay Ya Ya)
- Can’t Have It All
- Little Miss Obsessive
- Bittersweet World
- What I’ve Become
- Hot Stuff
- Never Dream Alone
Posted at 03:43 pm by mokhal
PASIAN SETS DATE FOR DEBUT LP
Up and coming artist Karina Pasian finished recording her self-titled debut album, and it’s currently earmarked for a June 3rd release via Island/Def Jam Records. Rumored first single, "Sixteen", was co-written by Terius “Dream” Nash (Rihanna, Britney Spears) and produced by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Celine Dion, Mariah Carey).
The set is also expected to sport collaborations with Gordon Chambers (Brownstone, Deborah Cox), Carlos McKinney (Chris Brown, Dear Jayne), John Legend (Estelle, Ashlee Simpson), Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Janet Jackson, Christina Milian), Warren “Oak” Felder (Raven Symone, Jennifer Lopez), Wyclef Jean (Shakira, Mary J. Blige), and Schaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith (Paula DeAnda, Wynter Gordon).
Posted at 03:42 pm by mokhal
SUGABABES TEAM UP WITH TIMBALAND ON FORTHCOMING ALBUM
Sugababes have started working on the follow-up to their latest hit album "Change", and this time they've snagged none other than super producer Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, who's best known for his work with Nelly Furtado ("Maneater"), Justin Timberlake ("Sexyback"), Madonna ("4 Minutes"), Aaliyah ("Try Again"), and Ashlee Simpson ("Outta My Head").
This is not the first time the British band work with an American musician as their past endeavors include alliances with the likes of Dallas Austin (Kelis, Janet Jackson), Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson (Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys), and Linda Perry (Solange Knowles, Christina Aguilera).
Posted at 03:40 pm by mokhal
ALICIA POSTS JACK SPLASH PRODUCED SINGLE @ MYSPACE
Singer/songwriter Alicia Keys has recently posted "Teenage Love Affair" on her official MySpace profile, and it's said to be the 3rd single from her multi-platinum selling album, "As I Am", which was released in November 2007 via J Records. The track was co-written by Harold Lilly (Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton) and produced by Jack Splash (Britney Spears, Jennifer Hudson).
"As I Am" boasts additional collaborations with Kerry "Krucial" Brothers (Goapele, Keyshia Cole), Linda Perry (Christina Aguilera, Solange Knowles), Alonzo "Novel" Stevenson (Joss Stone, Stacie Orrico), and Marsha Ambrosius (Emily King, Jazmine Sullivan).
[Visit] Alicia Keys @ MySpace
Posted at 03:37 pm by mokhal
BB Pincode: 25E267B6
Sister Blog - Easy Target: http://easytarget.blogdrive.com
MONICA MANIA INTERVIEWS
Andrew "Pop" Wansel
Aria Crescendo of Paradiso Girls
Brit & Alex
Carsten "Soulshock" Schack
Celena Cherry [of The Honeyz]
Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell [of Brownstone]
Cleo Higgins [of Cleopatra]
Cristyle "The Ink" Johnson
Darren Lewis of Future Cut
Edwin "Lil' Eddie" Serrano
Evan "Kidd" Bogart
Jonas "Jay Jay" Jeberg
Jonathan "J.R." Rotem
Karen Poole # 2
Maria Hamer Jensen
Meleni Smith (2)
Michelle Bell of Lynn & Wade LLP
Patrick "J.Que" Smith
Peach Candy: Rasheeda & Kandi Burruss
Reginald "Syience" Perry
The Writing Camp
Tynisha Keli (2)
Victoria "Lady V" Horn
*Musicians' Galore - Sister Blog*
Bronx River Parkway
Cigna Sight And Sound
J's Random Corner
Music, Gossip, & More
Pop Music Kingdom
R&B Music Blog
Rory And Summer Show
Singers Room Blog
Str8 Outta NYC
The Next 2 Shine
That Grape Juice
The Gospel Fill-Up