Backbeat: Stereotypes Debut Alter Ego JON MXCRO At L.A. Listening Party
Backbeat: Stereotypes Debut Alter Ego JON MXCRO At L.A. Listening Party

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The gang's all here: from left are Industry Public Relations principal Tracy Nguyen, Three, Jeremy Reeves (aka JermBeats), Jonathan Yip (Jon Street), Industry Public Relations principal Kisha Maldonado-Madrid and in front Ray Romulus (RayRo). (Photo: Gail Mitchell)

Good food and -- more important -- good music monopolized the conversation at Los Angeles' Shortbus Studios Thursday night (Nov. 3) at a listening session hosted by the Stereotypes. Best known for their production work with Far*East Movement, Chris Brown and Justin Bieber, the production trio has turned the tables by joining forces with Houston singer/songwriter/MC Three as the pop/hip-hop group JON MCXRO (@jonmcxro). The name is pronounced the same as that of tennis legend John McEnroe.

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Early arrivals prepare to get their grub on at Shortbus. (Photo: Gail Mitchell)

Munching on tasty fare from Chick-fil-A, attendees -- ranging from production duo Jackie Boyz (Flo Rida's "Sugar") to SESAC VP, writer/publisher relations/West Coast Operations -- watched videos and talked about everything from Sirius/XM seeking to bypass the standard system of paying royalties to Kim Kardashian. Then everyone moved into the studio to deal with the business at hand: listening to JON MCXRO's debut album. Available for free on Nov. 8 through the JON MCXRO Facebook page, the 10-track "The Fifth of Never" shows the producers-turned-artists definitely have a good thing going with infectious pop/hip-hop/dance beats that kept heads bobbin' and feet tappin'.

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Tracks asked to be repeated: feel-good new single "Girlfriend," produced by Pop Wansel (Big Sean) with a nod to hip-hop's golden era of the '90s, and "Give It Up," featuring rising R&B newcomer Miguel. Coinciding with the Nov. 8 release, an app is also being launched which will stream a few songs so people can hear the music on the go without having to download the entire album.