Skylar Grey MCI :: Nick Jonas Talks Skylar Grey – Interview w/ Billboard, 1-JAN-2018 |

“….I just love the sound of her voice, so sometimes I just try to sneak her in there and keep her vocal tracks for my own use [Laughs]….”
– Nick Jonas, Billboard

While talking about his upcoming fourth solo studio album in an interview with Taylor Weatherby for Billboard, Nick Jonas mentioned his recent writing sessions with Ms. Grey!

Read the excerpts below, and click the Billboard logo to read the entire interview!

Nick Jonas Talks Skylar Grey | Billboard ::
“….Was there anything you wanted to do differently with your sound with the next set of music?
I was inspired by a lot of different things for this next body of work. There’s a combination of real organic instruments and elements as far as production goes, but then spending some time in Europe earlier this year embracing tempo, songs that are uplifting in that sense, really came into play. And then just different artists — people I’ve listened to for a long time, but for whatever reason, the music resonated with me in a bigger way now. So people like Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, more modern stuff like The Weeknd, even, and just things that really helped me to grow and push me.

Were there any collaborators that you felt had a big impact on you this time around?
….Skylar Grey, too, is one I’m very excited about people to hear the music we wrote together. She’s always very generous with her time, and I just love the sound of her voice, so sometimes I just try to sneak her in there and keep her vocal tracks for my own use [Laughs]. I don’t think there will officially be a song with her, but you’ll probably hear her in the background if you listen close enough.

What can fans expect from the songs you’ve written this year?
I can tell you that this body of work as a whole has a real sense of optimism about it, in the lyrics. I collaborated with a smaller group of lyricists and people to focus on lyric and melody who really pushed me and helped me to never settle. I tried to say all of what I wanted to say. The last body of work was very much a breakup album and heavy in some ways, and this one feels lighter and I think touches on an excitement I feel about this next chapter of my life and the journey that I’m going on. I listen to music to be uplifted and to enjoy my time so I want to create that for my fans as well.

I think fans can expect a stepping off point from the last body of work, the last bit of music, and just an evolution. Something that will really showcase this moment in my life and hopefully be a party soundtrack for them, something they can also sit and listen to alone and get reflective and kind of think about their own life. When I look at the artists I admire, it’s people that write songs that really become part of the fabric of your life and help tell your own stories because they’re so relatable and so universal. So I hope to do the same thing with my music….”

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Skylar Grey MC :: ‘Glorious’ w/ Macklemore – Live on FOX’s New Year’s Eve Special, Tonight on FOX, 31-DEC-2017 | Flyer

A special pre-taped Skylar Grey x Macklemore performance of Glorious will be part of FOX‘s New Year’s Eve Special tonight on FOX, live from Times Square in New York City!

Other musicians appearing on the special will include the Backstreet Boys, Celine Dion, Flo Rida, and Neil Diamond.

Check your local listings for airtime in your region!

Skylar Grey x Macklemore | Live on FOX‘s NYE Special ::

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Skylar Grey MXCIX :: 2 Minutes with Skylar Grey – NBC News’ BETTER | Video

Emily Slawek has published a new text+video interview feature on Ms. Grey, for NBC News‘ digital vertical BETTER, which provides life tips from successful individuals in various fields!

Click the pro-shot below to both view the 2 Minutes with Skylar Grey video interview as well as read the extended text interview exclusively via NBCNews.com!

2 Minutes with Skylar Grey | NBC News‘ BETTER ::

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Skylar Grey MXCVIII :: ‘Glorious’ w/ Macklemore – 2017’s Top Ten Music Videos by ARTISTdirect | Video

ARTISTdirect has chosen their Top Ten Music Videos of 2017, with Ms. Grey‘s Macklemore collaboration Glorious placing at #5!

Read the article introduction and their “Glorious” entry below, and click the ARTISTdirect logo to view the other nine entries!

2017’s Top Ten Music Videos | ARTISTdirect ::
“….when music videos first rose to prominence hand-in-hand with MTV, some fans complained that the charts had become more about the clip than the song. When YouTube (and Vevo) replaced MTV as the go-to source for music videos, some worried that budgets and creative standards would fall.

Astronomical viewing figures (and the royalties that go along with them) have since pushed that fear aside and forced their way into the actual equation for measuring overall musical sales in 2017. That, in turn has led to a renewed interest in the music video artform and the power of the video as not just a marketing tool, but as a revenue-generating product in its own right.

The past twelve months saw a rich crop of new clips, spread across both the musical world and the actual globe. Some fueled controversy, some stoked rivalries, some seized the zeitgeist and others became, for a moment, the apparent center of the music industry.

Welcome one, welcome all to a countdown of ARTISTdirect’s Top Ten Music Videos of 2017:….

5. Macklemore Feat. Skylar Grey — “Glorious” (Total plays so far: 101M)

Seattle rapper Ben Haggerty aka Macklemore mounts a serious campaign for grandson of the year in this celebration of his Grandma Helen’s 100th birthday. After surprising Helen at her Modesto, CA home in a gold Cadillac El Dorado convertible, Ben tells his grandma that they can do anything she wants to. Anything includes egging a front door, singing some karaoke duets, scoring a pair of cool kicks (Kanye’s Boost 350’s), hiring a male stripper, hitting the tattoo parlor and, of course a little visit to a local thrift shop. Directed by long-time collaborator Jason Koenig, this is a 4-minute lovefest for a special lady and the town she lives in. And yes, that lady is in the video is Macklemore’s actual grandma, Helen Schott. Happy Birthday Grandma Helen!….”

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Skylar Grey MXCVII :: ‘Walk On Water’ by Eminem x Beyoncé, Co-Written/Co-Produced by Skylar Grey – Eminem Interview w/ Complex x Official Visual Premiere w/ AppleMusic | Video

UPDATE | VIDEO ::

After being a 24-hour AppleMusic exclusive, the official music video for “Walk On Water” has now been published to YouTube – view it below!

Eminem x Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” | Official Visual ::

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“….it’s a pretty bare track. It’s just piano, really, and Skylar [Grey] sent me that and I thought it was like… The chorus, as soon as I heard it, I felt like this is exactly what I’m feeling right now….”
– Eminem, Complex

Eminem talked about first hearing the version of his Revival album single Walk On Water that Ms. Grey initially sent him, as well as expounded upon some of the subject matter that he addressed in the song’s lyrics in a brand new (December 22) interview with Damien Scott for Complex magazine!

He has also premiered the official “Walk On Water” (feat. Beyoncé) music video via AppleMusic!

Read an excerpt on the single below, click the Complex issue cover to read the interview in its entirety, and if you have AppleMusic click their logo to watch the video premiere!

Eminem – “Walk On Water” | Complex x AppleMusic ::
“….let’s talk about “Walk on Water. One of the things that stood out to me when I heard the song was the way your voice sounded when you recorded it. It sounded very intimate and very clear. Could you speak about how you recorded it?
Well, I think one of the things that makes the vocals come out so clear is it’s a pretty bare track. It’s just piano, really, and Skylar [Grey] sent me that and I thought it was like… The chorus, as soon as I heard it, I felt like this is exactly what I’m feeling right now, so that was one of the things about it that struck me. We had debated on should we put a beat in there? Should we put drums in there? After I recorded it, I played it for Rick [Rubin] and then we had discussed it. We were both like,
“Nah, we should just leave it like this so you can understand, hear everything and maybe hopefully get it the first time you hear it.”

Also on that record, you’re talking about grappling with the criticism that gets levied your way both from fans and peers. Where do you get most of the criticism? How do you receive it? On Twitter? On YouTube?
I see things. I don’t have time to sit on Twitter all day, or read everything, but I do see things and I see enough. I’m probably a lot more in tune than people actually might want to think I am, but I see enough. I don’t know, that song was more about just self-doubt, insecurities, that kind of shit. I’ve never really seen myself as, how can I say… The way I’ve seen some fans act towards me. Even to this day, I’ve been in this game a long time and it’s still weird to me, because I just rap and I certainly haven’t had a perfect career. I’ve put out some not-so-great albums and I realize that. Part of me feels like, I’ve felt this way since I did it, but part of me feels like I’m forever chasing
The Marshall Mathers LP, because I do feel like probably the majority of people who listen to my music probably feel like that’s my best album.

I recognize it and when I say my best album, I don’t know if I had even made my best songs yet, because “Lose Yourself” came later and some other things. As a body of work, I feel like [The Marshall Mathers LP] may be because of the time period and it captured a moment. Maybe it was like a snapshot of that time period, but I also had a lot of rage issues back then, but there’s a constant tug of war with me inside my head that [grapples with] how am I supposed to be?

When I hear people say they miss the old Eminem and then I do the old Eminem, people go, “Oh, man, he’s too old to do that. He needs to mature his content. He’s growing up as a man. He’s in his 40s and he’s supposed to be this way or that way.” You know what I’m saying? “He needs to mature.” Then when I do that, then people go back to, “I miss old Eminem.” I’m in this constant struggle, this constant tug of war in my head. There’s really no way to please everybody, there’s just not, so I just kind of go with my gut, I guess, and what I feel….”

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Skylar Grey MXCVI :: ‘Periscope’ w/ Papa Roach – Behind-the-Track | Video

Papa Roach have released a new behind-the-track video, this time focusing on their Periscope collaboration with Ms. Grey! The band talks about getting Ms. Grey on the track, the meaning behind the lyrics, and how working on the vocals for the track influenced their Crooked Teeth album as a whole.

Watch the 2-minute episode via YouTube below!

Skylar Grey x Papa Roach – “Periscope” | Behind-the-Track ::

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Skylar Grey MXCV :: ‘Walk On Water’ by Eminem x Beyoncé, Co-Written/Co-Produced by Skylar Grey – Official Lyric Video | Video

Released in conjunction with Eminem‘s Revival album this past Friday (December 15), the official lyric video for the Skylar Grey co-written/co-produced Walk On Water (feat. Beyoncé) has been published!

Watch it via YouTube below!

Eminem x Beyoncé – “Walk On Water” | Lyric Video ::

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Skylar Grey MXCIV :: ‘Revival’ Album by Eminem – Skylar Grey Feature x Production x Co-Writes, Now Available | Buy

It’s officially release day for Eminem‘s Revival album!

Ms. Grey co-wrote/co-produced “Walk On Water” (feat. Beyoncé), co-wrote “Like Home” (feat. Alicia Keys) and “Need Me” (feat. P!nk), as well as co-wrote/features on “Tragic Endings” (feat. Skylar Grey)!

Grab a physical copy at your favourite local record shop, and click the artwork below to grab a digital copy for instant listening!

Eminem – Revival | Buy ::

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Skylar Grey MXCIII :: ‘Pick Me Up’ by G-Eazy x Anna of the North – Co-Written by Skylar Grey, Now Available | Stream+Buy

G-Eazy‘s new album The Beautiful & Damned has dropped, with a Skylar Grey co-write featured on track #10“Pick Me Up” (feat. Anna of the North)!

Stream the audio below via YouTube, and click the album artwork to support and buy a copy of the track!

G-Eazy x Anna of the North – “Pick Me Up” | Skylar Grey Co-Write ::

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Skylar Grey MXCII :: Live at Maida Vale for BBC Radio 1’s Annie Mac w/ Eminem – Now Available for UK Viewers | Flyer+Video

UPDATE | VIDEO ::

BBC Radio 1 has now also published the missing dual performance of “Walk On Water”/“Stan”!

Skylar Grey x Eminem | Live for BBC Radio 1 ::

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UPDATE | VIDEO ::

BBC Radio 1 has published both the “Won’t Back Down” and “Love the Way You Lie” live performances to YouTube – check them out below!

Skylar Grey x Eminem | Live for BBC Radio 1 ::

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Eminem‘s new album Revival officially drops tomorrow (December 15), and the rapper’s recently recorded live set containing new album material at Maida Vale in London for BBC Radio 1‘s Annie Mac has finally debuted!

Performances include “Walk On Water” (co-written/co-produced by Skylar Grey), “Love the Way You Lie” (co-written by Skylar Grey), “Won’t Back Down”, and “Stan”.

The 5-song/20-minute live set featuring Ms. Grey is now available for viewing for those in the UK – check it out via the BBC iPlayer by clicking the promo flyer below!

Skylar Grey x Eminem | Live for BBC Radio 1 ::

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