Jessie J: Artists To Watch 2011
Winner of this year's Critics' Choice BRIT Award, Jessie J, 22, also topped the influential BBC "Sound of 2011" poll, which surveys 165 U.K. tastemakers. Now the Essex-born artist-who shares a co-writing credit on Miley Cyrus' Billboard Hot 100 smash "Party in the U.S.A."-is proving just as big a hit with the British public. The video for her debut single, "Do It Like a Dude," has amassed more than 9 million YouTube views, with the catchy Lady Gaga-esque track spending eight weeks on the U.K. chart and moving 127,000 units, according to the Official Charts Co. A soulful follow-up single, "Price Tag," features B.o.B. Island Records/Lava will release debut album "Who You Are" March 28 in the United Kingdom, with its U.S. bow to follow later in the year on Universal Republic/Lava. "She's the biggest artist coming out of the U.K. right now," Island marketing manager Tom March says.
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