Jessica and Jay rap it up in Sydney
by on November 28, 2010 in Uncategorized

977407-jessica-mauboy-and-jay-sean-R&B star Jessica Mauboy spent the night with British rapper Jay Sean on Friday. Sadly, it’s not as juicy as it may sound. The pair met at Sydney’s Elizabeth Bay House to shoot a video clip to accompany their duet, What Happened To Us, from Mauboy’s latest album, Get ‘Em Girls.

“The song is sick!” Sean told Insider from the shoot. “Jessica’s voice is amazing and we’re shooting in this ridiculously beautiful mansion overlooking the harbour.”

Mauboy is the latest Aussie artist to team up with a high-profile overseas act in an effort to broaden international appeal.

Her last music video clip, for her hit single Get ‘Em Girls, was shot in Los Angeles with rap superstar Snoop Dogg.

Guy Sebastian duetted with Jordin Sparks on Art Of Love last year and Kylie Minogue’s dance track, Higher, with UK urban artist Taio Cruz is expected to hit the US dance charts this week.

Jay Sean, now a household name in the UK and US, sold more than six million copies of his hit, Down.

At Mauboy’s label, fingers will be crossed that her fresh talent combined with Sean’s recognisable voice and popularity will make a chartbuster here and overseas.

Humans are home

THE boys are back in town.

For the past 18 months Human Nature have been plying their trade as the first Australian band to earn a casino residency in Las Vegas.

The lads finally return home this week to give Aussie audiences a dose of their Motown-inspired show, which also spawned the album, Vegas: Songs From Sin City, which featured the one and only, Mr Barry Manilow.

The tour kicks off on Friday in Tasmania and will play Sydney’s State Theatre on December 16-18, with tickets available from ticketmaster.com.au.

It’s their Shout

FIVE-PIECE rock outfit Syndicate will release Shout this week, the first single from their forthcoming, as yet untitled, debut album, due out in early 2011.

The fresh-faced Sydney band have pulled together an all-star cast to produce their first full album, recorded in Los Angeles.

“We recorded in Tranzformer Studios with Bryan Carlstrom (The Offspring, Alice in Chains)” frontman Greg Agar told Insider. “He was super-cool, very professional.”

The band also worked with Jeff Blue (Linkin Park, Matchbox 20, Limp Bizkit), Scott Humphrey (Metallica, M aditley Cr adie).

I.am no Akon fan

THERE’S a serious beef between The Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am and hip-hop star Akon over Michael Jackson’s music.

Hold My Hand, a single released by Jackson’s record label and featuring Akon, came under fire from will.i.am, who felt it was “disrespectful” to the late Jacko.

“Whoever put it out and is profiting off of it, I want to see how cold they are – to say what (Jackson) contributed during his life wasn’t enough,” will.i.am told a US magazine. “To me it’s disrespectful. He was very particular about how he wanted his vocals, he was that hands-on.”Speaking to Insider this week, Akon broke his silence on the comments. “What is the purpose of making music if you’re not going to release it?” he asked.

Akon admitted that in his absence, he would want hip-hop veteran Dr Dre to complete his unfinished work.

Smooth progress

A YEAR since winning the Best Male Artist ARIA Award, Melbourne-based, R&B singer-songwriter Daniel Merriweather is making steady progress on his next album. He told Insider that he has written a song with soul singer Jade MacRae and her squeeze, Melbourne hip-hop MC Phrase (aka Harley Webster), both good friends of Merriweather’s.

“For the most part I’ve been writing songs on my own and working with (producer) Jan Skubiszewski in the day, chipping away at my next record.”

The album will hopefully see the light of day in 2011.

Awards Stack up

SHORT Stack are the [V] Oz Artist 2010 winners, the music television network channel has announced.

The Central Coast trio of Shaun Diviney, Andy Clemmensen and Bradie Webb took out the viewer-voted award – which they also won in 2008 – ahead of finalists Amy Meredith, John Butler Trio and Bliss n Eso.

Katy’s next dates

IF you missed out on the first release of tickets to see Katy Perry’s California Dreams tour in May next year, it’s your lucky day.

Perry, who recently married British comedian Russell Brand, has added a show in Newcastle, on May 13, and announced a second show in Sydney, on May 14.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday at 9am from ticketek.com.au for the Sydney show and from ticketmaster.com.au for all other cities.

Jonathon Moran is on leave

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