New Music Round Up: Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Portugal. The Man (3/3/2017)
A jam packed week for the THREEE crew kicked off by the week’s marquee album, Ed Sheeran’s hotly anticipated ÷. Johnny McDaid co-wrote and co-produced nine songs on ÷ including record-breaking lead single “Shape Of You,” which smashed Spotify records en-route to becoming Sheeran’s first U.S. Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (spending six out of its seven weeks on the chart and the last five consecutive weeks in the top spot). Johnny also co-wrote James Blunt’s new single “Make Me Better.” Both of these come on the heels of his collaboration with another UK break out act—Johnny co-wrote and co-produced “The Fire” from Rag’n’Bone Man’s new album Human, which debuted at Number 1 the UK album chart last week.
Portugal. The Man returns with “Feel It Still,” co-produced and co-written by John Hill. John worked heavily on Portugal’s upcoming album, bringing his fresh perspective to the band’s singular style.
Michael Brauer mixed Jennifer Hudson’s comeback single “Remember Me,” a powerful R&B anthem that calls back to Michael’s roots as a mixer and highlights his particular gift for handling powerful voices and textured production.
Rich Costey mixed ZZ Ward’s “The Deep” featuring Chicago up-and-comer Joey Purp.
Mark Rankin co-produced and mixed Day Wave’s “Untitled,” the second single from the band’s upcoming album.
Robin Hannibal co-produced and co-wrote Niia’s latest single “Hurt You First” topped KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic playlist.
Ed Sheeran – ÷ (Atlantic/Asylum)
“Shape Of You,” “Eraser,” “Parallel Lines,” “Hearts Don’t Break Around Here,” “Supermarket Flowers,” “Galway Girl,” “Barcelona,” “What Do I Know,” “Nancy Mulligan,” Co-produced and co-written by Johnny McDaid
Little Mix – “Touch” (Recorded at Spotify Studios NYC) – Spotify Single (Simco Limited/Sony UK)
Co-written by Shungudzo