No matter where she is or what she does, Jessie J stands out. There's nothing typical about her. In person and on stage, she's got a spunky panache, but it's laced with a timeless elegance. Musically, she can just as easily echo Motown soul as well as she can nod to nineties hip-hop. Blessed with an astounding voice and natural knack for a hook, she redefines what's possible within pop as she upholds its traditions. In other words, Jessie J always remains one-of-a-kind. That's why she's quickly become the consummate 21st century superstar and a palpable and powerful pop culture force.
In 2011, the world first took notice of the UK-born singer and songwriter in a very big way. Her full-length debut album, Who You Are [LAVA], heralded the songstress' arrival as a worldwide icon. It debuted Top 15 on the Billboard Top 200, and it generated an astounding six Top 10 smashes at radio. "Price Tag" [featuring B.o.B] went platinum stateside and seized #1 in 18 major territories. Then, "Domino", her biggest U.S. hit to date, took flight on the charts. The track went on to achieve double-platinum status and become a ubiquitous anthem around the globe. To date, her album sales exceed 3 million and single sales surpass 20 million and counting.
Along the way, she received the prestigious BRIT Award for "Critic's Choice". It's an honor previously held by the likes of Ellie Goulding, Florence + the Machine, and many more. In addition, the BBC crowned her with the high honor of Sound of 2011. She even received a Grammy Award nomination in 2012. Fans and tastemakers continued to wholeheartedly embrace Jessie J as she acted as the 2012 London Olympic Games Ambassador.
2014 sees her continue to stand out and set the pace though. In July, the first single from her forthcoming sophomore album arrived with a bang—literally. Jessie J teamed up with rising diva Ariana Grande and rap's reigning queen Nicki Minaj for "Bang Bang". It's a blockbuster anthem, combining Jessie J's inimitable delivery, Ariana Grande's massive range, and Nicki Minaj's deft wordplay. As soon as "Bang Bang" dropped, the charts exploded. Immediately, the track captured the #1 spot on iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and reached Gold status within weeks of release. It perfectly set the stage for the October 14 release of her next LP, Sweet Talker, which will also undoubtedly change the game yet again.
Ultimately, there's nobody quite like Jessie J, and that's a very wonderful thing.