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 9, 2008 |
Brandy "Human" (Epic) 1/2 Brandy hasn't released a new album since 2004's "Afrodisiac," but she's hardly spent the last four years in obscurity: In 2006 the 29-year-old singer-actor was involved in a traffic accident on the 405 Freeway that killed another driver, and though she's been cleared of all criminal charges, she still faces a $50-million wrongful-death suit filed by the dead woman's family. Given its moody melodies and midtempo beats -- not to mention lyrics like, "I make mistakes but I can't turn back time / I'm only human, forgive me," from the title track -- it's hard not to hear "Human" as Brandy's musical response to that experience.