British boyband JLS made their US television debut today on NY PIX 11, performing new single ‘Everybody In Love’.
From our standpoint, this was another ‘by-the-numbers’ performance of the song (which, as UK’ers, we’ve seen a million times already). However, we’re really keen to hear what folk think of the Jive-signed group’s first live American showing. Peep their performance below…
Following their record-breaking success with their first 3 singles, JLS are gearing up for the release of their fourth single ‘Kickstart’. Set for release on May 17th, the song will likely be the guys’ last domestic release ahead of their US debut. As previously reported, the group – consistent of Aston, Oritse, Marvin, and J.B, have recently signed a US deal with Jive.
Can’t say the song, which you can listen to below, is rocking my world. Too much cheese, and not enough ‘kick’. Still, a hit I’m sure it will be.
The UK’s top acts were out in full force last night for BBC’s Sports Relief extravaganza, which raised money for charity. Peep performances from Cheryl Cole (‘Parachute’) above and Lemar and JLS (‘What About Love’) below
On slower cuts especially, it becomes dreadfully obvious how limited Ms. Cole and JLS’ vocals are. I mean, for goodness sake Cheryl’s voice sounded wafer-thin and that’s just a backing track for her to sing lip-sync along to. What’s more, words cannot describe just how much Lemar showed up JLS too; Marvin and JB were especially awful. Still, it appears someone out there disagrees, as their sales and US deal shows. SMH…
With JLS‘ US debut drawing ever-nearer, the group’s most recognisable face, Aston Merrygold, has undergone an image overhaul in a bid to appeal to the Stateside audience. Hence gone is his much-ridiculed ‘perm’ – in its place a shorter do – and in comes a neck tattoo (both pictured above).
Granted aesthetic changes, quite honestly, were a necessity for any kind of chance at cracking the US market, one can only hope the guys are putting just as much effort in the dance studio and vocal training, as the results otherwise could be rather embarrassing.
Tidbit:‘Everybody In Love’ is already in heavy rotation on some of the US’ biggest radio stations, including New York’s Z100.
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…