Tuesday, September 27, 2011
KELLY CLARKSON PREMIERES VIDEO FOR 'MR. KNOW IT ALL'
Kelly Clarkson is out with the video for her new single "Mr. Know It All," taken from the pop artist's upcoming album, "Stronger," which is due on October 21st via RCA Records. The track was co-written by Esther Dean (Nicole Scherzinger, Britney Spears) and produced by Brian Kennedy (Ciara, Natasha Bedingfield).
[Watch] Kelly Clarkson - Mr. Know It All
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Saturday, September 24, 2011
[MONICA MANIA INTERVIEW] NEON HITCH
Neon Hitch is a singer/songwriter signed to Warner Music Group. She previously penned hits such as “Blah Blah Blah” by Ke$ha [RCA Records], “Traces” by Sky Ferreira [Capitol Records] and “Stupid Love Letter” by The Friday Night Boys [Fueled By Ramen Records].
Her upcoming debut album, “Beg, Borrow & Steal” is executively produced by Benjamin “Benny Blanco” Levin, who’s also responsible for “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 featuring Christina Aguilera [A&M / Octone Records], “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” by Britney Spears featuring Sabi [Jive Records] and “Please Don’t Go” by Mike Posner [J Records / Sony Music Entertainment].
In this exclusive interview with Monica Mania, the “Bad Dog” singer talks about her debut album, dream duet, writing for other artists, and so much more. Enjoy!
Hamada: How did you get into singing and songwriting?
Neon Hitch: Totally by chance! I was sitting in the back of a car singing to myself and my boyfriend at the time overheard me. He loved my voice so much that he pushed me into singing. I went into this little studio and cut a demo. It got into the right hands and I'm so glad he was able to convince me at that time to be down with the idea. HAHA. I was first signed as a songwriter, but I've always been a performer, so I feel being an artist is what I was born to do!
Hamada: Who came up with the title for your debut album, “Beg, Borrow and Steal” and why?
Neon Hitch: That was all me. I wanted a title that summed up my life story as being a traveler / circus performer / homeless chick. I have had to do everything and anything I could to get to where I am today. "Beg, Borrow & Steal"... Do what ya gotta do!
Hamada: What can we expect from it?
Neon Hitch: It's like an audio movie. It will make you laugh, cry, dance and want to have sex! I've been heartbroken, been homeless, ridden elephants in India, fallen in love and lived in the jungle. I have a lot of life experience and emotional lyrical content!
Hamada: Whom did you collaborate with on the project?
Neon Hitch: Benny Blanco is the executive producer. I've worked with so many amazing people on this album: Sia, Bruno Mars, Esther Dean, Imogen Heap, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Jason Derulo and a lot of other fantastic producers as well.
Hamada: Tell us about your new single “Bad Dog.”
Neon Hitch: “Bad Dog” is a story about me meeting my equal at the time. I've always been a bad bitch who could tame most, but this bad dog was too much to handle… It was a dangerous, but exciting love.
Hamada: List some of your favorite songs on the album (along with brief liner notes about each one of them).
Neon Hitch: Well I LOVE "I Like Boy," which was the last song written for my album. It's so sexy! I also really love my ballads. One of my favorites is "Hello." It’s a very personal song that I wrote with David Brook. It’s about my journey and me talking to all the people who doubted me. It has a full orchestra and makes me want to cry when I hear it.
Hamada: How was it like working with Kara DioGuardi?
Neon Hitch: I. LOVE. Her! She is such a savvy business woman and a great role model. She's like my big sister. I spank her bum and she makes jokes about my accent. I have her to thank for being signed to Warner Brothers.
Hamada: You’ve written songs for other artists (namely Ke$ha, Sky Ferreira and Friday Night Boys). Describe the experience of having other singers perform your songs.
Neon Hitch: Having other artists sing your songs is mind blowing! I remember the first time I heard "Blah Blah Blah" on the radio, I couldn't stop smiling for like 3 hours. I'm glad that as an artist, I am also respected as a songwriter.
Hamada: If you could record a duet with any artist, living or dead, whom would it be and why?
Neon Hitch: The Beatles!!!!! They are so unique and talented. I love everything about them and what they stand for. I grew up listening to them as well as a lot of Motown.
Hamada: Whom are you currently listening to?
Neon Hitch: I'm really into "The Weeknd" right now. His voice is like melted chocolate!
Hamada: Tell us something that most readers will be surprised to learn about you.
Neon Hitch: My name was going to be Brown Rice! Luckily my dad decided Neon fit better. I grew up with hippie parents and traveled around in a bus with gypsies for most of my childhood... There are many things readers would be surprised to learn about me HAHA
Hamada: Describe yourself in 5 words.
Neon Hitch: Imaginative, Ambitious, Adventurous, Neon, Lover.
Hamada: How can someone woo you?
Neon Hitch: I'm old fashioned... I like romance. I need a guy to be as free spirited and spontaneous as I am so he can whisk me off my feet and we can have adventures together. I'm very passionate and I love hard!
Hamada: What are your resolutions for 2012?
Neon Hitch: To not sweat the little things! Worrying won't make the bus come any sooner.
Hamada: Any message you’d like to give to your fans all over the world?
Neon Hitch: ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOURSELF! Be fearless and make your dreams come true.
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Posted at 11:39 pm by mokhal
MONICA ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE DETAILS
Monica will release “Until It’s Gone” as the next single from her upcoming album, “New Life,” which is due in November via J Records. The track was helmed by frequent collaborators Jazmine Sullivan, Cainon Lamb and Missy Elliot. The songwriting/production trio previously teamed up with the artist on “Everything to Me,” “If You Were My Man” and “Anything (To Find You).”
Posted at 11:38 pm by mokhal
CHARICE TO RELEASE SOPHOMORE CD IN OCTOBER
Charice will release her sophomore album, “Infinity,” in Japan on October 5th via Warner Music Group. The set features productions and songwriting contributions from Carsten “Soulshock” Schack (Alexandra Burke, Nicole Scherzinger), Leah Haywood (Ashley Tisdale, Demi Lovato), Wayne Wilkins (Beyonce Knowles, Cheryl Cole), Shelly Peiken (Ashlee Simpson, Michelle Branch), Rico Love (Keri Hilson, Michelle Williams), Kasia “KC” Livingston (Britney Spears, Whitney Houston), Warren “Oak” Felder (Nicki Minaj, Wynter Gordon), Cathy Dennis (Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue), The Smeezingtones: Bruno Mars & Philip Lawrence (Livvi Franc, Melanie Fiona), Tawanna “Frankie Storm” Dabney (Christina Milian, Alesha Dixon), Kara DioGuardi (Leona Lewis, Enrique Iglesias), Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Gwen Stefani) and Danielle Brisbois (Natasha Bedingfield, Kelly Clarkson).
Charice – Infinity [Official Track List & Songwriting Credits]:
Louder: (Shelly Peiken, Leah Haywood, Daniel James).
New World: (Koichi Tabo).
Bounce Back: (Kasia “KC” Livingston, Lars Halvor Jensen).
Far As the Sky: (Yusuke Tanaka).
Lost the Best Thing: (Cathy Dennis, Sean Hurley, Carsten “Soulshock” Schack).
Heartbreak Survivor: (Joanna "Jojo" Levesque, Rico Love, Wayne Wilkins).
Before It Explodes: (Ari Levine, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars).
Lesson for Life: (Jason Derulo, Kara DioGuardi, Alexis Francis, Dinavon Bythwood, Jordan Kyle).
Never Always: (Tawanna “Frankie Storm” Dabney, Warren “Oak” Felder).
One Day: (Nick Jonas, Jason Ingram, Dan Muckala).
Lighthouse: (Natasha Bedingfield, Danielle Brisbois, Mike Elizondo).
Posted at 12:09 pm by mokhal
JASON DERULO REVEALS OFFICIAL SONGWRITING CREDITS FOR 'FUTURE HISTORY'
Jason Derulo has unveiled the official songwriting credits for his upcoming sophomore album, "Future History," which is due on September 27th via Beluga Heights / Warner Music Group. The set is preceded by new single "It Girl," which was helmed by Lindy Robbins (Tanya Lacey, Nicole Scherzinger), Evan "Kidd" Bogart (Wynter Gordon, Beyonce Knowles) and Emanuel Kiriakou (Celine Dion, Whitney Houston).
Other album contributors include Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Britney Spears, Sean Kingston), Lauren Christy (Enrique Iglesias, Melanie C), Julian Bunetta (Leona Lewis, Hilary Duff), Claude Kelly (Brandy, Toni Braxton), The Fliptones: Chaz Mishan & David Delazyn (Flo Rida, Ice Cube), Olivia Waithe (Cheryl Cole, Kelly Clarkson), Carlos "L.O.S. Da Maestro" McKinney (Ciara, Jazmine Sullivan), Tiffany Fred (Joe Jonas, Tiwa Savage), Kelly Sheehan (Rita Ora, Nicole Scherzinger), Terius "The Dream" Nash (Usher, Justin Bieber), Mike Caren (Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West) and Kara DioGuardi (Avril Lavigne, Gwen Stefani).
Jason Derulo – Future History [Official Songwriting Credits]:
Don't Wanna Go Home: (Jason Derulo, Chaz Mishan, David Delazyn).
It Girl: (Jason Derulo, Lindy Robbins, Evan Bogart, Emanuel Kiriakou).
Breathing: (Jason Derulo, Lauren Christy, Julian Bunetta, Jacob Luttrell).
Be Careful: (Jason Derulo, Claude Kelly, Jonathan Rotem).
Make It Up As We Go: (Jason Derulo, Chaz Mishan, David Delazyn).
Fight for You: (Jason Derulo, Steve Hoang, David F. Paich, Jeffrey T. Porcaro).
Pick Up the Pieces: (Jason Derulo, Olivia Waithe, Kelly Sheehan, Tiffany Fred, Josh Walker).
Givin' Up: (Jason Derulo, Chaz Mishan, David Delazyn).
Bleed Out: (Jason Derulo, Kara DioGuardi, Mike Caren).
That's My Shhh: (Jason Derulo, Terius Nash, Carlos McKinney).
X: (Jason Derulo, Sidney Swift, Alexander C. Goodwin, Monea Stewart, Chaz Mishan, David Delazyn).
Dumb: (Jason Derulo, Frank Romano, William Jordan, Clemie Penton, Jonathan Rotem).
Posted at 09:28 am by mokhal
Thursday, September 22, 2011
JENNIFER HUDSON ANNOUNCES NEW SINGLE DETAILS
Jennifer Hudson will release "I Got This" as the next single from her sophomore album on J Records, "I Remember Me." The track was helmed by Cristyle Johnson and Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel Storleer Eriksen of Stargate. The songwriting/production team is also responsible for hits such as "Only Girl (In the World)" by Rihanna [Island Def Jam Records] and "Habit" by Alexis Jordan [Roc Nation / Columbia Records].
Posted at 05:57 pm by mokhal
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
EMELI SANDE UNVEILS OFFICIAL ARTWORK FOR 'OUR VERSION OF EVENTS'
Emeli Sande has unveiled the official artwork for her upcoming debut album, "Our Version of Events," which is due on January 30th via EMI / Virgin Records. The set features hit single "Heaven," produced by Mike Spencer, Shahid "Naughty Boy" Khan, and Craze & Hoax.
In related news, the Scottish singer/songwriter has also penned tracks on the next projects by Cover Drive [Geffen / Polydor Records], Leona Lewis [Syco Music / J Records], Cher Lloyd [Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment] and Tanya Lacey [RCA Records].
Posted at 11:12 pm by mokhal
CHER LLOYD TEAMS UP WITH MIKE POSNER ON NEW SINGLE
Cher Lloyd has dubbed “With Ur Love,” featuring Mike Posner, as the next single from her upcoming as-yet-untitled album, due on November 7th via Simco Limited / Sony Music Entertainment. The follow-up to “Swagger Jagger” was co-written by Savan Kotecha (Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis) and produced by Martin “Max Martin” Sandberg (Britney pears, Katy Perry).
Posted at 05:04 pm by mokhal
GOAPELE UNVEILS OFFICIAL ARTWORK FOR 'BREAK OF DAWN'
Goapele unveiled the official artwork for her upcoming album “Break of Dawn,” due on October 24th via Skyblaze / Roc-A-Fella Records. The set is preceded by lead single “Play,” which was produced by Dan Electric & Teddy Thunderbolt.
Posted at 05:00 pm by mokhal
KEVIN "K-MAC" MCCALL ASSISTS MINDLESS BEHAVIOR ON '#1 GIRL'
Mindless Behavior's debut album, "#1 Girl," was released on September 20th via Streamline / Interscope Records. The set features hit single "My Girl," co-written by Kevin "K-Mac" McCall, along with Lakeisha R. Gamble, Candice Nelson, Marcus De'Andre Walker and Walter W. Millsap III.
The "Guess Who (Home Alone)" singer is also working on the next projects Chris Brown [Jive Records], Brandy [Chameleon / RCA Records], Christina Milian [Interscope Records], Lonny Bereal [Notifi Records], Tank [Warner Music Group / Atlantic Records], Joelle James [Jive Records] and Mario [J Records].
Posted at 04:57 pm by mokhal
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