Jessie J

Jessie J covers Sam Smith's "Stay With Me"

Jessie J covers Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me”

Remember when Jessie J used to release breathtaking acoustic videos on Youtube? I’m glad the “Bang Bang” singer has grown as an artist, but I sure do miss those days!

J’s recent cover of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” made me want to go revisit those videos. The singer keeps her vocals soft for the most part, but the cover is still stunning. Her signature melismas adds some texture to the popular single.

Jessie J is currently on the promo trail for her forthcoming album Sweet Talker, which will be released on Oct. 14. Continue reading

Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj perform "Bang Bang" at the MTV VMAs

Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj perform “Bang Bang” at the MTV VMAs

The MTV VMAs wasn’t spectacular this year, but it wasn’t terrible either. It was fun, but not particularly memorable (Beyonce aside). Honestly, we all know that how well an awards show is received is directly related to acceptance speech antics and performances. This year, everyone kept their acceptance speeches short and shade-free and the performances, while good, weren’t instant classics, either.

Ariana Grande opened the show by coming out of a spaceship and performing her intergalactic Zedd-assisted hit single “Break Free” from her sophomore album My Everything, which is out today. Ironically, Grande’s kid friendly performance gave way to Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” where the singer humped the floor and recreated the video’s chair sequence in a green two piece. Minaj ran off the stage to change as Grande joined Jessie J on the stage for their major collaboration “Bang Bang” just minutes after the product placement-heavy video debuted online. The rapper made it to the stage for her verse, but she didn’t have time to zip up her dress so she just held is shut with her hands for the end of their set. Aside from Beyonce’s 15-minute-long performance, this was the performance highlight of the night. Wardrobe malfunction and all. Sam Smith, 5 Seconds of Summer, Maroon 5, Usher and Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora all delivered solid, albeit conventional, performances, too.

Surprisingly the night’s biggest disappointment performance-wise was Taylor Swift. The good news is she didn’t twerk. The bad news is she just twisted around the stage with a bunch of men in suits to her new single “Shake It Off”. If it wasn’t for the commentary about the dancer who was bitten by a snake during Nicki Minaj’s rehearsal the day before (The anaconda boa constrictor DID…), the performance would’ve been a total snooze. Swift, you’re a full on pop star now. It’s time to step completely outside of the box.

Watch the performances below. Continue reading

Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande in "Bang Bang" video

Nicki Minaj, Jessie J and Ariana Grande in “Bang Bang” video

With less than an hour to go before Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj open the VMAs with their explosive hit single “Bang Bang,” the Beats-sponsored music video has been released.

The ladies paint New York city pink in the fun video, which ends with the trio partying on a rooftop. In the visuals, Jessie J struts in the middle of the street, Ariana Grande holds court in her bedroom and Nicki Minaj travels in style.

It’s as good as a video with excessive product placement could be.

We’ll see how the performance goes…

The single will be featured on Jessie J’s forthcoming album as well as Ariana Grande’s sophomore effort, which hits stores tomorrow.

Watch the video here.

Jessie J performs "Bang Bang" on Elvis Duran

Jessie J performs “Bang Bang” on Elvis Duran

Jessie J’s huge pop single “Bang Bang” was released a few days ago and J went right on the promo trail to promote it. The official single features verses from Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, but J performed the song alone for Elvis Duran’s ‘Z100 Morning Show.’ Accompanied by a guitarist, the singer once again showed off her vocal prowess.

Surprisingly, perhaps, the stripped down version of the song is still pretty fun even without the Max Martin production!

Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj recently hung out while on the set of the song’s video shoot. Continue reading

Universal Republic

Universal Republic

Jessie J’s “Bang Bang” has every element you’d expect from a star studded collaboration with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj. There’s the explosive horn-heavy, clap-laced production, plenty of belting, quotable lyrics galore and harmonies to boot.

If you’ve heard any of the song’s teasers prior to now then you pretty much knew exactly how the song was going to sound, but that won’t stop you from hitting replay a time or two (or four). “She’s got a body like an hour glass, but I can give it to you all the time. She’s got a booty like a Cadillac, but I can send you into overdrive,” J sings, kicking off the busy single.

All three ladies are gearing up to release new albums later this year and this single shows them all at their best.

They will reportedly perform the explosive single for the first time at the VMAs on August 24. Continue reading

Universal

Universal

Jessie J probably read all of your “Song of the Summer” debates and she’s probably laughed at them all. If the snippet of her new song “Bang Bang,” which features Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, is any indication, she’s coming for the title.

The song seems to feature the funky throwback vibe that many of today’s popular hits follow, but with two of today’s biggest female stars assisting Jessie, this single definitely has the potential to be major.

“Bang Bang” is set to be the lead single from Jessie J’s forthcoming third studio album.

We’ll have to wait until the song premiers on July 29 to see if it lives up to the hype. Continue reading

Jessie J in "It's My Party" video

Jessie J in “It’s My Party” video

Jessie J adds a sense of fragility to Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” during an acoustic cover of the single, recorded for BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge. The pop star sheds light on poignant lyrics like “Pretend you didn’t know that he’s the reason why you’re drowning,” while also adding her signature styles and riffs to the hit song, during the passionate cover, .

If you loved the lyrics, but didn’t appreciate the dubstep production, this version is for you. Continue reading

Interscope

Interscope

2014 will be here before you know it and “Blurred Lines” singer Robin Thicke is preparing for the new year by announcing a new tour. The tour will kick off in February, with Jessie J as the opening act.

Nothing says Happy Valentines day like tickets to a Robin Thicke concert, so if you’re in a stable relationship (just saying) this could be a sweet surprise.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. Continue reading

Lava | Island

Lava | Island

Jessie J released the snippets for her forthcoming sophomore album Alive over the weekend via iTunes and from the sound of the snippets, the album will be full of powerhouse vocals and huge pop anthems. So far I haven’t heard any song in full that I have loved more than Jessie J’s debut Who You Are, but I’m still holding on to hope.

Alive will be released on September 23 and will feature the previously released singles “Wild” and “It’s My Party.” Continue reading

Lava | Island

Lava | Island

“If this is a dream, won’t open my eyes. Am I asleep? No, I’m alive

Jessie J revealed her new album title in the lyrics of the album’s lead single “Wild,” unbeknownst to fans. Today Jessie J officially revealed the album title of her sophomore album along with the artwork that features a close up shot of the British pop star.

Alive will feature “Wild” and the British singer’s latest single “It’s My Party.” If these singles are any indication, this project will showcase a more confident Jessie J.

Alive is scheduled to be released in September.

Update: Jessie J revealed the tracklisting for the forthcoming album today! Alive will feature collaborations with Brandy, Big Sean, Tinie Tempah and more! Continue reading