Jessie J Glad She Kept Rihanna Song for Herself

Jessie J and Rihanna

Jessie J is quickly making a name for herself with her breakout single “Do It Like a Dude.” The video has already been watched over six million times on YouTube and the song is rising up the U.K. charts, but it wasn’t originally intended for her. The 22-year-old singer-songwriter wrote the clever tune with another pop star in mind.

“I wrote it with [Rihanna] in mind because ‘Rude Boy’ was out at the time and that’s kinda what inspired me to [write] the song,” the big-voiced Brit tells Rap-Up.com. “At first I never really saw myself doing something like it, but I knew I could. I sent it to my label and I was like, ‘I’m just sending you this before I send it to Rihanna’s camp to see if you guys like it.’ And they were like, ‘This is your first single. It’s amazing.’”

Jessie, whose debut album Who You Are is due March 22 in the U.K., was hesitant about releasing the testosterone-charged “Do It Like a Dude” at first. “I was a bit scared that people would judge me, but I think I need to remember that I’m 22 and it’s actually a really fun song that’s kinda tongue-in-cheek and I’m always taking the mickey out of myself.”

But she doesn’t regret her decision to hold onto the in-your-face track for herself. “I’m glad I kept it,” she says, adding, “I guess [Rihanna's] heard it now, I hope.”

Jessie, who went into the studio this week to write for Britney Spears’ new album, hopes to pen a song for RiRi in the future. “I would love to write for Rihanna. She’s one of my idols. I met her when I was touring with Chris Brown briefly, but I wasn’t really as established then as I am now. I’d love to meet her again though.”

Watch the video for the song that Rihanna inspired below.

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76 Comments

  1. Nait Phoenix

    I totally see and hear Rihanna in that song, but I think it fits Jessie more!

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  2. YEAH

    to bad Rihanna couldve made it a hit, that’s all she does is makes hits after hits :)

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    bwah! Reply:

    @YEAH, its a hit in its own right from Jessie J … her songs do not need Rihanna to make them hits…. she is just as good as Rihanna… why are you so closed minded?

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  3. WhatTheF

    Aww @ Queen Rih being one of her idols….

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  4. meme

    Yea i can see rihanna recording it. Rihanna is the most versitile artist in the game, she can make any kind of music and it wad suit her.

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  5. Jarvis

    she is a Pink, Nicki Minaj and a Rihanna reject…and did she say, “do it like a brother?” lol

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  6. Dyme

    i think this song fits jessie better.. shes def not a reject… nuff nuff.

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  7. Diamond Girl

    I’m glad she did keep it for herself. Rihanna Fans deserve better!!. the song has no substance at all..The lyrics r garbage..

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    heidi hi Reply:

    @Diamond Girl,nah it aint garbage its good and does suit jessie better. lets see you write a tune better than that!

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    JessieJMyIdol Reply:

    @Diamond Girl, the song fits jessie waay more than riri. you only say that because you are jelous that you arnt as big as jessie j .
    you suck diamond girl ! HAHA

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  8. Cali

    ^ and a song like “rude boy” is just full of substance, right?

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  9. Canadian Stunnah

    @Jarvis
    I agree 1hundred .. looks like she trying to krump at some parts in the video too.. def shudda tossed this track to Rihanna

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  10. Lisa

    This girl needs to shut up! She ain’t nobody.

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    JessieJMyIdol Reply:

    @Lisa, YOU NEED TO SHUT UP SHE IS SOMEBODY ! you aint you a piece of garbage

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  11. justme

    This song sound like all riri songs repeat the chorus over and over.. find a work and say it thirty times that is all rihanna does

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  12. Cameraman

    “Due March 22 in the U.K.”

    Why are you guys not asking her when it’s dropping in the USA? You got something against America?

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    Sofi Reply:

    @Cameraman,
    Shes from the UK, its gonna be a bigger thing to her to be released in the UK really? Not a case of having ‘something against’ america really.
    No one gets cocky when American artists release their stuff there before they release it here really? aha.

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  13. Ashling

    My God, you guys are so against new music! ‘She ain’t nobody’ Give the girl a chance, jeez.

    Did you react like that to Pon de Replay?

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    JessieJMyIdol Reply:

    @Ashling, your awesome :D

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    AMIE Reply:

    @JessieJMyIdol, OH MY GOSH PEOLE GIVE HER A CHANCE TO IMPRESS US

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  14. Chris C.

    I dont think this song wouldve made the cut on LOUD anyways its more rated r.
    With that said i wish her good luck in her career.

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  15. Alfred Islas

    That song is pretty bad… She needs to go away with that lame music. Lol.

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  16. TEAM WORld

    This good i dont what you guys are taking about this is what happened when you mix kesha lady gaga Rihanna and Nicki Minaj together and i love it…2o11 music and she working with BOB…

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  17. honeybun

    sounds something like ri ri would sing and i don think this song is for her but its cool

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  18. eurogirl

    @lisa, i can tell your stupid. jessy j is certainly somebody. maybe she’s not very known but still she’s been writing for justin timberlake, christina aquilera, alicia keys, chris brown and others.
    And the girl has soul her live performances are one of the best. i love her soul/r&b performances.

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    JessieJMyIdol Reply:

    @eurogirl, she is famous now , and is somebody not just a name you hear on the street !

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  19. king

    rihanna would had done a better job

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    AMIE Reply:

    @king, OH NO SHE WONT

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  20. yhgjkxgj,lgjk

    No, Jessie J is amazing.

    She u mum.

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  21. COOLKIDTRE

    I THINK ITS A GOOD SONG IT WOULD HAVE SUITED RIHANNA VERY WELL

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  22. alicia's a homewrecka

    rihanna would of done this a lot better with her island accent. she sounds like she’s trying to imitate a reggae sound…sorry she failed.

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  23. SmoothCriminal

    bumboclat wah she seh she can do it like di man dem,bumclat tune go hard,mi caa deny it it bad a road.

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    bwah! Reply:

    @SmoothCriminal, the fuck? …get over the fact that she “pulls an accent”!! its simply for the damn song she is not making fun, and neither should you!

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    bwah! Reply:

    @SmoothCriminal, why are you acting so illeducated? what is the point of making fun? she was not making fun when she made the song, she was doing what she loves…. get over yourself

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  24. Yep Yep

    This girl has better vocals than Rihanna, I heard her sing it live and she Killed it for real!! Stans of Rih SIT DOWN in advance, cause I am a Rihanna fan too so I’m not hating… But this girl is a killer vocalist!!!

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  25. Fan Ov A Fan

    i would of loved it if rihanna sung it but jessie sung it good too, and her video is cool (:

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  26. Teezy

    @Ashling
    I sooooo agree with you… i remember when pon da replay came out everyone was like 1 hit wonder even when riri dropped s.o.s people were still saying she was lucky till umbrella… and people from the USA i think this is just for europe and some lands in asia like the sugababes, eva simons and david guetta did when they first started…

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  27. ShaneDawsonlover

    I’ve heard Jessie J sing, & I kinda liked it. I like it when British girls sing. WTF ! xD

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  28. tiffany

    yeah jessie j is a rel artist

    rihanna is nothing
    and jessie j is the chris brown’s pritégée so……
    perfect

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  29. Arniece Ibezim

    SHE IS SO UNDERATED!

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  30. Rozz

    I think it’s hilarious someone on here thought Rhianna’s songs have any more depth to them than this one.

    Really?

    And, if she’s not writing the songs who is she really? a puppet, that’s all.

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  31. HiyAxxx

    I think she is an AWSOME vocalist and i lover her! her lyrics are pretty meaningless.lol. And to whoever who said ‘She ain’t nobody.’ I’d seriously like to see if you can do any better.

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  32. BrandyFanatic

    lol Rihanna fans are annoying as hell!

    “That’s all she makes is hit after hit.” – Tell that to “We Ride”, “Rockstar101″ and “If It’s Lovin’ That You Want”.

    “Rihanna would of done this a lot better with her island accent.” – What island accent? I seriously don’t hear one on her anymore.

    “Aww @ Queen Rih being one of her idols.” – Rihanna ain’t no queen…actually I take that back she’s the queen of being a sell-out. ;)

    “Yea i can see rihanna recording it. Rihanna is the most versitile artist in the game, she can make any kind of music and it wad suit her.” – She’s the most versatile? Yeah right! I think that title belongs to someone more along the lines of Chris Brown. ;)

    “This girl needs to shut up! She ain’t nobody.” – Nope, I think you’re the one who needs to shut up. She’s definitely doing more than you! And she’s clearly somebody if she’s working with people like B.o.B.

    “I’m glad she did keep it for herself. Rihanna Fans deserve better!!. the song has no substance at all..The lyrics r garbage..” – Since when are Rihanna fans so royal? And as another poster said, yep, Rihanna’s songs have way less substance than this. This song is actually about how it’s more acceptable for males in the music business to say certain things…so you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Rihanna’s lyrics aren’t too good either.

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    tasogood Reply:

    @BrandyFanatic, i totally agree

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  33. ronography

    Rihanna’s a shitty vocalist. She’s nice to look at and she cuts and/or dyes her hair every so often to keep her image from getting boring. She’s a pretty good dancer, will giver her that. Rihanna doesn’t write very much of her own music whereas Jessie J has been in the game writing music for pop artists like her for years. Much like what Lady Gaga was doing before she landed and look at her now! One of the very few artists to land a DIAMOND selling record. Every writer/producer/musician starts somewhere and I think this girl deserves a chance.
    I think what people are upset about is the subject of the song because the public don’t know much about Jessie’s personality and for her to be coming out with this feminist themed headstrong song as her debut single – while grabbing people’s attention, people who are opposed to what the song is actually about may retaliate to that simply by saying “Who the f*ck are you to be singing about that, I don’t know anything about you! You’re a nobody! You don’t have the right to sing about that to me!”
    No dear, you’re just ignorant and small minded. Maybe if you were more open to listening to music purely for the quality of the performance, song writing and production rather than flashy music videos and MTV specials then you’d actually discover more music and more artists that you actually like!

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  34. Smiirkz

    you people definately need to get your minds right…jessie j is a top vocalist and the best ive heard in lyk 4eva..wen i heard “do it lyk a dude” i luved it and yh even doe i dont lyk rihanna i think i would hav suited er…but afta i heard jessie j’s ova songz lyk…who u are, big white room and price tag omfg i just had 2 cry bcoz it wasnt copycat lyk ova artists it was different..it woz sooo down to earth lyrics that actually made sense unlike rihanna paradin er nasty self around the stage in knickers and bra singin about shit and idiots calling er a roll mode….yh dat bit people definately need 2 get dere mind right…

    but wot i really dont understand is y most of u r hatin sayin my jessie j’s a nobody wen she’s been ritin songs 4 top artists (chris brown, chritina aguilira, justin timberlake ect ect) wen i bet half of u ritin negative comments dnt evn noe how 2 wash panty properly…fckin pricks

    but wen she makes it 2 da top all u negative riters will b quick 2 remove dem comments and be lyk “jessie im ur numba 1 fan” yeh rite and the moons green yh..LMFAO…u HATERZ need 2 check out some of er lyrics which actually has meaning lyk….”WHOSE LAUGHIN NOW?” n den u will really c whos a sum1 jessie or Rihanna….

    LUVV U JESSIE J

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  35. Smiirkz

    jessie should have given ‘do it lyk a dude’ 2 rihanna coz it suits ere coz she has already been portrayed as a slut..(not dat im hatin coz i must admit shes a very beatiful girl)..i hav 2 saii that afta hearin all jessies ova songz im dissapointed wid ‘do it lyk a dude’ coz it made it look lyk a immataion of rihanna. afta watchin sum ova er videos of er perofming live and not just singing (which i luvvv) i av 2 saii am kinda upset 2 c er in barely any clothes and made me think she was innatatin niki manaj and rihanna and dem gyalz who ob.v dont noe how 2 wear clothes.coz i av 2 saii dat i really do luk up 2 er as a roll model bt do it lyk a dude was very dissapointing .i still luv u jessie thou!

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    bwah! Reply:

    @Smiirkz, can you please start typing normally, and stop sounding like a crazy uneducated 3rd grader? you make good points but the way you say it makes it illegible and actually painful to read

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  36. Smiirkz

    dnt get me rong in any ov na comments coz if u gt it flaunt it…but yhh LUV U JESSIE J….the REAL music of 2daaiii

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    really_dumb_people Reply:

    @Smiirkz, you are an idiot. I would say, “learn how to spell,” but you obviously know how to spell and have decided instead to waste your’s and the rest of our time writing illegible crap because its too much trouble for you to spell like a normal human being. your foolish spelling is neither cute or effective, and rather than giving the impression you are a hip islander or gangster (or whatever other idiot idea you had), it gives the impression you are mentally underdeveloped and so caught up in the fake online world that you think somehow your retarded spelling makes you cool. the fact you wasted the time to phonetically spell out your fake accent is more idiotic than your spelling. get a life.

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  37. J-Ray

    I jus found out bout Jessie J nd I frikken love her ya I can c Rihanna singing dis song but I think Jessie J killed it ! Her albumn is supposed to come out in da US in April of 2011 ! Best believe ima cop dat lol ! Nd y’all giv da gurl a frikken break she is frikken amazing n if u think she ain’t I would LOVE tah c you butt holes do better ! :P

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  38. marine

    jessie j is amazing, and if you can’t see that then you don’t know what a true singer is. her lyrics are amazing, her voice is just one of the most decent voices out there! and im glad she kept do it like a dude, because if it wasn’t for that song then she wouldnt be well known and i probably wouldnt of been addicted to all of her songs! rihanna’s really good, but jessie has heart, and she’s from Essex! if you dont like jessie then you have some serious music issues. she can sing anything, and look at her speech on the brit awards, brought tears to my eyes. she’s absolutly fantastic and is a true role model!

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  39. C.

    Damn all you people!

    Did you hear her live?!Oke than we can talk!She is a pretty good singer and songwriter, and you all know ;) and what about the song is for Rihanna, if they didn’t told you in this article you never knew it was for Rihanna and you proberly had nothing to comment on! So please respect the great new artist and don’t throw crap on them in the first time

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  40. katerinoula

    rihannaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!

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    jazzygurl Reply:

    @katerinoula, is rihanna chasing u or summin lolz joke :)

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  41. Sophiee!

    Ite babes, i love rihanna and jessie j and i wud bone them both, ;) Expech a threesum

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  42. Shybo

    The funny that the ppl who is dissing on her prolly all got souljah boy and waka flaka or whatever on their iPod. This girl is dope lyrically and vocally, and I wish her good luck. nuff said.

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    Alista Reply:

    I’m jus gona say what we all know and that’s Rihanna can’t sing. Her voice is so annoying! But I have to give her props for being popular and when it all boils down she’s a hard working successful black woman….. But on the other hand Jessie J can saaang. You guys should watch the video she did of “Who you are” at times square. She’s new so sure everyone wants to hate on her. Remember when Keisha Cole came out with Love? Or Rihanna came out with Pon Da Replay? All I’m saying is give the girl time to grow on you.

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  43. lilmissmatched

    Jessie J is an AMAZING vocalist/songwriter…but please stop glorifying her for trying to be something she is not. This song DOES NOT suit her talent or her personality AT ALL. She can’t dance and she’s trying too hard to get the island accent to sound natural, that’s the honest truth.

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    jazzygurl Reply:

    @lilmissmatched, FYI jessie j is bieng perfectly herself.that stupid for you to think that.ok i just might agree that it may not suit her personality however i am not jessie j so i wouldnt no the truth about that.oh and she can probably dance 100 times better than you.also what flippin accent she has a normal essex accent.nuff said i dont wanna talk to whatever u r!!!!!!!!!!

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  44. jjustsaying

    I think she’s cool, but i don’t think the suits Rihana, because it got more attitude to it. Moreover, she worked so hard for these stars, therefore people should respect her and give her a chance! Give the newbies a chance!

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  45. Elis

    hey shut up. Jessie is awesome. She is a writer,singer and many other things. I dont know any star from showbyznys with so big talent as she has. Dont be rediculous.

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  46. heidi hi

    it defo suits jessie j more! thats all i can say

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  47. tasogood

    you people that saying rhianna would of done a better job – i think hell no!!!

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  48. Jessiej4ever

    I swear Jessie j is the bomb no matter what anyone of y’all think….she’s too good b cuz whatever she has she’s got it! JESSIE J FOREVER!!!!!!

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  49. jazzygurl

    what the hell i was just reading all the comments and i came across some hater who said jessie j is nobody.ok seriously at least jessie j has people who love her unlike the hater who wrote that. i just cant belive somone would say that when jessie j has wrote very famous songs. she has an album. oh yeah and over 6000 fans. i would just like so see that hater do all of that.

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  50. jazzygurl

    OMG what happend to the real rihanna all of a sudden she changed the type of music she sings.like S AND M and all that stuff. btw i am not trying to say i dislike her music or her.

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  51. jazzygurl

    i like both singers really but i heard somone say it has a bit of attitude so thats why i think it wouldnt suit rihannah as much nuff said.

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  52. AMIE

    OH I LOVE JESSI J AND RHIANNAZ PLEZ PEOLE STOP FIGHTING AROUND HEAR

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  53. julia

    hi
    jessie

    i
    love
    you

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    julia Reply:

    and
    return

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  54. julia

    and
    renturns

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  55. irena.23

    hmmmm i think that this song does sut jessie becouse she is like realy like i dont know say but i think that is better then rihhaan becouse rihhana is showing off to much a she dosent look soo nices like jessie

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    irena.23 Reply:

    @irena.23,

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  56. irena.23

    and whhat you real name jessie

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  57. leena

    I glad she kept it for her self because jessie has much more better vocals than Rihanna , Rihanna would also sing it in a good way but seruiosly she sucks in live performances !! jessie j I love you , you are the best ever you can reach some notes that no body can ever reach ♥♥ love yaa !! #heartbeaters

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