Sunday, April 20, 2008
SUMMER ROPES IN ROTEM, KURSTIN, MENDEZ, BRISEBOIS FOR NEW ALBUM
Burgundy/Sony Music will release "Crayons", Donna Summer's first studio album in 17 years, on 20th May. The set features hit singles "I'm a Fire", and the Danielle Brisebois penned "Stamp Your Feet", which was produced by Greg Kurstin (Lilly Allen, Jessica Simpson).
Among the other musicians backing Summer on "Crayons" are Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Leona Lewis, Britney Spears), Evan "Kidd" Bogart of The Writing Camp (Jennifer Lopez, Mya Harrison), and Lester Mendez (Shakira, Nelly Furtado).
Donna Summer – Crayons (Official Track List):
01 – Stamp Your Feet
02 – Mr. Music
03 – Crayons
04 – The Queen is Back
05 – Run with It
06 – Sand on my Feet
07 – Drivin' Down Brazil
08 – I'm a Fire
09 – Slide Over Backwards
10 – Science of Love
11 – Be Myself Again
12 – Bring Down the Reign
Posted at 08:41 pm by mokhal
LYNN & WADE LLP POST NEW SONG @ MYSPACE
Michelle Lynn Bell & Peter Wade of Pop/Electro duo Lynn & Wade LLP posted a new song on their official MySpace profile entitled “Seems Like it Feels”, off their forthcoming debut album “The Mystery LLP”, so make sure you check it out!
For those who came in later, Lynn & Wade have collectively penned hits for artists such as Jennifer Lopez (“Never Gonna Give Up”), Lindsay Lohan (“To Know Your Name”), Blu Cantrell (“Impatient”), Sugababes (“Supernatural”), Cheri Dennis (“Portrait of Love”), and Taylor Dayne (“She Doesn’t Love You”).
[Visit] Lynn & Wade LLP @ MySpace
Posted at 08:18 pm by mokhal
[MONICA MANIA INTERVIEW] THE VERONICAS
Jessica & Lisa Origliasso make up the Australian sibling duo of The Veronicas, who first stormed onto the charts in 2006 with their hit singles "4Ever", "When It All Falls Apart" and "Everything I'm Not", off their smash debut album "The Secret Life Of …"
Now they're back stronger than ever with their sophomore album, "Hook Me Up", featuring collaborations with Toby Gad (Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield), Greg Wells (Michelle Branch, Paris Hilton), Shelly Peiken (Ashley Parker Angel, Jennifer Love Hewitt), Billy Steinberg (Madonna, Celine Dion), and Josh Alexander (Leona Lewis, Fefe Dobson).
I caught up with the talented and beautiful twins to talk about their new disc, writing songs for other artists, getting hysterical with music producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem, what they usually argue about, their obsession with Vegan Nachos, and so much more …
Hamada: - How did you come up with your band's name The Veronicas?
The Veronicas: - We grew up reading 'Archie comics' and we named ourselves after our favorite character Veronica! She's the dark haired hottie that loves to shop and always gets her ways ... Her rival is 'Betty' the goody good blonde.
Hamada: - Can you describe the difference between your sophomore album, "Hook Me Up", and your debut offering "The Secret Life Of"?
The Veronicas: - We guess each record is a good insight into who we are as artists and people, but "Hook Me Up" musically has a bit more of an electro pop/rock beat to it. It's a good indication of how we've grown musically and what is inspiring us right now.
Hamada: - Many fans were disappointed cuz the track you recorded with hitmaker Jonathan "J.R." Rotem, "Hysterical", did not make the final cut of the initial Australian release of "Hook Me Up". Why did that happen?
The Veronicas: - Interesting that you know we worked with him. Weird!! Ha! The song didn't make the final cut because it didn't fit in with the sound or direction of the record as a whole.
Hamada: - You obviously share a very good rapport with songwriting/production team Billy Steinberg & Josh Alexander as they've crafted 2 songs on "Hook Me Up", as well as 3 tracks on your debut LP (including my personal favorite "I Could Get Used to This"). What's the secret behind that great chemistry?
The Veronicas: - They are amazing guys!! I think we all just have the best time together whenever we write and record. We have so much respect for them and love them to bits. They always get the best out of us because we are so comfortable working together!
Hamada: - Veteran R&B producers such as Dallas Austin (Pink – "Just Like a Pill"), Soulshock & Karlin (Skye Sweetnam – "Kiss a Girl"), and Stargate (Speedway – "Can't Turn Back") have experienced with the Pop/Rock sound. Have you thought about working with any of them for your next projects in order to cater to a wider audience of listeners?
The Veronicas: - You never know! Who knows where we'll take the next record!
Hamada: - Among the things you've achieved on your impressive resume was penning "All About Us" for Russian band T.A.T.U. How did it feel to have one
your songs performed by other artists?
The Veronicas: - It's an awesome feeling and a weird one at the same time! Weirds us out more hearing someone else singing our songs on the radio then hearing our own voices! (Haha). We are obviously very proud of ourselves as songwriters when our songs get picked up and become hits for other artists!
Hamada: - Do you sometimes wish that you've kept "All About Us" for yourselves?
The Veronicas: - Hahaha! You can't have any regrets. We had a hard time letting the song go, but it was a huge success for them, so we made the right choice … Plus, we can always go and write another song ;)
Hamada: - What are the things you usually argue about? And how well do you get along with one another?
The Veronicas: - Clothes … Always clothes! On the other hand, we are best friends who are around each other 24/7. So considering that, I think we get along amazingly!!!!
Hamada: - List 3 things that you are totally obsessed with.
The Veronicas: - 1) Vegan nachos. 2) Mud crab with vinegar. 3) Shopping!!
Hamada: - Tell us something that most readers will be surprised to learn about both of you?
The Veronicas: - We were born one minute apart on Christmas day.
Hamada: - Have you thought about promoting your music in the Middle East?
The Veronicas: - At the moment we are very busy on tour, but you never know!
Hamada: - Any message you'd like to give to your fans all over the world?
The Veronicas: - We love you and thank you for all your belief and support in us. We couldn't do without you guys … XOXOXOXO
[Visit] The Veronicas @ MySpace
Posted at 02:01 am by mokhal
Saturday, April 19, 2008
NEW TRACK TITLES BY THE PARADISO GIRLS REVEALED
Robin Antin's latest protégés The Paradiso Girls are currently putting the final touches on their forthcoming debut album, which is due later this year via A&M/Interscope Records.
Track titles that are slotted for inclusion on the as-yet untitled set include "Who's My Bitch", "My DJ", "Down", "Unpredictable", "Prima Donna" and "Just Friends" – all crafted by songwriter/producer Fernando Garibay (Wynter Gordon, Paris Hilton, Whitney Houston, Enrique Iglesias).
The disc is also confirmed to sport A-list collaborations with The Underdogs: Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas (Kelly Clarkson, Nick Lachey), Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Janet Jackson, Celine Dion), Terius "Dream" Nash (Rihanna, Wynter Gordon), Sean "The Pen" Garrett (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani), Beau Dozier (Girlicious, Samantha Jade), Mark Taylor (The Pussycat Dolls, Christina Milian), Will "Will-I-Am" Adams (Mariah Carey, Teedra Moses), and Thomas "Cee-Lo" Callaway (Amerie, Solange Knowles).
Posted at 09:01 pm by mokhal
[RANDOM ALBUM REVIEW] AYO - JOYFUL
Down on My Knees: produced by Jay Newland.
These Days: produced by Jay Newland.
What is Love: produced by Jay Newland.
Without You: produced by Jay Newland.
And It's Supposed To Be Love: produced by Jay Newland.
Letter By Letter: produced by Jay Newland.
Only You: produced by Jay Newland.
Watching You: produced by Jay Newland.
Help Is Coming: produced by Jay Newland.
How Many Times: produced by Jay Newland.
Life is Real: produced by Jay Newland.
Neva Been: produced by Jay Newland.
Rating: (4/5) – Very Good.
Posted at 08:50 pm by mokhal
GORDON POSTS NEW SNIPPET @ MYSPACE PROFILE
Singer/songwriter Wynter Gordon posted a new snippet of a song entitled "Guarded" on her official MySpace profile, so make sure you check it out!
Her debut album – tentatively entitled "Wynter's Wonderland" – is confirmed to spawn collaborations with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Rihanna, Britney Spears), Terius "Dream" Nash (Karina Pasian, Lucy Walsh), Eric Hudson (Leona Lewis, Raven Symone), Robert Shea Taylor (Paula DeAnda, Solange Knowles), Fernando Garibay (Kelis, Paris Hilton), Dernst "D'Mile" Emile (Linda Kiraly, Tiffany Evans), Ryan Leslie (Cassie, Katharine McPhee), Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith (Christina Milian, Lindsay Lohan), Taurian "Adonis" Shropshire (Amerie, Natasha Ramos), Delisha Thomas (Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez), and Bryan Michael Cox (Mary J. Blige, Faith Evans).
[Visit] Wynter Gordon @ MySpace
Posted at 08:43 pm by mokhal
NATASHA BEDINGFIELD - POCKETFUL OF SUNSHINE [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Natasha Bedingfield’s new single “Pocketful of Sunshine”, which was co-written by Danielle Brisebois (Kelly Clarkson, Estelle Swaray) and produced by John Shanks (Michelle Branch, Alanis Morissette).
The track is lifted from Bedingfield’s sophomore album with the same name featuring additional alliances from Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (Lyrica Anderson, Robyn Janelle), Ryan “Alias” Tedder (Beyonce, Leona Lewis), Toby Gad (Fergie, The Veronicas), Nate “Danja” Hills (Mariah Carey, Nelly Furtado), Cristyle “The Ink” Johnson (Tiffany Evans, Esmee Denters), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Shola Ama, Melanie Brown), and Dernst “D’Mile” Emile (Wynter Gordon, Linda Kiraly).
[Watch] Natasha Bedingfield - Pocketful of Sunshine
Posted at 08:19 pm by mokhal
PUSSYCAT DOLLS POP THEIR BOTTLES ON NEW ALBUM WITH GARRETT, GARIBAY
In addition to the Sean "The Pen" Garrett penned "Bottle Pop", music producer Fernando Garibay also crafted a track entitled "Away" for The Pussycat Dolls' upcoming sophomore album, which is due later this year via Interscope Records.
For those who came in later, Garibay is best known for his work with Marc Anthony ("You Sang to Me"), Paris Hilton ("Stars are Blind"), Enrique Iglesias ("Bailamos"), and Mario Vazquez ("Don't Lie").
On the other hand, The Pussycat Dolls' as-yet untitled 2nd offering is expected to spawn additional collaborations with Ryan "Alias" Tedder (Leona Lewis, Jennifer Hudson), Mark Taylor (Kelis, Christina Milian), Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Janet Jackson, Keyshia Cole), and Kara DioGuardi (Ashlee Simpson, Kylie Minogue).
Posted at 08:15 pm by mokhal
KYLIE MINOGUE - ALL I SEE [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Kylie Minogue's new single "All I See", which was co-written Edwin "Lil' Eddie" Serrano (Jojo, Paula Abdul), and produced by Cutfather & Jonas Jeberg (Jordin Sparks, Ruth-Anne Cunningham).
The track is lifted from Minogue's latest album "X" featuring additional alliances from Karen Poole (Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson), Richard "Biff" Stannard (Spice Girls, Gabrielle), Calvin Harris (Sophie Ellis Bextor, Roisin Murphy), Guy Chambers (Delta Goodrem, Rachel Stevens), Cathy Dennis (Britney Spears, Emma Bunton), Bloodshy & Avant: Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian), Greg Kurstin (Lily Allen, Jessica Simpson), and Freemasons: Russell Small & James Wiltshire (Kelly Rowland, Solange Knowles).
[Watch] Kylie Minogue - All I See
Posted at 01:25 am by mokhal
ALLEN POSTS NEW SONGS @ MYSPACE
Singer/songwriter Lilly Allen posted 2 new songs on her official MySpace entitled "I Don't Know" and "I Could Say", so make sure you check them out!
Allen's as-yet untitled sophomore album is expected to boast collaborations with Future Cut: Tunde Babalola & Darren Lewis (Estelle Swaray, Kate Nash), Greg Kurstin (Kylie Minogue, All Saints), and Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Christina Aguilera).
[Visit] Lilly Allen @ MySpace
Posted at 01:23 am by mokhal
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