Saturday, August 25, 2007
NEW SIMPSON ALBUM EARMARKED FOR NOVEMBER
According to Ashlee Simpson's website, her forthcoming 3rd album is due in November via Geffen Records. The as-yet untitled set promises collaborations with Mark Ronson (Christina Aguilera, Amy Winehouse), Kara Dioguardi (Jordin Sparks, Kelly Clarkson), Tim "Timbaland" Mosley (Nelly Furtado, Samantha Jade), John Legend (Mariah Carey, Keyshia Cole) and Sean Garrett (Britney Spears, Gwen Stefani).
Posted at 11:46 pm by mokhal
Friday, August 24, 2007
[MONICA MANIA INTERVIEW] PAULA CAMPBELL
Paula Campbell is an upcoming artist who will soon take the world by storm when the debut album, "My Name Is Paula Campbell", gets released. I caught up with the R&B songstress to talk about her passion for music, album release dates, touring with Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, and having Ciara as the video director of lead single - "Ain't Nobody Stupid". Enjoy reading and don't forget to post your thoughts :)
Hamada: - Have you always been passionate about music?
Paula: - I've always been passionate about music, and I cannot imagine my life without it.
Hamada: - When is the release date for your debut album," I am Paula Campbell"?
Paula: - I really don't like to talk about release dates because they are always subject to change until the date rolls around!! (lol)
Hamada: - Whom have you worked with on the project in terms of songwriters and producers? And who would love to collaborate with in the near future?
Paula: - I worked with Neyo, Carvin & Ivan (Of Karma), The Clutch, Yummy Bingham, Troy Oliver, Stargate, JB & Korron (The Movement), Warryn Campbell, Makeba Riddick, Krystal Oliver, Chuck Harmony, Shea Taylor, and Keri Hilson. I would love to work with Bryan Michael Cox.
Hamada: - What made you choose "Ain't Nobody Stupid" as the lead single?
Paula: - It was pretty much a group decision. We thought it was a great song to start with.
Hamada: - How was it like having multi-talented artist Ciara as your video director?
Paula: - It was amazing and truly a blessing!
Hamada: - Tell us about some of your favorite songs on the album, with a few liner notes about each one of them.
Paula: - "Won't Love You Back" is one of my favorites. "I'm the one who die for you, you go out and bleed for her" …. I was describing the streets. Carvin Haggins and I collaborated on it.
Hamada: - You've also toured with singer/songwriter Schaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, how's he like in person? And will we see the two of you recording a duet soon?
Paula: - He is so talented and hard working. Collaborating with him was a blessing as well. He was really fun to work with.
Hamada: - Judging by some of your song titles, you've dealt with the subject of infidelity. How would you personally react if you learnt that your man is cheating on you? And what do you think of women who cheat on their men?
Paula: - Now!! If I learnt that my man was cheating on me I would leave. I've never been one to cheat so therefore I really don't think about it.
Hamada: - 2007 will see the launch of several R&B female artists, what's the one thing that sets you apart from the rest?
Paula: - I Am Paula Campbell.
Hamada: - Recently America has witnessed the invasion of British Soul artists such as Amy Winehouse and Joss Stone. Do you think they take away from their US counterparts? And would you work with British R&B producers?
Paula: - No I don't think they take away from the U.S counterparts. They're both talented artists. I feel there's enough space for everyone in the business. I also work with some producers named Stargate who are British as well.
Hamada: - What qualities do you look for in a man? And are you dating someone at the moment?
Paula: - I am single. What I look for in a man is honesty, intelligence, caring, and genuine. He has to give me the things I need from day to day, but those needs change from day to day!!
Hamada: - Would you rather date someone from inside or outside the music industry?
Paula: - I think it's hard for artist to date period!! (lol) Just with busy schedules and all.
Hamada: - Tell us something that most readers will be surprised to learn about you?
Paula: - In my mind, I'm constantly cursing like a sailor (lol)
Hamada: - Have you thought about visiting countries in the Middle East? If so, which one would be your first choice?
Paula: - I want to travel all over the world!!
Hamada: - What message would you like to give to your fans all over the world?
Paula: - Thanks to all who have supported me - past, present and future!!
[Visit] Paula Campbell @ MySpace
Posted at 09:57 pm by mokhal
SPARKS SETS DATE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
Season six "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks will release her as yet untitled debut album on November 20th via Jive Records, and the set will be preceded by lead single "Tattoo", co-written by Amanda Ghost (Beyonce, Kylie Minogue) and produced by Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel S. Eriksen (Jennifer Hudson, Keke Wyatt). Songwriter Kara Dioguardi is also among the collaborators on the project, so expect big things!
Posted at 02:52 pm by mokhal
Thursday, August 23, 2007
MOSES REVEALS TENTATIVE RELEASE DATE FOR SOPHOMORE ALBUM
In a recent interview with All Hip Hop, Singer/songwriter Teedra Moses stated that her upcoming sophomore album – “The Young Lioness” – is earmarked for a January release via TVT Records. She also revealed that the set opens up with “I Told You”, which is about her relationship with Ras Kass. Among the musicians backing Moses on “The Young Lioness” are Cool & Dre (Jazmine Sullivan, Christina Milian) and Raphael Saadiq (Mary J. Blige, Kelis).
Posted at 06:08 pm by mokhal
KING ROLLS WITH SYNDROME ON NEW VIDEO
Singer/songwriter Emily King finished shooting the video for her new single, "Walk In My Shoes", with video direction team Syndrome – best known for their work with Jojo ("How To Touch A Girl"), Keke Palmer ("Keep It Movin") and Pretty Ricky ("On The Hotline"). The joint appears' on King's forthcoming debut album, "East Side Story", which is due 28th August via J Records. Expect collaborations with Marsha Ambrosius (Alicia Keys, Jazmine Sullivan), Chucky "Amadeus" Thompson (Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige) and Raphael Saadiq (Teedra, Erykah Badu).
[Read] Emily King - Monica Mania Xclusive Interview
[Pre-Order] Emily King - East Side Story (J Records)
Posted at 05:47 am by mokhal
FARRELL NEXT SINGLE IS .....
"Next" is set to be the lead single from Gia Farrell's forthcoming debut album due later this year via Atlantic Records. The self-titled set features contributions from A-list musicians such as Stargate: Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel S. Eriksen (Rihanna, Leona Lewis), Beau Dozier (Samantha Jade, Tiffany Evans), Andrea Martin (Toni Braxton, Blu Cantrell) and Steve Kipner (Christina Aguilera, Kelly Rowland).
Posted at 05:08 am by mokhal
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
NASHA TEAMS UP WITH SHAGGY ON NEW JOINT
R&B vocalist Nasha recorded a new duet with dancehall artist Shaggy called “Those Days”, and it will be on his forthcoming album, “Intoxication”, which is due 16th October via Big Yard and VP Records. This is not the first time she hooked up with the “Boombastic” singer as their initial collaboration was on “Ultimatum” taken from his last LP, “Clothes Drop”. He later on returned the favor by making a guest appearance on “What You Waitin’ For” which was part of her debut disc, “My Story”. Among the notable musicians on that set set were Scott Storch (Christina Aguilera, Janet Jackson), Schaffer “Ne-Yo” Smith (Beyonce, Nicole Scherzinger), Cool & Dre (Christina Milian, Mary J. Blige) and James Poyser (Lauryn Hill, Mariah Carey).
[Listen] Nasha - Baby Luv (produced by Scott Storch)
[Purchase] Nasha - My Story (Pure Records)
Posted at 09:37 pm by mokhal
WALSH SETS DATE FOR DEBUT ALBUM
Def Jam recording artist Lucy Walsh will release her debut album, "Lost in the Lights", on 23rd October and will be preceded by lead single "So Uncool", produced by Christopher "Tricky" Stewart (Britney Spears, Rihanna) and co-written by Terius "Dream" Nash (Wynter Gordon, Sugababes). Other musicians backing the singer/songwriter on "Lost in the Lights" are Jonathan "J.R." Rotem (Paris Hilton, Jennifer Lopez), Evan Bogart (Jessi Malay, Sean Kingston) and Lester Mendez (Nelly Furtado, Mario Vazquez).
Posted at 08:56 pm by mokhal
"Eyes on Me" – the track which was given by Tim "Timbaland" Mosley to Jive recording artist Samantha Jade – will be part of Celine Dion's forthcoming album, "Taking Chances". Does this mean there won't be any of his productions on Jade's album? Guess we'll have to wait and see …
Until then, don't forget to support Samantha's new single - "Turn Around" - produced by Soulshock & Karlin. The Danish hitmaking duo are also working on upcoming projects by Keyshia Cole (Geffen Records), Whitney Houston (J Records), Leona Lewis (J Records), Mercedes (TBA) and Stefani Vara (Siri Music).
[Watch] Samantha Jade - Turn Around (produced by Soulshock & Karlin)
[Read] Samantha Jade - Monica Mania Xclusive Interview
Posted at 07:26 pm by mokhal
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
ADDITIONAL HITMAKERS REVEALED ON LEWIS DEBUT LP
According to a recent article on Vibe magazine, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills (Nelly Furtado, Britney Spears) and Stargate: - Tor Erik Hermansen & Mikkel S. Eriksen (Beyonce, Jennifer Hudson) are among the additional hitmakers drafted for Leona Lewis' upcoming debut LP due 12th November via J Records. The as yet untitled project will be preceded by "Bleeding Love" produced by Ryan "Alias" Tedder (Christina Milian, Jennifer Lopez).
Posted at 08:13 pm by mokhal
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