Hit Producer RedOne Featured on This Week's Billboard Cover + Q&A
Moroccan/Swedish hit producer and pop maestro extraordinare RedOne is featured on the cover of this week's issue of Billboard, and talks to the music magazine about some of his current projects (Jennifer Lopez, U2) and his break-through work with Lady Gaga. RedOne has been a driving force behind Lady Gaga's global success and any coverage he gets is more than deserved.
The article does not explore his work with Mohombi, Porcelain Black and Zander Bleck, three very exciting new artists that RedOne is helping to develop, write and produce for. Stay tuned to this blog for updates about all of these hot new talents because, they're quite frankly some of the most promising new pop acts to hit the scene this year. And you know that if RedOne is involved, it's going to be good.
A few outtakes from RedOne's Billboard interview
RedOne on his chart-topping sound: "The songwriting is the first thing, before any sound. Musically, I feel like I have no boundaries. I can do rock, disco, dance, whatever. I'm always thinking about a strong melody that travels the world."
RedOne on working with U2: "I'm a guitar player, so it was just me and Bono and Edge playing guitar, exchanging melodies. We were just like musicians jamming. I loved it."
RedOne on writing "Poker Face" in an hour: "Yeah. We hit it on the right spot. It's like, 'Hey, this works. 'But if [Lady Gaga and I] come up with different suggestions, we respect each other, both the positive or the negative."
Read the entire Q&A with RedOne in BillBoard here.
Lady Gaga and Marc Jacobs Grace V Magazine Cover
Shot by Mario Testino, Lady Gaga and Marc Jacobs grace the cover of the new issue of V Magazine, which is the "New York Issue." Also featured are Jake Shears, Mark Ronson and Debbie Harry. Lady Gaga poses as the Statue of Liberty alongside designer Marc Jacobs for this cover, in which artist Dan Colen interpreted the iconic “V” using bubble gum as his medium.
Editor Stephen Gan explains, "Just as the Statue of Liberty was France's gift to America, Gaga is, to us, New York's greatest gift to pop culture and fashion. She embodies everything V is about, and is also a beacon of the city's creativity and hope. Exactly one year after her first V cover (the first fashion magazine cover she was on), we decided to do The New York issue, and she was the first person who came to mind to represent our great city. In the year that's passed, she has become a bonafide genius and we can safely declare her our muse. Above all, a New York issue should celebrate people who've done great things. We at V are grateful Gaga came along to put the New back in New York!"
Listen to Lady Gaga "Monster" (Robots With Rayguns Remix)
After his blazing remix for "Alejandro," Baltimore synth pop artist Robots With Rayguns takes on Lady Gaga's new single "Monster." He whipped up a fluffy mash of sugar-sweet, synthastic balladry that puts Gaga's distinct vocals front and center. Also, make sure to listen to Robots With Rayguns' latest original production, titled "Sugarbaby," which captures the same '80s musical sentiments as this remix.
Listen to Lady Gaga "Alejandro" (Robots With Rayguns Remix)
Baltimore synth pop artist, remixer and producer Robots with Rayguns (aka Lucas Smith) is at it again. After revamping songs by Lady Gaga, Chromeo, Lily Allen, Jason DeRulo and Nightwaves, he decided to take another stab at a Lady Gaga track. Listen to his revamp of her new Madonna/Ace of Bass mash "Alejandro," which he skillfully turns into a blazing, sugar-coated pop gem that is dominated by a shimmering new synth arrangement that neatly incorporates the original vocal cut. Make sure to check out his website for more remixes.
Listen to Lady Gaga "Alejandro" (Electrolightz Remix)
After giving "Telephone" a pumping remix treatment, my pals of Electrolightz now take on Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" and turn it into a hard-pounding dancefloor filler. Electrolightz' Name Brand makes a brief cameo on the revamp, laying down some rhymes to spice of Lady Gaga sweet and sultry original. You can always count on Electrolightz to stir up the party and this remix is no exception. Download the remix here (MP3).