Eric West samples Annie Lennox and Dean Martin on Half Life

Speaking with AOL Music, R&B singer Eric West tells the Internet giant who will premiere his new single as part of AOL’s “Breakers” late summer, that his new album “Half “> Life” include samples from pop icons Annie Lennox and Dean Martin.

The model turned singer explained ‘This album should have been out a year ago, but I’m glad that it wasn’t released, it gave us time to fix every lyric, note, instrument.’ He went on to say, ‘I’ve been through so much, I’m surprised I’m still alive, I realize now, why the album wasn’t out a year ago, it wasn’t the right time.’

Eric samples Dean Martin’s “Memories are Made of This” on the urban single “Half “> Life”, and samples the Annie Lennox classic “Why” on the track “Wires” (read, Actor and Pop Singer Eric West Gives Back to AIDS Cause with New Song, and Builds Up Media Buzz with New Album and New Movie).

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Eric West Talks About Meeting Madonna

Drowned Madonna held an exclusive interview with Pop/R&B singer Eric West. The rising pop star spoke about his meeting with the material girl, Madonna, where he states “meeting Madonna makes you feel as if you’re talking to an old friend”.

To read the full interview head on over to Drowned Madonna

Eric will release his first CD this year, it’s titled “Half “> Life”. AOL Music announced it will premiere Eric’s debut single from “Half “> Life” towards the end of March, on Eric’s official site, it states the LP’s first single will be between “Half “> Life” and a track titled “If I Only Knew”, according to numerous websites the album will include songs called “Black Rose,” “Wires,” and “Underdog”.

Singer / Actor Eric West Writes New Song For AIDS Cause.

Popular actor and rising pop music sensation Eric West gives back to those touched by HIV/AIDS with new song according to Yahoo! News.

Putting behind the Justin Timberlake and Usher comparisons triple threat model, singer and actor Eric West is using his name which made him one of the most exciting new faces to hit the international model scene with a recent photo spread in Marie Claire Japan, and the face that got him voted by the Internet Movie Database as one of Hollywood’s “Top Fresh New Faces of 2004” for an AIDS cause.

The successful model-turned actor/singer recently got picked to appear in Lindsay Lohan’s next film, and has become an overnight gossip column favorite this year, but he manages to put his focus towards increasing funding for projects which target the prevention of HIV infection and the prevention of the progression of HIV to AIDS. West, recently recorded the song ‘Wires,’ which in an interview with V Magazine, the singer states:” Working on my album has been an amazing journey, a lot of it has been inspired by people, and more so life, with my music, I don’t want to compete with every other singer out there, but I want to make a difference in peoples lives, that matters to me, more so than selling millions of albums. I pray that I am able to changes lives or at least help to make them better, and I know it will be a risk to release a song about HIV/AIDS like “Wires,” but I’m willing to take that chance.”

‘Wires’ will appear on Eric’s forthcoming album titled ‘Half “> Life,’ which will be released April 2005, portions of the albums sales will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and the National AIDS Fund. Eric adds himself to an A-list that includes Charlize Theron, Janet Jackson, Mira Sorvino, and Britney Spears, all who have used their time to help the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Radio DJ Ryan Redd commented on ‘Wires’ during his AM show, stating ”Eric is doing something that no other young male singer has done, not Usher, not Justin Timberlake, we should stand up and applaud Eric West for taking a risk as an artist and a straight artist, it’s a serious issue and people will appreciate what he is doing. The gay community has showed a lot of support and interest in him. Madonna fans love him, Janet Jackson fans love him.”

Eric West wants the spotlight, “I’m not Justin”

Pop singer and actor Eric West caused controversy in America , singer demands not to be called Justin Timberlake or Usher.

The rising pop star is building up his name with 3 movies in the works and his anticipated album “Half Life” will be in stores early 2005, but the pressure he might be feeling is from rivals, pop superstars Usher Raymond and Justin Timberlake.

The pop singer was interviewed by the Buzz 99.3 in the states, when asked if he feels he can be the next Usher or Justin he replied saying “I’m not Usher, and I’m not Justin Timberlake, nor are they Eric West, we all are different artist, and it’s unfair to compare us to each other.”

He went on to say, “I respect both Justin and Usher as artist, and congratulate them on their success, but as an artist, I have to spend time worrying about my music and putting out something that my audience will appreciate and not worry about what Justin and Usher are doing, at the end of the day I have to please myself and my fans, that matters more than Christina VS Britney, Janet VS Madonna, Justin VS Usher”.

Fans from spoke out about the comparison.

mrsjt said, “Eric West? He’s cute but does he really have such an adoring fanbase? Is he even anything like Justin? I am so sick and tired of the comparison crap.”

Anne stated, “Eric West is very talented!! I think since he is young and doing pop/r&b the media will compare him to JT [Justin Timberlake] and Usher. It’s going to happen with all the new artist who are young, male and cute.”

Eric West Reworks album, and wants to work with Fergie, Madonna, Janet and Kanye

Singer / Actor Eric West revealed to UK’s Music Week that he would love to work with the likes of Kanye West, Fergie, Janet Jackson, Dilated Peoples, Usher, Madonna, BT and Alejandro Sanz.

Speaking exclusively with Music Week yesterday, the model turned singer explained ‘My album “Half Life” was pretty much finished, a few things shifted the release date, two movies, modeling, during my breaks I began writing new songs that I seriously love. I feel that the more time we put into the album, the better it will be.”

Rumors are spreading about Eric appearing in the upcoming untitled Lindsay Lohan and Nick Cannon flick. Eric will appear in Lords Of Dogtown in summer 05.’Acting is something I never planned on doing anytime soon, my brother thought it would be a good idea’ said West, ‘It was a good move, the phone has been ringing a lot lately,’ added West.

Eric also stated he would love to work with Kanye West, Fergie, Janet Jackson, Dilated Peoples, Usher, Madonna, BT and Alejandro Sanz, Eric said: ‘I really admire Kanye’s work, I listen to his album when I’m working out. Fergie has been a friend of mine for nearly 8 years, I’m going to give her a call and see if she’ll be up to appearing on a remix to my first single ‘Can’t Be Friends’. Janet Jackson is an icon, I’ve been honored to meet her a few times, working with her would be amazing, though I don’t think Jermanie Dupri will like me being around his girl. I recently met Madonna, and told her I’d like to work with her, but who wouldn’t want to work with Janet or Madonna? They are the greatest female artist of my time’.

The full interview will appear in Music Week. His debut album “Half Life” is due early 2005.

Eric West teams up with Indie Dance DJ, supports Ms. Jackson and more.

While gearing up for the release of his album ‘Half Life’ rising American pop sensation Eric West (no relation to rap superstar Kanye West) found time to team up with popular New York DJ Galbis for an upcoming single, which according to one source might hit the dance floors in Europe before it finds it way to America.

At the end of the month Eric will be attending the annual MTV Video Music Awards in America. When the pop singer was asked about what he’ll be wearing to the show, he told Teen People “I’m a huge Janet Jackson supporter, for the show a good friend of mine who is a clothing designer designed a I support Janet shirt for me. You’ll see what it looks like at the show.”

Eric’s new CD ‘Half Life’ was originally scheduled for release in September but will arrive January 2005. Eric’s publicist Marilyn Murphy stated, “With a lot of major artist releasing records in the fall, Eric could get lost in the shuffle so it was our decision to push the record in the first quater of 2005.” If we start working it immediately after Eric’s fall club tour of Europe and the US that only gives us a month and a half before the charts get frozen for the holidays” Barry Amatiello added, “So the question is, Can we push it enough in that short amount of time or do we let the PR machine build and take it to radio in January, which is what we decided upon.”

Eric West New Album Track List

Rising American R&B-Pop singer Eric West has a lot going on for himself, a funky new album, a photo spread in Marie Claire Magazine, and a new music video being released late summer. The track list for his US and UK debut CD “Half-Life,” has been unveiled. The 13-track set, due Sept. 28 (UK) and Sept. 29 (US) via BMG opens with the single “Can’t Be Friends,” which is being serviced to CHR/Rhythmic and Urban radio in August, it follows his non-album release “Can You Help Me?,” which topped radio charts in Latin America and was Top 5 on Australian Digital Sales charts.

For those who are just finding out about Eric his credits include appearances on MTV and VH1, he wrote a song for Cher with Grammy winning producers Carole Bayer Sager and David Foster famous for their work with Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, and Whitney Houston, was honored with a Humanitarian Award from the OTCN in New York City, and at 15 was the youngest DJ in the history of FM radio in New York.

“Half-Life” has been described as “a touching composition,” “lyrics of inner strength and melody’s so breathtaking and organically flowing,” “inspired recordings and a showcase for all that this artist can accomplish when you don’t put yourself into a box with the rest, recordings that take you back to the time when music and lyrics meant something.”

For more news on Eric West visit his official website and pre order his new CD at Here is the “Half-Life” track list:

Can’t Be Friends
I’m Still Alive
Country Side (Come With Me)
Want You
Letting You Go
Faded Memory
Looking For Love
End Of The Line
Interlude: Dear God
Long Time Coming