It’s safe to say that JLS is one of the most successful British pop groups to emerge from a talent show since Girls Aloud, yeah? I mean One Direction and Jedward will hold their own too eventually I’m sure, but right now that’s what it is.
The X Factor spawned boyband is definitely on something of a golden run right now with all seven of their singles to date going Top 10 in the UK (five of which are #1 smashes). Both studio albums – JLS and Outta This World – are certified four times platinum and double platinum respectively there. So no pressure for project number three, Jukebox.
This forthcoming album is expected to deliver everything JLS is known for: infectious synth-driven pop with sublime R&B harmonies rendered in the mix. Some producers on board include RedOne (hit maker for Lady Gaga and the boys’ series gal pal Alexandra Burke), Chris Braide (Cheryl Cole and Diana Vickers), and Cutfather (the duo behind Kylie‘s ‘Get Outta My Way’ and Melanie C‘s ‘Think About It’).
Jukebox has already spawned two singles. The first being the rather insipid Americanised dance/pop effort ‘She Makes Me Wanna’ (featuring Dev), which managed to go #1 in the UK. Next in line is a lovely piano-based ballad titled ‘Take A Chance On Me’, just in time for the winter. It really feels like a familiar Bruno Mars and Ryan Tedder brainchild – and I do mean that in the nicest possible way.
Take a listen to ‘Take A Chance On Me’ here:
Check on the Jukebox
tracklisting playlist here:
1 – She Makes Me Wanna
2 – Do You Feel What I Feel
3 – Teach Me How To Dance
4 – Take A Chance on Me
5 – Go Harder
6 – So Many Girls
7 – 3D
8 – Take You Down
9 – Innocence
10 – Killed By Love
11 – Never Gonna Stop
12 – Shy of The Cool
Quick question: is ‘Teach Me How To Dance’ a cover of Che’Nelle‘s Top Model-strutting hot piece that was featured on Take The Lead? It would be immense if it was.
Physical releases are only starting to get interesting again now with two major British pop groups doing customised individual slip cases each bearing an image of your fave band mate. The Saturdays are doing the same thing for their forthcoming On Your Radar album. Meanwhile, this is what JLS‘ special edition Jukebox slip cases look like:
Aston – you better pose.
Marvin – let them have it.
Oritse – take it away.
Jonathan – I don’t think you can handle it.
JLS will drop Jukebox on 14 November, a week after ‘Take A Chance on Me’ arrives on UK store fronts.