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Fraser McAlpine | 09:53 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010


There are hallmarks of quality all over this song like chicken pox on a toddler - signs that this is exactly the kind of thing our nation's pop youth should be enjoying on a regular basis, if they want to grow up to be the kind of fine, upstanding citizens who can do a sudden backflip in a nightclub without kicking someone's drink over/glass eye out.

Take the Sound Of Music reference. I'm amazed no-one has thought of throwing that in before. It's perfect! The little minor-key warbly melody gives that great big Austrian hilltop moment a bit of metropolitan urgency, and they do it twice. Once without the banging beat and once with, after a shouty count-in. Amazing.

And this is all over a bed of stormy synth strings and spiralling bleeps. It's startlingly moody for what is supposed to be 'just' silly old pop music.

(Here's the video. Union jack-the-lad swing.)

Also, as a personal delight for me, there are the lyrics. Now I love JLS lyrics. They are clearly written by people who know that they absolutely do not have to make any sense whatsoever.

If the band are in the middle of doing what they do, and you, the audience, are concentrating on the words they're saying over, say, how they look, what muscles are flexing, which way up Aston is, the beat, the music, the clothes, the bagginess of Ortise's trousers, the hair, the teeth, the twinkly eyes, the voices, or what the song is saying even if the words are not, chances are you're not really JLS's core demographic.

So it's perfectly fine for them to trot out a like like "you could be the DJ, I could be the dancefloor, you could get up on me" without anyone batting an eyelid. It sounds like it might make sense, so probably it does. Even though it's DANCERS that get up on dancefloors, not DJs.

In fact, it you really want to be a stickler for accuracy, a better analogy might be "you could be the DJ, I could be your mixer, you could tweak my pitch control for beatmatching purposes and then crossfade me, all night long."

It still sounds like utter filth, but at least the metaphor is consistent.

Awarded one extra star for the "hey!" You know the one.

Five starsDownload: Out now

BBC Music page

(Fraser McAlpine)

Buzzin Pop Music says: "The enormous club track represents a change of direction for JLS."

Music Is My King Sized Bed says: "I am NOT a fan of the chorus though...especially that Sound of Music sampling."

FizzyPop!! says: "It is certainly what a modern boyband should sound like - part pop, part gimmick and part club."


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  • Comment number 1.

    I think... someones... or something... has just.... abducted Fraser.

    I won't even use excessive capitals snide nick-names to exemplify my disdain for this song. But do let me take you back to time before 'JLS' began their chart succes.

    You see, back when they we're doing X Factor they were one of the favourites to win - the had the voices, and they had harmonies - but as we know from the Jedward thread, this is not what make a popstar is it?

    You need the looks, the personality, the clothes, the physiques, the right amount of swagger etc, etc. And I must admit JLS stood up and rode that wave very well.

    Moving on a bit, they have now become nearly every teenaged girl's dream boy band, they've had chart success with 'Beat Again', 'Everybody In Love', and 'One Shot', all of which were perfectly good singles in their own right, but they did nothing for the more sane part of the nation.

    And now, we have possibly the lead single from their new album, or possibly the lead single from the re-release of their chart-topping, eponymous début. And this song pretty much nose-dives my stream of respect for them (I may not like their music, but they seem like nice lads) straight into the ground (Let's use a bird as a metaphor shall we?). Then they smooshed it into the ground further with their feet, jumped on it a bit, spat on it, set it on fire and let the next door neighbour's dog eat up the remains, and at the same time, a casual passer-by has recorded the whole thing and put it on YouTube.

    But seriously, I cannot begin the find the words that lurk somewhere in my grey matter to begin to fathom this apocolyptically tragic song. When they performed it 'Live', (COUGH COUGH 'Mimed'... ooh but shush) on Britain's Got Talent, it felt like Eurovision all over again... only it was against America this time - Alica Keys: fantastic, Miley Cyrus: great performer, Usher: also very good (as pain-staking as it is to say), then, just when we expected soemthing from this side of the pond the match that 'standards' that Pixie Lott set, we got a bunch of brainless mime puppets wearing a few rags that the Haus Of GaGa was probably eye-ing up.

    Come off it Fraser, 5 stars... I reckon this is the perfect example of Credit Crunch music - taking a sample of a piece of music that's pretty much a national treasure (to save having to write a completely new chorus), combine it with some beats (because thats what's 'big' now) shove some lyrics in, including the now ever-clichéd 'shawty' (because it's big in America apparently) and also some slightly controversial ones about getting "up on me" because "I could be the dancefloor" (ALERT!... some swagger has just been jacked).

    And if that wasn't enough tragedy, that video is horribly cringe-worthy, unoriginal, tried-and-tested, predictable dross. I actually did fall asleep. No word of a lie. :|

    What on earth has Fraser been taking whiffs of lately? Didn't these 'JLS' laddies come SECOND in the biggest singing competetion in the World? So don't even get me started on that God-awful over-use of auto-tune. It's a steamy hot mess.

    The most annoying thing is, that it's obviously going to chart well - currently A-Listed by the most popular radio in the country, numerous slots on music channels and lots of promotion (including BGT). It sickens me that JLS and their production team probably know ti's crap, but as long as they keep lifting their shirts up the public will buy it, because it's got their name on it. I wouldn't be too surprised to find that JLS and their production team are laughing behind cloosed doors about this release. So you can imagine my upset when I read the word 'Amazing' in Fraser's review, and then to scroll down to see a pinky-orange box fitted neatly with five yellow stars, well that just brought a tear to my eye.

    No stars for this mess.

  • Comment number 2.

    Normally, i'm impartial to a song, as i must admit my boundaries are quite low for what i class to be a good song.

    However, for this song i must protest.

    JLS' last album was a decent album, it had some good songs and despite the fact they came off the 'talent shows' most people on here despise, I thought they were good.

    But this is different, and this is poor. I have no hate for dance music, but this is an autotuned mess. The chorous is awful, and it sounds like they've all put a peg on the nose when they sing the word music.

    To even consider it for more than one star is impossible. Its awful and i'm sorry to say, I wont buy this track or their next album if it is all similar to this song, because it's just pure rubbish.

    I agree with Oddone, no stars for this song. If there were minus stars that could be awarded, there should be.

    Unfortunately, this song will be top 5 if not number one, because of their fan base.

    Rant Over :)

  • Comment number 3.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 4.

    And Fraser, I'll have you know Gwen Stefani used The Sound Of Music reference before in her single Wind It Up. That was also a poor song but at least Gwen could get away with it because she's quirky and she drew inspiration from her favourite film. I doubt any of the JLS boys like The Sound Of Music. They were just told to throw it in their song so it would get attention by their label.

  • Comment number 5.

    Didn't Gwen's song reference The Lonely Goatherd? I'm talking about the actual line "The [something] is alive with the sound of music"...

  • Comment number 6.

    I've tolerated JLS songs before but this is really bad. They've just deteriorated into a nothingness of manufactured tripe. This song isn't even catchy. Remember their audition? They sang really well with a song that suited them. And then the destruction began.

  • Comment number 7.

    What the hell?? If this isn't a 1-star song I don't know what is.

    I don't like people getting me started on why JLS are a waste of space, because I tend to go on forever, but you've made me now.

    I echo everything OddOne said (although I disagree that they have swagger). The only reason JLS have 'made it' is because they went on X Factor and picked up an army of hysterical teen schoolgirl fans who worship them like Gods, think they are 'soooooo buff', explode with crazed excitement at the mere sight of them, and will buy anything they release.

    What makes me so angry is how people say 'haven't they done well considering they didn't win X Factor!' Erm, the only reason they got famous and got a record deal was because they went on the show in the first place. Their album would never of seen the light of day if they hadn't entered it. The only difference between them and Alexandra 'I'm so amazing' Burke (again, don't get me started) is that they signed to a different record label than Cowell's after their time on the show. They've enjoyed all the same perks - endless radio airplay, constant tv appearances, coverage, promotion etc. and people already know who they are thanks to... yes, you guessed it, X Factor. And it's just as bad seeing them appear on these big tv shows, miming, then getting huge applause and compliments. And then people like Simon Cowell tell everyone how 'hard they've worked' and how well they've done to have all this success and sell all those records, which is an insult to all artists who genuinely have worked hard for success.

    Thing is though, all they and their management care about is cashing in on their army of teenage girl fans for as long as they can, in other words before their fans grow up. So what do they do? Continually release cheesy songs with lyrics about loving girls (which their fans love) and videos with cheesy dancing and lifting of shirts. Remember that 'secret management plan' for JLS that was leaked to the press a while ago? It said they planned for them to release a new album at the end of every year for 5 years, deliberately timed to capitalise on the Christmas market, and no doubt Cowell will invite them to perform on X Factor every year so he can say 'we found them on this show and look how well they've done'.

    As for this song, well it just compounds everything doesn't it? Terrible terrible lyrics, dated production, full of auto-tune, and totally unoriginal. Which all means their fans will go wild for it and buy it because 'JLS have to get to no.1 because they are amaaaaazing and they are soooo buff come on let's all buy it!!' That's the sad thing. Then people will say 'wow what an achievement for JLS another no.1!' It's not even 'so bad it's good', it's just so bad it's downright offensive. It was disgraceful that they mimed the whole thing On Britain's Got Talent - although I wasn't surprised in the slightest, in fact, I don't think they've sang live once since being on X Factor. Anyway, what was worse was the way Simon Cowell and co stood up to applaud them, and how Ant and Dec complimented their performance and their 'amazing success'.

    There's no question what will happen next - another single at the end of the year which they will get to perform on X Factor and therefore probably get it to no.1, and they'll release an album the week after, to take advantage of the Christmas market, and they'll repeat this every year as long as their fans are stupid enough to buy into it. They are nothing but a manufactured cash cow for their record label, a vehicle to sell records to the lowest common denominator and make a load of money from it. That's the only reason they got signed - the record label saw a huge business opportunity in them - young boyband, already famous thanks to a tv show, loved by young girls... absolutely ideal. It makes me laugh when people say 'they aren't manufactured because they were formed by themselves.' Right, so it doesn't matter that everything they have done since X Factor has been steered and controlled by their management, but just because they formed the group themselves that means they aren't manufactured? Give me a break.

    Put simply, no-one would care about them and they would never have this career they have now if they never entered the most-watched 'talent' (yeah right) show in the country, which happens to be primarily watched by young girls. They've got it so easy it's unreal.

  • Comment number 8.

    Excellent review kutox, couldn't have put it better myself.

    Face it Fraser, you're a minority on this one: everyone who's reviewed this song so far (bar you) has given it less than one star... one even tried to give a minus score, for heaven's sake!

    I aslo think it's rediculous that JLS have such a deluded demographic. I read this mildly amusing comment on DigitalSpy.com, where someone stated that they could not believe the standing ovation and the cheers the got before they even opened their mouths, and how there fans were dso deluded that if BGT got a record player, plonked in in the middle of the stage and played the new song from there they still would've gone nuts for them.

    There's light at the end of the tunnel though, these horrifically manufactered boys only have a few years left, as their demographic gets older so well JLS' music, no matter how many records they sell, the production on this track sounds dated as hell and if this is "the all-new JLS", Lord help them. I actually liked them on X Factor because at least they were soulful, to an extent.

  • Comment number 9.

    Kutox, excellent analysis on the JLS boys. Hopefully it won't be deleted like mine was at Comment 3 because apparently there's a limit on the amount of free speech I use anymore. >:( I didn't even say anything bad, just criticised their music and marketing.

    Oh and Fraser, you would be right about The Lonely Goethard and not The Sound Of Music, I thought you were talking about samples from the film and not the song itself.

  • Comment number 10.

    I'd just like to speak on behalf of both Fraser and JLS here.
    "Face it Fraser, you're a minority on this one: everyone who's reviewed this song so far (bar you) has given it less than one star... one even tried to give a minus score, for heaven's sake!" - we must remember that music is entirely subjective and so, therefore, are reviews. Opinions should be respected whether you agree or not. One man's meat is another man's poison and all that.

    I can see exactly where Fraser is coming from here. I'm hardly a big JLS fan, but as far as throwaway pop tunes go this isn't the worst. It's very catchy (even if the main hook is a sample, but that's something so commonplace nowadays it's hardly fair to penalise them so harshly for that) and very 'now'. Yeah sure it won't be remembered 10 years down the line but that's hardly the point is it? It's a party song that knows exactly who its audience is and is providing them with what they want.

    Which brings me to what everyone has been saying about them cashing in on their so-called stupid fans. So what if they are!? Am I missing something here? If this is what the tween girls are after then why shouldn't people cash in? Nobody's making them listen. The people behind JLS are simply filling a market that would otherwise be exploited by somebody else. No use trying to force credible stuff down their throats, that's not what many 13 year old females are interested in. They're always gonna be after pretty boys singing nice pop songs. It's always been that way and it always will. When I was 13 it was McFly and Busted, for my mum it was David Essex and now it's JLS. Where's the difference?

    You can't get so angry at the industry for making money off a willing audience. If you don't like it, turn the other way.

  • Comment number 11.

    OddOne, I actually agree that on X Factor they did show some signs of potential. They could of gone down a mature, soulful route after they appeared on the show. But sadly they have sold out in favour of becoming just another cheesy, generic, soulless boyband aimed directly at teenage girls, to ensure they sell lots of records (they had a headstart with their fame and fanbase too). That is partly down to their record label, who signed them purely for the opportunity to manufacture them this way in order to make them some quick cash. But JLS themselves were more than happy to go along with it because it gets them no.1 singles and albums, sellout (ho ho) live shows etc.

    So at the end of the day it's a case of another group sacrificing musical quality for record sales. We shouldn't be surprised though - after all, we know the reason people enter X Factor in the first place. They want fame and fortune, to be on tv and in the charts.

  • Comment number 12.

    Oh dear, it seems Digital Spy are at it too...

  • Comment number 13.

    Oh dear LORD! Not Digital Spy! They actually talk some sense sometimes! (Not the forums, obviously :L, neither am I saying BBC ChartBlog doesn't talk sense).

    But I spy another light at the end of the tunnel! Scouting For Girls' new single 'Famous' has a lot to be learnt from:

    "I can't act, I can't dance, I can't sing, can't you see?/
    But I'm young and I'm pretty and that's all that you need/
    Oh, that's the reason I should be on TV"

    Should put some people in their places...

    And oh how rude of me, just when I was saying conversation needed to be sparked! A very warm welcome to you, Oliviaaa987... PLEASE STAY! :L

  • Comment number 14.

    Actually, I think young Olivia predates most of us - I think she's been around for a couple of years or so at least. An old head on young shoulders (and typing fingers), as I recall.

  • Comment number 15.

    Oh right, yes Olivia does seem like she's got a brain in that head doesn't she?

    Well, I guess it's a well back then!

  • Comment number 16.

    EDIT: Welcome back!

  • Comment number 17.

    Oh and Olivia, I was meant to comment you last night. Yes, I see where you and Fraser are coming from with your defence of JLS. Manufactured pop bands and singers have always been around from David Essex to N*Sync to Busted to JLS. But what I find annoying is how blatant JLS are in trying to score a hit - their souls or hearts don't seem to be in it at all.

    JLS have basically figured that synths, samples, Auto-Tune and lyrics about 'shawties' are 'in' now and have basically put that in the song without putting their own twist or stamp on it at all. It just seems like a real lazy thing to do, like they don't care about the music, just how much money their going to make from gullible 13 year olds.

    I know McFly or Busted weren't entirely original either but their songs appeared to have a little of their personality thrown in there. This track could be sang by any artist or group in pop music today. It's bland as well as annoying.

    Plus JLS seem so full of themselves, especially Aston and Marvin. I know they're considered the best looking in the band but they seem to always have this smug, glint in their eye.

  • Comment number 18.

    As for Digital Spy, I feel that site has gone down in quality lately, especially the music section. It might have a snazzy new design but they've cut down big time on the single and album reviews they do. They need to get a more versatile team of writers too. All their Sound Blog posts are focused on Lady GaGa, Kylie and JLS. How about highlighting some more rock or alternative artists more?

  • Comment number 19.

    Not to mention their personal sections of Christina and Kylie too...

    I only just found out that 'Bi-On-Ic' dropped 27 places from the #1 spot in one week! :O

    And by the looks of things, even if she's changed her second single choiuce from 'Woo-Hoo' to 'You Lost Me', a don't believe she's going to reach the same height as her earlier career - 'You Lost Me'... bored me.

  • Comment number 20.

    But apparently I Hate Boys is being released as the international single while You Lost Me will be released as a US only single. I think the Nicki Minaj assisted Woo-Hoo has been scrapped.

  • Comment number 21.

    Haha, thank you for the welcome! It has been a good couple of years or so now you're right Curtains (can I call you Curtains?), seeing as I had to get a new username after I accidentally revealed I was only 15 at the time and therefore underage so was banned. I'm 17 now so I'm fully legal.

  • Comment number 22.

    "Said the actress to the bishop ! "

  • Comment number 23.


    Knock it to em boys !
    This is an extremely well produced ,dancefloor conquering song that contains more hooks than Captain Birdseye's fishing vessel !

    The spirit and affinity between the boys comes across in waves during the video , and this is an incredibly strong lead single .

    The fun and excitement in the track really shines , and this will fully embrace radio , and has already been number 2 in the T.V airplay chart .

    The second part of the chorus when the drum beat really kicks in , is absolute pop magic .

    The song has huge commercial possibilities and is a sure-fire winner .

    A fantastic return !

  • Comment number 24.

    "A fantastic return!"

    From a business point of view and not a creative point of view.

  • Comment number 25.

    Olivia, in response to your first post on this page, I absolutely get what you mean about them satisfying their target group, and I suppose it's easy for me to take these things too seriously, but as I said in my last post, in my opinion the problem is the fact that they are purely driven that way, the focus is not in any way on making good music, it's basically 'how can we guarantee selling lots of records to young girls'. They didn't have to go down this route, but like I said it's a case of selling out which is disappointing.

    What angers me is how JLS get all the commercial promotion, radio airplay, tv appearances etc just because they went on a 'talent' show and got famous, and that they are super-marketable. And the worst thing is how they get praised for selling lots of records when we know the real reason for it. While all this is happening, many genuine quality musicians get shunned to the background. That's what's wrong. I know that's a generalisation, but when they've achieved fame and fortune in such a publicised way it sends out a bad message.

    At least with bands like McFly and Busted they play instruments and write their own songs etc, it's not as if there's a record label controlling their every move and focusing purely on making money.

    Oh and spirit - 'commercial possibilities' does not automatically = good. What did you expect - for them to take a risk and actually focus on creativity? And as for 'extremely well produced', well, perhaps if it was released 10 - 15 years ago.

  • Comment number 26.

    awful, awful song that unfortunately, is going to be a smash hit..

  • Comment number 27.

    Fraser, you do not always have to be impartial to the song you are listening to. JLS are a manufactured awful stinking pile of rubbish band that have never once made a catchy song in their life, or for that matter even written a song in their life, so why oh why must you pretend that you like their songs to make yourself look impartial? JLS are TERRIBLE you should be one of the people proclaiming that from the rooftops not sitting there giving them a five star review when you give brilliant artists like Muse Scissor Sisters and Green Day 4 star reviews. Do not even for a second feel like you can rate JLS alongside any band that is not manufactured and actually writes its own music. Especially when all you're going to do is praise a band that aren't even that good at singing any more let alone writing one of their own songs.

  • Comment number 28.

    George, I can understand your frustration. I don't like JLS either. But music is subjective and if Fraser wants to give it 5 stars then Fraser is entitled to give them 5 stars. I think this song is a big pile of stinking rubbish also but I can see how it could be catchy, as were their previous 3 singles (although Beat Again was the only one I could tolerate).

    And how do you know JLS have never written a song in their lives. They could have a stack of songs that they've written but obviously their churning out this manufactured crap instead. Remember, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera started out as manufactured popstars too and now they write their own stuff.

    JLS might one day surprise us and make a less manufactured album but with this second album coming up, they have digressed in quality.

  • Comment number 29.

    I was going to say something really important then... but I forgot. Oh YEAH!

    "Fraser, you do not always have to be impartial to the song you are listening to."

    I agree, and it's not like Fraser has been completely impartial either, lok at what he said about Mika in the 'Rain' thread, or Jedward in the 'Under Pressure' thread. He wasn't impartial to the artists then....

  • Comment number 30.

    And how many of his 21 number 1 singles , did ELVIS PRESLEY write ?

  • Comment number 31.

    And how many of KYLIE MINOGUE'S 38 top 5 singles did she solely write ?

  • Comment number 32.

    Add the two answers together and the total is

  • Comment number 33.

    They didn't use auto-tune.

  • Comment number 34.

    spirit, whether they write the songs or not is NOT the issue here. All those hits from Elvis and Kylie were bought by so many people because they liked the songs, but with JLS I think it's fair to say the main reason they have sold lots of records is because young girls fancy them and are desperate for them to get to no.1, so they'll buy anything they put out regardless of what it's like. And this career and success they have now is purely down to the fame they gained from being on X Factor - how many times do I have to say it?

  • Comment number 35.

    I don't think JLS are getting no.1 records just because they are good-looking, their songs are incredibly catchy and good to dance too and sometimes that's all people want in a song. You can't say that only artists you like get no.1's for the right reasons because, as has been pointed out before, music is subjective.

    Sure X-Factor gave them a leg up in the pop market but it's no different from any other marketing campaign, I doubt Kylie spent years on the pub/club circuit gaining a fanbase.

    P.S: I don't like JLS

  • Comment number 36.

    JLS = Currently on minute twelve of their fifteen.

    If they keep putting out dated rubbish like this then good riddence.

  • Comment number 37.

    OK , if it's a fun , friendly debate you want , let's all get our vuvuzelas out !

  • Comment number 38.

    What has got JLS to the top is the most important thing any pop star can have , and that is songs that appeal to millions of people .

    Someone here mentioned that none of JLS'S songs are catchy .

    WHAT !!!! ?

    They are soon to have 4 top 10 radio airplay top 10 hits , and have sold over 1 million singles .
    Their songs are well crafted pop songs , that have loads of catchy hooks which have prompted people to buy them

    Why ?

    Because they are catchy .

  • Comment number 39.

    Their debut album has sold over 1 million copies and has gone 3 times platinum , this feat is nigh on impossible to do without having catchy songs that appeal to a lot of people .

  • Comment number 40.

    "The main reason they have sold lots of records is because young girls fancy them "

    Surely it's because Beat Again , Everybody in Love , One Shot and future hit single ,The Club is Alive are infectiously catchy songs that have thrived at radio and t.v , and thus erupted in a commercial explosion .

    Having been around the music business for a long time , I have yet to meet a radio playlist panel that A list songs just because the artists are pleasing to the eye . It is nearly always about the appeal of the song .

    Also as far as I am aware , the gorgeous Fraser from Cornwall is NOT A TEENAGE GIRL who fancies JLS , and has so far given JLS singles 4 , 4 , 4 and 5 stars , so that blows that argument out of the water .

  • Comment number 41.

    People have also suggested that JLS are only successful because thay appeared on X FACTOR .

    Sorry , they have succeeded because of the appeal of their songs , andf the fact that they have worked extremely hard , and really enjoy what they do .

    Plus thay are being managed and marketed by an absolutely first class team .

    If being on a huge talent show is the route to guranteed success , then can you please tell me where Michelle McManus , Steve Brookstein and Leon Jackson are ?

  • Comment number 42.

    And if you want to argue this point even more then we can always compare the songs and careers of JLS and ONE TRUE VOICE .

  • Comment number 43.

    Catchy? Please, there are tons of catchy songs that have failed in the charts. You honestly believe JLS's success has nothing to do with their instant fame, endless tv and radio promo, and army of fans they picked up from X Factor, but purely because their songs are 'catchy'? I'll be honest, I thought Beat Again was a solid debut song for it's catchyness, albeit the boys hardly contributed to it much with super-cheesy lyrics, heavily-produced vocals, and facelessness. But Everybody In Love and One Shot were dire, totally dated and sounded like some cheesy American boyband songs from the 90's.

    If you're going by the sales = good argument, well, Bob The Builder sold a million singles, so I guess that makes him a musical genius, does it? And do you honestly think the X Factor winners songs, for instance, always sell so much because people like them, or because of the hype they receive because it's what the end of the show leads to? Or is it just a coincidence they always sell near a million copies? You tell me. What I'm saying is that in many cases it's common sense to see that people finding the song 'catchy' is not the main reason they sell so much. I'm sure it's not just teenage girls who bought JLS's songs and album, but it won't last beyond the initial hype if they keep releasing rubbish like The Club Is Alive. They'll be reduced to a load of die-hard schoolgirl fans if they continue. I think the response to the latest single shows that people are starting to see how little they actually have to offer.

    As for the argument about Radio stations playing their songs because they are 'catchy' - are you honestly telling me that Radio 1, for example, wouldn't playlist a song by either Muse, Biffy Clyro, or Kasabian, if it wasn't up to the standard of their other songs? Of course they would. Same goes for more commercial acts such as Lady Gaga, or, yes, JLS. Radio 1 playlisted JLS songs because they were this massively hyped up boyband who everyone already knew because of the tv show they got their fame from. That is so obvious, anyone can see that. They will keep playlisting their songs until they start bombing (which isn't going to happen at the moment considering their popularity), same goes for any commercial acts that radio stations playlist. I think you're winding me up to be honest.

    So, from what you are saying, you think that if JLS NEVER went on X Factor, they would still have this career and all this success they have now? You must be having a laugh? Come on, seriously? Use your common sense for goodness sake. So, it's just pure coincidence that they got signed a few weeks after reaching the final of the show, it had absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they had just become famous and were loved by teenage girls all over the land. Their record label signed them for none of those reasons. Now you're really having a laugh with me.

    And how on earth have they 'worked extremely hard'? Sorry, but from these eyes, they've just gone on a watched-by-millions 'talent' show, sang a few other people's songs, charmed a load of young girls, got signed by a major record label, had a load of songs made for them with the odd co-write from JLS themselves, had a ridiculous amount of hype, coverage, and airplay because of who they are, gone on tv and sang - sorry mimed - their songs and thrown in some cheesy dance moves and lifted their shirts to please the girls, and got minted because of it. How can you honestly compare that to artists who have spent years from a young age writing their own songs, forging their own sound, playing in clubs, and trying to get noticed and fight for a record deal - all with little resources, and often having to make many sacrifices along the way. It's insulting to say JLS have worked hard, they will NEVER know the true meaning of hard work in music. You said it yourself - they are being managed and marketed by a good team. They are just a business opportunity for them.

    I don't know who said being on X Factor guarantees success, but I certainly have never said that. Yes, many past contestants have subsequently failed in their attempts to launch music careers, but JLS have been successful because they are incredibly marketable - a young boyband, already famous thanks to a tv show, loved by young girls everywhere. It was an absolutely ideal situation for a record label (Epic in this case) to snap them up and manufacture them into this cheesy young boyband aimed directly at young girls in order to make some quick cash out of them. They were never going to pass up an opportunity like that. Previous X Factor singers who haven't been successful since, like the ones you mentioned, haven't had the same marketability as JLS. That's all it is at the end of the day. You could argue that many artists in music have been successful for the same reasons, but ones who have broken through this year like Ellie Goulding and Marina & The Diamonds, for instance, have achieved their breakthrough by their own hard work and talent, not because they went on a tv show and got their foot in the door.

    If you want to keep arguing with me about this then I'm more than happy.

  • Comment number 44.

    Well as some of the regulars were recently bemoaning that this site was getting a little eventful , it looks like me and Kutox are going to produce the goods in terms of articulate debate .


    Ok , here we go again , vuvuzelas at the ready !

  • Comment number 45.

    Explain to me then Kutox , that if Everybody in Love was dire and dated , how did it rack up sales of over 300,000 copies ?

    Surely , those 300,000 liked it enough to buy it ?

    It is a very likeable , sweet song , with two huge choruses.

    I don't recall hordes of teenage girls in HMV on the day of release threatening record buyers to purchase it or risk having scratch wounds from false nails ?

    And tell me how the song found it's way on to the Radio 1 "A" LIST , and nearly every other commercial station in the UK .

    Do you not think the "experts" on the playlist panels heard a modern sounding song , laden with pop hooks that would appeal to thousands ?

    I am yet to meet a playlist panel made up entirely of "impressionable teenage girls " with JLS posters adorning their walls .

    Some people I know on panels ,I have a lot of respect for , in terms of knowledge of music , audience awareness and consciousness regarding the appeal of songs.

  • Comment number 46.

    Bob the Builder

    It is clear why Can We Fix It got to number 1 .

    It appealed to absolutely thosands of people , off the back of a popular series , but more importantly it contained huge catchy pop hooks that appealed to a massive target demographic .

    Not my cup of tea obviously , but anyone with an awareness of music could hear a song with lots of likeability in a child -like novelty way .
    Also Neil Morrissey's comic timing and likeable characterisation carried it through.

    Can we fix it ?

    Yes We Can !!!

  • Comment number 47.

    Of course JLS have worked hard to get where they are .

    Have they employed Harry Potter to get out his huge wand and "ta -dah " , there you are guys , a million selling album and three top ten hits , two of them number 1's .

    Did Harry say :

    "You don't have to do anything , just lay on the sofa , eating pizza and chips .

    I am going to form a band for you , and enter a big televised talent show , and magically fix it for you to come second !

    Here , let me get the remote control for you , don't get up .
    You have 100 channels , just lie there , and I will make you the biggest selling boyband of the last year.
    All you have to do is nothing .

    Here you are , burger and fries , you said ,
    How about some tomato ketchup with that ?
    Oh and a side order of 10 cans of lager to wash it down !

    You sleep now , and when you wake up , you will be rich and famous .

    I have bribed that reviewer at Radio 1 called Fraser to give all your singles 4 stars or more , and as it's Aston's birthday , I even had to do something naughty to please him , to ensure the latest single gets 5 stars !

    This wand really is magical !

    Anyway sleep now , my pretties. . .

    When you wake up , the future is yours ! "

  • Comment number 48.

    The facts are :

    JLS DID form Jack The Lad Swing

    They did have the courage to go on X - FACTOR

    They did have the talent and likeability to come second .

    They DID have the talent and personalities to prompt my good friends at Epic records to offer them an excellent record deal.

    They HAVE worked with first class songwriters , choreographers , management and producers .

    They ARE reaping the benefits of their appeal in terms of record sales , concert sales and merchandise .

    What was the correct move , lying on the sofa eating pizza or forming a band , working hard at their craft and having the ambition to succeed ?

    There is a message for a lot of people in their story , do nothing and get nothing , or do something and get something .

    Not everyone is going to like their music ,it's pop music and people will always have differing opinions but these guys started nowhere and have got somewhere .

    And more to the point , they make a lot of people very happy .

  • Comment number 49.

    As much as it pains me to think that people buy JLS records because they think it's good I think we have to go back to that age old cliche 'Music Is Subjective'. People will like what they like at the end of the day.

  • Comment number 50.

    Agreed with Harry. While the majority of JLS' target market is teenage girls, there are others outside that demographic who also enjoy their music and we must respect that...no matter how much I don't want to.

  • Comment number 51.

    "my good friends at Epic records"

    Oh now I understand why you are so supportive of JLS.

    Anyway, Everybody In Love found it's way to Radio 1's A list because their previous, massively-hyped song Beat Again performed well. Radio stations love JLS because they pull in listeners, namely their thousands of fans. Of course Radio 1 were going to playlist it, do you even know how their playlist works?? You're not talking as if you do. If a commercial artist's previous song performs well they playlist the next song, again and again until they start flopping. I said this before but you obviously didn't read it.

    Anyway, same goes for why the song sold over 300,000 copies, including the fact that they performed it on X Factor in front of 10+ million people. In fact, that considered, 300k isn't even that impressive when you look at the sales of some of the other songs performed on X Factor last year (eg. Bad Boys 600k, Meet Me Halfway over 500k, Bad Romance almost 800k).

    I still don't know why you're arguing that they've worked hard - I'm not saying they've done nothing, but you cannot honestly say they've worked anywhere near as hard as 90% of musicians out there. It's clear how their success has come about, I said that before.

    And don't give me the whole 'pop music' shtick - I'm amongst the biggest pop music fans you'll find.

    Where were we again?

    Ugh... try and bear with me - I do take forever to write this stuff, I'm never happy with how I write things.

  • Comment number 52.

    I'll look at this objectively.
    The lyrics aren't that original; you've got your common crunk talk like 'shawty' and your typical setting of a club (obviously), appeal to hot girl and definitely at least one mention of 'dance floor', 'private show' 'you turn me on' and a metaphor involving fire. Apart from the obvious FAIL in DJs getting on the dance floor, when the point is they don't, the lyrics are coherent and not achingly bad, like in most songs this days.
    The hooks are very strong. A pop song will probably not do well without a hook, and the chorus is phenomenally catchy, and is doing the tried-and-tested technique of sampling something that shouldn't work, and it modulates the key, giving it that emphasis.
    The overall musical structure is basic, but not in clever or stripped down sense. It sounds a bit dumb and repetitive, and the whole thing can bore after a while. And it actually does sound like a lot of other songs in this genre, they could easily blend into one. There's nothing wrong with having similar sounds, I mean every act's songs have things in them which run throughout all of them, but this isn't distinctive apart from the chorus.
    Subjective, now. The image campaign is a big problem. Music has become more business than art; the balance has gone. Their clothing and pouts and dance moves feel contrived; it doesn't feel like they're fully enjoying it, and even if they are, then they're not selling it well. This is worrying. I'm not saying every act has to write all their songs but a sense of creative input needs to come across; a comfortability and a show of control. They look like rabbits caught in headlights, pawns in Epic Records game plan. It's about time that music became more about artists having more say, a 60-40 split. The machine means that music is now seen as something to enjoy for two weeks then chuck. There's that small percentage that like JLS as true musical artists; fully respected, but then I think back to their first audition for X Factor and think 'They could do so much better than this'. They'll grow to hate this and want to branch out a bit more.
    After all that, it's basically mostly dirge, and to give it 5 stars is obviously an attempt at being funny and mildly controversial. It failed. Commercial success doesn't have to be achieved in this way. The only reason it's on the radio all the time and on telly all the time because they are willing enough to be spent cheaply on to satisfy people with what they like in poor quality; it's all the public hear so it ends up being all they expect. Much like chocolate. Nice for two minutes, awful afterwards and you still have it.

  • Comment number 53.

    Hi Kutox , loving the debate , it's good fun , and in some ways , we are both right , and it's always good to read different viewpoints , so long as we all stay friendly and respect ech other , which of course we do .

    Anyway here we go again buddy ! lol

    Interested in one of your comments, regarding the radio 1 playlist.

    "If a commercial artists previous song performs well , they playlist the next song , again and again , until they start flopping. "

    Having studied the music world vocationally for many years , I hope by now , I am aware of how the Radio 1 playlist works , and I have found that the above is not always the case.
    Each song is judged on it's own individual merits .

    For example :


    Despite Undisclosed Desires being "a" listed it only reached number 49.
    The station still "a" listed next single The Resistance , despite of this .

    Little Boots

    New in Town and Remedy were both "a" listed and reached number 13 and the top 10 respectively .
    However next single Earthquake failed the listings and thus failed to chart , despite big success of her first two singles .

    Alexandra Burke

    Bad Boys and Broken Heels were both "a" listed and went to number 1 and top ten respectively .
    However for some reason , the next single All Night Long , was not playlisted , despite being a huge sales hit , This omission still mystifies me , but there you are .

    That's just 3 recent examples ,I have hundreds more .

    The facts are that all 4 , JLS singles have met the criteria to become an "a" list song , on each tracks individual merit .

    To my ears , they all sound modern , well produced , fresh , fun , commerciallly viable and appeal to many of the stations target demographic.

    Not everyones cup of tea , obviously , but certainly deserving of Radio 1 "a" listing , in the big scheme of things .

    Over to you.....

  • Comment number 54.

    The sound of music quote was genius, and this is full of hooks, I would be very surprised if it didn't do well. BUT I must admit I probably won't remember it very well in a few years time, and it definitely could be any of a multitude of bands. I must admit I prefer JLS post X-factor, i barely noticed them on it... but maybe it's because I'm not a teenaged girl..

  • Comment number 55.

    little boots so deserved a playlist though for earthquake

  • Comment number 56.

    "they all sound modern , well produced , fresh , fun"

    My quip is with that second 'quality'. Well produced? If they were well produced we'd hear their voices, not some randon squeals of auto-tune.

  • Comment number 57.

    The auto tune vocals add a positive dimension to this song and are almost a hook in themselves . Superb . Luckily pop music has no rules . This is gonna be a huge hit , a fun song and me and Fraser are not teenage girls ! We can both hear one big pop track with lots of appeal .

  • Comment number 58.

    Many of us can also spot a hit in the making, spirit: we saw that 'Eenie Meanie' was going to be huge and it was.

    That said, I'm sure if you ask around you'll find you were the only one singing it's praises - just because someone like myself, Randy and kutox don't like it, doesn't mean we don't think it's going to be huge.

    'The Club Is Alive' will be huge.

  • Comment number 59.


  • Comment number 60.

    Fair enough spirit, debate is good :) here goes, once again:

    Muse - they are not a commercial band in terms of singles i.e. they get the odd top 10 single but they are not expected to be always in the charts and on commercial radio and they are unlikely to ever score a no.1, as great it would be. Them having a song outside the top 40 is not considered a flop, whereas it would be for JLS, Lady Gaga etc. Same thing applies with bands like Kasabian, Biffy Clyro. Radio 1 will probably always support them, and rightly so, because they hardly get much support elsewhere do they?

    Little Boots - she was of course last year's hot tip by the BBC's Sound poll for big things. New In Town was a bit of a let-down, missing the top 10 and failing to raise her profile amongst the public. Remedy was much better and made the top 10 - and considering she was still not well-known, that proves it was based on the quality of the song, it was just one of those instantly catchy songs. In my opinion Earthquake didn't do so well because it wasn't one of those songs that grabs you when you hear it in passing, unlike Remedy, and again, considering Little Boots still wasn't that well-known, despite Remedy being a hit, people were unlikely to take any major interest in Earthquake.

    Alexandra Burke - She never has to worry about people knowing who she is because she came from X Factor - funnily enough, like JLS (don't give me the whole 'other X Factor contestants have failed' lecture because I explained that before). Her first single was always going to be a hit with the huge build up and obligatory X Factor performance. Basically, Cowell pulls the strings and makes sure she does well by getting her the most promo and airplay possible. Anyway, you said it yourself - the omission of All Night Long 'mystifies' you, yet you're claiming songs only get playlisted because of their quality. Well then, All Night Long must of been a bad song, right? Either way, Alexandra isn't someone who NEEDS Radio 1's support for her songs to do well - everyone knows who she is, and because she is an X Factor winner on her first album, she is guaranteed airplay from almost every commercial radio station in the country, as well as several tv appearances. I was glad Radio 1 omitted it because she doesn't need their support, and in my opinion it's right that they give other artists a chance, artists who haven't had the same luxuries as Alexandra. The song reached the top 5 anyway so that proves my point.

    JLS are in the same boat as Alexandra - they got all the exposure by reaching the X Factor final, they didn't win it but that makes no difference, in fact the only difference between them and Alexandra was that they signed to a different record label after the show. They've still had all the same perks.

    And I cannot believe you've just defended their use of auto-tune. How on earth has it added 'a positive dimension' to the song?! In some songs it does work as a good effect (eg. Scissor Sisters' Filthy/Gorgeous, or any Daft Punk songs), but in the case of JLS' new song, it's nothing but a pathetic excuse for them to not have to sing, which is ironic considering they came 2nd in a 'major singing competition', but that just proves even more that they were not snapped up for their singing or musical ability, but because they were a marketing opportunity.

    Of course The Club Is Alive will be a huge hit, that's inevitable because of how big JLS are right now, but that does not mean it's any good. It's not just coincidence that so many people dislike it, and I'm not just talking about us lot on this blog.

  • Comment number 61.

    kutox is right, I can only think of one other website that likes this song - Popjustice.com, and let's face it, they're hardly unbiased are they?

    A well written post there, kutox, and every single bit of it is relevant to how badly the charts are being shaped by manufactured artists like Alexandra, JLS, Leona, ooh and let's not forget the newest member who'll be joining the clan in around about August/Spetember time - Olly Murs!

    *sarcastic 'woo-hoo'*

  • Comment number 62.

    JLS were praised by both Popjustice and Digital Spy. You don't happen to work for Digital Spy do you, spirit? Your writing style is similar to there's. They also have a fancy way with puns.

  • Comment number 63.

    Oh yeah, I forgot about Digital Spy... how annoying, almost all the forum members (plus kutox) feel they were wrong to give it 4/5 stars, to the point where they believed they must just be on drugs to give it that score.

    Digital Spy's review used to be very catty, an would pick at the bad parts of songs like 'Bad Romance' for goodness sake. Now it seems they've replaced the old reviewer with some wet drip who can't help but give only Lady GaGa's stuff five stars, and everything else three/four.

    What's most annoying now is they seems too afraid to give anything less than three stars - their latest review - Ciara and Ludacris' 'Ride' had a review that has spelling out 'ONE/TWO STAR REVIEW' more and more obviously with every line. It got three stars. This was annoying as it is indeed a two star song.

    Whatever the critics and the JLS hardcore fans say, the general consensus of casual listeners of 'The Club Is Alive' is that it's a bit more than just poo.

  • Comment number 64.

    Agreed about the Ciara song being 2 STARS. Can you believe the video was banned in the UK though? And a number of channels in America too?

    It's not tbad at all. It's just Ciara dancing suggestively (and very well) in a tank top. How did Christina, Rihanna, Lady GaGa get away with it? What's with the Ciara snub?

  • Comment number 65.

    Crimes against dull music?

  • Comment number 66.

    I've enjoyed Digital Spy's reviews for a while but recently they are getting very irritating with their constant metaphors which are really crap and often make no sense, and their sucking-up to certain artists - refusing to criticise anything they do. They are trying too hard to be witty and clever.

  • Comment number 67.

    Yeah, I agree, they seem to favour Lady GaGa, Kelis, Robyn, and Diana Vickers (!? what's so special about her?).

    Very annoying.

  • Comment number 68.

    Oh don't get me started on Diana Vickers as well!!

  • Comment number 69.


    I couldn't resist. ;)

  • Comment number 70.

    I could barely read past the first half a sentense on this review, and have only just finished it, I'd like to point this sentense out:

    "signs that this is exactly the kind of thing our nation's pop youth should be enjoying on a regular basis,"

    O rly? Now let me draw attention to this line frmo the song:

    "You could be the DJ, I could the dancefloor, you could get up on me".

    Oh yes, a very good message to send out to the youths I'm sure you'll agree.

  • Comment number 71.

    I've lost all respect for JLS after this pile of garbage, the talent and originality seems to have been sucked out of them since they were on the x-factor, seeing as they can't even sing live anymore, not like that's stopped any other artists (*cough* cheryl cole *cough*)
    And now they're success had opened up the flood gates for a whole new leakage of similar, generic talent less boybands (I am so happy radio 1 chose not to playlist that awful wanted song)
    If a could give minus stars, this would get five.
    Shame on you JLS.

  • Comment number 72.

    Glad you brought up that 'The WANTED' song.... I'm really not sure what to make of it!

    Seems to me they're about ten years too late for the first half the track, which is very much on the naff side of cringe-worthy, then the last half is bang-up-to-date and... really quite (A LOT) good...?

    And here's the most annoying thing - they're all REALLY GOOD LIVE. Help people, I know I shouldn't but I think I may download it come July 26th! Oh fail I even know the release date... :|

    And they're getting a hell of a lot of promotion from 4Music and MTV, and to be honest, the UK haven't had a bright-eyed, fresh-faced boyband since... well 1999... which probably speaks volumes but still, I reckon they'll do well with that song, whether I'll like or not is another matter.

    Radio 1 still have probably another two weeks before the release date so if everything goes the way The WANTED want it to go, they should be at least the B-List by then, but they're main issue is, are people ready for another boyband eleven years on from the last, especially seeing as Take That are pretty much a national treasure now, and Boyzone aren't really going anywhere with releases like 'Love Is A Hurricane' and recent revelations of infidelity?

    So, with the fact that they've timed this actually quite well in terms of having little competition from Take That OR Boyzone, (or even Girls Aloud), they may have a chance of at least Top 20 success.

    The WANTED - 'All Time Low' released in the UK on July 26th. Oh OddOne, just STOP!.

  • Comment number 73.

    I've never actually heard the last half of the song yet, due to having to switch it off quickly to prevent my ears from vomiting.
    But if Radio1 even C list that tribe, I'm in danger of boycotting the station.

  • Comment number 74.

    You should of seen the rant (well, kind of) I had at Digital Spy after their review and 5-star rating of Diana Vickers' album! I think it's at the bottom of the 2nd page of comments where they reviewed it.

  • Comment number 75.

    The playlist is heavily influenced by requests throughout the week, so people will ask for 'The Club is Alive' so it gets shot up in the playlist.

    Radio should support the bands that are genuine talent; Delphic get B listed for about a week, spending about 3 weeks total on the entire playist then just disappear, despite being listed as 3rd on the Sound of 2010 list. Same with the Drums & Hurts (THEY'VE NEVER BEEN LISTED!).

    I'm not sure who actually compiles the playlist, I know Aled from the Chris Moyles show is on it, which may have something to do with it (What with his passion for all things Gaga...)

    'All night long' should have been playlisted, it is an AMAZING tune and would have no doubt reached number 1 if it had been playlisted, which wouldn't bother me in the slightest.

    On the little boots note, Earthquake WAS indeed on the A list!

  • Comment number 76.

    "On the little boots note, Earthquake WAS indeed on the A list!"


    Anyhoo, I'm heading over to Digital Spy to read kutox's comment, this should be mildly amusing...

  • Comment number 77.

    I know that Greg does the midweek chart tomorrow , but I will hazard some educated guesses as to how Sunday's chart will look .

    1) JLS will have the number 1 single .
    2)Kylie will probably just beat Eminem to the number 1 album.
    3) THat annoyingly catchy , "I Speak No Americano " will go top 10.
    4) 3OH!3 and Kesha will go top 20 with "My First Kiss "
    5) As will Eliza Doolittle with Pack Up .
    6) Kelis will not match the top 10 success of Acapella , with 4th of July .

    Interesting .

  • Comment number 78.

    In today's midweeks Kylie is #1 in albums with sales of 32.6k - more than double that of Eminem at #2

  • Comment number 79.

    How many copies have JLS sold so far ? lol

  • Comment number 80.

    I reckon the total could be well over 100,000 by the end of the week .

  • Comment number 81.

    There's no singles sales news as yet. Probably won't hear them until next week now as it's usually either Tuesday or not at all.

    But yes JLS will probably sell over 100k but that's inevitable because of who they are.

  • Comment number 82.

    I Blame Coco deserves a top 40 hit in 2 weeks time with the rather brilliant Self Machine .

  • Comment number 83.

    It was on the A-list I actually remember! Just cause it didn't chart well doesnt mean it wasn't on the A-List. I mean look at vampire weekend! Every single song makes the A-list and they've had 3 top 100 hits out of aboutt 7 singles.

  • Comment number 84.

    Are you referring to Earthquake? Yes it was definitely on the A list. I don't know why I thought spirit said it wasn't. Stupid me! Oh well, I think I got my point across anyway :)

  • Comment number 85.

    I think some of you need to have a look at the itunes chart...

  • Comment number 86.

    NOOO! Don't be tempted! It's AWFUL!

  • Comment number 87.

    EDIT: OMG. Thank God for that! This tripe is now at #3! Question is, are physical sale going to promise the expected #1?

    I hope not. But what I do hope is that B.o.B. and Hayley get it - they're at #1 on iTunes now!

  • Comment number 88.

    I can't see JLS not being no.1 this weekend, sadly. But because they are now falling on iTunes, they should get knocked off next week, if not by Professor Green, then by B.o.B instead. And hopefully JLS will now start to slide quickly, as they deserve do.

  • Comment number 89.

    Funny thing is, Jedward get to #2 and then fall to #12, then get dropped. If this does the same by charting high and falling quickly, JLS won't...


  • Comment number 90.

    Sorry, I've tried (a couple of times) but cannot convince myself this is any good. Song is simply rubbish and the video is boring. JLS are supposed to sing and dance, not be auto-tuned and shuffle slightly! This will definitely chart higher than it deserves to.

  • Comment number 91.

    Join the club manney. No seriously, stick around ;)

  • Comment number 92.

    It's no wonder hardly anyone cares about the charts these days when such a rubbish song can get to no.1.

    I was thinking of another of last week's releases the other day. Pack Up by Eliza Doolittle - A lovely piece of authentic, quirky, summery British pop, which doesn't manage to reach the top 10. Yet a manufactured, soulless, unoriginal, auto-tuned dance song for the masses gets to no.1 simply because it's sang by a bunch of boys who got famous (and a record deal) off a tv show and are fancied by young girls. That's what angers me the most.

  • Comment number 93.

    The biggest hook of Eliza's "Pack Up " is from "Pack up Your Troubles In Your Old Kit Bag " , a very OLD song .

    Interesting to see that either Q or N.M.E gave her album 0 out of 10 , and said it sounded like the death of British music , or words to that effect .

    Swings and roundabouts .

  • Comment number 94.

    It would appear that "Earthquake " by Little Boots WAS "A" listed for a very short time . You were right.

    After the top ten success of "Remedy" , it was surprising to some , exactly why it failed to chart , although as I pointed out a long time ago , the BBC's worldwide broadcasting of an earthquake disaster around the time of it's release , curtailed Boots's prominence on Radio playlists , due to the songs title .

    She shows a great knack for penning interesting and catchy songs that bodes well for good second album .

  • Comment number 95.

    I believe the song sampled by Pack Up was from about 1915. Anyway, perhaps JLS should learn that it is possible to use a sample to good effect, rather than taking something from The Sound Of Music and turning it into an auto-tuned, meaningless mess.

  • Comment number 96.

    @94 so it was poor choice then? I thoguht so anyway. 'Tune into my heart' was 100x better anyway!

  • Comment number 97.

    @96 Adam , I thought it should have been "Meddle " .There were a plethora (love this word ! ) of possible singles on hand on "Hands" , but it seems the preparation for album number 2 is well under way .

  • Comment number 98.

    On behalf of Chartblog , I would just like to congratulate JLS on their 3rd number 1 single with "The Club Is Alive" .
    The boys gave a great interview with Scott on the Chartshow , and revealed that apart from their current number 1 , they have had a hand in the lyrics and the music for every other track on their new album , and have far more creative control.

    Should be interesting .

  • Comment number 99.

    I don't think I've been so disappointed in a no.1 single ever, it's not just the fact that it's a poor song it's the fact that there were other possible alternatives avaliable that irritates me. California Gurls, Airplanes and Love The Way You Lie would've all been better no.1 singles but no, the public spoke and it seems they prefer this generic auto-tuned mess.

  • Comment number 100.

    Nevermind I'll just take 100 to cheer me up.


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