Ralphie Report: More music from Gaga and inspiration for Sia
The rumor is that new music from Lady Gaga is coming later this year, and producer RedOne did nothing to quell that speculation.
“Yes, let’s hope,” the Grammy Award winning producer responded when I brought up said rumor recently. “Yeah, let’s see what happens. We did eight songs so far and we’ll see what happens, you know?”
Red, as his friends call him, has also been in the studio with Kaya Stewart and Enrique Iglesias. The latter artist is featured on the producer’s new single, “Don’t You Need Somebody.”
“I sent it to Enrique with two other songs,” he explained of how the track came to feature the singer. “He got the three songs but for some reason, he did not hear (‘Don’t You Need Somebody’).”
It wasn’t until the two linked up for a session in Miami that Iglesias heard the song. And that’s literally all it took for the artist to want to contribute to it. Iglesias immediately asked if he could jump on the song, and of course, Red obliged.
Shaggy, who is also featured on the track, became involved in a similar fashion. During a music meeting Red simply played him the song.
“He was like, ‘Red put the mic on right now!’” recalled the producer of how Shaggy reacted after he heard the beat. “’Put the mic on!’”
Serayah and R. City, who of course scored a big hit last year with “Locked Away,” also added their vocals to the final product. RedOne just released the track’s music video on Thursday.
Lythgoe enjoying new season of ‘So You Think You Can Dance’
The latest installment of the Fox competition “So You Think You Can Dance” has taken co-creator and judge Nigel Lythgoe a bit by surprise.
“I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy it as much as usual,” the former “American Idol” producer told me over the phone, calling in from Los Angeles. “We were asked by Fox to do a sort of junior version of it and I thought, ‘Oh, well I’m not sure how good these kids are gonna be.’
“I am absolutely delighted with the talent that we’ve seen. It is a new crop of dancers; they’re sort of 8 to 13 and they are just incredible.”
The show is now in its 13th season. Lythgoe, along with judges Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo all return. With the spin on the age of the dancers, a fourth judge in 13-year-old Maddie Ziegler is also on the panel.
“She is a very talented girl and obviously a muse for Sia,” Lythgoe said of Ziegler, who hails from Pittsburgh. “We thought if we’re going to have a panel of judges for these kids we should have, like, the kid sister (Ziegler), the older brother in Jason, the aunty in Paula and the granddaddy in me!”
“SYTYCD” airs Monday nights at 8 p.m. on Fox.
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