Jessie J

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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Mar
15
Jessie J Shaves Her Head for Charity

Jessie J

Jessie J is making good on her word. After vowing last year that she would shave her head, the “Price Tag” singer followed through and chopped off her trademark locks. But it was all for a good cause. Her new look was to help raise money and awareness for Red Nose Day in the U.K.

“Shaving my head is the smallest thing that I could do to give back to these people who need it so much,” said an emotional Jessie.

She unveiled her bald head during the Comic Relief telethon on BBC One. “I did it! Thank you to everyone who is donating!” she tweeted. “I am soooo thankful to everyone who has donated @rednoseday and supported me tonight! My heart is filled with happiness! Lets make a change!”

Other celebs supporting the cause include Rihanna, who sported a Stella McCartney Red Nose T-shirt.

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Jun
5
Jessie J and will.i.am Perform ‘I Gotta Feeling’ at Jubilee Concert

will.i.am and Jessie J

Jessie J and will.i.am teamed up for a royal performance. To celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, “The Voice” stars performed the Black Eyed Peas’ celebratory anthem “I Gotta Feeling” on the outdoor stage at Buckingham Palace in London. The British diva also delivered her hit single “Domino” and later met Her Majesty backstage with her fellow performers.

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May
25
Janet Jackson and Jessie J Go Glam at amfAR Gala

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson wowed in white at the 19th Annual amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. The pop icon, who turned 46 earlier this month, was among the celebrity presenters on hand to help raise $10 million for the fight against HIV/AIDS. The black-tie event, held at Hôtel du Cap in Cap d’Antibes, France, was also attended by Kim Kardashian, Kylie Minogue, and Jessie J.

The British pop star, who recently announced dates for her 2013 U.K. arena tour, showed some leg in a red leopard-print slit dress as she performed “Price Tag” for the rich and famous.

Peep more pics of the lovely ladies below.

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