Jessie Ware Returns To Music With “Midnight”

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It’s the first track off her forthcoming album

After a three-year hiatus, Jessie Ware has finally returned to music with a brand new single. "Midnight" is the first track off her forthcoming record, due later this year. The track premiered on BBC Radio 1, and is laden with soaring falsettos that echo Maxwell's "This Woman's Work" over a piano-driven production. In an exclusive interview with FADER, the singer-songwriter discussed the album's process, working with Nicki Minaj on "The Crying Game," and her experience protesting with her daughter during the London's Women's March in January.

The new release will also feature collaborations from Ed Sheeran, with writing and production by Francis and the Lights, Cashmere Cat, Ryan Tedder, and more. And though the record is currently untitled, we get the feeling that it'll be heavily influenced by R&B and neo-soul elements, as she cites that she was "obsessed" with Solange, Childish Gambino, and Christine and the Queens' latest releases. 

"It's quite a personal record, which I didn't realize [when writing it]," she tells FADER. "I thought I was just writing songs, but it’s become this record that’s for my husband and my baby. It's been a wild couple of years, and I feel like this album represents those ups and downs, the fear, the beauty, and the celebrations.

Stream the single below, and be on the lookout for her new album due later this year. 

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It marks her third duet with Nas

Here are some words that I never expected to read or hear again: There is a new song with Amy Winehouse. But here we are in 2019, and Salaam Remi has granted me a wish. On Valentine's Day, the Grammy-nominated producer and frequent Winehouse collaborator (also responsible for hits like Miguel's "Come Through & Chill") released "Find My Love" which features rapper Nas and that powerful and haunting voice that I have come to love and cherish so dearly.

Representatives for Remi said that the Winehouse vocals were from an old jam session the two had. Remi was a producer on both of Winehouse's albums, Frank and Back to Black. "Find My Love" marks the third time Winehouse and Nas have done duets under the direction of Remi. They were previously heard together on "Like Smoke," a single from her 2011 posthumous album Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures, and "Cherry Wine" from Nas' 2012 album Life Is Good. Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, before they could complete production on her third album. My heart is still broken about it as she is by far my favorite artist.

"Find My Love" is set to appear on Remi's Do It for the Culture 2, a collection of songs curated by him. Check it out, below.



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"In the midst of chaos there's opportunity"

Following the travesty that was Fyre Festival, Ja Rule wants to take another stab at creating a music festival. Good luck getting that off the ground.

On Thursday, the rapper spoke to TMZ, where he revealed that he was planning to relaunch Icon, an app used to book entertainers, which is similar to Billy McFarland's Fyre app. He told the outlet that he wanted to create a festival similar to Fyre to support it.

"[Fyre Festival] is heartbreaking to me. It was something that I really, really wanted to be special and amazing, and it just didn't turn out that way, but in the midst of chaos there's opportunity, so I'm working on a lot of new things," he says. He then gets into the fact that he wants to form a music festival. "[Fyre] is the most iconic festival that never was... I have plans to create the iconic music festival, but you didn't hear it from me."

Ja Rule actually doesn't seem to think he is at all responsible for what came from Fyre Fest, claiming in a Twitter post that he was "hustled, scammed, bamboozled, hood winked, led astray." Even if that's his feeling, he should realize that anyone involved with Fyre shouldn't ever try their hand at music festivals again.