The Club Is Alive

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"The Club Is Alive"
Single by JLS
from the album Outta This World
Released 2 July 2010 (2010-07-02)
(see release history)
Recorded 2010
Genre Dance-pop, R&B
Length 3:36
Label Epic
Writer(s) Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Andrew Frampton, Savan Kotecha, Steve Mac
Producer(s) Steve Mac
JLS singles chronology
"One Shot"
(2009)
"The Club Is Alive"
(2010)
"Love You More"
(2010)

"The Club Is Alive" is a song by British boyband JLS. It was released in the United Kingdom on 2 July 2010 as the lead single from their second studio album, Outta This World.

Background[edit]

Its lyrics sample "The Sound of Music", composed by Richard Rodgers, to lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II and originally performed by Mary Martin in the stage musical of the same name, but was later popularised by Julie Andrews in the 1965 film.[1] It was written by Andrew Frampton, Savan Kotecha and Steve Mac and produced by Mac. Inspired by the musical film The Sound of Music, the song was originally intended for American rapper Flo Rida, but he declined.[2]

Critical reception[edit]

Robert Copsey of Digital Spy gave the song a positive review stating that JLS had "managed to successfully step outside their comfort zone", giving the song four out of five stars.[3]

Music video[edit]

The video for the single was shot in May 2010 during the band's visit to Los Angeles, California, while recording their second album.[4] Directed by Frank Borin, it takes its inspiration from the popular US TV series Entourage. The video shows the band turn up to a party in a nightclub in downtown L.A., where they also perform their song on a revolving stage.

Promotion[edit]

JLS performed the song on the fifth live semi-final of series 4 of Britain's Got Talent.[5] On 11 July 2010, JLS performed the song on Alan Carr: Chatty Man and also gave an interview.[6] The song was also performed at the Radio 1's Big Weekend in Bangor, Wales and T4 on the Beach, as well as on GMTV, Magic Numbers, T4 Stars of 2010 and The 5.19 Show.

Chart performance[edit]

"The Club Is Alive" debuted on the Irish Singles Chart on 9 July 2010 at number four where it remained for two consecutive weeks, marking the band's third top five hit in the country. On 11 July 2010, the song debuted on the UK Singles Chart at number one. It became their third number one single, selling 84,283 copies in its first week.[7][8] Despite the initial success of the song, it dropped six places to number seven the following week and then a further two places to number nine on 25 July 2010. On 1 August 2010, the song dropped a further seven places to number sixteen.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "The Club Is Alive" – 3:36
  2. "Only Tonight" (Remix featuring Chipmunk) – 3:42

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United Kingdom 2 July 2010[13] Epic Records Digital download
5 July 2010[14] CD single
Sony Indonesian-International 11 July 2010 Sony Music Entertainment Digital download

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "JLS ‘The Club Is Alive’ leaks in full CDQ and it’s poo!". Toyaz-World. May 7, 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Lindvall, Helienne (11 November 2010). "Behind the music: Who's the guy with the silly wigs on The X Factor?". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Copsey, Robert. "Music - Singles Review - JLS: 'The Club Is Alive'". Digital Spy. Retrieved 12 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "JLS come ‘alive’ with confirmation of new single release". STV. 29 April 2010. Retrieved 13 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Trent (2010-06-05). "JLS Perform On ‘Britain’s Got Talent’". Thatgrapejuice.net. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Catch Up with Alan Carr: Chatty Man Online". 123WebTV. 2010-07-04. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  7. ^ "Kylie Minogue scores fifth UK Number One album | News". NME. 2009-07-24. Retrieved 2010-07-11. 
  8. ^ Jones, Alan (2010-07-12). "JLS and Kylie top charts". Music Week. Retrieved 2010-07-12. 
  9. ^ "JLS Album & Song Chart History" European Hot 100 for JLS.
  10. ^ "Chart Track: Week 27, 2010". Irish Singles Chart.
  11. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-07-17". Scottish Singles Top 40.
  12. ^ "Archive Chart: 2010-07-17" UK Singles Chart.
  13. ^ "The Club Is Alive: JLS: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 
  14. ^ "The Club Is Alive: Jls". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 11 July 2010. 

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