Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Boyband Summer Hits

JLS and The Wanted have, in the last year, emerged as the pre-eminent British boybands (I'm not counting Take That, since they are not anywhere close to being boys anymore). Both groups have new singles this summer, both of which really want to be #1 hits next month.

Of the two, I think I prefer The Wanted's "Glad You Came." It's quite clubby, riding a similar sound as Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor" and Edward Maya and Vika Jigulina's "Stereo Love." Steve Mac produces, who has produced hits for both The Wanted ("All Time Low," "Gold Forever") and JLS ("Beat Again," "The Club Is Alive").

"She Makes Me Wanna" is clubby too, although more oriented toward the current dominant sound that mixes dance, pop and R&B into one frothy concoction. So it sounds a lot like their last single, "Eyes Wide Shut," which I wasn't wild about.

"Glad You Came" is out July 10. "She Makes Me Wanna" follows a couple weeks later July 24. Both songs started getting airplay in early June, which puts quite a long time between that and when the singles come out. Definitely not following the on-air-on-sale movement with these.


J.Mensah said...

ugh those douches are back? -_-

Chris B. said...

You compared The Wanted's "Glad You Came" to Jennifer Lopez's "On the Floor." Is club music making a comeback?

ww_adh said...

Dance music as a mainstream sound definitely seems to be making a comeback in Britain, where it was always more popular anyway. Not so much in the U.S., although some of these songs are big here, like "On the Floor," but not things like Example, Alexandra Stan or Calvin Harris.

rcLoy said...

The Wanted FTW. I think they're my new faves boyband. Max is just so cute! :D