Beat Again

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"Beat Again"
Single by JLS
from the album JLS
B-side "Umbrella"
Released 12 July 2009
(see release history)
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre R&B, dance-pop
Length 3:19
Label Epic
Writer(s) Wayne Hector, Steve Mac
Producer(s) Steve Mac
JLS singles chronology
"Beat Again"
(2009)
"Everybody in Love"
(2009)

"Beat Again" is the first single by English band JLS, taken from their self-titled debut album.[1] The song was certified Gold in the UK on 5 January 2010 for sales over 400,000.[2]

Background[edit]

The song was unusual for being a debut single from reality show contestant that was not a cover version,[3] following in the footsteps of Girls Aloud and Shayne Ward. The song instead was written especially for the group by Wayne Hector and Steve Mac. The song was originally titled 'No Beat' and supposedly took only two hours to write.[4] Mac himself had originally presented the song to Nick Raphael, JLS' A&R at Epic Records, as a potential single.[3] Raphael had originally been looking for a ballad in the vein of Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" and had in fact already asked Mac for another "Flying Without Wings".[4] However, according to co-writer Wayne Hector, Raphael's response upon hearing the new song was, "this is the single. I can feel it. It's fantastic."[3] Raphael had supposedly originally intended "Everybody in Love" to be the lead single but changed his mind at the last minute.[3]

Reception[edit]

To date, "Beat Again" has garnered mixed to positive reviews. Giving the single three stars, Digital Spy noted that JLS "have at least broken with X Factor convention on their debut single". The review also drew positive comparisons to work by American R&B artist Ne-Yo. However, the reviewer went on to say the single is "cheesier than a Jennifer Aniston rom-com".[5] Another review, giving the single three stars out of five, said "Beat Again seems to lack originality".[6] It was included on the Popjustice song of the day.[7] The Daily Record wrote that the single had "the R&B electro sass of Justin Timberlake or Rihanna [and] will surprise many". The song made its chart debut on the Billboard Euro Digital Tracks chart at number 13,[8] and on the Euro Digital Songs at number 19.[9] The song debuted on the Irish Singles Chart at number four.[10] The song was especially successful on the UK Singles Chart, debuting at number one,[11] selling 106,299 copies, making it the second fastest-selling single of 2009, behind Dizzee Rascal's "Bonkers".[12] The song was released in the USA in July, but failed to chart or garner commercial interest. The song won Best British Single at the MOBO Awards 2009 and 2010 BRIT Awards making JLS the first act from The X Factor to win a Brit Award.

Music video[edit]

The music video was shot in May 2009 and released on 4 June 2009. It shows various scenes of JLS dancing to the song in front of blue, red, yellow and green lights. The dance choreography involves moves revolving around heartbeats, alluding to the title "Beat Again".[13]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Beat Again" – 3:19
  2. "Umbrella" – 4:21

Charts[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[14] 6
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 3
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[16] 1

End-of-year charts[edit]

End-of-year chart (2009) Position
UK Singles Chart 16
End of year chart (2010) Position
Romanian Top 100[17] 71
Preceded by
"Evacuate the Dancefloor" by Cascada
UK Singles Chart number-one single
19 July 2009 – 1 August 2009 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas
UK Download Chart number-one download
19 July – 1 August 2009
Preceded by
"Man in the Mirror" by Michael Jackson
UK R&B Chart number-one single
19 July 2009 – 1 August 2009

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland 12 July 2009[18][19][20] Digital download Sony Music/Epic
United Kingdom
13 July 2009[21] CD single
United States 14 July 2009[22][23] Epic
Australia 31 July 2009[24] Sony Music/Epic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Beat Again – DOWNLOAD NOW". Epic Records. 12 July 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  2. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/Search.aspx
  3. ^ a b c d "Interview With Wayne Hector", HitQuarters, 1 Feb 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Interview With Steve Mac". HitQuarters. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  5. ^ Fletcher, Alex. "JLS: 'Beat Again'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  6. ^ Appleton, Steve (2 July 2009). "Steve Appleton Reviews: JLS – Beat Again". FemaleFirst. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  7. ^ "Song of the Day – JLS — "Beat Again". Popjustice. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Euro Digital Tracks – Beat Again – Chart Listing For The Week Of Jul 25 2009". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Euro Digital Songs – Beat Again – Chart Listing For The Week Of Jul 25 2009". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  10. ^ "Irish Singles Chart – week 29 (2009)". aCharts.us. Retrieved 17 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Baker, Luke (19 July 2009). "X-Factor's JLS make No. 1 with debut "Beat Again"". Reuters. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "JLS score Number One debut". New Musical Express. IPC Media. 19 July 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009. 
  13. ^ "Beat Again music video". Music Television. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  14. ^ "JLS Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for JLS.
  15. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ "JLS" UK Singles Chart.
  17. ^ "Topul celor mai difuzate piese în România în 2010" (in Romanian). România Liberă. Retrieved 21 January 2011. 
  18. ^ "Beat Again – single (Ireland)". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 12 July 2009. 
  19. ^ "JLS – "Beat Again" – single". iTunes. Apple Inc. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  20. ^ "Beat Again – MP3 EP". Play.com. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  21. ^ "JLS – Beat Again – single". HMV. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  22. ^ "Beat Again > Overview". Allmusic. Macrovision. Retrieved 9 July 2009. 
  23. ^ "JLS discography". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 14 July 2009. [dead link]
  24. ^ "Sanity.com.au – JLS: Beat Again". Retrieved 20 July 2009.