Tuesday, September 04, 2007
THE CHEETAH GIRLS - TCG [ALBUM COVER]
Here is the cover for Cheetah Girls upcoming album, "TCG", which is due 25th September via Hollywood Records. The set features collaborations with Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez) and Matthew Gerrard (Jesse McCartney, Delta Goodrem), who previously worked on the title track of Jojo's sophomore disc - "The High Road".
On the other hand, there's still no word on 3LW's upcoming album … The as yet untitled 3rd LP was supposed to be released late last year via Jive Records. Among the musicians drafted for the project are Jermaine Dupri (Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey), Bryan Michael Cox (Nicole Scherzinger, Brandy), Johnta Austin (Faith Evans, Aaliyah), Scott Storch (Beyonce, Jessica Simpson), Rich Harrison (Toni Braxton, Christina Milian), Dre & Vidal (Alicia Keys, Claudette Ortiz), Cool & Dre (Mary J. Blige, Eve), The Insomniax (Stefani Vara, Che'Nelle), Teedra Moses (Kelly Rowland, Teairra Mari) and Shanell Woodgett (Kelis, Danity Kane).
Posted at 08:46 pm by mokhal
JENNIFER LOPEZ - BRAVE [OFFICIAL TRACK LIST]
Here is the official track list for Jennifer Lopez forthcoming album, "Brave", which is due October 9th via Sony Music. The set is expected to feature collaborations with Cory Rooney (Toni Braxton, Janet Jackson), Midi Mafia (Brick & Lace, Fantasia), Ryan "Alias" Tedder (Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige), Sean "The Pen" Garrett (Kelis, Britney Spears), Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Christina Milian, Jessi Malay), Jermaine Dupri (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston), Michelle Bell (Blu Cantrell, Samantha Mumba), Bloodshy & Avant (Sugababes, Kylie Minogue), Keri Hilson (Chris Brown, LeToya Luckett), Bryan Michael Cox (Faith Evans, Claudette Ortiz) and Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean (Beyonce, Gwen Stefani).
Jennifer Lopez – Brave (Official Track List):
01. Stay Together
03. Hold It, Don't Drop It
04. Do It Well
05. Gotta Be There
06. Never Gonna Give Up
07. Mile in These Shoes
08. The Way It Is
09. Be Mine
10. I Need Love
11. Wrong When You're Gone
13. Do It Well (Remix)
Posted at 12:17 am by mokhal
Monday, September 03, 2007
GEORGE MICHAEL PENNING SPICY TRACK?
Word has it that George Michael is penning the comeback single by Spice Girls to ensure them a # 01 Christmas single this year. Don't forget that he's very good friends with Geri "Ginger Spice" Halliwell, and she also appeared as a cartoon character on the video for his politically correct single - "Shoot the Dog".
The recently reformed band's last album, "Forever", was released in 2000 via Virgin Records. Among the collaborators on that CD were Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins (Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey), Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (Janet Jackson, Deborah Cox), Harvey Mason Jr. of The Underdogs (Toni Braxton, Keri Hilson), Richard Stannard & Julian Gallagher (Kylie Minogue, Gabrielle) and Mischke Butler (Blu Cantrell, Faith Evans).
Posted at 07:41 pm by mokhal
THE VERONICAS - HOOK ME UP [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Veronicas' latest single, "Hook Me Up", taken from their as yet untitled sophomore album. The set is due later this year via Atlantic records, and among the musicians expected are producer Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez) and songwriter Kara Dioguardi (Ashlee Simpson, Kylie Minogue), who previously collaborated with the Australian duo on "Nobody Wins" lifted from their debut LP - "The Secret Life Of …".
[Watch] The Veronicas - Hook Me Up
Posted at 07:29 pm by mokhal
Saturday, September 01, 2007
TREY SONGZ - CAN'T HELP BUT WAIT [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Trey Songz new single, “Can’t Help but Wait”, which was co-written by Johnta Austin (Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson) and produced by Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel S. Eriksen (Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna). Look out for his sophomore album, “Trey Day”, due 2nd October via Atlantic Records. Among the additional producers snagged for the project are Bryan Michael Cox (Claudette Ortiz, Brandy), The Runners (Britney Spears, Christina Milian), Nate “Danja Handz” Hills (Keri Hilson, Jennifer Lopez) and R. Kelly (Aaliyah, Toni Braxton).
[Watch] Trey Songz - Can't Help but Wait
Posted at 08:33 pm by mokhal
COLE LETS HIM GO ON NEW SINGLE
According to a recent article on Vibe magazine, “Shoulda Let You Go” will be the 2nd single released from Keyshia Cole’s forthcoming album, “Just Like You”, which is due 25th September via Geffen Records. The sophomore set is expected to sport collaborations with Soulshock & Karlin (Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston), Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Mary J. Blige, Nicole Scherzinger), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Alicia Keys, Beyonce), Bryan Michael Cox (Faith Evans, Mariah Carey), Missy Elliot (Fantasia, Tamia) and Scott Storch (LeToya Luckett, Silena Murrell).
Posted at 01:46 am by mokhal
CELINE DION - TAKING CHANCES [ALBUM COVER]
Here is the cover for Celine Dion's forthcoming album, "Taking Chances", due November 13th Via Sony Music. The set is expected to feature collaborations with Kara Dioguardi (Anastacia, Kelly Clarkson), John Shanks (Sheryl Crow, Michelle Branch),
Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith (Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson), Tim "Timbaland" Mosley (Alicia Keys, Nelly Furtado), Terius "Dream" Nash (Mary J. Blige, Nicole Scherzinger), Linda Perry (Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera) and Ryan "Alias" Tedder (Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis).
Posted at 12:18 am by mokhal
Friday, August 31, 2007
[MONICA MANIA INTERVIEW] SHAMORA CRAWFORD
Shamora Crawford has made her mark in the music scene by penning hits for artists such as Monica ("Hurts The Most", "Breaks My Heart", "I Wrote This Song"), Jennifer Lopez ("Can't Believe This"), Maria ("Lonely", "Miss You"), Blu Cantrell ("10,000 Times"), Victoria Beckham ("L.O.V.E", "Into My Heart"), and Teairra Mari ("New Shit"). Her powerful singing voice can now be heard on the critically acclaimed debut album, "How It Feels", which was released independently via Striker Records. I caught up with the singer/songwriter to talk about her career in the music biz, working with several accomplished producers, collabos wish-list, future projects, and so much more … Enjoy reading, and don't forget to post your thoughts :)
Hamada: - What inspired you to become a songwriter? And who was the first artist you worked with?
Shamora: - This is a hard question because I never dreamed of becoming a songwriter. It kind of happened by accident. I was singing at a wedding when I was 16 and this producer/songwriter named Artie Hoyle asked me to come and demo some songs for him. When I went to his studio I was intrigued to find out that he was making money by writing songs. I was interested. I had written a little before, but hadn't formally put anything down yet. He played me J Dubb track, and I wrote a song and the rest is history.
Hamada: - I got to know you through your work with Maria on the tracks "Lonely" & "Miss you", and till this day I consider them two of my all time favorites. What do they mean to you? And how was it like working with her?
Shamora: - Thank you so much. Those are two of my favorite songs as well. At the time I was dealing with a tough breakup with an ex boyfriend and the constant push and pull between us was a strain. I was reminded how sometimes I took him being there for granted and I didn't realize how much I missed him until he was gone. Perhaps that's what those songs were all about. :) Working with Maria was really great though. She's one of the nicest people and a great artist, her voice is very true.
Hamada: - Were you surprised when Maria's album – "My Soul" - didn't sell as well as expected? And are you still in touch with her?
Shamora: - I was a bit shocked that her album didn't do better as far as sales. It wasn't her fault though, unfortunately her album dropped just before Dreamworks decided to drop all of their artists. Once again another great artist and a great album suffered because of it. Unfortunately I haven't spoken to Maria in a few years. I pray all is well with her.
Hamada: - Tell us about your debut album, "How It Feels", and what can we expect from it?
Shamora: - "How It Feels" is a representation of what we girls feel when going through the ups and downs of relationships. Finally guys get to really hear our side of things, and understand how we are truly affected by the joy, the pain, etc. Check it out; I'm sure you'll love it.
Hamada: - What do you think of the increasing trend with regards to songwriters turning to singers?
As far as other singer songwriters, there are quite a few that I absolutely adore. I'm a fan of real songs, so the obvious would be: Sting, Babyface, Roberta Flack, Prince, Sheryl Crow, Shania Twain, Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder, Donny Hathaway, etc. I could go on and on with that one forever. How much time do you have? LOL :)
Hamada: - Which artists would you love to write songs for? And why?
Shamora: - Wow! I pray to work with Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Lalah Hathaway, Mariah Carey, etc. That list goes on and on too. I would love to work with them because they are true artists. Most artists nowadays aren't. These people have real talent, and no matter what they sing, you believe it. They move people through music, and their music is timeless, and I feel like those are the kinds of songs I write.
Hamada: - Are there any producers that you haven't worked with yet, but would love to collaborate with soon?
Shamora: - I would love to work with Warryn Campbell, David Foster, and Rick Rubin.
Hamada: - Do songwriters develop friendships with the singers they work with? Or is it always strictly professional? And are you friends with any of the artists you worked with?
Shamora: - Sure we become friends. I have become friends with a few artists, but it's just like any other job. Some of your colleagues you click with better than others.
Hamada: - Is there any song that you wish you've kept for yourself instead of giving it another artist?
Shamora: - Ummm, I'd have to say that one song that is really close to me and have always wanted for myself is "Hurts The Most". Monica did that song on her "After the Storm" album.
Hamada: - Which album have you recently bought and liked very much?
Shamora: - J Moss "V2…"
Hamada: - I'll ask you about some of the artists/producers you worked with, and you tell me what that experience was like:
o Soulshock & Karlin (producers):- Always a challenge. I learned a lot from these guys. They are incredible. I admire their work very much!
o Peter Biker (producer):- One of the nicest people I've ever met. He's also one of the most talented. He truly doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
o Kwame (producer): We never actually worked together in the studio. The track was sent to me.
o Monica: She's very nice and easy to work with.
o Jennifer Lopez: We actually never met when she recorded my song.
o Victoria Beckham: She's also very nice.
o Teairra Mari: We never met either. Again I wasn't there when she recorded the song.
o Blu Cantrell: This was a challenging session. The song turned out great though!
Hamada: - What are your future projects? And whom can we expect you to be working with soon?
Shamora: - I'm working on some stuff for Universal Music and Jive Records. I have recently finished writing a duet for Keke Wyatt and Raheem DeVaughn, Bad Boy recording artist Cheri Dennis, as well as 3 songs on the new Angie Stone album, "The Art of Love and War".
Hamada: - Last but not the least, is there any message you'd like to give to your fans all over the world?
Shamora: - Thank you for constantly supporting me. Great things are about to happen. Soon more than just us will know how great I really am. I thank God for all of you and his many blessings that we have yet to see!!! God bless!!! Love you all!
[Visit] Shamora @ MySpace
[Listen] Shamora - Betcha
[Purchase] Shamora - How It Feels
Posted at 11:56 pm by mokhal
JAMELIA COMPILATION TO BE RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER
British artist Jamelia will release her greatest hits compilation, “Superstar -- The Hits”, which is due 24th September via Parlophone Records. The set will feature some of her most successful joints such as “Thank You”, “See It in a Boy’s Eyes”, “Beware of the Dog” and “Something about You”. Among the most notable musicians Jamelia collaborated with throughout her musical career are Soulshock & Karlin (Keyshia Cole, Toni Braxton), Bloodshy & Avant (Christina Milian, Britney Spears), Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel S. Eriksen (Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis), Cameron McVey (All Saints, Sugababes), Karen Poole (Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue) and Chris Martin of Coldplay.
[Listen] Jamelia - DJ (produced by Soulshock & Karlin)
[Purchase] Jamelia - Thank You (Parlophone Records)
Posted at 11:05 pm by mokhal
DUPRI TALKS ABOUT NEW CAREY COLLABO
MTV recently caught up with music producer Jermaine Dupri to talk about his work on Mariah Carey's forthcoming album, and here's what he had to say: -
"You know what's crazy about the Mariah records? When I work on a Mariah record, she always goes home and records her vocals without me. I ain't heard the song! She calls and tells me, 'I finished, let's go and do it. She's a person that you have to respect her for doing her job," he added. "She respects me for doing my job. When I'm in the studio, she don't question what kick [-drum sound] I use. She don't question if I'm using the right snare. She might say, 'I ain't feeling it.' I could say the same thing. There's been plenty of times when I've said, 'Mariah, I think you need to sing this part over.' But after the last album, we got a pretty good understanding. She knows what I'm looking for from her now. We're hoping we have the same formula this time."
The as-yet untitled set which is expected in November via Def Jam Records, also promises to boast additional collaborations with Bryan Michael Cox (Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige), Johnta Austin (Aaliyah, Janet Jackson), Stargate: - Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel S. Eriksen (Beyonce, Leona Lewis), Nate "Danja Handz" Hills (Jennifer Lopez, Madonna) and Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean (Jennifer Hudson, Monica).
Posted at 12:46 pm by mokhal
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