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Jessie J Gets the Gay Anthem She Deserves at Last

After years on the sidelines of the club, the singer hits the floor with remixes of “Burnin’ Up.”
November 20, 2014, 12:58am

It doesn't take a monthly membership to Club Tigerheat to know that Jessie J has earned herself a gay fanbase in the US. Singles like "Price Tag" and "Domino" —not to mention the triple diva action of "Bang Bang" with Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande— have brought her to the dancefloors of gay clubs coast to coast, despite the fact that most of her material is not dance music or sometimes even dance-friendly. While latest single "Burnin' Up" has been a relatively minor success for the singer/songwriter, its racy video and hand-clapping-fueled production has made it a fan favorite. Now, thanks to New Jersey-based DJ Mike Gazzo, who producers simply as Gazzo, the tune has been given a makeover ready for bars from Hell's Kitchen to the Castro and every circuit party in between.

This is a good thing! It's a musical connection point between today's mainstage genre and a mainstay of North American club life, but it's also un-self-conscious production that embraces, rather than mutes concepts like fierceness as fleshed out in a pop song.

Other remixes on a forthcoming EP come from Don Diablo, Clinton Sparks, Aero Chord and KANT.

 "Burnin' Up" Remix EP is out November 24 through Casablanca Records.