Ester Dean

Mar
24
Stream the ‘Rio 2′ Soundtrack Featuring Bruno Mars, Janelle Monáe, Ester Dean, & B.o.B

Rio 2 Soundtrack

On April 11, the sequel to the animated film Rio flies into theaters. In addition to a superstar cast including Jamie Foxx and Anne Hathaway, the soundtrack boasts contributions from Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, Philip Lawrence, B.o.B., and Ester Dean.

Dean teams with B.o.B on the updated “Rio Rio” theme song, while Janelle Monáe shakes things up on the funky opening number “What Is Love” Bruno Mars, who also voices a parrot named Roberto in the movie, gets in on the fun with “Welcome Back.”

“We wanted to show the diversity of Brazilian music,” executive producer Sergio Mendes tells Billboard.

Stream the full Rio 2 soundtrack before it arrives on March 25.

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Feb
21
New Music: Ester Dean – ‘Bam Bam Bam!! (Harlem Shake Remix)’

Ester Dean

The “Harlem Shake” epidemic is breaking out on the charts and inflicting your favorite stars. Now Ester Dean gets bitten by the bug, remixing her banger “Bam Bam” with Baauer’s dance sensation, which just debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. If you thought the original was turnt up, this will make your booty work overtime.

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Jan
23
New Music: Ester Dean f/ Missy Elliott – ‘How You Love It’

Ester Dean and Missy Elliott

Ester Dean made us “Drop It Low,” and now she cranks up the volume with Missy Elliott on “How You Love It,” the first single off her upcoming Interscope debut Story Never Told. The singer-songwriter, who has penned hits for Rihanna and Katy Perry, challenges her man to make a move, while Missy delivers some wicked wordplay on the adrenaline-fueled club banger.

Ester, who was previously managed by Roc Nation, is also readying a mixtape for release this winter.

Listen to the tagged version below.

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Jan
15
Video: Ester Dean – ‘Bam Bam’

Ester Dean

All aboard the dope train. Ester Dean makes heads roll—literally—in the wild and crazy video for her booty bouncing anthem “Bam Bam.” The 26-year-old singer-songwriter, who’s penned hits for Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Beyoncé, lets loose in the animated clip, inspired by Missy Elliott.

The self-proclaimed “hood rich bitch” rocks braids as she sits at the bus stop. In another scene, she plays a baby doll, licking a lollipop and holding a teddy bear. She serves up plenty of attitude in the kitchen while decked out in gold chains.

According to Billboard, Ester is readying a mixtape for release this winter and has enlisted her idol Missy Elliott for “How You Love It,” the first single off her upcoming Interscope debut Story Never Told. While she previously announced a management deal with Roc Nation, she is currently without management.

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Dec
27
Video: Ester Dean – ‘Bam Bam’ [Trailer]

Ester Dean

After breaking us off with the video for her ’90s-inspired jam “Baby Making Love,” Ester Dean shows off her more colorful side in the teaser for her bass-heavy banger “Bam Bam,” which she describes as “R&B, dirty rap, ratchet music in one.”

Wearing a purple tracksuit, the hitmaker behind hits for Rihanna and Katy Perry licks a lollipop while holding a teddy bear and making funny faces for the camera in the video.

While she is signed to Interscope Records, Ester hinted that she may be going the independent route with her music.

“#TeamDean thanks for all the love and support I’m going hard for y’all independently I gotta get this music to y’all without the politics,” she tweeted.

Managed by Roc Nation, Ester’s debut Story Never Told is due in 2013. Missy Elliott is expected to make an appearance on the track “How You Love It.”

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Dec
24
Video: Ester Dean – ‘Baby Making Love’

Ester Dean

Ester Dean takes it back to the ’90s in the nostalgic video for “Baby Making Love.” The singer-songwriter, who has penned hits for Rihanna, Katy Perry, and Nicki Minaj, invites her girlfriends including Electrik Red’s Binkie over for a slumber party. They dig through old R&B records, play video games, and flirt with the guys on the phone.

Expect big things from Ester in 2013. After starring in the comedy Pitch Perfect, she will release her debut EP, which is expect to feature a collaboration with Missy Elliott.

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Oct
17
New Music: Ester Dean – ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’

I Can't Make You Love Me

Ester Dean has written hits for everyone from Beyoncé to Kelly Clarkson, but she takes on Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 hit “I Can’t Make You Love Me” on what’s being called the first single off her upcoming Interscope Records debut Story Never Told. The singer-songwriter belts over a synth-heavy dance beat.

“‘I CANT MAKE YOU LOVE ME’ NEW FUN ENERGY!!!!!!!!! MY FIRST COVER EVER!!!” tweeted the Pitch Perfect star.

Ester had previously announced that Missy Elliott would be featured on the lead single, “How You Love It.”

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