Gwen Stefani’s long-awaited third solo album is shaping up nicely. We already have two singles and a handful of known titles that are expected to appear on the record. Now we have 6 more song titles to add! 5 were recently registered on BMI, and the 6th was mentioned in an interview.
“Hard 2 Love” was written by Charli XCX (real name: Charlotte Emma Aitchison), Benny Blanco (aka Benjamin Levin), Michael Angelakos (of Passion Pit), Magnus Hoeiberg, and Aryn Wüthrich. It doesn’t list Gwen as a writer, but she is the performer.
“Hell Yeah Baby” was written by Gwen Stefani, along with the 5 artists named above. Considering that this was written by Gwen, Charli XCX, and Benny Blanco, this may be the track she was referring to in an interview with Spin earlier this month. (“Hard 2 Love” must also have come from these sessions, despite Gwen not writing on it.)
Here is what Gwen told Spin about working with Charli:
The way that Charli and I worked together was that we really didn’t work together. [Laughs.] She wrote with Benny [Blanco] and then I wrote with Benny separately. I wrote her an email and was like, “This is so weird that I haven’t ever met you and now we have this song.” I think out of all the writers out there, male and female, I really like her style the most. I think that she comes up with really good melodies. I feel really lucky to work with her in the weird way that we did. It’d be interesting to actually be in the studio with her. I’d be intimidated. It’s always awkward for me to be vulnerable when I’m in the studio with people, but sometimes really great stuff comes out of that. You just have to be brave enough to do it.
“Ziplock” is another song co-written by Benny Blanco. Other writers include Jacob Kasher, Ross Golan, Gamal Lewis, and Niles Hollowell-Dhar. Gwen is only listed as a performer.
We also have two possible collaborations lined up. One is a song called “Overdose,” and is performed by Gwen Stefani featuring Miguel. It was written by Miguel, Benny Blanco, and Michael Angelakos.
The other is called “Confection.” It lists both Gwen Stefani and Shakira as performers – it is unclear if they have each recorded separate versions of the song, or if they recorded a duet.
Finally, Gwen mentioned another new song – and collaborator – in the aforementioned Spin interview. Gwen revealed that Sia has worked with her, Pharrell, and No Doubt; the wrote a song called “Start A War,” which is presumed to be for the new No Doubt album. As Gwen told Spin:
Sia and I did a session with Pharrell and No Doubt. She’s a genius and I love working with her. There’s a song on the record called “Start a War” that she wrote that I’m very grateful for. I think that girls are gonna love that one.
With these new titles, we now have a total of 14 known songs that could appear on the new Gwen Stefani and No Doubt albums. Singles like “Baby Don’t Lie” and “Spark The Fire” leave us excited for more, as do the clips of another new song called “Shine.” Gwen’s new album is expected to be released early in 2015. No Doubt is also working on a new album; it should be released later in 2015.