Tuesday, June 17, 2008
DEANDA GETS CLOSE TO SANDBERG, KOTECHA, BIRGISSON ON SOPHOMORE ALBUM
In addition to "Marching", another official song title from Paula DeAnda's sophomore album has been released. The track entitled "Close to Close", was co-written by Arnthor Birgisson, Savan Kotecha and Martin "Max Martin" Sandberg. It has also been registered with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), a music copyright holding agency. Although its one of the several titles from DeAnda's upcoming sophomore offering to be registered, the song may not make the final cut.
Birgisson, Kotecha and Sandberg have collectively worked on tracks performed by Janet Jackson ("All Nite"), Danity Kane ("Stay With Me"), Katy Perry ("I Kissed a Girl"), Leona Lewis ("I Will Be"), Diana DeGarmo ("Cardboard Castles"), Lindsay Lohan ("Symptoms of You"), Geri Halliwell ("Ride It"), and The Veronicas ("4Ever").
Other musicians backing DeAnda on the yet to be titled project are Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Lyrica Anderson, Teedra Moses), Ryan "Alias" Tedder (Wynter Gordon, Robyn Janelle), Kandi Burruss (Alicia Keys, LeToya Luckett), and The Writing Camp: Evan "Kidd" Bogart, Victoria "Lady V" Horn, Erika "E-Nuri" Nuri & David "DQ" Quinones (Christina Milian, Jordyn Taylor).
Posted at 07:58 pm by mokhal
SPEARS REUNITES WITH DANJA ON NEW ALBUM
After initially producing 6 tracks from her last album, “Blackout”, including “Gimme More”, “Break the Ice”, “Get Naked (I Got a Plan)”, “Hot as Ice”, “Perfect Lover” and “Outta This World”, super hitmaker Nate “Danja” Hills will reunite with Britney Spears by crafting new material for her upcoming 6th studio effort on Jive Records.
The as yet untitled project is scheduled to boast additional collaborations with Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (Jennifer Lopez, Leona Lewis), Bloodshy & Avant: Christian Karlsson & Pontus Winnberg (Christina Milian, Jordin Sparks), Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Ashlee Simpson, Nelly Furtado), Cathy Dennis (Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson), Jack Splash (Estelle Swaray, Solange Knowles), Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (Katy Perry, Vanessa Hudgens), Polow Da Don (Keri Hilson, Mya Harrison), and Guy Sigsworth (Alanis Morissette, Kate Havnevik).
Posted at 07:55 pm by mokhal
MASHONDA PREPS SOPHOMORE ALBUM WITH SWIZZ BEATZ
Despite parting ways on the personal front, rapper/producer Kasseem "Swizz Beatz" Dean and singer/songwriter Mashonda Tifrere are working together on the latter's upcoming sophomore album for which the lead single is coming out later this year.
Dean previously helmed 3 tracks on Tifrere's debut, "January Joy", them being "Girlfriend", "Back of da Club" and the Sean "The Pen" Garrett assisted "Blackout". They also crafted Mya Harrison's hit single "The Best of Me", which Mashonda co-wrote and Swizzy produced.
Posted at 07:53 pm by mokhal
Monday, June 16, 2008
SOLANGE UPGRADES BEYONCE'S NEW ALBUM
In addition to putting the final touches on her forthcoming sophomore effort, “Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams”, Geffen recording artist Solange Knowles is also penning songs on Beyonce’s upcoming 3rd album, which is expected to drop later this year via Music World Entertainment/Columbia Records.
The “I Decided” singer previously co-wrote tracks like “Get Me Bodied”, “Upgrade U” and “Flaws & All” for Beyonce’s last offering, “B’Day”, besides other joints for fellow Destiny’s Child members Kelly Rowland (“Love”) and Michelle Williams (“We Break the Dawn”).
“Sol-Angel & The Hadley Street Dreams”, which is due on August 26th via Music World Entertainment / Geffen Records, will boast production skills by Soulshock & Karlin: Carsten Schack and Kenneth Karlin (Blu Cantrell, Whitney Houston), Jack Splash (Britney Spears, Jazmine Sullivan), Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Lily Allen), Raphael Saadiq (Teedra Moses, Joss Stone), Robert Shea Taylor (Nicole Scherzinger, Wynter Gordon), and Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes (Toni Braxton, Kelis Rogers), as well as songwriting contributions from Makeba Riddick (Paula DeAnda, Jessica Simpson), Thomas “Cee-Lo” Callaway (Faith Evans, Tori Alamaze), and Marsha Ambrosius (Emily King, Raven Symone).
Posted at 07:45 pm by mokhal
AVA LEIGH - MAD ABOUT THE BOY [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Ava Leigh’s new single, “Mad about the Boy”, which was co-written by Celetia Martin (Jennifer Hudson, Paradiso Girls). Her forthcoming debut album, “Turned On Underground”, will feature additional collaborations with Reggae veterans Sly Dunbar & Robbie Shakespeare (Gwen Stefani, Sinead O’Connor), and UK production team Future Cut: Darren Lewis & Tunde Babalola (Nicole Scherzinger, Estelle Swaray).
[Watch] Ava Leigh - Mad About The Boy
Posted at 07:44 pm by mokhal
JACKSON POPS UP ON CHE'NELLE, HARRISON
As first tipped here, Australian songstress Che'Nelle recorded a track was initially offered by Rich Harrison for Janet Jackson called "Pops Up". The song was slotted for inclusion on Jackson's 8th studio album, "Damita Jo", but did not make the final cut! The sexually flirtatious joint met with the same fate when the track list for Che'Nelle's debut offering, "Things Happen for a Reason", was unveiled.
However, an anonymous reader of Monica Mania filled me in with the situation, and here's what he had to say: - "Janet Jackson recorded a demo to the song Rich Harrison did, "Pops Up", and decided for some reason not to work with him anymore. I got the song for Che'Nelle to record and she did an amazing version of it. Her version was so HOT that Janet's Lawyers fought for months to keep it from coming out after it was mastered. Hmmm, who knows why! The laws of Karma always prevail."
Posted at 07:39 pm by mokhal
HAVNEVIK DRAFTS SIGSWORTH FOR SOPHOMORE ALBUM
Norwegian singer/songwriter Kate Havnevik is currently recording the follow-up to her critically acclaimed debut album, “Melankton”, with songwriter/producer Guy Sigsworth (who also helmed the entirety of Alanis Morissette’s latest offering, “Flavors of Entanglement”). Even though no release has been confirmed, the yet to be titled project will be distributed via Continentica Records / Universal Records USA.
[Visit] Kate Havnevik @ MySpace
Posted at 07:36 pm by mokhal
Sunday, June 15, 2008
WARREN PENS BALLAD FOR MILIAN'S NEW ALBUM
After penning heartfelt joints for the likes of Toni Braxton (“Unbreak My Heart”), Whitney Houston (“I Learned from the Best”) and Mariah Carey (“After Tonight”), legendary songwriter Diane Warren crafted a new ballad for Christina Milian’s forthcoming album with Interscope/MySpace Records.
As first tipped here, the yet to be titled project will also boast collaborations with Cool & Dre: Andre Lyon and Marcello Valenzano (Jazmine Sullivan, Keyshia Cole), Makeba Riddick (Beyonce Knowles, LeToya Luckett), Madd Scientist (Nicole Scherzinger, Leona Lewis), The Writing Camp: Evan Bogart, Victoria Horn, Erika Nuri & David Quinones (Fantasia Barrino, Jesse McCartney), Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (Mya Harrison, Lyrica Anderson), The Clutch: Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Ezekiel Lewis, Keri Hilson & Patrick Smith (Britney Spears, Usher Raymond), Kanye West (Janet Jackson, Syleena Johnson), Frankie J (Paula DeAnda, Natalie Alvarado), Nate “Danja” Hills (Katharine McPhee, Nelly Furtado), and Toby Gad (Livvi Franc, Esmee Denters).
*Thanx Elisa for the tip*
Posted at 07:45 pm by mokhal
VANESSA HUDGENS - SNEAKERNIGHT [VIDEO]
Here is the video for Vanessa Hudgens’ new single “Sneakernight”, produced by Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem (Ashley Tisdale, Jesse McCartney, Britney Spears). The track is taken from her forthcoming album, “Identified”, which is due on July 1st via Hollywood Records.
The sophomore set will spawn additional alliances with Beau Dozier (Joss Stone, Samantha Jade), Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald (Paris Hilton, Katy Perry), Cathy Dennis (Kelly Clarkson, Sophie Ellis Bextor), Sean “The Pen” Garrett (Ashlee Simpson, Christina Milian), Martin “Max Martin” Sandberg (Kelis Rogers, Ashley Parker Angel), and Kara DioGuardi (Beyonce Knowles, Nicole Scherzinger).
[Watch] Vanessa Hudgens - Sneakernight
Posted at 07:43 pm by mokhal
JONES A MISSEZ NO MORE, RECORDS SOLO ALBUM
In addition to launching an official MySpace profile, singer/songwriter Tomi Jones is working on her forthcoming debut album entitled “Karma”. Many of you might recall Jones as a former member of R&B girl group Missez, who had a hit single back in 2006 called “Love Song” featuring Pimp C.
[Visit] Tomi Jones @ MySpace
Posted at 07:41 pm by mokhal
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