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Origin London & Peterborough, England
Genres Pop, R&B, dance-pop
Years active 2007–present
Labels Epic Records (2009-Present)
Sony Music (2008-Present)
Website www.jlsofficial.com
Aston Merrygold
Marvin Humes
Jonathan "JB" Gill
Oritsé Williams

JLS (an initialism of Jack the Lad Swing) are a British boyband, who were runners-up in the fifth series of ITV reality talent show The X Factor in 2008, coming second to Alexandra Burke. The group consists of Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan "JB" Gill, and Oritsé Williams.

Following their appearances on The X Factor, JLS signed to Epic Records,[1] and enjoyed continued chart success throughout 2009. Their debut single "Beat Again" went to number-one in the UK Singles Chart on 19 July 2009,[2] while their second single "Everybody in Love", which was released on 2 November 2009,[3] topped the UK Singles Chart too.[4] The band's eponymous debut album was released on 9 November 2009,[5] and has since gone triple Platinum, with sales of over one million copies in the UK alone. JLS won the awards for British Breakthrough and British Single ("Beat Again") at the 2010 BRIT Awards,[6] becoming the first X Factor contestants to win an award at the ceremony.



Before entering The X Factor in 2008, JLS performed at the Showcase:LIVE in October 2007 and June 2008 under the name of UFO (Unique Famous Outrageous).[7]

Humes was formerly in rap group VS set up by Simon Webbe in 2004. After the group were dropped he moved on to property sales before he was asked by Williams to join JLS.[8] On 20 January 2009 it was announced that JLS had signed a record contract with Epic Records.[9] Their first single "Beat Again" charted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 19 July 2009 making them only the second non-winner of the X Factor to have a number one single,[10] and remained number one the following week before being knocked off by the Black Eyed Peas.[11] The band's second single "Everybody in Love" also charted at number one on the UK Singles Chart on 8 November 2009.[4]

2008: The X Factor

JLS auditioned for the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008. Following the elimination of vocal groups Bad Lashes and Girlband in weeks one and two respectively, JLS were Louis Walsh's last remaining act in the competition. In week 7 JLS were in the bottom two along with Rachel Hylton. However, they survived thanks to votes from Louis Walsh, Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell. Cowell stated when casting his deciding vote that JLS did not deserve to be in the bottom two.[12] In week 8 JLS performed "...Baby One More Time" by Britney Spears. They received negative comments from the two of the four judges, with Simon Cowell saying "at the moment you're out". After their second performance, however, Cowell commented that they were "back in the race" and that they could "have a hit record" with that performance.[13]

In week nine, JLS performed the second Rihanna song of the evening "Umbrella" (the first being Alexandra Burke's performance of "Don't Stop the Music"). Their second song was "I'm Already There" by Lonestar. When it was Cowell's turn to give his comments he said "I'm gonna make a prediction, you could actually win this competition".[14] JLS gained the most votes in the semi-finals.

JLS made it to the final, after surviving the first public vote of the night in which Eoghan Quigg was voted off. They performed their own version of the winner's song, "Hallelujah", which the other finalist Alexandra Burke also performed. The public voted for the second time that night and Burke won the competition, JLS coming second. They were the fourth band to make the final (the others being G4, who came second in the first series, Journey South who came third in the second series and Same Difference who came third in the fourth series).

2009-present: After The X Factor

Following JLS's success on the The X Factor, Simon Cowell's record company, Syco, announced that they were to sign JLS with an advance payment of £75,000.[15] The Sun later reported that Cowell had revoked this offer and JLS were to be signed to Epic Records.[9]. In 2009, they released their debut, self-titled album, JLS and their debut single, Beat Again, both of which made it to number one on the UK Singles Chart. This was followed by their second number one song, Everybody In Love. These have set the benchmark for the third single, One Shot, which has already peaked at number six despite a physical release.

In 2010, JLS became the first X Factor contestants to win a Brit Award. Jo Whiley has claimed that JLS have profited from the demise of Chris Brown after revelations that he battered his ex-girlfriend Rihanna, with rapper Jay-Z stating that they will become as big as N*SYNC.[16]

Awards and nominations

Year Ceremony Category Nominated work Result Ref
2007 Urban Music Awards Best Unsigned Act Won [17]
2009 2009 BRIT Awards Best British Single "Hero" (With The X Factor finalists) Nominated [18]
MOBO Awards Best UK Newcomer Won [19]
Best Song "Beat Again" Won [20]
BBC Switch Live Awards Switch's Outstanding Artist Won [21]
Prom King Aston Merrygold Nominated [21]
Virgin Media Music Awards Best Group Nominated [22]
Best Newcomer Nominated [23]
Best Track "Beat Again" Nominated [24]
Hottest Male Aston Merrygold Nominated
2010 2010 BRIT Awards British Group Nominated
British Breakthrough Won [25]
British Single "Beat Again" Won
NME Awards Worst Band Won [26]

Tours and Concerts




Year Title Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2009 JLS 1 1 1 8
  • UK: 1,005,663


Year Song Chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)

2009 "Beat Again" 1 1 3 6 JLS
"Everybody in Love" 1 1 2 4
  • UK: TBA
2010 "One Shot" 6 11 21
As featured artist
2008 "Hero" (with The X Factor Finalists 2008)[33] 1 1 8 non-album singles
2010 "Everybody Hurts" (with Helping Haiti) 1 1


  1. ^ "X Factor's JLS sign record deal - BBC News". BBC News Online. 20 January 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8158180.stm. Retrieved 19 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "X Factor's JLS top singles charts - BBC News". BBC News Online. 19 July 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8158180.stm. Retrieved 21 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Aston Gets Excited Single is Out Now". Digital Spy. 2 November 20092009. http://www.jlsofficial.com/newsdiary/post/aston-gets-excited-single-is-out-now/. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  4. ^ a b "JLS oust Cole from top of chart". BBC. 8 November 2009. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8349490.stm. Retrieved 9 November 2009. 
  5. ^ "JLS Official Web Site". 2 November 2009. http://www.jlsofficial.com/. Retrieved 6 November 2009. 
  6. ^ "In Full: Brit Awards 2010 - The Winners". Digital Spy. 16 February 2010. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a203591/in-full-brit-awards-2010-the-winners.html. 
  7. ^ "Showcase-Live.com
  8. ^ "JLS". Throng. 7 October 2008. http://www.tvthrong.co.uk/the-x-factor/jls?page=1. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  9. ^ a b Smart, Gordon. "Eog & JLS Quigg off the mark", The Sun, 17 January 2009
  10. ^ "JLS shoot to No.1 with debut single". Digital Spy. 20 July 2009. http://fame.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a166169/jls-shoot-to-no1-with-debut-single.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  11. ^ "Black Eyed Peas knock JLS off No.1". Digital Spy. 2 August 2009. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a168846/black-eyed-peas-knock-jls-off-no1.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  12. ^ "Rachel is Out!". ITV. 22 November 2008. http://xfactor.itv.com/2008/stories/story-detail/item_100434.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  13. ^ "JLS get rocky reviews". ITV. 29 November 2008. http://xfactor.itv.com/2008/stories/story-detail/item_100471.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Simon says JLS could win the whole show!". ITV. 6 December 2008. http://xfactor.itv.com/2008/stories/story-detail/item_100514.html. Retrieved 5 October 2009. 
  15. ^ Boshoff, Alison. "The Cash Factor...", The Daily Mail, December 16, 2008.
  16. ^ "Jay-Z: `JLS will be as big as N Sync`". M&G Online. 18 February 2010. http://www.monstersandcritics.com/people/news/article_1534561.php/Jay-Z-JLS-will-be-as-big-as-N-Sync. Retrieved 25 February 2010. 
  17. ^ "Urban Music Awards". JLS MAKE THE URBAN MUSIC AWARDS PROUD!!!. http://www.urbanmusicawards.net//uk_news.php?id=94&start=0&limit=10. Retrieved 16 December 2008. 
  18. ^ "BRIT Award Nominees". Digital Spy. http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a143818/in-full-brit-awards-2009-nominees.html. Retrieved 4 June 2009. 
  19. ^ Best UK Newcomer MOBO 2009 Nomimation
  20. ^ Best Song MOBO 2009 Nomination
  21. ^ a b "Switch - Switch Live - Awards". BBC. 8 November 2009. http://www.bbc.co.uk/switch/events/live2009/awards.shtml. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  22. ^ "Best group 2009 Awards 2009 - Music". Virgin Media. 13 November 2009. http://www.virginmedia.com/music/awards2009/best-group/. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  23. ^ "Best Newcomer 2009 Awards 2009 - Music". Virgin Media. 13 November 2009. http://www.virginmedia.com/music/awards2009/best-newcomer/. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  24. ^ "Best track - Awards 2009 - Music". Virgin Media. 13 November 2009. http://www.virginmedia.com/music/awards2009/best-track/. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  25. ^ http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aHFIwO_b8Dko
  26. ^ http://www.nme.com/news/various-artists/49955
  27. ^ "BPI > Certified Awards Search". British Phonographic Industry. http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx. Retrieved 26 January 2010. 
  28. ^ "Jls". Chart Stats. http://www.chartstats.com/artistinfo.php?id=12347. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  29. ^ "Radio 1 - Chart Show - RnB Singles". BBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio1/chart/rnbsingles.shtml. Retrieved 31 July 2009. 
  30. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. http://www.irma.ie/aucharts.asp. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 
  31. ^ JLS Album & Song Chart History Billboard.com
  32. ^ http://www.bpi.co.uk/certifiedawards/search.aspx
  33. ^ "X-Factor Finalists - Hero - Music Charts". Acharts.us. http://acharts.us/song/40029. Retrieved 13 December 2009. 

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