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A Family Affair: Siblings And Their Singles

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:

Sister, sister.

Sister, sister.

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.

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Putting down the pom poms.

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.

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Things That Need To Stop: Boy Bands Doing Reality Shows

Showing off their shows.

Showing off their shows.

It’s no surprise that the world of reality television is getting stale. Really stale. The music competition shows that once ruled the airwaves are showing signs of fatigue and the new crop of weekly shows that center around party people, pregnant teenagers and other privileged individuals are just bad. However, we also have the category of reality shows centering around singers and groups who want to have the cameras film their every move because their new material isn’t moving copies and they need to so that they can pay back their record group in order for the label to inevitably buy new coffee mugs for the office. Sound familiar? That’s sort of how it goes, at least in the more desperate situations. Two recent shows have been failing to meet the expectations in the ratings department for acts that have rather large fan bases, and so, another things that needs to stop: boy bands doing reality shows.

This is clearly not the first time boy bands have been featured on a weekly television show. Both the Jackson Five and the New Kids On The Block had Saturday morning cartoons, but both never made it beyond a second season. You’ll also remember ABC’s Making The Band, which started airing in 2000 with the help of hot manager at the time and now convict Lou Pearlman. The first season formed O-Town, who had two top ten singles and two albums… and two more seasons of the show on MTV, which probably weren’t needed but the producers thought they could sustain audience by showing them performing and doing every day actions. The group broke up in 2003. A similar reality show took place in 2007 that tried to form a new version of Menudo, but that also floundered, and a single by the group barely cracked the top 40 on one radio format. They were done by 2009.

In the summer of 2012, E! began airing Married To Jonas, a series created by Ryan Seacrest Productions that followed Kevin Jonas of the Jonas Brothers and his wife Danielle Deleasa in their lives. The series also followed a musical comeback by the three brothers, first playing in concert (season one) then recording an album and releasing a single with a subsequent music video (season two). While the series initially did well, the ratings began to tank about halfway into its first season, going from a high of 2.21 million viewers to a low of just 720,000 in the next-to-last episode. By some miracle, it was renewed to even worse results. It debuted with 990,000 viewers this past April, sinking to a low of 570,000 just weeks later. Even with a time shift from 10:30 to 10PM, nothing could help it. The single I alluded to, “Pom Poms”, leaked several days before its official premiere, but quickly went top ten on iTunes on its release day before nosediving off the charts. It also received little radio airplay. As an independent project, it couldn’t be sustained, and with promotion to such a reduced audience, it could’ve never built itself up to be a hit. The show has yet to be cancelled, but I suspect it will be. No album release date has surfaced.

Just last week, another RSP show, The Wanted Life, debuted on the same channel and follows British boy band The Wanted fooling around in some mansion in the Los Angeles. In the first episode, we’re shown footage of them recording their tacky new single, “Walks Like Rihanna”, which sold just under 18,000 copies in its first week, amounting to a #121 debut on the Digital Songs Chart. They, unlike the Jonas Brothers, have only had one legitimately big single which struggled for months to pick up stations before suddenly breaking out. That would be the #3 Hot 100 hit “Glad You Came”; it was serviced to mainstream radio in August 2011 before finally making the top 40 in January 2012 after a performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Their album came and went and so did a few other singles that didn’t chart well, and thus, the boys only managed a 600,000 viewer debut for that first episode. Oops. Sounds a little unwanted, if you ask me. Who knows what the future holds for the show?

So, when a show like this flops, who is to blame? Is it the artist whose name isn’t big enough to sell a show? Is it their management for proposing the idea in the first place? Is it their label not doing enough to promote it? Is it the production crew for filming subpar footage? Is it the editing crew for piecing together a show that doesn’t work? Is it the network airing it at the wrong time on the wrong day? Maybe it’s a little bit of all of these things. What was wrong with a one-off special, a la Diary or Making The Video or Unplugged all on MTV? They might not exist for the most part, but there’s still ways to bring them back. Alas, people don’t learn. I do like some of the music by both The Wanted and the Jonas Brothers, but seriously, do I need a half hour show to tell me that Deleasa and Jonas are still in love or an hour or that The Wanted can party hard and wreck their house in an hour? Absolutely not.

So, Big Time Rush (you already have a sitcom), Emblem3, One Direction and all you other boy bands out there, go ahead with your concert movies, but please, please don’t bother wasting your own time and the network’s time by trying to make a reality show. It hits all the wrong notes.

Let me know what you think about this in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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SINGLE PREMIERE: Jonas Brothers – “Pom Poms” (+ Lyrics)

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Oh Mickey, you’re not so fine anymore.

Download “Pom Poms” on iTunes. / Listen to “Pom Poms”.

Watch the video for “Pom Poms”. This is the first release from the Jonas Brothers on their own label, Jonas Records, after leaving Disney’s Hollywood Records after their last album. It was supposed to premiere on April 2, but that plan has been thwarted by a thing we call the world wide web. The video leaked onto the internet earlier today, which you can at the above link. “Pom Poms” goes to radio this week. An album title and release date has yet to be released. This is the first single by the band to get a wide release since “Paranoid” in 2009.

“Pom Poms” represents a different sound for the guys, who have been evolving musically since their debut album. With an accompanying marching band and cheerleaders, it’s not the first song to dive into the category. Remember “Be True To Your School” and “Mickey”? We’ll see if it helps or hurts them this time around.

The boys will be interviewed on Ryan Seacrest’s KIIS-FM morning show at 10 AM Eastern on April 2. The official network television premiere of the “Pom Poms” video is on the same date on E! News, which airs at 7 PM Eastern.

“POM POMS”
(J. Jonas/K. Jonas/N. Jonas/P. Phamous)

[Chorus]
More to love when your hands are free
Baby, put your pom poms down for me (Okay!)
I’mma shake it up-uh, one two three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me

[Verse 1]
She’ll come from miles away
Just to see how you get down
Feels like an earthquake
Every time you come around

[Bridge]
Hear ’em sayin’ yeah (Yeah!)
Every time feels like a revival
So get up, right now
We’re comin’ for the title

[Chorus]
More to love when your hands are free
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
Come and shake it up-uh, one two three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
When you move I fall to my knees
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
Come and shake it up-uh, five four three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me

[Verse 2]
Want you on my team
Want you like a kid just wants a milkshake
And I won’t let it go to waste if I get at taste
I’m gonna drink the whole thing

[Bridge]
Hear ’em sayin’ yeah (Yeah!)
Every time feels like a revival
So get up, right now
We’re comin’ for the title

[Chorus]
More to love when your hands are free
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
Come and shake it up-uh, one two three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
When you move I fall to my knees
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
Come and shake it up-uh, five four three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me

[Spoken]
Ladies to the left, fellas to the right

[Middle 8 – Females]
If you wanna see me put my pom poms down
Then sing it to me baby, sing it right now (better sing it now!)
Na na na, etc. yeah yeah
If you wanna see me put my pom poms down
Then sing it to me baby, sing it right now (I said sing it now!)
Na na na, etc. yeah yeah

[Chorus]
More to love when your hands are free
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
Come and shake it up-uh, one two three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
When you move I fall to my knees
Baby, put your pom poms down for me
Come and shake it up-uh, five four three
Baby, put your pom poms down for me

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Springtime Sizzlers: Get Ready For These Rising Releases

We’ve already had some big surprise hits on mainstream radio this year, but there are more hot singles on the horizon that have yet to premiere. It’s always a big battle to get onto those pop playlists, but these three acts may just have the right stuff to convince programmers to add them. From big voices to big fan bases, here are some interesting new releases to look forward to as spring comes around.

"Up" up and away.

“Up” up and away.

AVRIL LAVIGNE – “Here’s To Never Growing Up”
Epic Records

Ten years after she took over the pop world with songs like “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi”, Canada’s pop punk princess has gone through a lot. After a disappointing era two years ago with Goodbye Lullaby, most known for lead single, “What The Hell”, Lavigne moved from RCA to Epic Records after two underperforming followup singles and finished work on this upcoming fifth album during the summer. She also broke up with boyfriend Brody Jenner and began a relationship with Nickelback lead singer Chad Kroeger. The two announced their engagement last August. Kroeger has also been involved in the writing and production on his girlfriend’s new effort. Something tells me we’ll be getting a breakup song or two on it. Lavigne’s first single from the album was written and produced by David Hodges, a former member of Evanescence and Martin Johnson, the lead singer for the pop band Boys Like Girls. It’s scheduled to be released to radio and iTunes on April 9. Based on the title, it doesn’t exactly sound like Lavigne has matured from the sound or image that made her famous a decade ago, but perhaps it can still work for her so far into her career. We’ll see. If not, maybe we could see her judging on a reality show competition in the future. She’s certainly been in the industry enough to mentor young performers.

Get down "Tonight".

Get down “Tonight”.

JESSICA SANCHEZ featuring NE-YO – “Tonight”
Interscope Records

We haven’t heard a lot about 17-year-old Sanchez since placing second on last season of American Idol, just losing out to singer-songwriter Phillip Phillips. Of course, a tour followed the show for several months, but since it’s been over, the singer has been working on a couple of different project. She’s signed on to appear in a four episode arc of the television show Glee, though a character name has not be identified, but her appearances should be airing in April or May. She’s also been working on original music for her first full-length album, reportedly a 16-track effort, which is tentatively due out May 7. Her runner-up single, “Change Nothing”, literally changed nothing for her, so she’s gone in a more dance-driven direction and has been previewing songs like “Fairytale” and “Jump In” in promotional appearances as of recent. However, her leadoff single is a song called “Tonight”, which features Ne-Yo. A video is production, directed by Justin Francis, who has been behind recent videos for Carly Rae Jepsen and Trey Songz. Sanchez also put out a casting notice on social media for backup dancers for the shoot. Will she and her Blujays set her flying to the top of the charts? Sanchez has a strong voice, so we’ll see how she does on this non-ballad. “Tonight” goes to radio by the end of the month.

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

Oh Brothers, where art thou?

JONAS BROTHERS – “Pom Poms”
Jonas Records

The JoBros are back together and ready to go burnin’ up the charts again with their first radio single release and full-length album (outside of a television soundtrack) in nearly four years. After their last album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, produced only a minor top-40 hit in “Paranoid”, the boys pursued other options, including two seasons of a Disney Channel scripted series called JONAS (later Jonas L.A.), which ran through the fall of 2010. Brothers Joe and Nick both released solo efforts, the former with a band called Nick Jonas and the Administration. Though both of their albums debuted decently, they failed to achieve any sort of longevity due to little radio support. Last year, oldest brother Kevin appeared on the reality show Married To Jonas with his wife Danielle, which was renewed for a second season several months ago. After a few one-off performances, one of which was highlighted on that show, the three boys finished cutting material for an album, which will likely be out this summer. It’s the first for the trio on their self-released label after a split from Hollywood Records last year. The video for “Pom Poms” was shot a few weeks back in New Orleans, and from a leaked video still, it appears that Joe is singing a lead and there’s at least a six-piece brass section, including a few saxophones and trombones. While this one won’t end up a cheerleading classic like “Be True To Your School” or “Mickey”, it’ll be a welcome return for all those tweenagers who need a jump-start back into their Jonai obsession. Look for it in the next few weeks.

Which release are you looking forward to most? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter: @AdamFSoybel.

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