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Star Watch: Makeba Riddick
By Sentinel News Service
Published April 9, 2010

Makeba Riddick

Producer, Songwriter Makeba Riddick Scores Billboard Hot 100 #1

Just scored #1 on billboard dance chart with Kelis’ “Acapella”

In the last 4 weeks, “Rude Boy” bolted 23-8-4-1* on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. Rude Boy is from Rihanna’s platinum selling Rated R CD that Riddick vocal produced. Rude also vaults to #19 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart. Riddick is Rihanna’s principal creative collaborator having written or vocal produced on Rihanna’s three previous CD’s Good Girl Gone Bad, A Girl Like Me and Music Of The Sun.

Riddick is also basking in Grammy’s glow for her collaboration with Grammy Winner David Guetta on “If We Ever” her first ever single as a writer and solo artist which was featured on Guetta’s Grammy Nominated CD, One Love. Riddick is readying the release of her next solo single, “Change Up” which is the lead single produced by Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins off his CD The WritersProject Vol. 1. The CD will feature well known songwriters performing their own material on a compilation produced by the Darkchild team and is expected to be released later this year.

Riddick is also in the studio with Darkchild working on new material for Diddy’s long awaited CD Last Train To Paris extending her reach further into the hip hop genre. Riddick is also enjoying success with Toni Braxton’s new single “Make My Heart,” which she recently performed on the Wendy Williams Show. Riddick previously worked with Braxton on her CD Libra.

Makeba Riddick is one of the most successful and sought after songwriters and vocal producers working today. Top female singers like Beyonce’, Mariah Carey, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton, Jojo, Kelis, Jessica Simpson, Katherine McPhee and Cassie have sought her out for the fresh unique way she expresses a woman’s point of view through her songs about love, pain and endurance. Her lyrics are so impactful that even hip hop artist like Diddy and T.I. have looked to Riddick for hits. The West Baltimore native describes her personal story as a journey from the mean streets that inspired gritty crime shows like The Wire and Homicide to the glittering boulevards of Beverly Hills. Riddick is managed by Jay-Z’s Roc Nation.

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