David Cook and Kara Dioguardi Pen Tune for Frankie Negron

A song written by David Cook and Kara DioGuardi will be released by salsa singer, Frankie Negron this summer.  (more on Frankie here and here)

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Negron announced via twitter that the Cook/Dioguardi tune, “No Reply” will be the lead single of his latest album.

Read Negron’s tweets from yesterday:

@frankienegron Those wondering when “No Reply” Kara Dioguardi/David Cook penned track is released.I’m rereleasing the new album this summer with it in it.

@frankienegron “No Reply” is definitely going to be the lead single going to radio & with a video off of the album.

@frankienegron For those inquiring minds…yes, Frankie will be releasing a new song written by David Cook & Kara Dioguardi. The song is “No Reply”. Be on the look out for it this summer. http://bit.ly/dyFpem

@frankienegron Want 2 thank all of the D Cook fans wishing me luck with the track. Shows your loyalty not only as the amazing singer he is but as a writer

Many of Negron’s songs are Spanish language, but I’m going to assume “No Reply” is in English, unless Kara and David have skillz we don’t know about yet. Heh.

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55 Comments

  1. unless Kara and David have skillz we don’t know about yet. Heh.

    LOL Now that’s something I’d like to see.

    I listened to the songs on his MS, they’re mainly in eglish and very pop/rock… so yeah, I can imagine a Kara/David song fitting what he sings.

  2. Hey MJ, this will be in English. Hee.

    New York Times had this blurb of Independence Day –

    FRANKIE NEGRÓN After more than a decade as a salsa hit maker Frankie Negrón completely switches format for his English-language debut album, “Independence Day” — a set of power ballads and rockers to flaunt his melodramatic crescendoes. Sept. 22. Airgo Music. (J. P.)

    Awesome. Very happy for David. Nice song writing royalties there.

  3. Nice song writing royalties there.

    True dat, true dat. Congrats to both!

  4. LOL, you guys, this will be the first DC-penned song to get a video- EVER! If nothing else, that has me excited ;)

    And if it gets released to pop or HAC or AC radio (do we know where they’re aiming?), it will be the first DC-penned song to be released to those key/big formats! That still astounds me (in a bad way). But back to good stuff– this is VERY cool news. I hope the song is awesome and does well. Btw, No Reply wasn’t one of those leaked snippets from the Cherry Lane site, right? Just checking.

    ETA: thanks for confirming, standtotheright, that’s what I thought too.

  5. Btw, No Reply wasn’t one of those leaked snippets from the Cherry Lane site, right? Just checking.

    No. I think one of the leaked ones was a DC/KDG/JF co-write (Thanks…something) but not this one.

    I hope the song does well, too.

    Oh, and thanks, MJ for collecting all the tweets. Nice to have them all together like that.

  6. I can’t wait to see the lyrics. I’ll assume anything about natural disasters was contributed by Kara.

  7. At first I was like, what? Then i remembered he gets song writing royalties. So good for DC.

  8. Hope it’s a big hit. Maybe win a Grammy. That would show them buggers at Sony. There were so many really good songs David helped write on the CD, and they pick CBTM.

  9. great!! i’m glad David gets to write for other artists!! more power to him :D
    .. looking forward to hear the song!

  10. Aw, this makes me happy for him, he seems to really love songwriting. Go get him a Grammy, Frankie! And you can have one too, of course :)

  11. Speaking of songwriting royalties, looks like NBC is continuing to run the NBC Sports Championship Season promo set to Cook’s ‘Heroes’ – it’s been spotted again in advance of the Kentucky Derby this weekend. The spot ran first during the Olympics (in addition to Heroes being used for the Bode Miller medal montage), but nobody was sure if it was a limited-use promo or would be shown throughout the season. With all this synch placement, Heroes is turning out to be quite a lucrative little track for Dave, Raine, and Cathy Dennis.

    I’m looking forward to hearing No Reply – from the tweets flying between Frankie Negron, his wife, and the label CEO/producer, they seemed pretty psyched about this song. This is a great step for David, and it’s awesome that the songwriting catalog he is rapidly building is strong enough to be tapped by other artists as well.

  12. Salsa? I would file this under “WTF . . . but AWESOME” Cook news. Can’t wait to hear it. I actually like a lot of Latin music.

  13. Speaking of songwriting royalties, looks like NBC is continuing to run the NBC Sports Championship Season promo set to Cook’s ‘Heroes’ – it’s been spotted again in advance of the Kentucky Derby this weekend.

    Haha, that reminds me – the other day after my son’s soccer game we were in Wendy’s and all of a sudden he yells “DAVID COOK!” and even though it was completely irrational I’m looking around like “Where?! Where!!!?!” It was the NBC Sports Championship Season promo on the TV at Wendy’s, lol, took me a minute to figure that out. But good ears on my 7 yr old, he heard “Heroes” way before I did. Both of my kids love that song, it’s fun to sing in the car.

  14. I think Frankie is doing a cross over album – not just Spanish to English, but also salsa to pop/rock.

    Here is Frankie “acting” and singing on the soap opera One Life to Live. He is in salsa mode in these clips.

    His wife(?) @nancysnegron said some interesting things on twitter, including that he worked with Anthony Federov (Season 4) who is in this making of the album video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvYzJwxqvAU

    She also confirms that No Reply is in English, LOL! ;)

    ETA: Interesting, on the youtube vid the comments say that Anthony wrote a song on the album called “Stand By Me and Fight.”

  15. If Dave can make money off of this as well as “Heroes” that is super. I love his songwriting, as well as his singing, and performing.

    also – MJ thanks for the thread & spec thanks for the lovely photo of our Cookie

  16. I can’t wait to see the lyrics. I’ll assume anything about natural disasters was contributed by Kara.

    lol! No Boundaries aside, Kara seems to be on a roll these days as a songwriter doesn’t she? Awesome news for Dave, and it makes me hopeful we’ll see some of his songwriting work for DCTR2 get serious consideration for singles as well.

  17. yey! finally. a david cook co-written song will see the daylight. at first, i was like no! a dc song but he’s not singing it. but then, i am excited that someone else would take care one of his babies..

    i personally see david as more of a songwriter first, after all he loves words. so RCA, please next time release a f-ing dc written song!

  18. I’m so excited one of David’s babies has been picked up by someone else for use as a lead single! However…I’m a little scared to hear what Kara might have done to his writing. I had to laugh at whoever up thread said that any lyrical references to natural disasters would be duly noted or somesuch. LOL!

    But, yay for David’s writing seeing the light of day.

  19. Wait Frankie is a girl? Whoops.

    And am I the only person who thinks latin/salsa and “Linvin’ La Vida Loca” immediately starts playing in my head?

  20. Wait Frankie is a girl? Whoops.

    LOL, no Frankie is a guy :) What made you think he is a girl?

    However…I’m a little scared to hear what Kara might have done to his writing.

    I’ve decided that, if I like the song, it was clearly due to David’s strong songwriting input…and if I don’t like the song, clearly Kara wrote most of it ;)

  21. sma11ie:
    04/26/2010 at 2:29 pm
    LOL, you guys, this will be the first DC-penned song to get a video- EVER! If nothing else, that has me excited

    Well, you could kinda say that Heroes has had several videos. Lemme see. First, there was the ESPN 2008 end of year college football highlights video, then there was the 2009 ACC/SEC tourney promo, then the 2010 Bode Miller Olympics montage reel, and now the 2010 NBC Champion Season theme song. Also, he got to sing it at the MLB 2009 All Star Game pre-concert and at the 2010 IGB. (And I am sure I am missing some.)

    Not bad for a song that the RCA singles monkeys didn’t deem worthy of a release.

  22. Heroes was used on TV, sure, but I don’t really see how that’s related to a music video. Music videos are kind of a big deal (if also a dying breed), and I was more than a bit bummed that I haven’t been able to see some Cook lyrics come to life in an MV. Is it too much to ask to get DC to make a cameo in Frankie’s video, lol? Haha, okay fine, that sounds cheesy.

  23. Is it too much to ask to get DC to make a cameo in Frankie’s video

    I don’t think so. LOL

    This is great news. Since the labels have a history not releasing a lead off single that an idol wrote, I’m at least glad Dave will get recognized this way with something he had a hand in writing. If we held our breath for RCA to do that, we’d all end up turning blue and possibly passing out. heh

    ETA: MJ LOL!

  24. Awww, this is exciting news! Congrats DC (and Kara). I’m looking forward to hearing it! Maybe while they were at it Kara and DC penned the coronation song for this yr. as well…a girl can dream. ;)

  25. I’m thinking this is a song that was written for DCTR since I remember something about co-writes with Kara at that time. I’m wondering how good the song is if it didn’t make David’s album.

  26. I really liked the song that Anthony Fedorov did for Negron, “Stand By Me and Fight”. Look forward to hearing more about this Idol connection. Seems odd to re-release an album though.

  27. And am I the only person who thinks latin/salsa and “Linvin’ La Vida Loca” immediately starts playing in my head?

    No, you’re not, seriously, I just wasn’t going to admit to it!
    I hope Kara’s input didn’t ruin the song, too.

  28. I can’t wait to see the lyrics. I’ll assume anything about natural disasters was contributed by Kara.

    LOL

    Yay, great news for Dave. Hope Frankie does it justice! :-)

  29. Hope Frankie does it justice!

    Or, he “makes it his own.” -Isn’t that what Kara is always saying to the contestants?

  30. I’m thinking this is a song that was written for DCTR since I remember something about co-writes with Kara at that time. I’m wondering how good the song is if it didn’t make David’s album.

    Well, Lambert’s WWFM was a reject from Pink’s album and that didn’t seem to do badly for him. Songs don’t make albums for various reasons: maybe it had the same vibe as another song or a few other songs on DCTR, or it was a little bit more cynical than the rest of the songs on DCTR (DCTR was quite earnest), or it just ran in a more pop direction that DC wanted to go (and throwing out CBTM was a non-starter with TPTB). I mean, who knows?

  31. First of all, awesome, awesome news. DC has long expressed interest in doing what his personal idol, Raine Maida does, which is to write songs for other folks, while also doing his own music. First step: getting someone else to record one of his songs. So this is great.

    And that Heroes montage is also nice.

    And this? Is hilarious:

    seriously:
    04/26/2010 at 3:04 pm

    I can’t wait to see the lyrics. I’ll assume anything about natural disasters was contributed by Kara.

    Heh.

  32. Back in June of last year, when David signed that long term, world wide agreement with Cherry Lane Publishing, they took note of his songwriting, and knew what they were looking at –

    “Everyone knows David Cook the American Idol winner,” Cherry Lane senior VP of creative services and marketing Richard Stumpf said in a statement. But after early discussions with Cook, “I was most impressed with David Cook the gifted songwriter,” said Stumpf.

    Cherry Lane, which administers and manage the rights to the songs that David has written (DCTR plus future material), and market his songs to movies and television, and now, other artists, have an extensive bio for David on their site – in the last paragraph is one of my favorite quotes about his music – “Gutsy and epic, but grounded in the personal, the songs are tailor-made for those magical moments when music, whether it be uplifting or heart-breaking, can transport you to another place…”

    This is so excellent as a precursor to future possibilities; not only are co-publishing deals great for the writer, giving them more than the usual 50% royalties share, but it’s something David has said he wants to do – “Looking forward.”

    Also, Frankie Negron has a great voice for the power ballads and rockers that are advertised to be on the new album, and has promised he will do the song justice.

    Frankienegron:@MBenz09 no not a “salsa” track. I’m all the Latin flavor the track will need… lol
    about 23 hours ago

    >> @kara_dioguardi @thedavidcook & John Fields: Just listening your track again — amazing. I will do it justice. Mil Gracias.
    8:42 AM Apr 23rd

    I wish him much success with this song as his lead single from “Independence Day” – can’t wait to hear what it sounds like!

  33. When I imagined Cook writing for others, shockingly, I never thought of it being Latin/salsa. Silly me. The next songwriting credit he’ll get will be a polka jig, just an FYI. Thought you’d like to know.

  34. I think that fans found out about Frankie Listed as a performer of this song last year doing a search on ASCAP. But his album came out and it was not on there so we thought he decided not to do it. As has been posted this is an English Language record. The guy has some vocal chops that is for sure. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05GJ6zC1BAo I hope the song is a success for him. And for myself I am glad I never heard David sing it because it will let me appreciate Frankie’s version.

  35. Just because the song didnt make the cut on DCTR doesnt mean its a bad song. I lost track of how many times I’ve heard songs that didnt make CD’s for some artists I follow and they turned out to be amazing songs. Its not like RCA has made the smartest decisions anyway heh.

  36. Just because the song didnt make the cut on DCTR doesnt mean its a bad song.

    Definitely. Exhibit A: Souvenir. That should’ve been on the album IMO.

  37. Okay, I checked out that link from 123abc456, and… well, good news first, the dude has a great voice and can really sing, so I can see him nailing some soaring vocals that may have been originally written for David. On the other hand, his style/genre’s not really my thing, and maybe I was a bit swayed by the soap opera montage thing, but the whole song and even his delivery style was pretty much ridiculously cheesy, for me, for you =P. Okay, actually I didn’t watch most of the clip, and just listened, and yep, still cheesy. I’m a tad pessimistic about this now, cuz David’s someone who can elevate cheese or saccharine songs like Lionel Richie and make it great… not sure this guy can… Oh well. We’ll see. Bottom line, still very cool for David to get his song out there as a single, and I’m happy for him regardless whether I like the song.

  38. I checked out 123abc456’s link as well; I actually found it less cheesy than I was expecting(some of his other songs, however, yikes!)I think it was the soap opera that was making it seem more cheesy. He can indeed sing, and he doesn’t have that “boy band”
    sound or look. I’m sure DC must be proud to know one of his songs will be listed on someone else’s album.

  39. “Gutsy and epic, but grounded in the personal, the songs are tailor-made for those magical moments when music, whether it be uplifting or heart-breaking, can transport you to another place…”

    Some promo writer sure made their salary on this hyperbole…especially when it is stated down the road as fact and not just PR. When DC is “famous” for his writing skills and he has a string of top 10 hits then I’ll drag the comment out and fly it behind an airplane. Until then…it will be nice to judge David’s skills on the success of his songs not the anticipation.

  40. Aren’t press releases generally a bit hyperbolic? The same can be said about the one about Adam’s tour. It’s their job to pump up the artist and get people interested. And the statement you quoted is subjective – you might not agree (I think we established a long time ago you are not a Cook fan), but that may resonate for others. And I don’t think “a string of top 10 hits” is the way you gauge great songwriting – I daresay there are many songwriters with a string of top 10 hits who write a bunch of junk (top 40 radio is a great place to start looking for those) and there are many incredible songwriters who are lucky to ever get a top 10 hit. Besides, I don’t think many Cook fans think he’s a fully formed songwriting legend, but I do think he is very talented and has a lot to offer. We’ll see what he produces as time goes by.

  41. It would be helpful too if one of his singles was one of his cowrites… Don’t know how his songs will sell, we didn’t get to find out yet!

  42. Until then…it will be nice to judge David’s skills on the success of his songs not the anticipation.

    LOL, I know that statement is strong, but it doesn’t imply anything about success – it is all about the perceived style of his songwriting. His songs do feel grounded in the personal (to me), while feeling they are about more. Describing a perception of someone’s writing style isn’t the same as predicting their chart success, IMO.

    Okay, actually I didn’t watch most of the clip, and just listened, and yep, still cheesy.

    I agree that he sounds less rock live, but I think Frankie’s recorded voice actually sounds great. You should check out the songs on his myspace to see if it has any impact for you. :)

  43. LOL, I know that statement is strong, but it doesn’t imply anything about success – it is all about the perceived style of his songwriting.

    Word, so succinctly put I had to quote it. No one is touting David to be the best songwriter or live performer in the world (as some PRs like to do).

    it is stated down the road as fact and not just PR. When DC is “famous” for his writing skills and he has a string of top 10 hits then I’ll drag the comment out and fly it behind an airplane.

    How is describing a writing style dependent on the amount of fame or top 10 hits a writer has? I also don’t get the difference in stating a descriptive statement as fact or as “just PR”. Should they have put a bunch of “we think”‘s in front of every sentence? LOL, who writes like that? “We think his songs are grounded but epic…”? The writeup is from Cherry Lane, so obviously that judgement and everything in it is coming from them… Sorry, not a big deal but it’s just funny to me.

    Joyed, I’ll check it out at some point. Not top on my to do list though =P. I always have lots of new music that I need to check out, and I’m not convinced Frankie will be my thing.

  44. This is awesome !!
    I’m a huge David Cook’s fan and I’m amazed with the news about “No Reply”.
    I cannot wait to hear the song !! I’m sure it will be a Blast !!
    I wish it could be a HUGE success !!
    Good luck to Frankie !!! ?

  45. Even though “No Reply” wasn’t one of those “leaked” snippets, I do believe it was written for DCTR because it was listed on ASCAP when all the other DCTR songs were posted in fall of ’08. I also recall David writing with Kara after his Idol win when he wrote with the other DCTR artists. However, I hypothesize that it was set aside for additional use early on because many songs that were written by David & co-writers and not on DCTR never got an ASCAP listing. “No Reply” and a song by Neal Tiemann (“Not Me”) are among the few that did for some reason.

  46. Joyed, I’ll check it out at some point. Not top on my to do list though =P. I always have lots of new music that I need to check out, and I’m not convinced Frankie will be my thing.

    Haha no guarantees you’ll like it. My tastes are kind of eclectic and I rarely hate anything. When I listen to a song I tend to focus on my favorite component of the song – I’ll single out vocals vs. the lyrics vs. the music, and ignore whichever parts I don’t like. (And I doubt I have any music cred on this blog after admitting that Tim is one of my S9 faves, heh).

  47. “I was most impressed with David Cook the gifted songwriter,” said Stumpf.

    *chuckle* That very nice paragraph is Cherry Lane’s own assessment of David’s songwriting, which had a bearing on why they signed him…they do choose who they want to work with based on their own criteria. And it’s interesting to see what’s involved in that – someone had to have checked out each song in his catalog, and provided suggestions for prospective users about potential applications for genre, mood, lyrics, and other information. It’s really cool to see how publishing companies do that – an area of the music business I had no prior knowledge of.

    Of course it’s publicity – they are doing their job, which is to shop the work of the artists they are in partnership with – so far in this case, “Heroes” has been very visible, from the NCAA Basketball tourney, NCAA Football championship bowl season, the MBA All Star Game, an Olympic Gymnastics/Skating exhibition, to the Olympics for the Bode Miller segment, and recently for the NBC Sports Championship Season Ad.

    Songs from the catalog like “One Second To Change Your Life” went to ESPN for a Baseball Post Season Montage, plus they’ve put out a book of guitar tabs for “A Daily Anthem”, there are all sorts of possible peripherals.

    Cherry Lane Music Publishing is the top indie music publisher in the US, just celebrating their 50th Anniversary on April 9th. They sign partnerships with artists they believe in, and they have quite a roster.

    This deal with Frankie Negron to sing “No Reply is one of the cool outcomes of that association.

  48. Thanks for the pic, JessFairy.

    If anyone is curious to find out more about the third writer on the song, John Fields, this page links to some details.

    Not sure about his writing credits (he is basically a secret new Jonas Brother), but he’s produced a lot of songs, including for Jimmy Eat World, Switchfoot, Lifehouse, and Pink.

  49. Thanks for that link, Joyed.
    I’m curious as to whether the song will be recorded with a latino
    type of sound that compliments Mr. Negron’s own style, or will it be more of a straight up pop(or rockish, or countryish) like the majority of Kara’s other songs and what looks like John Fields’
    style. I think a sort of Santana-sounding song, blending a pop/rock song with latin-inspired sound would be pretty cool myself.

  50. I’m curious as to whether the song will be recorded with a latino type of sound that compliments Mr. Negron’s own style, or will it be more of a straight up pop(or rockish, or countryish)

    offside, since the song was seemingly written before it was given to a salsa singer, I don’t think it was written with a latin influence.

    Also, from what I’ve read and heard on his myspace, I think Frankie’s record is aiming more for Bon Jovi than Ricky Martin :) Apparently, Frankie is from NJ.

  51. I’m curious as to whether the song will be recorded with a latino
    type of sound that compliments Mr. Negron’s own style, or will it be more of a straight up pop(or rockish, or countryish) like the majority of Kara’s other songs and what looks like John Fields’
    style.

    Offside, that’s addressed in the blurb from the New York Times here –

    FRANKIE NEGRÓN After more than a decade as a salsa hit maker Frankie Negrón completely switches format for his English-language debut album, “Independence Day” — a set of power ballads and rockers to flaunt his melodramatic crescendoes. Sept. 22. Airgo Music. (J. P.)

    And by Frankie’s answer on Twitter, when he was asked about it directly, here –

    >>Frankienegron:@MBenz09 no not a “salsa” track. I’m all the Latin flavor the track will need… lol

    And that’s all we really know so far…But it doesn’t sound as if any variety of country is intended among the rockers and power ballads, and there’s a direct No quote to any Salsa beats….so I’m curious too, to see how it plays out. (mostly no pun intended ;) )

    And yeah – he’s from Jersey.

  52. Thanks,Incipit and Joyed; I hadn’t read those little extra bits if information. Cook fans are so generous!

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