Formed 2007. Disbanded December 2013.

Jack the Lad Swing, X-Factor Finalists (2008)

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JLS' final interview on 1Xtra with Ace

JLS dropped in talk about splitting up, their journey from the X Factor and what's next.

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JLS were a British pop/R&B boy band consisting of members JB Gill, Marvin Humes, Aston Merrygold and Oritsé Williams. They originally signed to Tracklacers production company New Track City and then went on to become runners-up of the fifth series of the ITV reality talent show The X Factor in 2008, coming second to Alexandra Burke. Following their appearance on The X Factor, JLS signed to Epic Records. Their first two singles "Beat Again" and "Everybody in Love" both went to number one on the UK Singles Chart. The band's self-titled debut album was released on 9 November 2009, and has since sold over 1 million copies in the UK. JLS won the awards for British Breakthrough and British Single ("Beat Again") at the 2010 BRIT Awards. They also won several awards at the Mobo awards for Best song for "Beat Again" in 2009 and also Best Newcomer in the same year. In 2010 they won the MOBO Awards for Best UK act and Best Album. They also went on to win their fifth MOBO Award in 2012 by winning Best Video for "Do You Feel What I Feel?". They won the title of the UK's hardest-working band for two constitutive years, in 2011 and 2012.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Jukebox

    Jukebox 2011

    Reviewed by Nick Levine
    There’s a decent pick'n'mix of ear candy on the boys’ third album.
  2. Review of Outta This World

    Outta This World 2010

    Reviewed by Ian Wade
    A bold affirmation of JLS’s arrival as a pop force.
  3. Review of JLS

    JLS 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Little inherently wrong here – but shouldn’t we be demanding more?
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