Since signing a publishing deal with Universal Music Group in 2009, London native Alex Da Kid (born Alexander Grant) has collaborated with artists such as B.o.B, Skylar Grey, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Paramore’s Hayley Williams, among others. He produced Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie,” featuring Rihanna, which garnered four GRAMMY nominations at the 53rd GRAMMY Awards in 2010, including Song and Record Of The Year. In 2011 Alex Da Kid garnered an Album Of The Year nomination for co-producing Rihanna’s Loud. That same year he earned a nomination for Best Rap Song with Dr. Dre, Eminem and Grey for “I Need A Doctor.”
In 2011 Alex Da Kid finalized a deal with record executive Jimmy Iovine, bringing his label imprint, KIDinaKORNER, under the Interscope Records umbrella. Grey was the first act signed to KIDinaKORNER, which now includes additional artists such as Jamie N Commons and Imagine Dragons on its roster. Alex Da Kid executive produced Imagine Dragon’s 2012 debut album, Night Visions, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200. He also produced Jamie N Commons’ Rumble And Sway EP, which was released in March and peaked at No. 21 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.
According to a Rolling Stone report, U2 were spotted last week at Electric Lady Studios in New York where they are wrapping the mixing of their forthcoming new studio album with producer/engineer Danger Mouse. Due in the fall, the album will be the first U2 studio set since 2009’s GRAMMY-nominated No Line On The Horizon. As for what the album sounds like? “It sounded amazing,” said past U2 producer Daniel Lanois in a recent interview. “Very, very big and powerful-sounding. Some of it was adventurous. There were shades of [1991’s] Achtung Baby."
"I was in Asia touring [when I found out about my nomination] and my manager called me so flabbergasted," said Diplo. "It took me a while to accept it, and then all the Twitter [congratulations] starting rolling in … and it started sinking in how huge of a deal it is. … I think [Producer Of The Year, Non-Classical] is one of the most important awards because we’re the guys who are back there putting our heart and soul in the music."
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Music Lessons From Butch Walker
Producer and singer/songwriter Butch Walker was among the participants at the recent GRAMMY GPS: A Road Map For Today’s Music Pro hosted by The Recording Academy Atlanta Chapter. During the event, Walker participated in an exclusive interview with GRAMMY.com, discussing the influence of the stage of Georgia on his music, his recording process and his book Drinking With Strangers: Music Lessons From A Teenage Bullet Belt, among other topics.
The Recording Academy Pacific Northwest Chapter played host for GRAMMYs On The Road At The Sasquatch! Music Festival held in George, Wash. The Chapter conducted exclusive backstage interviews with artists performing at the festival, including electronica DJ/producer Felix Cartal and hip-pop producer/MC Katie Kate.