J.R. Rotem
Musician
J.R. Rotem
Jonathan Reuven "J.R. " Rotem is an American record producer, Songwriter.
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J.R. Rotem's personal information overview.
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March 05, 2009
J.R. Rotem arrives at the 'Stars and Strikes' charity event at Pinz bowling in Sherman Oaks
December 21, 2007
SPEARS DATING PAPARAZZO AFTER CRAZY ONE-NIGHT STAND BRITNEY SPEARS has started courting the paparazzi after a string of failed romances. The Toxic pop star reportedly spent intimate time with a British snapper called Adnan after a wild night out in Los An
December 10, 2007
"Charlie Wilson's War" World Pre
December 09, 2007
7th Annual Hollywood Life Breakthrough of the Year Awards
November 29, 2007
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November 17, 2007
***File Photo*** * ROTEM CONFIRMS HE'S BRITNEY BABY'S FATHER LATEST: Music producer J.R. ROTEM has confirmed to an American publication that he's the father of BRITNEY SPEARS' third child. Us Weekly Magazine broke the story of the pregnancy early on Wedne
November 15, 2007
***File Photo*** * ROTEM CONFIRMS HE'S BRITNEY BABY'S FATHER LATEST: Music producer J.R. ROTEM has confirmed to an American publication that he's the father of BRITNEY SPEARS' third child. Us Weekly Magazine broke the story of the pregnancy early on Wedne
November 04, 2007
***File Photo*** * ROTEM CONFIRMS HE'S BRITNEY BABY'S FATHER LATEST: Music producer J.R. ROTEM has confirmed to an American publication that he's the father of BRITNEY SPEARS' third child. Us Weekly Magazine broke the story of the pregnancy early on Wedne
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How ‘Empire’ Changed Its Tunes in Season 2
Wall Street Journal - 10 months
'It's a little bit of a Rubik's Cube,' says songwriter and producer J.R. Rotem.
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Sean Kingston Shoots Video For 'Back 2 Life' Single With T.I.
Pop Crush - almost 5 years
Instagram It looks like Sean Kingston is ready to get back to music and he’s enlisted the King of the South to help him with his comeback. The ‘Beautiful Girls’ crooner has teamed up with T.I. for his title track ‘Back 2 Life.’ According to Rap-Up, the pair recently shot a video together in Los Angeles. Director Benny Boom is helming the clip, which also features a guest appearance from comedian Mike Epps. Kingston posted a few pictures from the set on his Twitter account and also gave a shout out to Tip. Looking at the photos, we can see that Kingston has slimmed down a bit from his old husky frame. It’s obvious the singer is watching what he eats and is exercising daily. It’s been a long journey for Kingston. After surviving his jet ski accident and open-heart surgery last year, the 22-year-old crooner has a new lease on life — which explains why he’s calling his new album ‘Back 2 Life.’ “I’m going back in with my producer J.R. [Rotem], who did really big records for me ...
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How Nicki Minaj Has Become The Coolest, Unlikeliest Pop Superstar In The Game
MTV News - almost 5 years
Hey Barbz! I'm Sam Lansky, and this is my column, "Pop Think," devoted to exploring the best and brightest facets of the pop music universe. And at the moment, few stars are shining quite so bright as the Harajuku Barbie herself, Nicki Minaj. She's the current queen of not just hip-hop but pop, too. Nicki Minaj has eked out a spot at the top of the musical A-list for infusing her hip-hop swagger with a strong pop sensibility, which has led to the release of her latest album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, an unrelenting hour-plus of wild, wacky, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink über-pop, loaded with scabrous rhymes, head-spinningly infectious melodies, and some surprisingly solid (if highly Auto-Tuned) vocals. Some critics have complained that Nicki is betraying her hip-hop roots, but to me, this new album feels like the natural evolution of the kookiest, most innovative chick currently making music. We couldn't stop it if we wanted to: Nicki Minaj is a pop superstar now, and at the r ...
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Nicki Minaj: I’m surprised that kids like my music
The Palm Beach Post - almost 5 years
Nicki Minaj loves the kids, but she’s not ready to completely clean up her image for her young fans. “I’ve always been kind of racy,” Minaj says, laughing. “Don’t expect that to change, but I love children and I respect children so much. …I’m big on them remaining, you know, kids. I don’t want them to go around cursing and acting crazy.” Many kids — and others — are going out to buy Minaj’s sophomore album, “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded,” which sold 253,000 units in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving Minaj her second No. 1 album. In just three years, the rapper has transformed her image by singing on her songs, and toning down her oversexed appearance. Her fan base now includes young girls, which she says surprised her. “I didn’t expect the kids to gravitate to me like that,” the 29-year-old said in an interview last week before performing in New York’s Times Square at a Nokia event. “I’m finding my own niche with them.” One of the reasons children have c ...
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Nicki Minaj Looking For Ultimate Hip-Hop/Pop Crossover
MTV News - almost 5 years
'I think she's taken it to the next level,' says Sirius/XM's Reggie Hawkins. By Gil Kaufman <P>It's one of the trickiest moves in music and even if it's done right it only goes in one direction. With her just-released second album, <I>Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded</I>, <a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/minaj__nicki/artist.jhtml">Nicki Minaj</a> has served notice that she aims to be that rarest of MCs: one that can appeal to the pop crowd <I>and</I> hard-core hip-hop heads at the same time. </P><P> </P><P>It's virtually impossible (so far) to start out pop and then work up enough cred to get over with rap fans. But like Missy Elliott, Nelly, Eminem and Diddy before her, Minaj is hoping that she can stay relevant to the heads who fell in love with her three years ago on a series of buzzy mixtap ...
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Big Time Rush Have 'Matured' On <i>Elevate</i>
MTV News - over 5 years
'The songs ... are a better expression of who we are verses the first album, which was written for the TV show,' Nickelodeon stars say. By Christina Garibaldi &lt;P&gt;The boys of &lt;a href="http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/big_time_rush/artist.jhtml"&gt;Big Time Rush&lt;/a&gt; have found a whole new voice for their second album, &lt;i&gt;Elevate&lt;/i&gt;. James Maslow, Logan Henderson, Carlos Pena and Kendall Schmidt worked tirelessly to put together an infectious pop album that will no doubt please fans of their hit &lt;a href="http://www.nick.com/shows/big-time-rush" target="_blank"&gt;Nickelodeon&lt;/a&gt; TV show, but could earn them some new followers as well.&lt;/P&gt;&lt;P&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;div class="player-placeholder right" title="'Elevate' Is A 'Better Expression' Of Big Time Rush" id="vid:714736.id:1675038" width="240" height="211"&gt;&lt;/div&gt; ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of J.R. Rotem
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 40
    Rotem has ten songs on Stefani's album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like which was released on March 18, 2016.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 39
    On October 17, 2015, Gwen Stefani premiered "Used to Love You", co-written and produced by Rotem at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City which was Gwen's first single.
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    J.R. Rotem is managed by Pulse Management, a division of Pulse Recording. In 2015, Rotem worked alongside Neyo and Timbaland on the music for Season 2 of Fox's Empire.
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  • 2011
    Age 35
    In 2011 he was again honored by BMI as Songwriter of the Year alongside Lady Gaga and Derülo.
    More Details Hide Details His trademark is a horn that follows with a stylised "J-J-J-J-J-R" and/or "Beluga Heights" at the start or end of records with which he has been affiliated.
  • 2009
    Age 33
    In 2009, Rotem was honored as BMI Producer of the Year.
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  • 2006
    Age 30
    In 2006, together with Katz and his brother Tommy, Rotem started his own record label, Beluga Heights, inking a joint venture partnership with Epic.
    More Details Hide Details Sean Kingston, a young Miami-based artist, was the labels first signing. Kingston's self-titled debut album went on to sell over 2 million albums and 10 million singles worldwide. Rotem also started a publishing company under the Beluga Heights umbrella, signing "SOS" co-writer Evan "Kidd" Bogart. Under a newly formed joint venture with Warner Bros. Records, the label signed pop sensation Jason Derülo, whose debut album went on to sell 14 million singles and over 1 million albums worldwide.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2005
    Age 29
    Rotem's next major cut was 50 Cent's "Position of Power" in 2005.
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  • 2001
    Age 25
    As his first major label placement, the Destiny's Child song "Fancy", from their 2001 album Survivor, is cited by Rotem as being his first 'big break', and the song that convinced the young producer that it was worth pursuing this career path.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, further success was not forthcoming and for years Rotem struggled to make further headway in the industry. A significant breakthrough came when, through mutual friend Evan Bogart, he attracted the attention of former manager Zach Katz, a former music attorney who had previously represented rapper Rakim as well as various producers and songwriters in the Aftermath/Shady/G-Unit camp. Rotem says, "One of my biggest goals for years was meeting a manager with a good reputation and with connections to get my music to people." When asked in an interview with HitQuarters what made Katz decide to take the producer on, he said, "This was a time where most of the people were beat makers, they didn't really play instruments. JR on the other hand, had a vast musical background... So musically there were no limitations as far as what he could bring. Number two J.R he was very, very focused. He really wanted to win. And number three he was humble. If I gave him any suggestions about his tracks he would literally sit there and take notes. Then he would come back the next day with the changes I had suggested."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1975
    Born
    Rotem, who is Jewish, was born in South Africa to Israeli immigrant parents in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details He moved to Toronto at the age of two and finally to Moraga, California at the age of twelve. Rotem's entry point into music was in receiving classical piano instruction at a young age. When he attended Berklee College of Music in Boston it was initially with the intention of studying film scoring, but he ended up majoring in jazz composition.
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