January 7, 2012 |
Producer Rodney Jerkins is a heavyweight in the pop music world who's worked with an array of A-list artists, including Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige and Britney Spears. But now, the urban music hit maker has set his sites on a new kind of star — one who can sing the praises of two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese.... Well, you know the rest. Jerkins and his Chicago-based company Artists & Brands are mining new musical talent from the rap and R&B world, coaching young artists on the art of a catchy hook, then offering the tunes to companies such as McDonald's (their main sponsor)
March 16, 2000 |
Sequoia Capital has invested an estimated $7 million in Tonos Inc., an Internet music company founded by songwriter Carol Bayer Sager and record producers David Foster and Kenneth "BabyFace" Edmonds. The Culver City-based music firm is expected to launch a Web site in April that the founders say will function as a "music industry insiders' network," providing visitors with online instruction, tips and gossip about the record business.
November 17, 2000 |
** 1/2 Spice Girls, "Forever," Virgin. No "girl power" posturing. No cotton-candy sonic colors. No Ginger Spice. Incredibly, the English group that made garish fluff-pop commercially viable again has turned almost, er, subtle. Adjusting to millennial pop tastes, the quartet morphs into a modern R&B-pop act on "Forever," abetted by such high-profile producers as Rodney Jerkins, who helmed the TLC-esque single "Holler."
August 29, 2001 |
Well, this isn't exactly taking the gloves off. Michael Jackson's long-awaited reentry into the pop arena should have been a contender--something with the brass and sass to remind people that he's a great record maker, not the Wacko Jacko who kept the tabloids humming during his hiatus from music.
November 20, 2002 |
TLC "3D" (Arista) *** Rather than dwelling on the untimely loss of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas and Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins use this album to celebrate their late partner while adding to the group's sassy, thought-provoking and innovative legacy. Lopes worked on about half these tunes, and her rapping is key to such taunting numbers as "Girl Talk" and the lover-man-skewering "Quickie." "3D" suffers slightly from the inevitable lack of TLC's usual freewheeling unity.
December 16, 2006 |
Ciara "The Evolution" (LaFace/Zomba) * * Ciara may be aiming beyond "Goodies," her hit 2004 debut album, but she never gets past the dance floor. The R&B singer's overblown sophomore collection is at its best with such highenergy numbers as "Get Up," "Make It Last Forever" and "That's Right" (featuring crunk hero Lil Jon, who produced her hit single "Goodies"). Fusing the club-shaking Dirty South style of hip-hop with Ciara's breathy exhortations, these numbers are bouncy-smooth winners.