Olivia

An impressive combination of beauty and bravado, J Records' debutant Olivia makes recording a debut album seem easy on this eponymous set.

An impressive combination of beauty and bravado, J Records' debutant Olivia makes recording a debut album seem easy on this eponymous set. The first artist signed to Clive Davis' J Records, native New Yorker Olivia offers a mixture of rap, R&B, and pop. The first single, "Bizounce"—a no-holds-barred, synthed-up statement to an unfaithful lover whose time has come—has quickly gained the 20-year-old singer a strong following at radio, peaking at No. 4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks Chart. Proving that she is more than just a pretty face, Olivia does double-duty, both rapping and singing on "Are You Capable." The pop nuances of "You Got the Damn Thing" make for a great party anthem, as well as a future single—it's the type of track that could nicely introduce the artist to top 40 radio. Of course, if it's heat you're after, go directly to such sensual nuggets as "It's on Again" and "Lower 2 My Heart."—RH