As promised, Push Play & Listen presents a JLS Timeline, celebrating the band and all it’s successes. So without further ado, here we go.
First up, as most band stories start, we have the audition. JLS, a band composed of London friends Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan “JB” Gills, and Oritsé Williams, auditioned for the fifth season of “X-Factor” in 2008. Check out how it went below.
The group then went to the next stage, judges houses, where they sang for their coach, Louis Walsh. Walsh has had pervious experience with boy bands. He was the manager for Irish boy bands Boyzone and Westlife.
It was this performance that led to Walsh picking JLS to continue on the the live show part of the show. Here the performed many songs, week after week, while they built up a loyal fanbase.
One being their first week performance of the Boyz II Men classic “I’ll Make Love To You,” have a look.
The band hit a high note and made a believe out of Simon Cowell in week four.
Then JLS gave one of their best performances of the competition during the “X Factor” finale.
While the band didn’t win the competition, they went on to receive a recording contract with Epic Records at the beginning of 2009. Then in July of that year, JLS fans proved to be loyal when the sent the band’s debut single “Beat Again” to the number one spot on the UK charts. You can see a live performance of the song below, the performance begins at 2:55.
Just before the release of their debut album, the band released their second single “Everybody In Love,” which once again topped the UK charts.
In November, JLS released their self-titled debut album. It debuted at number one on the UK charts selling over 1 million copies.
Due to their success of their first album, JLS won the BRIT Award for British Breakthrough and Best British Single for “Beat Again.” These awards marked the first “X Factor” contestant to win a BRIT Award. (For those of you who don’t know the BRIT’s are the British equivalent of the Grammy’s in the U.S.)
In July of 2010, the group released the lead single off of their second album. The track, entitled “The Club It Alive” marked the band’s third number one single.
Two months later, the band released the second single off of their second album entitled “Love You More.” The song was a charity single for BBC Children in need. Once again the song reached the number one spot on the UK Charts.
The band’s second album “Outta This World” was released on November 22, 2010. It reached number two on the charts being beat out by long time boy band Take That’s album “Progress.”
In July of 2011 the band released the lead single off their third album. “She Makes Me Wanna,” which features American singer Dev, became the fifth number one single for JLS. The song was also nominated for the 2012 BRIT Award for “Best British Single.”
November 4th, the band released their second single, “Take A Chance On Me” a nice ballad to follow up the dance club feel to “She Makes Me Wanna.” The song reached number 2 on the UK charts.
Shortly after the release of “Take A Chance On Me,” JLS released their fourth studio album entitled “Jukebox.” The album reached number two on the UK charts and was certified platinum in the UK.
In October of 2012, the band released their brand new single from their upcoming fourth studio album. The song, “Hottest Girl In The World,” brought a new, mature sound to the band. The single reached number 6 on the charts.
The next month, JLS released “Evolution,” their fourth studio album. It continued to build the mature sound that audiences heard with “Hottest Girl In The World.” The album also shows more off more of a R&B influence than their previous albums. The album reached the number three spot on the UK charts.
On April 23, 2013, the band released a statement on their website stating that the band had decided to spilt after it’s successful five-year run. You can read Push Play & Listen’s summary of the statement here.
The following Friday, April 26th, JLS appeared on the UK talk show “Alan Carr Chatty Man” to talk about their spilt and it does get quite emotional. The video is provided below. The interview with JLS starts at 23:57. As a warning the video does reference drugs and sex so be warned.
In JLS’s statement released on April 23, the band did state that their will be a final album, “Goodbye: The Greatest Hits,” and a final tour. According to JLS a new single will be released later this year to coincide with the final album.
It’s very sad news for the many many JLS fans everywhere and only time will tell what will become of the talented Merrygold, Humes, Williams and Gills. For now, fans can await for the new album and tour, as well as celebrate the great accomplishments of JLS.
Stay tuned to the band’s website for all the latest news.