Jukebox (JLS album)

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Jukebox
Studio album by JLS
Released 14 November 2011 (2011-11-14)
Recorded April—June 2011
Genre Dance-pop, pop, R&B
Length 43:21
Label Epic, Sony
Producer BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky, Julian Bunetta, Chris Braide, Cutfather, Harmony Samuels, Jason Gill, Daniel Davidsen, Damon Sharpe, Fred Ball, Andrew Frampton, Patrick Jordan-Patrikios
JLS chronology
Outta This World
(2010)
Jukebox
(2011)
Evolution
(2012)
Singles from Jukebox
  1. "She Makes Me Wanna"
    Released: 22 July 2011 (2011-07-22)
  2. "Take a Chance on Me"
    Released: 4 November 2011 (2011-11-04)
  3. "Do You Feel What I Feel?"
    Released: 1 January 2012 (2012-01-01)

Jukebox is the third studio album by English boy band JLS, released on 11 November 2011 through Epic Records. The album's release was preceded by the lead single "She Makes Me Wanna", which debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart in July 2011, and the second single, "Take a Chance on Me", released on 4 November 2011. The single charted at number 2 in the charts. The album was issued in four exclusive different editions through music retailer HMV, each containing a slipcase portraying a different member of the band on the artwork.[1]

Background[edit]

The band began recording their third studio album in April 2011, and stated that they had co-written 16 tracks that could possibly appear.[2] In June 2011, the band announced that they had finished recording the album, and that out of a possible 30 songs, had to decide which tracks would appear on the album.[3] The band stated at the time that they had been recording collaborations with Bruno Mars, Rihanna, Usher and Craig David - however, none of these appear on the album.[4] The album's lead single, "She Makes Me Wanna", a collaboration with American singer Dev, was released on July 24, 2011, peaking at #1 on the UK Singles Chart and de-throning fellow boyband The Wanted's second number one single, "Glad You Came".[5] The album's second single, "Take A Chance On Me", was premiered on September 20, with band member Oritse commenting, "It's the most personal song we've ever done."[6] The group will tour the United Kingdom in 2012 promoting the album, with more than 20 dates confirmed for their 4th Dimension Tour, due to start in March 2012.[7]

Singles[edit]

  • "She Makes Me Wanna" was released on 25 July 2011 as the lead single from the album. The single debuted at number one on the UK Singles Chart, with first-week sales of 98,000 copies. In Ireland, the song peaked at number two.
  • "Take a Chance on Me" was released on 6 November 2011, as the second single from the album. It debuted at number two on the UK Singles Chart selling over 62,000 in its first week, making it JLS's eighth top-ten single. In Ireland, the song peaked at number thirteen.
  • "Do You Feel What I Feel?" was released on 1 January 2012, as the third single from the album. The song samples Bing Crosby's classic festive hit "Do You Hear What I Hear?". The single only managed to peak at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart making it their lowest peaking single at the time. However the music video has won Best Video at the MOBO Awards 2012.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[8]
BBC Music (mixed)[9]
Daily Express 3/5 stars[10]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[11]
The Independent 3/5 stars[12]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[13]
The Observer 2/5 stars[14]
Metro (negative)[15]
Virgin Media 3/5 stars[16]

Lewis Corner of Digital Spy gave the album three out of five stars, stating: "A handful of number one singles, a string of sold-out tours and a third album equals JLS becoming the success story from The X Factor. But with big expectations to live up to and even bigger competition in the form of The Wanted and One Direction, is their latest effort Jukebox enough to cement their status as the UK's premier boyband? Summer cut 'She Makes Me Wanna' heads up the set with RedOne-helmed Euro-club beats, while seasonal follow-up 'Take A Chance On Me' is a heart-warming slice of R&B sweet-nothings. In keeping with JLS's strict annual criteria, the remainder of the record continues to evoke the group's own mix of street-wise uptempos and swoon-worthy ballads. 'Do You Feel What I Feel?' satisfies the guys' penchant for sampling a classic by retweaking a Bing Crosby hit to suit their 18-30's party lifestyle, while 'So Many Girls' hears them scouting dancefloors to find 'the one' over a familiar-sounding chorus straight from the '90s - complete with a cheeky nod to B*Witched. That said, there's a liberal sprinkling of duff notes to be found among the party anthems. '3D' is a techno-snooze affair with predictable lyrics, and 'Shy Of The Cool' is a pan-flat composition of sullen strings that closes the record with the kind of enthusiasm felt before a maths GCSE exam. Unfortunately, the final result is much the same; while the record has its full-marks pop ditties, the majority leaves you feeling that JLS could have put in a little extra revision time.[11]

Tracklistings[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "She Makes Me Wanna" (featuring Dev) JLS, BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky BeatGeek, Jimmy Joker, Teddy Sky 3:39
2. "Do You Feel What I Feel?"   Gloria Shayne Baker, Tebey, Julian Bunetta, Noël Regney, John Ryan Julian Bunetta 3:13
3. "Teach Me How to Dance"   JLS, BeatGeek, Joker, Sky BeatGeek, Joker, Teddy Sky 3:29
4. "Take a Chance on Me"   Emile Ghantous, Frankie Bautista, Nasri Atweh, Nick Turpin Chris Braide 3:35
5. "Go Harder"   JLS, Daniel Davidsen, Jason Gill, Mich Hansen, Ali Tennant Cutfather 3:20
6. "So Many Girls"   JLS, Harmony Samuels, Eric Bellinger, Erika Nuri Harmony "H-Money" Samuels 3:22
7. "3D"   JLS, Damon Sharpe, Daniel Davidsen, Jason Gill, Mich Hansen Cutfather, Jason Gill, Daniel Davidsen, Damon Sharpe 4:08
8. "Take You Down"   JLS, Davidsen, Gill, Tennant, Talay Riley Cutfather 4:01
9. "Innocence"   JLS, Fred Ball, Teemu Brunila Fred Ball 3:15
10. "Killed By Love"   JLS, Braide Chris Braide 3:43
11. "Never Gonna Stop"   JLS, Abeeku Ribeiro, Andrew Frampton, Patrick Jordan-Patrikios Andrew Frampton, Patrick Jordan-Patrikios 3:14
12. "Shy of the Cool"   JLS Ball 4:23

Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label
Ireland[22] 11 November 2011 CD, digital download Epic Records, Sony Music
United Kingdom[23] 14 November 2011

References[edit]

  1. ^ JLS to release individual new album 'Jukebox' artwork - pictures - Music News - Digital Spy
  2. ^ JLS's new album is "off to a good start" - Music News - Digital Spy
  3. ^ JLS: 'New album is recorded' - Video - Music News - Digital Spy
  4. ^ JLS 'working with Bruno Mars' - Music News - Digital Spy
  5. ^ JLS beat The Wanted to singles No.1 with 'She Makes Me Wanna' - Music News - Digital Spy
  6. ^ JLS debut new single 'Take A Chance On Me' - listen - Music News - Digital Spy
  7. ^ JLS add three dates to UK arena tour due to 'phenomenal demand' - Music News - Digital Spy
  8. ^ Jukebox - JLS | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic
  9. ^ BBC - Music - Review of JLS - Jukebox
  10. ^ CD review - Jukebox: JLS (Epic) | Music | Entertainment | Daily Express
  11. ^ a b JLS: 'Jukebox' - Album review - Music Review - Digital Spy
  12. ^ Gill, Andy (11 November 2011). "Album: JLS, Jukebox (Epic)". The Independent (London). 
  13. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (10 November 2011). "JLS: Jukebox – review". The Guardian (London). 
  14. ^ Hoby, Hermione (13 November 2011). "JLS: Jukebox – review". The Guardian (London). 
  15. ^ Jukebox may well give you a massive ice-cream headache | Metro News
  16. ^ JLS: Jukebox Album Review - Reviews - Music - Virgin Media
  17. ^ iTunes - Music - Jukebox by JLS
  18. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 17 November 2011". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 18 November 2011. 
  19. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/albums BBC Chart Show November 20. 2011
  20. ^ "Irish album certifications – JLS – Jukebox". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  21. ^ "British album certifications – JLS – Jukebox". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Jukebox in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  22. ^ iTunes - Music - Jukebox by JLS
  23. ^ iTunes - Music - Jukebox by JLS