Lucy Diamonds: Speaking of Michael Jackson, after he broke records with Quincy Jones on several albums up through BadÂ¸ you took over the production for Dangerous. At that time in your career, was following Quincy Jones a lot of pressure?
Teddy Riley: It was a lot pressure, I ain't gonna lie about it. I felt really tense going in there working with Michael and to be coming after Quincy who's a genius. He's the Grandfather of production. Actually he called me to do it. He told me "you can do this." He's the one who put me out there to Michael and said, "This is the guy you need to do your record." So then Michael called. At that point, I just went in with a lot of songs knowing he'd at least pick one song but he picked seven.
and finally to finish LMAO :Lucy Diamonds: You discovered both the Neptunes and Rodney Jerkins. Can you tell us how those discoveries came about?
Teddy Riley: Well the Neptunes came about during a talent show that I had given. Pretty much, we had some judges overseeing the contest who were picking along the lines of the Whitney Houston sound, but these guys were in a class by themselves, so I chose them to be the winners. I overruled the judges' decision and pronounced them the winners. From there, I signed them to my production company. Rodney Jerkins -- I was working on Black Street at the time and one of my good friends and assistants back then, Earl Thomas, brought him to me. We just started grinding it out. I told him that I didn't want to be his manager, as I really didn't even have time for myself at the time. I told him that I could give him all the advice that he needed and for anything that he needed to know I'd be there for him. So once he came out, he pushed my name along as to where he came from. Rodney, he's my lil' brother.
Source:http://www.ballerstatus.com/article/features/2007/08/3028/Lucy Diamonds: When it's all said and done, how would you like the world to remember Teddy Riley?
Teddy Riley: I'd like the world to remember me as a hero.........
i have a (new?) snippet called "Pretty Wings" from "Black Summer's Night"....rez said:Alright, what's happening with this album "Black Summer's Night?"............. If you know anything about the album, the release date, any of the tracks, any info at all, it'd be nice if you could give us an update and share a bit of your thoughts on this one too.
rnbluva said:Chek out hot new Ordinary People remake by M.D. West. Betta than legend's version imo!He put his own twist on it, which i like....but it's NOWHERE near better than the original....you just can NOT cover that song and expect it to top John's version....no friggin' way on earth!!!!
and heres the "Official Track List" they're rolling with now...k.m said:01 Go
02 Crying Out For Me
05 How Do I Breathe
06 No Definition
07 What It's Gonna Be
08 Lay In My Bed
09 Right And a Wrong Way
10 Do Right
11 Ghetto Love
12 Let Me Watch
source: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003695642Bad Boy R&B singer Cassie will release her as-yet-untitled sophomore album on May 20..........
The album features production from Seven, Mario Winans, Bryan Michael Cox, Eric Hudson, Sean C and LV and mentor Ryan Leslie, who discovered the Connecticut native. There are no guest features recorded as of yet.
And although a first single hasn't been released, Cassie assures it will be "a club record -- something fun and danceable." Possible contenders include the Seven-produced "My House," the flirty "Thirsty" and the concept track "Push It".
SOURCE: http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003695501Usher's 2004 Jive album, "Confessions," has shifted 9.4 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but tentative release dates keep coming and going for its follow-up, which is now nebulously slated for sometime this year........
.."The last couple times I've been around [him], you could tell he's got the bug to hurry up and put this record out. He wants to get back out here and give the people that. He's got that itch."
Dupri is known to have produced the track "The Realest," which was at one time mentioned as a possible first single. T-Pain produced "All the Time," while Ludacris guests on "Dat Girl Right There," which leaked last month. Dre & Vidal and Cool and Dre are also said to have contributed to the album......."
http://www.mtv.com/bands/m/mixtape_monday/010708/"Pharrell is always going to be involved with what I do," he said. "Teddy Riley had the music game in his hand for 12 years straight. He knows how to create the atmosphere for a great artist and a big event. I feel like I'm a big artist and keep my albums in the classification of a big event. For me and him to work together, it's gonna be like Quincy Jones and Michael Jackson working together on that Thriller album." ...
collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, Terius "Dream" Nash, "Tricky" Stewart, Cristyle Johnson, Johnta Austin, Stargate, Ne-Yo, Dernst Emile, and Rodney Jerkins.Discipline - Track Listing
1. I.D. (Interlude)
4. Spinnin (Interlude)
6. Bathroom Break (Interlude)
7. Rock With U
9. Can't B Good
10. 4 Words (Interlude)
11. Never Letchu Go
12. Truth Or Dare (Interlude)
13. Greatest X
14. Good Morning Janet (Interlude)
15. So Much Betta
16. Play Selection (Interlude)
17. The 1 feat. Missy Elliott
18. What's Ur Name
19. The Meaning (Interlude)
21. Back (Interlude)
Source: http://www.mtv.co.uk/channel/mtvuk/news/28012008/399279/estelle_makes_american_boy_video...Estelle’s boss the musical maestro john legend and her mate the indisputable Kanye West both turned up to play lead roles in her new video American Boy.
Other cameos were by Taz from hip-hop funk group Sa-Ra, super producer Ryan Leslie (Cassie) and Hi Tek as well as other American movers and shakers.
The video is a sexy, simple, slick futuristic vision of Estelle against a backdrop of different American boys.
As if having Kanye West at the shoot wasn’t enough, Estelle and Kanye got to film love scenes together too!
Nah it wasn't for her debut album... watch this: http://youtube.com/watch?v=zsRZP4pUGRMk.m said:Bdw, heres a lil trivia for you... did u know "Is It You" was originally for her debut album... but they tucked it away for later and when they were asked for a song for Step Up 2, this was perfect for the scenario...