Multi-platinum singer-songwriter Jesse McCartney has announced a September 21st release for thick-grooved new single "Shake" (Hollywood Records). For the first two days of its release, "Shake," written by McCartney, J. Kash (Cobra Starship) and Ammo (Katy Perry, Ke$ha), will be available exclusively as a free download through popular music app Tap Tap Revenge (http://bit.ly/c3kcYF). Tap Tap Revenge is one of the most popular gaming franchises on the iPhone and iPod touch platform, reaching an audience of 35 million players.
"Shake" is the first song from McCartney's yet-to-be-titled upcoming album, which he's currently recording in Los Angeles with producers Sean Garrett (Usher, Beyonce, Jay-Z), Kevin Rudolf (Lil' Wayne, Leona Lewis), Young Yonny (Trey Songz) and Ammo. The album follows 2009's Departure: Recharged, which featured the top 10 hit "How Do You Sleep?" (featuring Ludacris). Departure: Recharged and 2008's Departure both showcased an edgier pop/R&B sound, reflecting McCartney's growth as a singer and songwriter. Departure's first hit single, "Leavin'," (produced by Tricky and The Dream) was a blockbuster smash, becoming the #1 most played Top 40 single of the year. "Leavin'" spent 6 weeks at #1 on the Top 40 Chart and went on to sell more than 2 million digital downloads on iTunes.
"This album has a wider range," says McCartney. "The beats are hotter, the sound is more upbeat. It's got the hook-y R&B flavor of the last record, but everything's really amplified. I'm psyched for people to hear it."
McCartney's platinum-selling status began in 2004 with debut album Beautiful Soul, which sold over 1.5 million copies. The disc's title track established McCartney as an international chart-topping artist.
McCartney has also penned hit songs for other artists, including the powerful ballad "Bleeding Love," co-written with Ryan Tedder and recorded by Leona Lewis, which was the No. 1 song of 2008 worldwide. The track earned McCartney songwriting honors as a recipient of the ASCAP Pop Music Award for Song of the Year (2008). McCartney has also written songs for Toni Braxton and Leighton Meester.