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September 2009

Star Trak’s Newest Signee ‘Alyssa Bernal’

Pharrell & Alyssa Bernal
Her name is Alyssa Brianne Bernal, 19 years old Mexican-American/Hispanic native was born and raised at San Antonio, Texas on December 22, 1989. Three years ago she put herself on YouTube and ever since then she’ve got loads of continuous support and love which brought the attention of Pharrell & American Music Group. Known as hchsknights08 on Youtube, Alyssa has become a famous teen female singer with over 180,000 subscribers on Youtube. She chose hchsknights08 as her screen name because, hchsknights is the name of her cheerleading team and she said, “If I only knew that this will be big then I should’ve chose Alyssa Bernal or something.”

Alyssa Bernal 2
She attracts every person who visits her channel everyday. Teens like her admires her so much because, she has a talent to share and a really kind heart. On October 2008, after making videos that catapulted her to a much-deserved fame, American Music Group gave her a deal. She began recording her first single, “Never Woulda,” with Martin Terefe early January 2009 for her as yet untitled debut album for a 2009 release on American Music Group, the lead single Never Woulda is now available on iTunes. Check out some of the videos which gave her the Fame she deserves from Youtube.
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Alyssa Bernal – Hey Love (Original)

Alyssa Bernal – Poker Face (Lady Gaga Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – My All (Mariah Carey Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – Save Me From Myself (Christina Aguilera Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack Cover)

Alyssa Bernal – First Studio Album (2009)
Producers & Guests: Martin Terefe
Confirmed Tracks:
– Hey Love
– Never Woulda
– Just In Time
– I Found You

Chase & Status: We’re Going To Collaborate With Pharrell

Chase & Status
Saul Milton, one half of London drum & bass production pairing Chase & Status, is flagging. “We’ve just had an all-nighter,” he says groggily, explaining the absence of band mate Will Kennard. “Social life has taken a battering, I need to see my girlfriend and my family more. It’s just non-stop.” Meanwhile, Pharrell Williams demanded a studio summit with the duo after seeing them at a UK festival this summer. “He came and he watched our set and he came over afterwards and said ‘Hey love what you guys are doing, I really want to get in the studio with you’. “We actually met up in the studio a week later, only for a couple of hours for a chit chat. “We’re going to collaborate with him in a future and that’s real exciting because he’s one of our heroes, one of our idols, someone we’ve looked up to for forever. It’s mind blowing basically to get accolades from people you’ve respected for so long.”


Nigo Working On Compilation Album, More News

is working on a Compilation album called „Tokio Suite Selected By Nigo“ which is due November 25th. The Park Hyatt Tokyo is the lucky recipient of a collaboration with Nigo. To celebrate their 15th anniversary, the Park Hyatt asked Nigo—who has spent time in the 50th floor’s Tokyo Suite—to compile music tracks for a special edition CD that evokes Tokyo’s mixed cultures. Nigo is fusing underground beats and the hotel’s modern luxury vibe through music. The aptly named ‘Tokyo Suite Selected By Nigo’ contains not only hip-hop, but house and lounge beats from the late 80s and early 90s by Japanese artists.

And just as with anything that Nigo releases, the November 25 debut and sales of the CD will be extremely limited, appearing only in Bape flagships, at the Park Hyatt Tokyo’s gift shop, and at Bape’s US online store. There once was a time when we would make sure to collect whatever CD the hotel were staying at was pimping, but now that hardly anyone buys actual discs anymore we’ve overcome this urge. This being so limited edition however causes our desire to own hotel CDs to re-flare. Anybody heading to Tokyo this winter?

Nigo - Tokio Suite
Nigo – Tokio Suite Selected By Nigo (2009) (November 25th)
01 – Tinnie Punx Seiko Ito & Tinnie Punx – Bronx Tokyo
02 – World Piece / Haruo Konda – O-Zone / Gymnopedie No.1
03 – TPO – Hiroshi’s Dub (Savanna Mix)
04 – Natural Calamity – When You Gonna Wake Me Up
05 – OOIOO – On Mani
06 – Subliminal Calm – Faint Signs – Piano
07 – Cornelius – Star Fruits Surf Rider
08 – Plastics – Peace
09 – Luv Master X – Sentimental Dub
10 – Nigo – Freediving feat. Ben Lee (Stereo MC’s Remix)
11 – Mute Beat – After The Rain
12 – Yen Town Band – Sunday Park
13 – Rip Slyme – Time To Go


Shakira’s ‘She Wolf’ Amazon Album Preview, Long Time (Snippet)

Another Neptunes track off Shakira’s new album just leaked (a snippet) on the Amazon site called ‘Long Time’. After listening to the snippet, you immediately realize that you have heard this tune before, it pretty much is the same tune of Latrelle from her debut album “Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl” back in 2001. The tune is not completely the same as Latrelle’s ‘Long Night’ though I gotta say it does sound pretty good. The funny thing about Latrelle is she also has a recycled beat of Clipse from their unreleased album ‘Exclusive Audio Footage’ from 1999 called ‘You Don’t Even Know featuring Pharrell & Kelis’. By the age of 19, Latrelle had recorded Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl, her first album. Latrelle’s first single House Party was produced by The Neptunes who produced 6 songs on her Arista album. Latrelle has had an ongoing relationship with them ever since. Pharrell calls her his little sister. In spring of 2001, Latrelle finished her long awaited debut album “Dirty Girl, Wrong Girl, Bad Girl“, the project was scheduled to be released months later in October, the first single “Dirty Girl” was released along with a remix with then label mate T. I. . While the single had little impact on radio, it received heavy airplay in clubs and appeared on several mixtapes, the album was later pushed back to April 2002.

In fall of 2001, many songs from the album still unmastered began circulating on the internet including the planned second single “House Party” (later renamed “House Call). By the end of the year the majority of the album had been leaked. with many songs produced by The Neptunes, the album was praised heavily giving Latrelle an online fanbase. In December 2001, House Party was released as a follow-up single to “Dirty Girl” and became a minor hit on the Hip-Hop/R&B Charts. Jointly signed to Babyface’s NuAmerica Entertainmet label and Arista, there were several setbacks due to contract agreements which put the album’s release in jeopardy, along with disputes regarding rather the album had “Hit Potential“. Later, Edmonds decided to move his label to Interscope Records, this move conflicted with the release of both Latrelle and then label mate Robin Thicke’s debut projects along with Edmond’s 8th studio album and all were eventually cancelled, Thicke followed Edmonds to Interscope and Latrelle stayed with Arista, the video for “House Party” was released the week of the album’s scheduled release date. with no further release date set for the project, Latrelle parted ways with the label in early.

Check out Shakira’s Long Time Version on and here the original version from 2001 Latrelle – Long Night (01′).

Shakira’s Sigue A La Luna Commercial

Check out this lovely Shakira commercial of Siguel A La Luna. Thanks to SLRS.

NERD Joins Jay-Z Tour

Bust open the kegs. Jay-Z is bringing his tour to college campuses and he’s brought along a few friends. Rap-rock outfit NERD, D.C. rapper Wale, and Roc Nation newcomer J. Cole have been announced as supporting acts on Jay-Z’s North American tour. Wale broke the news to Rap-Up TV at the VMAs earlier this month. The Live Nation production will make 24 stops at a mix of college campus arenas and traditional venues starting at Penn State University on October 9. Jay-Z is about to be all over the map. The music impresario will hit the road this fall for a tour in support of The Blueprint 3. Catch him performing past and present hits during the outing, which kicks off October 9 in Pennsylvania. Tickets have already gone on sale for select cities. Thanks To Brain.

The NERD ~ Jay-Z Tour Dates

09th – Bryce Jordan Center – University Park, PA
10th – Bank Of Kentucky Center – Highland Heights, KY
13th – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
14th – Pengrowth Saddledome – Calgary, AB
15th – Prospera Place – Kelowna, B.C.
16th – General Motors Place – Vancouver, B.C.
17th – Key Arena – Seattle, WA
21st – Eastern Michigan U/Convocation Center – Ypsilanti, MI
23rd – Wachovia Center (Powerhouse) – Philadelphia, PA
24th – Dunkin’ Donuts Center – Providence, R.I.
25th – Mullins Center – Amherst, MA
27th – 1st Mariner Arena – Baltimore, MD
28th – Value City Arena – Columbus, OH
29th – John Labatt Centre – London, ON
30th – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
31st – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ON

1st – Scotiabank Place – Ottawa, ON
7th – Fresno State/Save Mart Center – Fresno, CA
12th – University Of Illinois – Assembly Hall – Champaign, IL
19th – Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, N.M.
20th – Don Haskins Center – El Paso, TX
21st – United Spirit Arena – Lubbock, TX
22nd – Frank Erwin Center Arena – Austin, TX


Clipse ~ Interview, Til The Casket Drops Pushed Back ‘November 10th’

Surprise surprise, “Til The Casket Drops” has been pushed back again… The album is scheduled now for a November 10th release according to The Clipse are caught in a position that is enviable and impossible all at once. Releasing Hell Hath No Fury was enough of a victory after the years it spent languishing in record-company limbo; that it delivered on the its considerable hype was just icing on the cake. The problem facing Malice and Pusha T is how to follow up an album championed by everybody from Christgau to XXLHell Hath No Fury is one of only six albums to achieve that magazine’s highest rating. The answer seems to be to call in a veritable Super Friends team of producers and give Cam’Ron a ring. We’ll know if it worked come Nov. 10, when Sony is scheduled to release ‘Til The Casket Drops.

Prefixmag: How do you follow up something like Hell Hath No Fury?
Clipse: It’s never any pressure to for us, because we didn’t set our sights on trying to outdo the last album. Our music is based on who we are at that time in our lives, and that’s why the energy in Hell Hath No Fury came from a hard place. We had to deal with all the political garbage that was happening and couldn’t concentrate on the more creative side of the music. It was all raw edges. This time around, we were in a much better place. Our fans will notice that this album is much more in the mindset of Lord Willin’.

P: How much of a vindication was it when the album finally came out?
C: I wasn’t worried about it coming out. I was more concerned that the people who supported us through our four-year sabbatical would get to hear the album. The fans were the ones who kept our name out there. There was a lot of stuff coming out, but we always had people backing us up, saying that our stuff would kill if it was out. We owed them big for that, so I’m glad for them that Hell Hath No Fury was finally released.

Summit On The Summit

joined by a group of global influences, will climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the clean water crisis talk about the issue, share solutions and save lives. More than one billion people worldwide do not have access to clean, safe drinking water. The reality is, every 15 seconds a child dies from a waterborne disease. All of this preventable. When you donate, you support our efforts by sending water.

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Rihanna’s New Album Set for November 23rd

RihannaThough no working title has been confirmed for the album, it is said that the set will be released on November 23rd. Details are still sketchy regarding Rihanna’s new album, but a new confirmation has just been brought forth by that the set is slated to be made available in stores on November 23rd later this year. Notwithstanding the release date, working title for the record remains in question. Rihanna, who has had a rough year after she was assaulted by ex-boyfriend Chris Brown during an argument in February, has been working on her new studio album for quite sometime. She keeps things related to the record under tight wraps, but it is widely believed that she has enlisted the help from some top notch musicians for the set.

The All-American Rejects’ vocalist Tyson Ritter, record producers Stargate, James Fauntleroy, Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, The-Dream, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Kanye West, OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder, Soulja Boy, Shontelle and Pharrell Williams are all rumored to make contribution to the album. Most recently, Ne-Yo shared with E! News during 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on September 13th that he and Rihanna had been in a songwriting session. “Expect an edgier, almost angrier Rihanna on this one. Rihanna says some things on this album that you’ve never heard her say before,” he revealed. Fellow music star Akon also uttered some words about Rihanna’s upcoming album, saying “I’m going to lighten her up. I don’t want an angry Rihanna.”


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