Beyonce knows. Universal Music know. And, very soon, you’ll know too. For, the industry buzz surrounding this New Orleans native shows no sign of slowing.
Despite his humble age, the singer-songwriter is no stranger to the industry. Indeed, some may remember his J Records jaunt as part of R&B duo Luke & Q (their debut ‘My Turn’ still garners many a play here at TGJ HQ).
And while that venture didn’t propel James to the heights his talent called for, it also didn’t quel his desire to succeed. As such, he picked up pen and began crafting hits for a bevy of music’s biggest names – including Chris Brown (‘Crawl’) and Britney Spears (‘Kill The Lights’).
True talent, as the saying goes, can’t but be discovered eventually – and it wasn’t long before James’ abilities caught the attention of a certain Frank Gatson. Creative force behind the likes of Beyonce, EnVogue, Tyrese and the King of Pop Michael Jackson, Gatson spent a year honing and refining James, ultimately managing him into a lucrative record deal with Island Def Jam/Universal (by way of producer Danja‘s New Age Rock Stars imprint).
Now ready to emerge from the shadows, James posits a compelling package. For, in an industry which increasingly favours image over substance, his pin-up looks and undeniable vocal ability sees him dually tick both boxes. It’s this combination which has also garnered him a fan in none other than Beyonce; who not only featured him prominently in her ‘Run The World’ visual, yet more over is an actual fan of his music.
So as to whet apetites for James’ forthcoming material, ‘HIT’ play on the clip above for a visual exclamation!
In what will be sure to excite music lovers everywhere, two of Pop’s most respected vocalists joined forces recently backstage at a concert in Los Angeles.
Christina Aguilera and Adele were snapped together in deep conversation after meeting just minutes before backstage at the ‘Rolling In The Deep‘s singers latest concert.
This follows a statement by a songwriter working on Ms. Aguilera’s upcoming LP which reveals a great deal about its sound and content, and more interestingly how much of it is has been inspired by Adele.
She was indeed spotted in the audience at one of Britney Spears‘ ‘Femme Fatale’ concert shows just nights ago.
However, anybody under the impression that Lady GaGa and the ‘Toxic’ performer were now on speaking terms after months of speculation surrounding an alleged feud may be disappointed to know that this may not be the case.
For after she decided not to publicly respond to a tweet sent to her by Spears’ camp thanking her for the appearance at the show, Ms. Pokerface has seemingly ignored the Queen Of Pop again, this time on camera.
The latest line-up of the Sugababes continue to up the edgy in this striking new shot for Loaded‘s September issue.
With the ladies new single being titled ‘Freedom’, it appears Amelle and co were keen to liberate themselves from their clothes for the racy shoot. Whether it’ll pay off when the the song hits iTunes next month will be uber interesting to see.
As has been making rounds across the net, producer/casting director John “Woody” Woodbeck has set the Twitterverse ablaze with mention of music icons Madonna and Janet Jacksonhonoring pop princess Britney Spears at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards. The producer said:
If this lineup is legit (which I’m told it is) the tribute to Britney at the VMAs is gonna be insanely EPIC!! Wow! Wow! Wow!