I'm back in the UK after a great trip to Holland and Belgium. Today, I visited RedOne in the studio. It's always fun to hang out with RedOne. We like a lot of the same music and end up laughing a lot whenever we work and/or just hang out together. I really enjoy his company and sense of humor as well as his music. He's super talented and has worked hard to get where he is.
I also got the chance to see N-Dubz at their concert in Hyde Park today. They were opening for Kanye West and their live show was tight. The band members are charismatic, perform catchy songs and feature a wicked drummer whose name is Backbeat. Now that's a dope name for a drummer. Also, the group started each song with an a cappella section and I was really impressed with how they remembered the key to each song. One of the members said one of the funniest live adlibs I've heard in a while: "Can your hands please report to the sky?" All in all, it was a really enjoyable show. Respect N-Dubz.
From Hyde Park, I headed to Wembley Arena where Lady Gaga opened for Take That. Robert "Hitmixer" Orton came along with me. Robert mixed Lady Gaga's "The Fame" album as well as a lot of other great songs including Sean Kingston's "Fire Burning," Sean Paul's "So Fine" and Esmee Denter's "Outta Here," just to name a few.
Lady Gaga performed before Take That's set with her Haus of Gaga - including her new rock band. She ran through scorching renditions of "Beautiful Dirty Rich," "Love Game" and "Just Dance" before changing outfits and coming back to do both her acoustic piano and full electric versions of "Pokerface." After the show, I met with Lady Gaga about her new music and we discussed plans for a special edition re-issue of The Fame album. That's going to be an extraordinary piece and there'll be more details on that right here on www.cherrytreerecords.com soon.
All in all, I've been having a great time in Europe and getting lots of things accomplished. I'm grateful for the friends I have here and for their steadfast support of Cherrytree and its artists. I also want to thank the loyal www.cherrytreerecords.com supporters who keep me company on this Web site and on www.twitter.com/cherrytreerec during my travels. You make this site feel like home.