Ah, yes, the classic sibling rivalry: boys vs. girls, older vs. younger, etc. I can’t really speak from experience since I’m an only child, but I’ve heard about the horror stories and the catfights and everything else that could go wrong. Those issues get pretty nasty. Ouch. On the other hand, it’s always good to be around family and be supported by them in whatever you do. For the two acts I’m focusing on today, they know all about that philosophy of sticking it out together; they’re both family acts, one of all sisters and one of all brothers. In fact, the sister act is made up of not two, not three, but six siblings! Someone was pretty busy… ahem. Let’s get to these new releases before they hatch anymore:
CIMORELLI – “Made In America”
Adds Date: n/a, currently at CHR & Hot AC radio (EP out June 18)
They may be new to you, but they’re pretty hot on YouTube and have been featured on other major sites. The sextet that is Cimorelli originally formed as a quintet back in 2007 in their hometown of Sacramento, adding one other member in 2010. The six sisters in the band are Amy, Christina, Dani, Katherine, Lauren and Lisa. They simply began uploading videos and playing small gigs back then. Something caught on, and the girls found themselves with a huge social following, amassing 10 and 15 million hits on covers of songs like Anna Kendrick‘s “Cups (When I’m Gone)” and Maroon 5‘s “Payphone”. Universal Republic Records signed them in 2011, putting out a largely covers EP titled CimFam. Late in 2012, the group released an EP Believe It, and the title track got a bit of play on satellite radio, but never caught on nationally. Now, with the help of their label, they’re ready to hit the big time with patriotic “Made In America”, coming out just in time for Independence Day on July 4. The song, as you’d expect, is about pride in being an American, regardless of age or where you’re from in the States. It’s your standard pop/rock tune, with chants of “M-A-D-E I-N America!” throughout the song, which give it a nice touch. Plus, it has all the harmonies and strong vocals you know them for online. It reminds me a bit of a modern-day take on Wilson Phillips or Mulberry Lane. They’ve got the chops; let’s see if radio “in America” actually wants it.
JONAS BROTHERS – “First Time”
Adds Date: June 25 (Hot AC and CHR)
These three brothers from New Jersey thought a song about cheerleading would lead them to the top of the pack, but unfortunately, the halftime show came and went without much fanfare. That underperforming single from Joe, Kevin and Nick was “Pom Poms”, which had an early leak date and a front-loaded sales week, and ultimately couldn’t hold itself together because the single was self-released and there was little support for it. However, a #60 peak on the Hot 100 for their leadoff single didn’t seem to get these guys down. In April, shortly after the single faded away, it was announced that they had signed a worldwide licensing deal with Universal Music Group, meaning that will likely be distributed and promoted by them. That’s obviously a huge step in the right direction considering this is a major label and can give the single the proper treatment. Though an album has yet to be issued, this second release from the effort is already miles ahead of “Pom Poms” in the quality department. “First Time” sees the boys with a very chilled-out, 80’s-influenced vibe, sort of like Maroon 5‘s current radio single, “Love Somebody”. It’s a more mature sound from them both lyrically and musically, but it fits right in with what’s on the air. Plus, you know you can’t deny singing along to the “oh oh oh oh” parts. It’s proved to be a popular track in concert for the Jonas Brothers on their few live dates, but will it do the same at radio and retail? “Time” will definitely tell.
Which side are you on? Are you rooting for the sisters of Cimorelli or the Jonas Brothers? Both? Let me know! Comment below or find me on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.