Sunday, June 08, 2008
CIARA SNAGS "SUPERNATURAL" SONG FROM NE-YO
It has been confirmed that “Supernatural” – a track that recently hit the net from Ciara’s forthcoming album “Fantasy Ride” – was crafted by singer/songwriter Schaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith and producer Chuck Harmony – the same team behind joints performed by Janet Jackson (“Let Me Know”), Mary J. Blige (“Work in Progress”), and Paula Campbell (“Ain’t Nobody Stupid”).
As previously reported, the “Goodies” singer is plotting a September release for her 3rd effort with Jive Records. The project will be divided into 3 discs including “Groove City”, “Crunktown” and “Kingdom of Dance”.
Executively produced by Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, “Fantasy Ride” finds Ciara collaborating with the likes of Polow Da Don (Keyshia Cole, Beyonce Knowles), Nate “Danja” Hills (Jennifer Lopez, Usher Raymond), T.Pain (Mariah Carey, Chris Brown), Jasper Cameron (Mario Barrett, Christina Milian), and songwriting team The Clutch: Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Ezekiel Lewis & Patrick “J.Que” Smith (Jesse McCartney, Raven Symone).
Posted at 07:40 pm by mokhal
FRANC ROLLS WITH KURSTIN, GAD ON DEBUT LP
Barbadian singer/songwriter Livvi Franc – whose real name is Olivia Charlotte Waithe - is currently in the midst of recording her debut album with the likes of Darren Lewis & Tunde Babalola of English production duo Future Cut (Lily Allen, Nicole Scherzinger), as well as songwriter Angela Hunte – best known for penning Danity Kane's "Heartbreaker" and Javine Hylton's "Let Me Go".
Among the tracks Franc crafted for the yet to be titled project are the Greg Kurstin produced "She Loves Love", and "How U Do It To Me", helmed by Toby Gad ("Big Girls Don't Cry" – Fergie / "Happy" – Natasha Bedingfield).
"Inevitable" is another track Livvi recorded with Norwegian production duo Stargate along with songwriting team Amanda Ghost & Ian Dench – Beyonce's "Beautiful Liar", and "Freeze" by Jordin Sparks.
Posted at 07:38 pm by mokhal
SOLANGE ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE DETAILS
Singer/songwriter Solange Knowles has dubbed “Sandcastle Disco” as the 2nd single from her forthcoming sophomore album, “Sol-Angel & the Hadley Street Dreams”. The track was co-written by Thomas “Cee-Lo” Callaway (Kelis, Nicole Scherzinger), and produced by Carsten Schack & Kenneth Karlin of Danish production duo Soulshock & Karlin – the same team behind Blu Cantrell’s “Don’t Wanna Say Goodbye” and Kelly Rowland’s “Still in Love With My Ex”.
“Sol-Angel” is scheduled to sport additional contributions from Jack Splash (Estelle Swaray, Jennifer Hudson), Makeba Riddick (LeToya Luckett, Paula DeAnda), Raphael Saadiq (Joss Stone, Teedra Moses), Marsha Ambrosius (Raven Symone, Alicia Keys), Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez), Robert Shea Taylor (Chante Moore, Janet Jackson), and Mark Ronson (Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse).
Posted at 07:36 pm by mokhal
ALLEN FINISHING UP SOPHOMORE ALBUM WITH KURSTIN
British vocalist Lily Allen is currently putting the final touches on her forthcoming sophomore album to be released later this year via Capitol Records. Among the new tracks she recorded with producer Greg Kurstin – best known for his work with Jessica Simpson (“A Public Affair”) and Sophie Ellis Bextor (“Catch You”) – are “Everyone’s At It”, “Go Back 2 the Start”, “I Could Say” and “Taken Over”.
The follow-up to “Alright, Still” is also expected to sport collaborations with Future Cut: Tunde Babalola & Darren Lewis (Remi Nicole, Ava Leigh), Mark Ronson (Cathy Dennis, Kara DioGuardi), Matt Prime (Victoria Beckham, Simon Webbe), and Hannah Robinson (Jamelia Davis, Emma Bunton).
Side Note: songwriting/production duo Billy Steinberg & Josh Alexander – the same team behind “The Best You Never Had” by Leona Lewis, and Jojo’s “Too Little, Too Late” – have belted an unreleased joint with Kurstin entitled “I Know How You Feel”.... Wonder which lucky artist will get to record that song?!
Posted at 07:31 pm by mokhal
Saturday, June 07, 2008
BROWN TO RELEASE "SUPERHUMAN" DUET WITH HILSON
My future husband R&B crooner Chris Brown will release the Keri Hilson assisted "Superhuman" as the next single from "Exclusive: The Forever Edition". The song was produced Warren "Oak" Felder – best known for his work with Jennifer Lopez ("Miles in These Shoes"), Mario Barrett ("Why?"), Raven Symone ("Love Me or Leave Me"), and Che'Nelle ("Hurry Up").
This is also marks the 2nd collaboration between Hilson and the "Kiss Kiss" singer as their initial placement was on "Young Love" – a track she co-wrote with fellow Clutch member Patrick "J.Que" Smith along with Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas of production duo The Underdogs. The track appeared on Brown's self-titled debut offering from Jive Records.
Side Note: The recording sessions of Kelly Rowland's sophomore disc, "Miss Kelly", spawned another Warren "Oak" Felder production entitled "Time By Myself", but sadly it did not make the final cut! The track was co-written by Sean "The Pen" Garrett, who also penned the set's mediocre lead single, "Like This".
Posted at 07:53 pm by mokhal
[RANDOM ALBUM REVIEW] LEONA LEWIS - SPIRIT
The Best You Never Had: co-written and produced by Josh Alexander & Billy Steinberg.
Angel: co-written by Johnta Austin / produced by Stargate.
Better in Time: co-written by Andrea Martin / produced by Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem.
I Will Be: co-written by Avril Lavigne, Martin “Max Martin” Sandberg / produced by Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.
Take a Bow: produced by The Runawayz and Ryan “Alias” Tedder.
Whatever it Takes: co-written by Tony Reyes / produced by Dallas Austin and Alonzo “Novel” Stevenson.
Bleeding Love: co-written by Jesse McCartney / produced by Ryan “Alias” Tedder.
Homeless: written by Jorgen Elofsson / produced by Steve Mac.
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face: written by Ewan MacColl / produced by The Runawayz.
Yesterday: co-written by Nina Woodford / produced by The Jam and The Runawayz.
Footprints in the Sand: co-written by Per Magnusson / produced by Steve Mac.
Here I Am: co-written by Brett James / produced by Walter Afanasieff.
I’m You: co-written by Schaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith / produced by Eric Hudson.
Quick Take: I’ve had high expectations from this album, but only met with half of them!
Recommended: For fans of polished balladry, and older material by Mariah Carey.
Rating: (3/5) – Good.
Posted at 07:50 pm by mokhal
PANETTIERE ANNOUNCES DEBUT SINGLE DETAILS
Teen sensation Hayden Panettiere will release "Wake Up Call" as the lead single from forthcoming debut album with Hollywood Records. The Reggae-flavored track was crafted by Andreas "Quiz" Romdhane and Josef Larossi (Geri Halliwell, Diana Ross, Westlife).
The self-titled affair is also expected to boast collaborations with Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale), Evan "Kidd" Bogart of The Writing Camp (Paris Hilton, Britney Spears), Matthew Gerrard (Joanna Levesque, Raven Symone), and Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith (Lindsay Lohan, Paula DeAnda).
Posted at 07:45 pm by mokhal
[PRE-ORDER] KATY PERRY - ONE OF THE BOYS
As previously reported, singer/songwriter Katy Perry will release her debut album – "One of the Boys" – on June 17th via Capitol Records. The set features "I Kissed a Girl", which was co-written by Cathy Dennis (Janet Jackson, Britney Spears), and produced by Martin "Max Martin" Sandberg and Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald – the same team behind Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" and "I Will Be" by Leona Lewis.
Among the other musicians backing Perry on "One of the Boys" are Greg Wells ("Ur So Gay", "Fingerprints"), and Andreas Carlsson / Desmond Child ("Waking Up in Vegas").
[Pre-Order] Katy Perry - One of the Boys @ Amazon
Posted at 07:42 pm by mokhal
MILIAN GOES WEST ON FOURTH ALBUM
Singer/actress Christina Milian is currently putting the final touches on her 4th studio album with rapper Kanye West, who’s production resume includes crafting hits for the likes of Alicia Keys (“You Don’t Know My Name”), Janet Jackson (“My Baby”), Mariah Carey (“Stay the Night”), Brandy Norwood (“Talk About Our Love”), Keyshia Cole (“I Changed My Mind”), Leela James (“It’s Alright”) and Syleena Johnson (“Suddenly”).
Additional contributors on Milian’s yet to be titled project with Interscope/MySpace Records are Cool & Dre: Andre Lyon and Marcello Valenzano (Jazmine Sullivan, Teedra Moses), Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (Mya Harrison, Britney Spears), The Writing Camp: Evan “Kidd” Bogart, Victoria “Lady V” Horn, Erika “E-Nuri” Nuri & David “DQ” Quinones (Fantasia Barrino, Jordyn Taylor), Nate “Danja” Hills (Justin Timberlake, Usher Raymond), The Clutch: Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Ezekiel Lewis, Keri Hilson & Patrick “J.Que” Smith (Ciara Harris, Katharine McPhee), Madd Scientist (Nicole Scherzinger, Leona Lewis), Frankie J (Paula DeAnda, Natalie Alvarado), and Makeba Riddick (Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton).
Posted at 07:39 pm by mokhal
CHILLI SETS DATE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
TLC member Chilli – whose real name is Rozonda Thomas – has christened September 2nd as the release date of her highly-anticipated debut solo offering, “Bi-Polar”. The set is preceded by the Battery 5 produced lead single, “Dumb, Dumb, Dumb”, which was co-written by Cristyle “The Ink” Johnson (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Beyonce Knowles).
“Bi-Polar” is scheduled to sport additional collaborations with Allaune “Akon” Thiam (Gwen Stefani, Nicole Scherzinger), Kandi Burruss (LeToya Luckett, Alicia Keys), Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot (Fantasia Barrino, Keyshia Cole), Timothy “Timbaland” Mosley (Mya Harrison, Nelly Furtado), and Will “Will.I.Am” Adams (Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige).
Posted at 07:37 pm by mokhal
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