Monday, May 19, 2008
COLBIE CAILLAT - KISS THE GIRL [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Colbie Caillat’s new single “Kiss the Girl”, off the album “Disney Mania: Volume 6” – due 20th May via Disney Records. The compilation features additional contributions from The Cheetah Girls (“Some Day My Prince Will Come”), Keke Palmer (“Reflection”), Elliot Yamin (“Can You Feel the Love Tonight”), Kate Voegele (“When You Wish Upon a Star”), and Jordan Pruitt (“Ever Ever After”).
Side Note: Music producer Jason Reeves, who belted the majority of Caillat’s Universal Republic debut, “Coco”, is currently crafting new hits with songwriter Kara DioGuardi (“Slow Down Baby” - Christina Aguilera / “Confessions of a Broken Heart” – Lindsay Lohan / “Not Leaving Without You” - Paris Hilton).
[Watch] Colbie Caillat - Kiss The Girl
Posted at 07:45 pm by mokhal
DONNA SUMMER - CRAYONS [CREDITS]
As previously reported, veteran pop artist Donna Summer will release her new album, “Crayons”, on 20th May via Burgundy/Sony Music. The set features collaborations with producer/songwriters Greg Kurstin (Nelly Furtado, Jessica Simpson), Danielle Brisebois (Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson), Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez), Toby Gad (Fergie, Elizabeth Withers), Lester Mendez (Maria Lawson, Lamya Al Mughairy), and Evan “Kidd” Bogart of The Writing Camp (Mya Harrison, Fantasia Barrino).
Danna Summer – Crayons (Official Track List + Personnel):
01 – Stomp Your Feet: co-written by Danielle Brisebois / produced by Greg Kurstin.
02 – Mr. Music: co-written by Evan “Kidd” Bogart / produced by Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem.
03 – Crayons: co-written by Danielle Brisebois / produced by Greg Kurstin.
04 – The Queen is Back: co-written by Evan “Kidd” Bogart / produced by Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem.
05 – Fame (The Game): co-written and produced by Toby Gad.
06 – Sand on My Feet: co-written and produced by Toby Gad.
07 – Drivin’ Down Brazil: co-written by Danielle Brisebois / produced by Greg Kurstin.
08 – I’m a Fire: co-written and produced by Sebastian Arocha Morton.
09 – Slide Over Backwards: co-written and produced by Nathan DiGesare.
10 – Science of Love: co-written and produced by Toby Gad.
11 – Be Myself Again: co-written by Wayne Hector / produced by Lester Mendez.
12 – Bring Down the Reign: co-written by Fred Kron / produced by Jamie Houston.
Posted at 07:43 pm by mokhal
ANNIE TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE LP IN SEPTEMBER
Annie has slated her sophomore album, “Don’t Stop”, for a September release via Island Records. The set is preceded by lead single “I Know Your Girlfriend Hates Me”, produced by Richard X (“Finest Dreams” – Kelis / “Some Girls” - Rachel Stevens / “Love Criminal” - Alesha Dixon).
The Scandinavian pop princess also worked with musicians Greg Kurstin (Donna Summer, Lilly Allen), Hannah Robinson (Dannii Minogue, Sophie Ellis Bextor), and Brian Higgins of Xenomania (Kylie Minogue, Natacha Atlas) on the new project.
Posted at 07:42 pm by mokhal
Sunday, May 18, 2008
HILSON FEELS THE ENERGY ON RUNAWAYZ PRODUCED SINGLE
Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson is set to release her new single “Energy” on 27th May via Mosley Music/Interscope Records. The track was co-written and produced by The Runawayz: Sam Watters, Wayne Wilkins, Louis Biancaniello & Rico Love – the same team behind Leona Lewis’ “Take a Bow” and Natasha Bedingfield’s “Love Like This”.
Even though there’s no release date confirmed for her long-delayed debut effort, “In a Perfect World”, the set is confirmed to boast production skills from Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley (Alicia Keys, Brandy Norwood), Polow Da Don (Mya Harrison, Keyshia Cole), Nate “Danja” Hills (Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez), and The Corna Boyz: Dwayne Nesmith & Pierre Medor (LeToya Luckett, Candace Jones), as well as the songwriting contributions from The Clutch: Balewa Muhammad, Patrick “J.Que” Smith, Candice Nelson & Ezekiel Lewis (Amerie, Britney Spears), Justin Timberlake (Rihanna, Esmee Denters), and Durrell “Tank” Babbs (Toni Braxton, Fantasia Barrino).
[Pre-Order] Keri Hilson - Energy @ Amazon MP3
Posted at 08:25 pm by mokhal
FERGIE - THE DUTCHESS / RE-RELEASE [TRACK LIST]
Black Eyed Peas star Fergie has revealed the rejuvenated track list for her multi-platinum selling debut disc, “The Dutchess”, which is due on 27th May via A&M/Interscope Records. The repackaged set features 4 bonus tracks including “Barracuda”, “Labels or Love”, “Clumsy” (Collipark Remix), and the Polow Da Don produced “Party People” featuring Nelly.
Fergie – The Dutchess / Re-Release [Official Track List]:
01 – Fergalicious
02 – Clumsy
03 – All That I Got (The Make Up Song)
04 – London Bridge
05 – Pedestal
06 – Voodoo Doll
07 – Glamorous
08 – Here I Come
09 – Velvet
10 – Big Girls Don’t Cry
11 – Mary Jane Shoes
12 – Losing My Ground
13 – Finally
14 – Barracuda
15 – Party People
16 – Clumsy (Collipark Remix)
17 – Labels or Love
Posted at 08:22 pm by mokhal
PUSSYCAT DOLLS ROLL WITH DARKCHILD ON GROWN-UP SINGLE
The Pussycat Dolls will digitally release their new single, “When I Grow Up”, on 27th May via A&M/Interscope Records. The track was produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins – best known for his work with Destiny’s Child (“Lose My Breath”) and Spice Girls (“Let Love Lead the Way”).
Their as-yet untitled sophomore album is expected to boast additional collaborations with Fernando Garibay (Tila Tequila, Paris Hilton), Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Fergie, Gwen Stefani), Kara DioGuardi (Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks), Ryan “Alias” Tedder (Natasha Bedingfield, Robyn Janelle), Mark Taylor (Kylie Minogue, Craig David), and The Clutch: Ezekiel Lewis, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Keri Hilson & Patrick “J.Que” Smith (Jennifer Lopez, Fantasia Barrino).
[Pre-Order] The Pussycat Dolls - When I Grow Up @ Amazon MP3
Posted at 08:18 pm by mokhal
GORDON PLOTS FALL RELEASE FOR DEBUT LP
Singer/songwriter Wynter Gordon is eyeing a fall release for her highly-anticipated debut album with Atlantic Records. The set will be preceded by lead single “Surveillance”, co-written by Delisha Thomas (Jennifer Lopez, Christina Milian) and produced by Dernst “D’Mile” Emile (Rihanna, Mary J. Blige).
Although the track list isn’t finalized, the as-yet-untitled project finds Gordon collaborating with producers Bryan Michael Cox (Mya Harrison, Alicia Keys), Ryan “Alias” Tedder (Beyonce Knowles, Leona Lewis), Fernando Garibay (Nicole Scherzinger, Paris Hilton), Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Samantha Jade, Lucy Walsh), Warren “Oak” Felder (Raven Symone, Kelly Rowland), Taurian “Adonis” Shropshire (Amerie, Mariah Carey), The Corna Boys: Pierre Medor & Dwayne Nesmith (Keri Hilson, LeToya Luckett), and Robert Shea Taylor (Jamelia, Tiffany Evans), as well as songwriters Terius “Tricky” Stewart (Karina Pasian, Britney Spears), Diane Warren (Christina Aguilera, Paula DeAnda), and Schaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith (Mario Vazquez, Lindsay Lohan).
Posted at 08:16 pm by mokhal
LOHAN SETS DIGITAL RELEASE DATE FOR "BOSSY" SINGLE
Singer/actress Lindsay Lohan has dubbed 27th May as the digital release date of her new single “Bossy”, off her forthcoming 3rd studio album and 1st project with Universal/Motown Records. The track was co-written by Schaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith (Jennifer Hudson, Wynter Gordon), and produced by Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Storleer Eriksen (Rihanna, Beyonce Knowles).
The as-yet untitled disc is scheduled to boast additional alliances with Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley (Madonna, Nelly Furtado), Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani), and Tawanna “Frankie Storm” Dabney (Jesse McCartney, Samantha Jade).
Posted at 08:15 pm by mokhal
PIXIE POSTS NEW SONG @ MYSPACE: "BOYS & GIRLS"
Mercury Records’ artist Pixie Lott posted a new song on her official MySpace profile entitled “Boys & Girls”, so make sure you check it out! The track was crafted by Phil Thornalley & Mads Hauge (Melanie Chisolm, Natalie Imbruglia).
Her as-yet untitled debut LP is expected to sport collaborations with producers Soulshock & Karlin: Carsten Schack & Kenneth Karlin (Ashley Parker Angel, Skye Sweetnam), Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds (Katharine McPhee, Ashanti Douglas), Cutfather & Jonas Jeberg (Kylie Minogue, Jordin Sparks), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Linda Kiraly, Keke Palmer), Rick Nowels (Craig David, Shaznay Lewis), Karl “K-Gee” Gordon (Alesha Dixon, Hinda Hicks), and The Underdogs: Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas (Chris Brown, Mario Barrett), as well as songwriters Kara DioGuardi (Beyonce Knowles, Mya Harrison), Ruth-Anne Cunningham (Joanna Levesque, Leona Lewis), Tawanna “Frankie Storm” Dabney (Jesse McCartney, Raven Symone), and Nina Woodford (Mutya Buena, Christina Milian).
[Visit] Pixie Lott @ MySpace
Posted at 08:12 pm by mokhal
Saturday, May 17, 2008
[MONICA MANIA INTERVIEW] TORICA
Multi-talented Torica is best known for from her appearance on the Snoop Dogg's "My Life" featuring Lloyd, off his album "Ego Trippin", as well as the smash hit single "Sick of Being Lonely" by DTP/Geffen recording group Field Mob, which she crafted with producer Phalon "Jazze Pha" Alexander.
In addition to placements on forthcoming projects by Brandy Norwood (Knockout Entertainment/Epic Records), Ciara Harris (Jive Records), LeToya Luckett (Capitol Records), and Sophia Fresh (Nappy Boy/Atlantic Records), the humble model/singer/songwriter found the time to talk about her entry into the music biz, juggling motherhood with a fast-rising career, working with A-list musicians such as Bryan Michael Cox, Polow Da Don, Jonathan "J.R." Rotem, Evan "Kidd" Bogart of The Writing Camp, and so much more …
Hamada: - Tell us how you started your musical career?
Torica: - My music career began in 2001, when I moved to Atlanta and had a chance meeting with Phalon "Jazze Pha" Alexander. That meeting resulted in me being featured on a major label release, which ended up being a single for Field Mob, and that was my first installment in the music business.
Hamada - Were you surprised by the success of Field Mob's "Sick of Being Lonely"? And describe the major changes your career underwent post that accomplishment?
Torica: - I was definitely blown away by its runaway success. I had no idea it was going to get that much attention. As a result, I began working with other established producers and artists, getting booking requests to perform all over the country, interviewed by various magazines, appearing on nationally recognized shows and receiving nominations from esteemed award organizations.
Hamada: - Any plans of releasing an album of your own? If so, will it be different from the material you've crafted for other artists?
Torica: - Yes, I'm working a project, but that has been placed on the backburner as I am more concerned with building my catalog as a songwriter. My album will be different from the other work I've released simply because every song I've done with others was a part of their vision so I delivered based on that.
Hamada: - Which female songwriters you're fond of? And if you could form a songwriting team, whom would you choose as mates?
Torica: - a) Diane Warren, Missy Elliott, Linda Perry, Keri Hilson, Nina Simone, and Sade. b) Ne-Yo, Kanye West, and Keri Hilson.
Hamada: - How do songwriters and producers get together? Through common friends or publishing houses?
Torica: - Both, managers also play an intricate role in setting up sessions.
Hamada: - I'll mention some of the other musicians you've worked with, and you tell me about that experience:
Bryan Michael Cox:
Torica: - Phenomenal musician, visionary, and humble craftsman! When he makes music, you can see him go into another world. The amount of energy and passion he puts into every sound makes for a beautiful piece of art. His sound is timeless. I'm honored to be in the presence of such greatness.
Torica: - Pure musical genius; a natural and so easy to work with! When he creates, it's like watching an artist paint a masterpiece from a blank canvas. He also plays several instruments very well.
Evan "Kidd" Bogart of The Writing Camp:
Torica: - Extremely talented, calculated, and a thinker! He approaches a song with the perfect blend of sensibility and creativity. Not to mention he has a great sense of humor- it's so much fun, it doesn't feel like work with Evan.
Jonathan "J.R." Rotem:
Torica: - He knows exactly what he's looking for in a song and all about finding the right pocket.
Phalon "Jazze Pha" Alexander:
Torica: - He's great with what he does! Has a signature sound, but still able to reinvent the wheel and stay current with what that means.
Polow Da Don:
Torica: - By far, he's one of my favorite producers. He's left field and not afraid to break the mold. He's light years ahead of his time, production is his true calling. He knows the necessary elements of making a hit and understands the consumer's ear and what's going to stand out.
Hamada: - Which other musicians you'd like to work with if given the opportunity?
Torica: - Kasseem "Swizz Beats" Dean, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Kanye West, Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas of The Underdogs, Timothy "Timbaland" Mosley, and Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes.
Hamada: - Tell us something that most readers will be surprised to learn about you?
Torica: - I am a restaurant junkie! I just love to eat, and people are always shocked at the size of my appetite for someone my size (lol).
Hamada: - How do you balance being a parent and a successful songwriter?
Torica: - I admit my schedule can be very demanding at times, but being a mom is my greatest achievement and most important job in the world. I balance things by having a great support system of family, nannies, and friends. And I have days when I'm just "mommy" not the songwriter, model, artist, or business woman I won't accept any phone calls or schedule any meetings or sessions during that time. One thing I had to learn was that it's ok to take a break, because work will always be there, but quality time with my son is priceless and I can't get it back once it's gone. Just like any doctor, actor, lawyer, corporate executive juggles motherhood and a career, it' the same concept in the music business.
Hamada: - List 3 things that you are totally obsessed with?
Torica: - Researching, traveling, and shopping.
Hamada: - What qualities you usually look for in a man? And what turns you off the most?
Torica: - Strength, intelligence, sense of humor, confidence, goal-oriented, spiritual. Some big turn offs are arrogance, someone who's way too serious, a know-it-all, and bad breath.
Hamada: - What's the nicest thing someone has done for you?
Torica: - Someone gave me a gift they made, and it was really sweet. Although lavish presents are nice, I really cherish the little things that require thought and effort.
Hamada: - Tell us about your forthcoming projects?
Torica: - I'm working on LeToya Luckett, Sophia Fresh, Jarvis, Ciara, and Brandy (my all-time favorite artist).
Hamada: - Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
Torica: - Laying on the teak deck of my yacht in the Mediterranean, writing a book.
Hamada: - Any message you'd like to give to all aspiring songwriters out there?
Torica: - Study the style and technique of writers you admire and learn how to use Protools (TRUST ME!!!), this will make you a valuable asset. Learn how to format a song based on industry standards, how you get paid as a songwriter! Don't be afraid to step outside the box and don't let anyone tell you that you won't succeed. Believe in yourself, pray, and learn as much as you can, you never know when you may have to apply knowledge that someone shared with you along the way. Be honest and maintain integrity in relationship building, it's not always what you know or how good you are, it's who you know and how much they believe in you. A positive attitude will take you further than you can imagine and write EVERYDAY.
[Visit] Torica @ MySpace
Posted at 08:05 pm by mokhal
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