UK Pop phenomenons JLS continue to garner endorsement after endorsement from music’s biggest stars ahead of their attempt to crack the US market next month – the latest being Rihanna. In a recent interview with The Sun, the Bajan beauty not only revealed that she’s set to work with the group, but also shared her pearls of artistic wisdom in assessing the boy’s chance of worldwide success:
“Working with JLS is something that will happen this year. Jay will make stars out of them. He has been a great mentor to me. He has been around long enough to spot real talent and he knows who will become worldwide stars. They can sing, they can dance, they look good, actually they look very good. But more importantly they look like a group. It doesn’t look like they have been put together. It looks like they are meant to be together.”
The extensive list of artists who participated in the cover of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’ have gathered once again to make an alternate version of the video released to support the song last month. This time the black and white clip features Mariah Carey, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke, Jon Bon Jovi, Kylie Minogue, Rod Stewart, Miley Cyrus, Susan Boyle, Cheryl Cole, and Robbie Williams among others. Check out the video below:
Pop sensations JLS and Jason Derulo posed for the cameras backstage at London’s Hammersmith Apollo recently. Derulo, 20, took a break from his busy promotional schedule to attend the BRIT winners’ show, chatting it up with the guys backstage after it had ended.
With the group now set to debut in the US, after singing with label Jive Records (Britney, Ciara, Chris Brown), they are said to want Derulo on-board to pen songs for their Stateside LP. For those somewhat puzzled by the link, American producer JR Rotem, who is Derulo’s mentor, produced JLS’ ‘Everybody In Love’ single – which is set to serve as their first in the US.
Whether JLS, or Derulo for that matter, manage to make a dent on the US industry will be interesting to see…
Following their double-win at the BRIT Awards this week, JLS have yet another reason to smile – they have received an endorsement from Hip-Hop superstar Jay-Z.
The boyband, the biggest to emerge from the UK in years, caught the 40 year old’s eye when he sat in the audience at the BRIT’s. Speaking to The Sun, Mr Carter said:
“I liked JLS, I watched them do their show. They’re a good band and remind me of ‘N Sync, a band who do the boy band thing well. They put on a class performance and I think they will go on to be as big as ‘N Sync.”
I’m not quite sure where or how Jay would have come to such an off-the-mark conclusion, as based on their performance-ability alone, JLS are light-years behind what N Sync were serving up back in the day (and that’s me being extra nice). More than anything though, where N Sync boasted viable solo stars in the form of Justin and JC Chasez (still cheesed off things never popped off for him, then again the material was doo-doo), JLS – to put it simply – don’t.
Still, with the likes of Jay-Z backing them – even if only verbally, the guys have indeed got a much needed boast ahead of their debut in America.
With their Stateside label Jive having already started promo for their 1st single ‘Everybody In Love’, I can not wait to see how the US takes to them. I say this as the guys have been getting away with a hell of a lot here i.e. mediocre vocals, awful routines, and more. Yet with the US – from my observation, (more times than not) calling out the wackness from the jump, it’ll be interesting to see how the boys fare. That said, they are signed to an awesome label there, who will likely promote them to the high-heavens; so maybe, just maybe, we may be onto the next N’ sync….right?
Randomness: Strangely enough, though not taking to them musically, I’m internally glad to see a group like this doing so well (see: Obama effect). If only their talent matched up.
The 30th annual BRIT Awards are taking place right now. Check out performances from the likes of Lady GaGa, Jay-Z, JLS, Alicia Keys, and Cheryl Cole. Be sure to keep refreshing the post, as performances will be added continually…
Lady GaGa – Telephone (Acoustic) / Dance In The Dark
The 30th annual BRIT Awards are taking place right now, and is set to feature performances from the likes of Lady GaGa, Jay-Z, JLS, Alicia Keys, and Cheryl Cole. As ever, That Grape Juice has you covered. Check out the live stream below!
The UK’s top group JLS performed an exclusive show at London’s Hammersmith Apollo earlier today. Sponsored by Nokia Comes With Music and T-Mobile, the event drew thousands and was attended by competition winners and industry pundits only (That Grape Juice was in the house). Check out more pics from the event below:
The video for Simon Cowell‘s charity single for Haiti, a remake of REM’s ‘Everybody Hurts’, premiered a few hours ago. Set to propel the song, which hit iTunes yesterday, into the stop spot, the accompanying video -which visually highlights the magnitude of the disaster- features a number of the track’s featured artists including Alexandra, Burke, Leona Lewis, JLS, Robbie Williams, and Cheryl Cole. Acts such as Mariah Carey and Kylie Minouge laid down vocals, however, were unable to appear in the video due to scheduling conflicts. Still, an admirable effort by all those involved.