[MP3] Zander Bleck "Nights In White Satin" (Hype Jones Remix)
It sure takes a dose of musical courage to take on one of the biggest rock ballads of all time. But Zander Bleck doesn't shy away from a challenge and was eager to cover The Moody Blues' evergreen "Nights In White Satin" on a rainy night after a long recording session in the studio.
People were instantly captivated when they saw the footage of the charismatic New York pop rocker perform this timeless tune that neatly showed off his larger than life vocals, which perfectly set the tone for his own music.
In a pop world dominated by hip hop and dance, Zander Bleck takes his inspiration from classic rock to serve up a fresh new sound. The singer's forthcoming debut single "Temptation" clearly demonstrates his rock edge while also incorporating a pop-savvy, ready-radio melody and his emotive delivery that will have a mass appeal.
Bleck's knack for melody should come as no surprise. His tightly produced brand of pop is courtesy of none other than GRAMMY winning songwriter and producer Red One. As most of you pop fans know, Red One has been a driving force behind the careers of people like Lady Gaga and Kat DeLuna, and more recently he has been penning hits for Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Usher.
You can preview Bleck's debut tune "Temptation" on his web site now. In the meantime, check out an exclusive remix of Hype Jones' remix of Zander's "Nights In White Satin" to keep your iPod buzzing until more Bleck music will be released. Follow Zander Black on Twitter and Like him on Facebook.
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.
Ready to Pop: Zander Bleck "Bohemian Rhapsody"
Zander Bleck. Remember that name. He's a massive new star on the horizon that you should know about now because it will only be a matter of time before he will be storming up the charts in a big, global and mighty way.
The charismatic New York pop rocker is turning heads with his enigmatic personality and chart-savvy sound that is dominated by his larger than life rock vocals. I had a lunch with Zander and his team during GRAMMY weekend and I was immediately struck by his passion for great music and poise to deliver something fresh to scene.
Bleck has that spark and swagger that stars are made of. And most importantly, he has the music to back up his promise.
Zander's rock-edged and tightly produced brand of pop is courtesy of none other than GRAMMY nominated songwriter and producer Red One. As most of you pop heads know, Red One has been a driving force behind the careers of people like Lady Gaga and Kat DeLuna, and more recently he has been penning hits for Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Usher.
Red One is building out his pop empire and has been developing three artists: Mohombi, Porcelaine Black and Zander Bleck. Mohombi is coming on strong with "Bumpy Ride" in different parts of the world, and the music of Black and Bleck will be unleashed upon the mashes very soon.
Head over to Vevo to see Zander Bleck perform an impromptu version of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," a legendary tune that Bleck confidently makes his own. And I promise you, this is only the beginning. Also, check out a preview of "Temptation," one of his original tracks that was produced by Red One. Super catchy stuff. Zander is an artist to believe in. He's here to stay.