Songs written by Stargate (production team)

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  1. I Call It Love
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    I Call It Love (2006)

    2,804 views

    "I Call It Love" is the lead single released by American singer Lionel Richie from his studio album Coming Home (2006). It reached #1 on the urban adult contemporary chart; his last successful single to date.


  2. Can't Help But Wait
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    Can't Help But Wait (2007)

    2,285 views

    "Can't Help but Wait" is the second single from the Trey Songz album Trey Day. The song is written by Johntá Austin, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Tor Erik Hermansen. On the issue date of October 6, 2007, the single debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 99. American actor Jackie Long (ATL) appears in the video as the abusive boyfriend. "Can't Help but Wait" peaked within the Top 20 of the Hot 100, at #14. The video was filmed in Jersey City, New Jersey. The song was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 51st Annual Grammy Awards


  3. Got 2 Luv U
    #3

    Got 2 Luv U (2011)

    2,042 views

    "Got 2 Luv U" is a song performed by Jamaican recording artist Sean Paul, taken from his upcoming fifth studio album. The song features vocals from American singer Alexis Jordan. It was released on the July 19, 2011 by Atlantic Records. The song was written by Sean Paul, Ryan Tedder and Stargate, and it was produced by Stargate.


  4. What's My Name? (Rihanna song)
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    What's My Name? (Rihanna song) (2010)

    1,884 views

    "What's My Name?" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, from her fifth studio album Loud (2010). Featuring guest vocals from Canadian rapper Drake, the song was released as the second single from Loud on October 29, 2010 through Def Jam Recordings. The R&B song was produced by the Norwegian production duo StarGate, and was written by the duo along with Ester Dean, Traci Hale, and Drake. "What's My Name?" impacted mainstream and rhythmic radio stations in the United States on October 26, 2010.


  5. Spotlight
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    Spotlight (2008)

    1,914 views

    "Spotlight" is an R&B song written and produced by Ne-Yo and Norwegian production duo Stargate for Jennifer Hudson's self titled debut album. It was released digitally on June 10, 2008 as the album's first single, and reached the top thirty of the US Billboard Hot 100. Outside the States, the track has reached the top twenty in Turkey and the United Kingdom.


  6. Take A Bow
    #6

    Take A Bow (2008)

    1,923 views

    "Take a Bow" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded (2008), the re-release of her third studio album Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). The song was written and produced by Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, and Shaffer Smith under their stage names StarGate and Ne-Yo. "Take a Bow" was released as the first single from the re-release and the fifth single overall from the two releases. It is an R&B song that contains elements of dance-pop. Critical reception of "Take a Bow" was mixed, with some critics praising the song's lyrics and powerful balladry impact, while others criticized the lack of originality with regard to StarGate's production.


  7. Unfaithful
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    Unfaithful (2006)

    2,011 views

    "Unfaithful" is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna, released as second single from her second studio album, A Girl like Me (2006). American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo wrote "Unfaithful" in collaboration with its producers, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, who produced the song under their stage name Stargate. Def Jam Recordings serviced the song to urban contemporary radio stations in the United States on June 29, 2006. Musically, the song is a pop ballad that contains prominent R&B characteristics. Originally, the song was inspired by the works of American rock band Evanescence and titled "Murderer". The lyrics of the song are about a woman who regrets cheating on her partner and refers to herself as a murderer.


  8. Don't Stop The Music
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    Don't Stop The Music (2007)

    1,775 views

    "Don't Stop the Music" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It was written by Tawanna Dabney and Michael Jackson with producers StarGate. The song was released as the album's fourth single on September 7, 2007 worldwide. "Don't Stop the Music" is a dance-pop and techno song that features various rhythmic devices used mainly in hip hop music. The song samples the line, "Mama-say, mama-sa, ma-ma-ko-ssa" which is taken from Jackson's 1983 single "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". For using the line, both Rihanna and Jackson faced a lawsuit from the Cameroonian musician Manu Dibango, who claimed that the hook originates from his 1972 song "Soul Makossa".


  9. Hate That I Love You
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    Hate That I Love You (2007)

    1,782 views

    "Hate That I Love You" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It features vocals by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, who co-wrote the song with its producers Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen (together known as StarGate). Def Jam Recordings released the song on August 21, 2007, as the third single from Good Girl Gone Bad. A Spanglish version featuring David Bisbal was made available on April 28, 2008. "Hate That I Love You" is a mid-tempo R&B song about the power of love, with influences of folk music. "Hate That I Love You" received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom compared it to previous works by Ne-Yo.


  10. I Need A Girl
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    I Need A Girl (2009)

    1,675 views

    "I Need a Girl" is a song by American recording artist Trey Songz. The track was written by Johntá Austin, along with the song's production team, Stargate, who also produced his breakthrough hit, "Can't Help But Wait." The song served as the lead single for Songz's third studio album Ready. "I Need a Girl" received positive to mixed reviews from critics, some of which noted it as generic, and other naming it as a top track from the album. It reached fifty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The accompanying music video shot in Malibu features Songz and love interests on the beach, as they turn out to be mirages.


  11. Firework
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    Firework (2010)

    1,584 views

    "Firework" is a song by American recording artist Katy Perry. The song was written by Perry, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Sandy Wilhelm, Ester Dean, and produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee for Perry's third studio album, Teenage Dream (2010). The song is a self-empowerment anthem with inspirational lyrics, and was considered by Perry as the most important song for her on Teenage Dream. The song is believed to be one of the most covered songs on the Internet, particularly on the video website YouTube. It is also Perry's single through her third album which is not written or produced by her main collaborators Max Martin & Dr. Luke.


  12. S&M
    #12

    S&M (2011)

    1,346 views

    "S&M" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her fifth studio album, Loud (2010). The song was released on January 21, 2011, as the fourth single from the album. The American songwriter Ester Dean wrote "S&M" in collaboration with the producers Stargate and Sandy Vee. Backed by bass beats, a keyboard and guitars, it is an uptempo hi-NRG-Eurodance track with lyrics that revolve around sexual intercourse, sadomasochism, bondage, and fetishes.


  13. Stupid In Love
    #13

    Stupid In Love (2009)

    1,431 views

    "Stupid in Love" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The song was written by Shaffer Smith, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by StarGate. Ne-Yo served as the assistant producer. It was written two days before Rihanna and then boyfriend Chris Brown's altercation on the night of the 2009 Grammy Awards, which occurred on February 8, 2009. The lyrical content, which describes an abusive relationship, led Ne-Yo to describe the song as a "premonition".


  14. Rude Boy
    #14

    Rude Boy (2010)

    1,390 views

    "Rude Boy" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna, taken from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was released as the album's third single on February 19, 2010, through Def Jam. Rihanna co-wrote the song with StarGate, Ester Dean, Makeba Riddick, and Rob Swire, with Swire also co-producing it with StarGate. "Rude Boy" is an up-tempo dancehall song which incorporates elements of raggamuffin. The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics; some called it is the highlight of the album, but others criticized Rihanna's "monotone" and "icy" vocal performance.


  15. Because Of You
    #15

    Because Of You (2007)

    1,416 views

    "Because of You" is a 2007 song by singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It is the first single from his second album of the same name. The single started radio play the week of March 27, 2007.


  16. Te Amo
    #16

    Te Amo (2010)

    1,145 views

    "Te Amo" (English: I Love You) is a song by Barbadian recording artist Rihanna from her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). The song was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, James Fauntleroy II and Rihanna, with production helmed by Eriksen and Hermansen under their production name, Stargate. "Te Amo" impacted radio in Canada on June 7, 2010, and was made available to download on June 8, 2010, in Australia, Italy and New Zealand, as the album's third international and fifth overall single. "Te Amo" incorporates elements of Latin American music and conveys Rihanna's struggles as the object of another woman's desires. Music critics praised the song for its lyrics and for a less futuristic sound than other songs on Rated R.


  17. Ave Maria
    #17

    Ave Maria (2008)

    977 views

    "Ave Maria" is a song by American R&B recording artist Beyoncé Knowles from her third studio album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008). Amanda Ghost, Ian Dench and Makeba Riddick wrote the song in collaboration with its producers Knowles and production duo Stargate. As stated by Ghost, "Ave Maria" was inspired by Knowles '​ and her own respective marriages. The song is a re-write of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria". It is instrumentally complete with a piano and strings. Throughout the ballad, Knowles sings in a lower register with an operatic soprano. Lyrically, it speaks about being surrounded by friends but still feeling alone.


  18. We Ride
    #18

    We Ride (2006)

    945 views

    "We Ride" is a song by Barbadian singer Rihanna from her second studio album A Girl like Me (2006). It was written by Makeba Riddick, Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, with production helmed by StarGate. The song was released on August 21, 2006, as the album's third single. "We Ride" is a hip hop and soul song. Critical reception of the song was generally positive, as the majority of reviewers praised its relaxing and carefree qualities.


  19. Sexy Love
    #19

    Sexy Love (2006)

    864 views

    "Sexy Love" is the fourth and final U.S. single and the second and final international single released from R&B and pop artist Ne-Yo's debut album, In My Own Words. It has reached number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the single charted at number 21 on downloads alone. It rose 16 places and peaked at number five once the physical single was released.


  20. Be On You
    #20

    Be On You (2009)

    694 views

    "Be on You" is the fifth official single from Flo Rida's second album, R.O.O.T.S.. It features Ne-Yo and is produced by Stargate. Since July 2009, the single has been gaining airplay. Despite getting much airplay, the single wasn't officially released until October 2009, due to Flo Rida focusing on promoting his other single "Jump". It takes a famous line from the movie Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and uses it as its chorus.


  21. Miss Independent
    #21

    Miss Independent (2008)

    854 views

    "Miss Independent" is a 2008 single by American pop/R&B singer Ne-Yo. It is the second single from his album Year of the Gentleman and was produced by Stargate. It samples the song "Forget About Me" by Lil Bit. The song was written by Ne-Yo and co-written by Stargate. It was released as a music download on August 26, 2008 and physical release in September 2008.


  22. Mad
    #22

    Mad (2008)

    846 views

    "Mad" is a song by American pop/R&B singer Ne-Yo. It is the third single from his album Year of the Gentleman and was produced by Stargate and himself.


  23. Bye Bye
    #23

    Bye Bye (2008)

    780 views

    "Bye Bye" is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, taken from her eleventh studio album, E=MC² (2008). It was written by Carey, Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen and Johntá Austin, and produced by the former three. It was released as the album's second single on April 15, 2008. The song is influenced by pop and R&B music genres, and features a piano and keyboard-driven melody. Lyrically, the song is a dialogue in between Carey and her deceased father throughout the verses, and a universal salute to departed loved ones on the chorus.


  24. Wait Your Turn
    #24

    Wait Your Turn (2009)

    605 views

    "Wait Your Turn" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her fourth studio album, Rated R (2009). It was written by Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Saul Milton, Will Kennard, James Fauntleroy II, Takura Tendayi, and Rihanna herself. Stargate (Eriksen and Hermansen) and Chase & Status (Milton and Kennard) produced the song. "Wait Your Turn" was released on November 13, 2009 as the second international and third overall single from Rated R.


  25. Closer
    #25

    Closer (2008)

    783 views

    "Closer" is a song by American R&B singer Ne-Yo. The song was written and produced by Ne-Yo and Stargate. It was released as the lead single from Ne-Yo's third studio album Year of the Gentleman (2008).


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