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PROFILE: Nikki Williams Is “Glowing” And Growing

Darling Nikki.

Darling Nikki.

Meet Nikki Williams, a budding singer and songwriter who is rising among the ranks of pop music’s biggest stars. You may not know her name now, but in several months, she may just be blowing up on the charts with her debut single, “Glowing”. (Listen to the full song on YouTube.)

24-year-old Williams was born in the large city of Port Elizabeth on the coast of South Africa and made the leap to the United States at the age of sixteen, settling for a while in Nashville before moving to Los Angeles. Now, you’re probably thinking, when was the last time a new South African act broke here in the States? We’ve had soloists like Hugh Masekela of “Grazing In The Grass” fame and Dave Matthews, whose band continues to put out new material twenty years into their career, but dance and pop acts from the country crossing over to our market are virtually nonexistent. Williams is definitely hoping to change that.

She’s picked up a few years experience as a songwriter, most recently co-writing Demi Lovato’s new hit, “Heart Attack”. The song’s already gone to #1 on iTunes. She’s currently signed to Island Def Jam Music Group in the U.S., who are handling the promotion of her debut album. No title has been released. Several months ago, a video was released for the promotional single “Kill, F***, Marry”, which has accumulated nearly 800,000 views on YouTube. The atmospheric pop song may be an indication of where her full-length release is headed, with a lush vocal and a slightly subdued production. It’s not brash and in-your-face; it just seeps in and grabs a hold of you.

We’re at the point where the label is readying her first radio release, “Glowing”, which goes to the CHR format on March 19, though the song’s been readily available on the internet since November through her official YouTube account. It’s more of a dance song than “Marry”, almost similar to an Avicii composition, but for good reason. It all has to do with who’s behind the song. The single was co-written by Arnthor Birgisson, Daniel James, Leah Pringle, Bebe Rexha and Sandy Vee. Birgisson is an Iceland songwriter/producer who has been in the industry for at least fifteen years, creating hits for 98 Degrees, Jennifer Lopez and Jessica Simpson. James and Pringle are a married couple, the latter herself being a former top ten artist on the ARIA Singles Chart in Australia. Both have done work with acts like Miley Cyrus and The Wanted, among others. Rexha is a little more unknown, but she worked with some members of Fall Out Boy when they went on hiatus on a side project called Black Cards. She sang lead for them until early 2012. You’re probably most familiar with Vee’s work, as the French producer has been behind big singles for David Guetta, Katy Perry, Pitbull and Rihanna.

With all that history, you know it’s going to be a catchy song, regardless of whether you’ve heard it or not. Lyrically, it’s your standard boy comes into a girl’s life, she falls head over heels in love kind of story line. He saves her life, then she states that, “A million hearts, but you’re the only one / Who lights it up, like I’m glowing in the dark.” It’s cute, but it’s also familiar. It’s largely a repetition of one solid verse and the strong chorus that I’ve pointed out. It’s leaves a little to be desired, compared to her first overall single release. However, she has a great voice and a striking image that will carry her far. A little bit of depth could’ve helped, but it’s not the most essential thing about getting her out there. Plus, if she becomes a big star, I’m sure she’ll get around to releasing more material that showcases the variety that she’s very much capable of. For now, “Glowing” is a good introduction for her in the States, and while it may get some comparisons to current female pop singers of the day like Carly Rae Jepsen or Jessie J, Williams can hold her own.

The success of the song thus far has been reduced to Canada, where it continues to gain airplay on their Hot AC format. With a Stateside takeover just a few months away, a boost in airplay and sales will be coming in no time. Watch out for Williams coming to a radio station near you.

Buy “Glowing” on iTunes.

CONTEST: Williams’s label, Island Def Jam, is giving producers and DJs access to the stems of her song “Kill F*ck Marry” for their newest contest, which enables you to remix her song for a chance to appear on her official home page and social media sites. However, the deadline is March 25, so you better act quickly. Here are the official rules:

1. All the stems you need are at this link.
2. Create your remix of the song using these stems and the original vocals from the song (no cover versions.)
3. Upload your creation and title it as “KFM Remix – (insert your name here)” as response to this video and don’t forget to make it public. In the description of your video, include your preferred name, an email address, Facebook URL (music page or personal) and Twitter handle.

The winner will be picked based on originality, creativity, and commercial satisfaction. Again, your submission must be in by March 25. Good luck!

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Demi Lovato – “Heart Attack” (+ Lyrics)

On the "Attack".

On the “Attack”.

What a night that was. Halfway through the Oscars, someone decides to leak Demi Lovato‘s new single on the world-wide web. How fun!

The first single from Lovato’s upcoming album, due out this spring, is called “Heart Attack”. It was originally supposed to premiere on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show this Friday, but due to the leak of the song last night, its web premiere on that site was moved up to midnight (though it suffered due to a traffic overload, I’m betting you were stuck in it) and it went to iTunes very early this morning. (There’s a link for it below in big letters, you can’t miss it.) It’s currently top 30 on the digital retailer as I’m writing this post. This shouldn’t interfere too much with her label’s strategy for this new release, but I imagine it was a bit of a surprise from them that it got out this early. Lovato began revealing lyrics on her Facebook page several days ago and she couldn’t even get through the chorus before someone taped a recording off a computer and just put it out for the world to hear. Oh well. At least the song’s good. Also, let’s clear it up right now, this is not a hot Olivia Newton-John remake. Could you even imagine if that happened?

With an electro-pop beat and lyrics with a bit more of an edge, there’s a noticeable difference between it and the singles released from her last album, Unbroken. It sort of reminds me of Jordin Sparks‘s “Battlefield” in parts of the lyrics, but it looks like Ryan Tedder didn’t take part in this. Official credits belong to Lovato, Mitch Allan, Jason Evigan, Sean Douglas, and Nikki Williams. Evigan recently worked with Cher Lloyd on a track for her album, Sticks & Stones. Williams is a singer herself and her debut single in the States, “Glowing”, goes to radio next month. With some emotional-sounding strings and a guitar line lucked straight out of a StarGate single, this is definitely the hit that Lovato needs to keep flying up the charts in no time. The lyrics are accessible enough for her younger audience, especially the “Ken doll”/”basketball” rhyme, while her older audience will enjoy Lovato’s evolution into a little more polished material.

BUY “HEART ATTACK” ON ITUNES.

“HEART ATTACK”
(Lovato/Allan/Evigan/Douglas/Williams)

[HALF-CHORUS]
Puttin’ my defenses up
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
If I ever did that
I think I’d have a heart attack

[VERSE 1]
Never put my love out on the line
Never said yes to the right guy
Never had trouble getting what I want
But when it comes to you, I’m never good enough
When I don’t care
I can play ’em like a Ken doll
Won’t wash my hair
Then make ’em bounce like a basketball

[PRE-CHORUS 1]
But you make me wanna act like a girl
Paint my nails and wear high heels
Yeah, it’s you, make me so nervous
Then I just can’t hold your hand

[CHORUS]
You make me glow, but I cover up
Won’t let it show, so I’m
Puttin’ my defenses up
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
‘Cause if I did that
I think I’d have a heart attack (x3)

[VERSE 2]
Never break a sweat for the other guys
When you come around, I get paralyzed
And everytime I try to be myself
It comes out wrong like a cry for help
It’s just not fair
Brings more troubles than it all is worth
I gasp for air
It feels so good, but you know it hurts

[PRE-CHORUS 2]
But you make me wanna act like a girl
Paint my nails and wear perfume
For you, make me so nervous
Then I just can’t hold your hand

[CHORUS]
You make me glow, but I cover up
Won’t let it show, so I’m
Puttin’ my defenses up
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
If I ever did that
I think I’d have a heart attack (x3)

[MIDDLE 8]
The feelings I lost in my lungs
They’re burning, I’d rather be numb
And there’s no one else to blame
So instead I’ll take off in a run
I’m playing too close to the sun
And I burst into flames

[CHORUS]
You make me glow, but I cover up
Won’t let it show, so I’m
Puttin’ my defenses up
‘Cause I don’t wanna fall in love
If I ever did that
I think I’d have a heart attack (x5)

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