Jessie J

Jun
4
Rita Ora, Jessie J Attend Glamour Women of the Year Awards

Rita and Vera Ora

It was ladies’ night at the Glamour Women of the Year Awards in London on Tuesday. Rita Ora hit the red carpet in a white Marchesa gown and Chopard jewelry before being presented with Solo Artist of the Year by her “wife” Cara Delevingne. She took to the podium to accept her award as her mother Vera looked on.

“Speech moment. Never was good at that lol. But it felt amazing!!!” tweeted the blonde singer following the presentation.

Jessie J was also among the British stars in attendance. Fresh off her performance at the “Chime for Change” concert, the “Wild” singer electrified in all blue.

See more pics from the glamorous evening below.

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May
28
Video: Jessie J f/ Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal – ‘WILD’

Jessie J and Big Sean

Jessie J strips down in the minimalistic video for “WILD,” the first single off her upcoming sophomore album. The British sensation proudly shows off her shaved blonde head and curvaceous body as she struts for the camera in a studio. Big Sean rocks a black fur coat and London’s own Dizzee Rascal makes a cameo in the black-and-white clip.

Jessie’s album is almost complete. “It’s a lot of big vocals, a lot of vocal tricks, but still huge pop choruses. She’s colorful and over the top so you’re gonna have that still,” said Claude Kelly, who co-penned “WILD.”

Watch the VEVO premiere below.

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May
26
New Music: Jessie J f/ Big Sean & Dizzee Rascal – ‘Wild’

Jessie J

She took the world by storm with her 2011 debut Who You Are. Now Jessie J is back with “Wild,” the first single off her sophomore album. The big-voiced Brit plays into her international appeal, calling on the U.S.’s Big Sean and U.K.’s Dizzee Rascal for the triumphant tune, produced by Ammo and co-written by Claude Kelly.

“If this is a dream, won’t open my eyes/ Am I asleep? No, I’m alive/ I just can’t believe that this is my life/ In my fantasy, we’re running wild,” she sings over the galloping beat.

The song is now available on iTunes U.K. and worldwide on Monday. Watch a 30-second teaser for the black-and-white video below.

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May
25
Rap-Up TV: Claude Kelly Talks New Jessie J, Britney Spears Albums

Claude Kelly has written for everyone from Michael Jackson to Kelly Clarkson. Rap-Up TV caught up with the multi-platinum songwriter at the BMI Pop Awards, where he spoke about his latest work with two of pop’s biggest stars, Jessie J and Britney Spears.

Kelly has been in the lab with the British singer cooking up more hits for her sophomore album. “Jessie is doing something that right now would probably be unheard of in that she’s not apologizing for big vocals,” said Kelly, who penned “Price Tag” and “Domino.” “It’s a lot of big vocals, a lot of vocal tricks, but still huge pop choruses. She’s colorful and over the top so you’re gonna have that still.”

The album is “98 percent done,” and she has been working with the same collaborators from her first album including Dr. Luke and Ammo. The first single, “Wild” featuring Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal, was co-written by Kelly.

He has also been brainstorming ideas for Britney Spears’ upcoming album with producers Danja and Ammo. “When I write for her, I kinda ignore the directions,” said Kelly, who co-wrote Spears’ 2008 hit “Circus.” “I just write what I think is a great pop song, and I’ve been lucky that she’s taken it two albums now.”

May
22
Jessie J Performs New Single ‘Wild’ Acoustic

Jessie J

Just last week, Jessie J announced that “Wild” would serve as the first single off her upcoming sophomore album. Now she teases with an acoustic performance of the song, which features Big Sean and Dizzee Rascal.

“If I go hard let me tell you that it’s worth it/ Play the right cards, I ain’t afraid to work it,” sings the big-voiced Brit. “I just can’t believe that this is my life and my fantasy, we’re running wild.”

She has been working on the follow-up to her 2011 debut with Dr. Luke, Ammo, and Claude Kelly. “Jessie is doing something that right now would probably be unheard of in that she’s not apologizing for big vocals,” Kelly told Rap-Up.com. “It’s a lot of big vocals, a lot of vocal tricks, but still huge pop choruses.”

Hear Jessie’s “Wild” new tune before the full audio is released.

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May
17
Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Emeli Sandé, & Aretha Franklin Perform on ‘Idol’ Finale

Candice Glover and Jennifer Hudson

“American Idol” ended another season with a star-studded finale at the Nokia Theatre in L.A. on Thursday. The evening featured musical performances from pop divas (Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez), country crooners (Keith Urban and The Band Perry), and even the Queen of Soul, capping off with Candice Glover being named the winner of season 12.

Emeli Sandé dueted with Amber Holcomb on her hit “Next to Me,” while Angie Miller was joined by her personal idol Jessie J on “Domino.” The British singer made the trip from London to be there and invited Angie back to the U.K. to perform her single at one of her upcoming shows.

Before being crowned the winner, Candice proved why she deserved the title during a duet with “Idol” alum Jennifer Hudson. The songstresses showed off their powerful pipes with a soulful rendition of Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.”

While she wasn’t able to travel to L.A., Aretha Franklin performed with the top 5 girls via satellite from New York. She sang a medley of her hits, while Candice, Kree, Angie, Amber, and Janelle filled in on background vocals.

Watch highlights from the big finale below.

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May
16
Jessie J Gets ‘Wild’ with Big Sean, Dizzee Rascal on New Single

Big Sean, Dizzee Rascal, and Jessie J

Jessie J took the world by storm with her 2011 debut Who You Are, and now she’s ready for another round. The British singer has announced “Wild,” the first single from her upcoming sophomore album.

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