The-Dream to release Love Hate
After proving himself throughout 2007-2008 as a masterful hit songwriter for an A-list of stars including Rihanna (“Umbrella”), Mariah Carey (“Touch My Body”), J. Holiday (“The Bed,” “Suffocate”), and Beyoncé (“Single Ladies”) – to name a few! –The-Dream announces the completion of his second album, LOVE vs. MONEY, arriving in the physical and digital marketplace on March 10th.
“Rockin’ That Thang,” the first single from LOVE vs. MONEY, rises to #4-bullet this week on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Total Mediabase Urban and Rhythmic audience for “Rockin’ That Thang” jumps to over 50 million this week, with over 6,700 spins. A special Rap Remix was released two weeks ago, featuring the ‘Def Jam All-Stars’ lineup of Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross and Ludacris. The video for “Rockin’ That Thang” was recently shot with Norwegian director Ray Kay, whose credits include The-Dream’s debut smash of last year, “Shawty Is A 10” featuring Fabolous.
“My Love” featuring Mariah Carey, the second single from LOVE vs. MONEY, is set to impact at Rhythm and Urban radio formats on March 2nd. Although officially unreleased as yet, the track is already taking off at Top 40. The video for “My Love” was shot in Los Angeles two weeks ago, directed by Nick Cannon.
Title: Love Hate
Release date: 03/10/09
Label: Def Jam
Single: Rockin That Thang
Buy at: Amazon
LOVE vs. MONEY is follows-up The-Dream’s RIAA gold Radio Killa/Def Jam debut album Love Hate (released December 2007). The album’s back-to-back hits dominated 2008, including “Shawty Is A 10” featuring Fabolous (Top 10 R&B); “Falsetto” (#3 R&B); and “I Luv Your Girl” (#1 Rhythmic, #3 R&B). The-Dream finished out the year by winning Best New Artist honors at the annual BET Awards – in addition to his Grammy Award nomination for Song Of The Year for “Umbrella” (as songwriter), and American Music Award nomination for Breakthrough Artist of the Year.
Executive produced by Island Def Jam chairman Antonio “L.A.” Reid and co-produced by The-Dream and Tricky Stewart with Carlos "LOS" McKinney, LOVE vs. MONEY is a futuristic mix of radio bangin’ hooks that define this era as much as The-Dream’s hero Sam Cooke defined the ’60s and Prince defined the ’80s. “The LOVE vs. MONEY songs are rife with layered vocals, sensual yet comical lyrics and wall-shaking bass,” wrote Billboard last month. “‘Sweat It Out’ concerns a night of lovemaking, while ‘Let Me See the Booty’ boasts strip club-ready lyrics while Lil’ Jon provides his trademark yelling in the background.” In addition to Lil’ Jon, the only other guests on the album are Kanye West (“Walkin' On The Moon”) and Mariah Carey (“My Love”).
The final track listing for LOVE vs. MONEY is as follows: 1. Rockin' That Thang * 2. Walkin' On The Moon" featuring Kanye West * 3. My Love featuring Mariah Carey * 4. Put It Down * 5. Sweat It Out * 6. Take U Home 2 My Mama * 7. Love Vs. Money * 8. Love Vs. Money: Part 2 * 9. Fancy * 10. Right Side Of My Brain * 11. Mr. Yeah * 12. Kelly's 12 Play * 13. Let Me See The Booty featuring Lil Jon * 14. Touch & Feel * 15. Nothing But Love.
The-Dream exploded in 2007 as the go-to songwriter behind two of the year’s biggest hits, Rihanna’s worldwide #1 smash “Umbrella” and J. Holiday’s breakout debut “Bed,” as well as J’s follow-up “Suffocate.” The-Dream’s streak continued in 2008 with Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body,” and several other high-profile tracks: “You” from Chris Brown’s album Exclusive; “Skies of L.A.,” the climactic closing track of Celine Dion’s Taking Chances; “Just Fine,” the first single from Mary J. Blige’s Growing Pains; and “Moving Mountains” from Usher’s Where I Stand.
While The-Dream (Terius Youngdell Nash) seemed like the overnight success story of 2007, he’s been at it for the better part of a decade. After meeting and partnering with fellow-Atlantian Tricky Stewart, the two soon achieved notoriety as writer/producers on B2K’s Pandemonium! album, and “Me Against The Music,” the timely 2003 duet by Britney Spears and Madonna. Four years later, The-Dream and Tricky were “suddenly one of the most in-demand songwriting teams in urban music,” according to USA Today.
In March 2008, The-Dream commenced the first major cross-country North American tour of his career, when he joined Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z for their “Heart Of The City” tour. The 22-city U.S. and Canadian tour climaxed in May with three homecoming concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
LOVE vs. MONEY begins the next chapter of The-Dream’s odyssey, as he stands ready to surpass the accomplishments of his 2007 debut. “It took me awhile to know that the new album is better than the first one,” he says. “But it is. So now we know what you're capable of, we know how many songs you've written for everybody, and you know we're gonna do it again!”
Hitmaker Extraordinaire The-Dream returns with the first single from his sophomore album "Love vs. Money", which hits stores on March 10. The song is already a "radio killa" and the video won't disappoint. The-Dream has created his own niche in the wide genre of R&B music, which he refers to as "Electronic R&B".
With over a decade of hit-making experience and a certified smash in Rihanna's 1 single, "Umbrella; Terius "The-Dream" Nash is stepping from behind the scenes with a wake-up call.
"Music is uninspiring right now" says the confident Atlanta native. "The bar needs to be raised; a creative standard should be set in music. I'm hoping that the real quality in these songs shines through, and leaves a sounding impact on the listeners."
His debut CD, Love vs Hate, is a sonic gauntlet thrown down against complacent, cookie cutter music. Propelled by the first single "Shawty is a Ten," the mastermind behind the explosive J. Holiday single "Bed" will do nothing short of redefine R&B for 2007 and beyond.
Born in North Carolina, Terius Nash was raised in the Bankhead section of Atlanta, Georgia. Before he found his calling in music, the industrious young man made ends meet doing everything from working at Checkers to becoming a collections agent.
After graduating from H.S., Dream joined a singing group, Guess Who, signed by local rapper Raheem. They sang the hook to "Most Beautiful Girl," which became moderately successful. "It did pretty good, got a lot of spins," says Nash.
A few years later, The-Dream began writings songs for up-and-coming rappers and hooks for his peers. He got his first publishing deal in 2003, when he signed to Peer Music after writing B2K's single, "Everything." The song, off B2K's platinum sophomore album, Pandemonium, truly put The-Dream on the map.
"My grand daddy told me I would never make any money in this business. Music just wasn't a reality for him. I never knew until I was 21 or 22 that I could actually be successful in the music business."
With one success under his belt, Terius began to build momentum and soon found himself associating with the upper echelons of pop stardom.
"A year after B2K I did the Britney Spears and Madonna record," he begins. "I recorded vocals and wrote to that record after Tricky, the guy I did 'Umbrella' with, decided he didn't want the track anymore. I was the new guy in the building so I stayed overnight running in and out the booth recording myself in Pro Tools. Tricky and a writer before me, Penelope, went up to N.Y. [to meet] Britney. They played a lot of songs and Britney was like, I dunno. Then they got to "Me Against the Music" and she was like, "Oh, I'm digging that. I love that hook!"
Unfortunately, that song didn't push The-Dream to the level he wanted to reach. He spent two years working on other projects including Nivea's second album, which he executive produced. "Trick and I just started making records. By the time we got to Umbrella we were like 'ok, we got it.'" Dream insisted that L.A Reid hear the song and the rest is history.
Now The-Dream is finally in the building, combining all of his hit-making talents for his debut, Love Me All Summer, Hate Me All Winter. Throughout his career, Dream has seen people change like the weather, but in the coming months he is forecasting a 100% chance of reign.
"It's more of what I'm giving other people. It's like the 80s; it's musical. I'm doing the 'Umbrella' routine to this whole album. All of my records are singles. The album is really visual as well. It appeals to all your senses, similar to 'Thriller'."
Songs like the soulful "She Needs My Love" and "Falsetto" solidify Terius' status as a triple threat, singer, writer and producer.
"Artists are gonna have to do some homework to find out who they are."
"I really enjoyed working with Dream, creatively he raises the bar and is able to put a really unique twist on subjects that everyone can relate to, but in a way you never thought about. He knows what it takes to make great records and definitely did his thing on some of my favorite tracks on Good Girl Gone Bad. I can't wait for his album!"
"The dream is a young force in the music world, his writing ability and style is well liked and will be accepted more and more by the world"
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