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Eminem’s ‘Love the Way You Lie’ Sells More Than 9.3 Million Singles!

Eminem’s single ‘Love the Way You Lie,’ which features Rihanna, has become the best selling single of his career after it was certified five times platinum by the RIAA. The single has sold over 5 million copies in the US and moved more than 9.3 million internationally.
The Alex Da Kid produced track was released as the second single on Eminem’s seventh studio album, ‘Recovery,’ and immediately drew the attention of music critics who referred to it as one of the best songs of 2010 and Eminem’s career. The song’s critical accolades, which included 30 award nominations and six wins, were coupled with incredible market success as the track debuted at number one on 25 international charts.

The song deals with themes of domestic violence that mas led many to suggest that Eminem wrote the track from his experience with his ex-wife Kimberly Scott. While Eminem wrote his own verses, the chorus, which Rihanna sings, was written by Skylar Grey who also penned the lyrics of Rihanna’s ‘Love the Way You Lie (Part II).’

The best selling single of all time is Bing Crosby’s 1942 ‘White Christmas’ which has sold an astounding 50 million copies, while Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ tops R&B singles with 12 million sales. Eminem’s single currently beats out other hip hop singles such as Lil Wayne’s ‘Lollipop’ which has recorded 9.1 million sales internationally, but up-to-date international sales for Wayne’s single are unavailable.

Eminem is currently on tour in Australia, where ‘Love the Way You Lie’ managed to obtain five times platinum within months of its release, with Lil Wayne where the two will play one more show in Sydney on December 4th alongside the Australian-based hip hop group Hilltop Hoods. After they close out Australia, the two will head to South Africa and Fiji.

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Alex Da Kid’s Work Nominated for 5 Grammys!


Album of the Year – Rihanna “Loud”
Best Pop Vocal Album – Rihanna “Loud”
Best Rap/Sung Collaboration – Dr. Dre, Eminem & Skylar Grey “I Need a Doctor”
Best Rap Song – Dr. Dre, Eminem, & Skylar Grey “I Need a Doctor”
Best Rap Album – Lupe Fiasco “Lasers”

Adele, Alex Da Kid, Mick Jagger & Chris Martin All named On Evening Standard’s London’s Most Influential People In 2011 list

Adele, Alex Da Kid, Mick Jagger & Chris Martin All named On Evening Standard’s London’s Most Influential People In 2011 list.

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Alex Da Kid and Rihanna collaborate on “Farewell”

Rihanna has released 30-second snippets from her highly anticipated sixth album Talk That Talk, due out November 21st, where she not only explores discovering love, but also delves deeper into her sexuality with some assistance from Jay-ZDr. LukeCalvin Harris,BangladeshThe DreamStargate, and Alex Da Kid.

Rihanna’s Talk That Talk promises to entertain RiRi fans with conquering sexploitations to emotional anthems. We have high hopes that the superstar will have fans “Talk That Talk” once her album is released November 21st.

Talk That Talk tracklist:

1. You Da One
2. Where Have You Been
3. We Found Love
4. Talk That Talk ft. Jay-Z
5. Cockiness (Love It)
6. Birthday Cake
7. We All Want Love
8. Drunk On Love
9. Roc Me Out
10. Watch n’ Learn
11. Farewell

The Superstar Maker from London (London Evening Standard)

Alex Grant abandoned a professional football career to write music as Alex Da Kid. Now he is on the speed dials of the A-list, has his own LA-based record label and is the hottest hotshot on a new radio documentary that trumpets the current success of British producers in the biggest, toughest, music market in the world – America.

The UK Producers documentary hears from dance duo Chase and Status on their work with Snoop Dogg and Rihanna, and former So Solid Crew member JD, aka Dready, on his productions for 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. There’s also Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, who’s gone from working with Tottenham rapper Chipmunk to US R&B stars Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson and Chris Brown; and Al Shux, a Lily Allen collaborator who also produced the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys smash Empire State of Mind.

Alex Grant abandoned a professional football career to write music as Alex Da Kid. Now he is on the speed dials of the A-list, has his own LA-based record label and is the hottest hotshot on a new radio documentary that trumpets the current success of British producers in the biggest, toughest, music market in the world – America.

The UK Producers documentary hears from dance duo Chase and Status on their work with Snoop Dogg and Rihanna, and former So Solid Crew member JD, aka Dready, on his productions for 50 Cent and Busta Rhymes. There’s also Harmony “H-Money” Samuels, who’s gone from working with Tottenham rapper Chipmunk to US R&B stars Mary J Blige, Janet Jackson and Chris Brown; and Al Shux, a Lily Allen collaborator who also produced the Jay-Z and Alicia Keys smash Empire State of Mind.

But Alex Da Kid, at a not particularly kid-like 28, is the one at the top of the tree. And though he played for Bristol City’s youth team for three years, he’s actually from Wood Green in north London. He started travelling back and forth to network in the US while still studying audio technology at Thames Valley University, and made the move to New York in 2009 with almost nothing of note in his production CV.

“America was the obvious place to start,” he tells me, in a transatlantic call while he’s en route to one of many meetings in LA, where he has been based since last year. “I thought if you could break America you could touch the whole world.”

That was exactly what happened in April 2010. Just as an actor suddenly moves up a division when they coincidentally have two impressive films in cinemas simultaneously, Grant had two key productions for different acts out that month.

There was Massive Attack, the tough, minimal debut single from Nicki Minaj, who quickly became the biggest female rapper in years. At the same time rapper B.o.B released Grant’s song Airplanes, which would become a UK number one later in the summer.

“One song was more urban and one was more pop leaning. It showed how much I can do,” says the producer. “My phone started ringing a lot more.”

Airplanes in particular was something new and exciting, a shift away from the robotic Auto-Tuned sound of so much urban pop with its grandiose piano, weighty rock drums and a surprisingly poetic chorus sung by Hayley Williams of rock band Paramore: “Can we pretend that airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars?/I could really use a wish right now.”

Eminem liked it so much that he rapped on a new version, Airplanes Part II, and then raced to include another Grant composition on his Recovery album at the last minute. Love the Way You Lie, a similarly dramatic, piano-led hip-hop song, featured a chorus recorded by Rihanna in a single take while on tour in Dublin. It went on to be a US number one and the biggest-selling single of 2010 over here. It’s been largely responsible for the rapper’s rejuvenation and Rihanna’s ongoing superstardom.

It must be hard not to get big-headed about all this, especially when it happened so soon after his arrival on American shores. How did he first get people to take him seriously as an unproven musician? “I tried to work harder than anyone else, running around trying to get anyone to notice me. I think people responded to that.”

Even if he didn’t expend any energy on cracking the UK first, it won’t have harmed his prospects Stateside that he hasn’t yet abandoned his London accent. As the long list of names in the UK Producers documentary shows, American stars are more open than ever to a British innovator to bring fresh ideas to their increasingly generic pop music. The fact that our own urban stars, such as Tinie Tempah and Dizzee Rascal, are now making an impact in America only adds to the growing idea that Britain can do cool. However, Grant has definitely benefited from American-style positivity and big thinking.

He’s obviously intensely driven, fast-talking, with none of the self-deprecating, if-anyone-else-likes-it-it’s-a-bonus meekness of so many British musicians. He uses the word “iconic” so many times during our conversation that I assume it must be written in red on a Post-it note above his mixing desk for inspiration. “I want to work with current icons, and new talent that I can make into iconic figures. I’m not interested in whoever happens to be hot right now,” he says.

He is clear about his commercial appeal. “American radio is in a time of transition. People are trying to find that new sound that can take over for the next five years. I’m all about merging different sounds, making songs that can be in the worlds of rock and hip hop and sound authentic in both.”

That ability to straddle genres has also led to work with U2. He wrote the song Rise Above from U2′s musical, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, and is hopeful that the experience will lead to work on the next U2 album.

“They’re experimenting with their sound right now,” he says. “I know they want to expand on what they had and keep it moving. They don’t usually use outside writers but I want to convince them that they should.” So should Bono squeeze a few guest rappers on to their songs? “He’s friends with every single rapper ever, so why not?”

And the coups keep coming. Perhaps Grant’s greatest achievement is persuading Dr Dre, the epicentre of all modern hip hop, to release a single from his album Detox, a mythical beast that has now been awaited for more than a decade.

I Need a Doctor, featuring Eminem again as well as a big chorus from the unknown Skylar Grey, was a top 10 hit in February and there’s still no sign of the album. “He’d been making that album for 10 years so for him to finally say, ‘This is it, this is the single’, it was kind of emotional.”

Now Grant is already at a new level, trusted to groom new artists with his own record label, KIDinaKORNER, backed by a major label, Interscope.

He thinks his first signing, gothic Wisconsin singer Skylar Grey, could go all the way when her debut album comes out later in the year. A striking-looking woman with a powerful voice who had minor success in the mid-2000s under her real name, Holly Brook, Grey is determined to get it right the second time around.

“I was so timid and naive and scared that I let other people kind of run the show. Now, coming back into this, I’m grateful for that period because I learned so much about how to do this, how to run this business,” she has said.

Grant adds: “She’s already written some hits for other people with me, and on her own stuff she’s not staying safe, she’s pushing boundaries. She has a real clear vision of where she wants to go as an artist.”

Grant must fit in well in Los Angeles, talking the talk, swelling with self-belief and a mighty work ethic. “This is my entire life. I don’t really have much of a social life,” he says. But his feet are still on the ground, just about. He still plays football, too – only now it’s every Monday at Robbie Williams’s place. A simple pleasure for an expat in stratospheric demand.

The UK Producers is broadcast on BBC Radio 1Xtra on Sunday at 9pm. Skylar Grey’s single Invisible is out on Interscope on Sept 16.

Drake, Alex Da Kid, Kevin McCall, Busta Rhymes, and more being honored at the @BMI Urban Awards

Alex Da Kid wins an award for “Love the Way You Lie”

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Reeve Carney – Rise Above 1 ft. Bono, The Edge

Music video by Reeve Carney performing Rise Above 1, produced by Alex Da Kid, Bono & The Edge.

Pensado’s Place: #27 – Alex Da Kid Part 2

In the 27th episode of Pensado’s Place, songwriter and producer Alex Da Kid joins dave for the second half of a special two part interview. Alex has produced for artists and groups such as Nicki Minaj, T.I. Eminem, Rihanna, B.o.B., Dr. Dre and many others. He is behind such hits as B.o.B. and Hayley William’s hit single “Airplanes”, Rihanna and Eminem’s “Love The Way You Lie”, and Dr. Dre and Eminem’s “I Need a Doctor”. Alex also joins Dave in the Batter’s Box and talks about the gear he uses in making his hits.