JLS (album)

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Studio album by JLS
Released 9 November 2009
Recorded 2009
Genre R&B, dance-pop, pop
Length 44:47
Label Epic
Producer Wayne Hector, Steve Mac, J.R. Rotem, Fraser T Smith, Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather, Metrophonic, DEEKAY, Soulshock & Karlin
JLS chronology
Outta This World
Singles from JLS
  1. "Beat Again"
    Released: 13 July 2009
  2. "Everybody in Love"
    Released: 2 November 2009
  3. "One Shot"
    Released: 22 February 2010

JLS is the debut studio album by English boy band JLS. It was released in the UK on 9 November 2009 by Epic Records. It was preceded by the lead single, "Beat Again" on 13 July 2009. The album debuted at number-one in the UK and Ireland. It has been certified four times platinum in the UK, where it was the sixth best-selling album of 2009.

In the US, the album was issued as a six track EP featuring their three UK singles, their new single "The Club Is Alive" and two other tracks from the UK version of the album.[1] This version was released on 2 August 2010, but failed to chart.[2]


  • "Beat Again" was the debut release by the band, following their success on the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008. The song was especially successful on the UK Singles Chart, debuting at number, selling 106,299 copies in its first week. The single became the second fastest-selling single of 2009, behind "Bonkers" by Dizzee Rascal. It has sold over 500,000 copies in the UK.
  • "Everybody in Love" was released as the second single from the album. On 8 November 2009, the song topped the UK Singles Chart, by selling over 121,000 copies in one week. It has sold over 400,000 copies in the UK, The single was released in February 2010 in the United States, but failed to chart.
  • "One Shot" was released as the third and final single from the album on 22 February 2010. The song has peaked in the UK Singles Chart at number six. It has sold over 300,000 copies in the UK.


Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number one on the Irish Albums Chart on 12 November 2009. In the UK, the band beat Robbie Williams to the number-one spot on 15 November 2009. Both JLS and Williams's tenth solo album Reality Killed the Video Star sold over 200,000 copies, making them the fastest-selling albums of the year. JLS beat Williams to the top spot by a margin of less than 1%.[3] First week sales were reported to be more than 230,000 copies.[4] The album has been certified two times platinum in Ireland,[5] while being certified four times Platinum in the UK,[6] and was the sixth best-selling album of 2009 in the UK.[7] The album was also the 35th best-selling album of 2010, selling 317,000 copies of the album in 2010. The album has sold 1.4 million copies in total in the UK as of December 2012.[8]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[9]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[10]
entertainment.ie 2/5 stars[11]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[12]
In the News (5/10)[13]
The Scotsman 1/5 stars[14]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[15]

The album received generally negative reviews from critics on release. It scored an average of 2.7/10 at aggregator website AnyDecentMusic?, which remains the single worst score in the history of the website.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Beat Again"   Wayne Hector, Steve Mac Wayne Hector, Steve Mac 3:19
2. "Everybody in Love"   Hector, Jonathan Rotem, Felicia Jensen, David Doman J.R. Rotem 3:16
3. "Keep You"   Fraser T Smith, Jonathan Gill, Oritsé Williams, Taio Cruz Fraser T Smith 3:01
4. "Crazy for You"   Hector, Mac Mac 3:37
5. "Heal This Heartbreak"   Gill, Williams, Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Mich Hansen, Jonas Jeberg, Chris Braide Jonas Jeberg, Cutfather 3:45
6. "Close to You"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Paul Barry, Graham Stack Metrophonic 3:51
7. "Only Tonight"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Lars Halvor Jensen, Martin Larsson, Ali Tennant DEEKAY 3:39
8. "One Shot"   Carsten Schack, Kenneth Karlin, Michael Warren, Brandon White, Sean Hurley Soulshock & Karlin 3:48
9. "Private"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Ayak Thiik, Paul Meehan Metrophonic 3:14
10. "Don't Go"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Jamie Scott, Stack Metrophonic 2:53
11. "Only Making Love"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Meehan, Tim Woodcock Metrophonic 3:47
12. "Kickstart"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Jensen, Larsson, Tennant DEEKAY 3:11
13. "Tightrope"   Gill, Williams, Merrygold, Humes, Barry, Stack Metrophonic 3:26
US Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Beat Again"   Hector, Mac Hector, Mac 3:19
2. "Everybody In Love"   Hector, Rotem, Jensen, Doman J. R. Rotem 3:16
3. "The Club Is Alive"   Savan Kotecha, Richard Rodgers, Andrew Frampton, Mac Steve Mac 3:43
4. "One Shot"   Schack, Karlin, Warren, White, Hurley Soulshock & Karlin 3:48
5. "Keep You"   Smith, Gill, Williams, Cruz Fraser T Smith 3:01
6. "Close to You"   Wiliams, Humes, Gill, Merrygold, Barry, Stack Metrophonic 3:51
Total length:

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Release date Format Label
United Kingdom[21][22] 9 November 2009 CD, DVD, digital download Epic Records
United States[1][23] 3 August 2010 CD, digital download Jive Records


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