Justin Bieber’s sixth album released on March 19, 2021, in collaboration with Freddy Wexler (Principal and CEO of The Brain Music) as a songwriter. The album debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart, selling 154,000 equivalent album units in the United States in its first week and becoming Bieber’s eight number one album on the chart. At 27 years old, Bieber became the youngest soloist with eight number one albums in the United States. On the same day, on March 29, 2021, Justice was certified gold by the RIAA. Read Pitchfork’s review on the album below.
In the summer of 2020, Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced it has signed a global publishing administration agreement with the multi-platinum, award-winning songwriter and producer Freddy Wexler (Principal and CEO of The Brain Music). Sony is where Freddy got his start when he was only 19 years old, leading to his prolific career in songwriting and continuing his relationship with the chairman of Sony/ATV Chairman, Jon Platt.
The collaboration between American music producer Marshmello and singer Halsey reached number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. and and went on to chart within the top 20 in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Lithuania, Malaysia, and Singapore. The song appears in Halsey’s sixth extended play (EP), Collabs (2020), serving as its lead single, and also appears on the expanded version of her third studio album, Manic (2020), serving as its fourth single. Read about how the American singer learned her choreography and planned for the music video below.
Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber have released a new song, “Stuck With U,” and an accompanying music video early Friday morning. The song is a fundraiser for the First Responders Children’s Foundation, which provides grants and scholarships to the children of medical workers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters and police officers, according to the video’s description on YouTube.
Songwriter Universe: Freddy Wexler Talks About Co-Writing Hits For Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber (“Stuck with U”), Marshmello & Halsey (“Be Kind”) And His Other Projects24 Apr 2021/Filed in: Press
Songwriter Universe: Freddy Wexler Talks About Co-Writing Hits For Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber (“Stuck with U”), Marshmello & Halsey (“Be Kind”) And His Other ProjectsHello
Songwriter universe recently interviewed the principal and CEO Of The Brain, Freddy Wexler, asking him about his recent song collaborations with Justin Bieber, Ariana Grande, Halsey, and Marshmello. Dale Kawashima writes: “Freddy Wexler is a hit songwriter, artist, producer & music exec who’s been successful in the music business for over a decade. He’s co-written songs for wide range of popular artists, he’s released songs & videos using his artist name Jackson Penn, and he’s run a music publishing & entertainment company. Notwithstanding his success and credits prior to this year, Wexler’s career has reached a new level in 2020. He co-wrote the number one pop hit, “Stuck with U,” for Ariana Grande & Justin Bieber, and he co-wrote the Top 30 hit, “Be Kind,” for Marshmello & Halsey.
Check out Freddy’s Q and A with Songwriter Universe below.
MTV: Inside Jonas Brothers ‘Like it’s Christmas’: Songwriter Freddy Wexler Breaks down the Festive Bop23 Apr 2021/Filed in: Press
Principal and CEO of The Brain, Freddy Wexler, breaks down how the Jonas Brothers’ hit song ‘Like it’s Christmas’ was written and how it almost didn’t make it into the hands of the band.
Just Jared: Cara Delevingne Is Homeless in Powerful Music Video for The Spencer Lee Band’s ‘River Water’ – Watch!05 Oct 2018/Filed in: Press
Cara Delevingne stars in the music video for “River Water” by The Spencer Lee Band, which you can watch now!
The music video finds Cara waking up homeless and begging for change, based on the band’s frontman, Spencer Lee, and his experience when he was homeless in Los Angeles. He was discovered by Scooter Braun who signed him to Republic Records in 2017.
Well before Cara Delevingne made her big-screen debut, in 2012’s Anna Karenina, she was a music video star: She made her tiny-screen debut in 2010, in Bryan Ferry’s “You Can Dance.” But not since her turn in the Taylor Swift revenge fantasy “Bad Blood,” in 2015, had Delevingne lent her talents to another musician’s song (her own video for Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets aside)—until this week, when the Spencer Lee Band unveiled the visual accompaniment for “River Water,” a track off the band’s recently released self-titled debut album.
Before Spencer Lee got his big break as the frontman of his eponymous band, signing with superstar manager Scooter Braun, he was homeless. Sleeping on a blown up mattress in the back of his car, Lee wrote the lyrics to his song “River Water,” when he was living on the streets of LA. “Fuck being homeless. It sucks,” Lee says about the single, “I want people to keep fighting the good fight. This is for all of them still out in those streets at night.”
It is from this personal experience that the video for “River Water” was born. In her most moving performance to date, model and actress Cara Delevingne portrays a the life of a homeless woman coping with addiction. Digging through dumpsters, busking for a few quarters, and sleeping in the gutter, Delevingne deals with heartbreaking hardship after hardship in a way that feels very raw and vulnerable.
Billboard: Cara Delevingne Is a Homeless Drug Addict in The Spencer Lee Band’s Harrowing ‘River Water’ Video: Watch04 Oct 2018/Filed in: Press
Cara Delevingne brings awareness to homelessness in The Spencer Lee Band’s new music video for their song “River Water,” released Wednesday.
The video stars Delevingne, 26, as a homeless drug addict fighting her inner-demons on the streets and struggling to reclaim her life.
“River Water” is extremely personal for the band’s frontman Spencer Lee, who wrote the lyrics to the song when he was homeless in LA before he was discovered by manager Scooter Braun. Reflecting on his strong connection to the song and reclaiming ownership of his past, Lee ends the music video with simple text that reads, “Her story is my story.”
People: Cara Delevingne Sheds Light on Homelessness in The Spencer Lee Band’s ‘River Water’ Music Video03 Oct 2018/Filed in: Press
The Spencer Lee Band is painting a vivid picture of frontman Spencer Lee’s past days of living on the streets of Los Angeles in their new music video for their single “River Water,” where his experience is portrayed by model-actress Cara Delevingne.
“I was homeless in these L.A. streets when I wrote ‘River Water,’” he says in a press release about the single. “F— being homeless. It sucks. I want people to keep fighting the good fight. This is for all of them still out in those streets at night.”
After co-writing songs for the likes of Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Post Malone, DNCE and others, Freddy Wexler is introducing the world to another artist — Jackson Penn.
Who also happens to be Wexler himself.
Penn — whose new single “Babylon” is premiering exclusively below via its video — is the artist alter ego for Wexler, a name that just “popped out.” He has a “full body of work” ready to come out under the moniker, hopefully this year, and is happy to be returning to what he set out to do in music in the first place…
Spencer Lee has a big voice out of little Fort Scott, Kansas, and the major backing that will get it heard. We spoke on the phone last week — now 25, he was raised in a small town and literally scouted as a teen: after someone saw him perform at a local talent show, they called up the grocery store where he worked, suggested he come out to L.A. to work on music, and he quit on the spot…
Jackson Penn is the pen name for songwriter Freddy Wexler, one of pop’s true hidden talents. Freddy has co-written songs for, Selena Gomez, Lil Wayne, Wyclef Jean, Kanye West, Demi Lovato, Martin Garrix, Steve Aoki and more, a dexterous but instantly recognisable voice. Working on solo material as Jackson Penn, he refuses to be hemmed in, with his emotive material displaying a personal edge…
L.A.’s Jackson Penn, aka successful songwriter/producer Freddy Wexler, manages to capture a pretty magical love story in the video for his song “Streetlights on Mars.” It features the singer and his real life wife Olivia on a cozy L.A. date featuring some weed, burgers, and — plot twist — a stolen car. The video, which is a trailer for his upcoming project The Autobiography of Jackson Penn, was shot by Andrzej Sekula and creative directed by Francesco Corrazzini…
Eric Wortham is a piano virtuoso of the highest order, skilled in both classical and jazz playing. Yet he feels no musical limitations performing pure pop on tour with Adele.
Kanye West has partnered with fashion house Balmain for the video for “Wolves,” a track off the rapper’s forever project, The Life of Pablo. Unlike West’s controversial “Famous” video, which starred waxy models of Taylor Swift, Donald Trump and others…
On her most political album to date, Alicia Keys sings from the perspective of a black everywoman with undiminished optimism. Her subjects on Here are many: the angry, struggling woman at the center of the heartbreaking “Illusion of Bliss,”…
Only a week after releasing “3 Wayz,” Ty Dolla $ign is letting out yet another song from his upcoming album Campaign. On Thursday night, he unleashed the ballad “Stealing.” This is the fifth song Ty has put out from Campaign.
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