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Jonathan J.R. Rotem Smashes Charts With Three Hits

23 April 2006 No Comment

With music genres crossing over each other in today’s market, Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem is one of the few producers skilled in creating sounds universal enough to keep the pace. With three current hits in regular radio and club rotation across the country – Lil Kim’s “Whoa”, Rihanna’s “SOS (Rescue Me)” and 50 Cent with Olivia “Best Friend” – J.R. is proving that his magic touch is beyond compare.

In just the past two years, J.R. has worked with the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Fabolous, Young Buck, Tony Yayo, Trey Songz, Jae Millz and Talib Kweli. He is currently in the studio with a multitude of artists, including pop princess Britney Spears, The Game, JoJo, Mya, Foxy Brown, Trick Daddy and Freeway. 

The son of an Israeli immigrants, South African-born and Bay Area-raised J.R. attended Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music. His amazing talent on the piano and aspiration to score films were the perfect foundation for his music production. Early work with local artists, including members of E-40’s camp, led him to his first official album placement with the song “Fancy” for the Destiny’s Child album, Survivor.

Currently, Rihanna’s “SOS” is #4 on Billboard Pop 100 airplay, is at #11 on the Top 100 and going on nine weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. The video is also in heavy rotation on both MTV and BET. Meanwhile, Lil Kim’s “Whoa” is riding high on the R&B/Hip Hop chart, and is the theme song for Lil Kim’s BET reality TV show Countdown To Lockdown. Additionally, 50 Cent and Olivia’s “Best Friend”, the track that J.R. co-produced with Hi Tek for the Get Rich Or Die Tryin movie and soundtrack, is enjoying success on Billboard’s Hot 100, Top 100 and R&B/Hip Hop charts.

Whether you know him as Jonathan Rotem or J.R., there is no denying that his name holds weight. His ability to satisfy music fans across the board is a unique talent, and he is aware of the impact. “I’m happy to be commercially viable,” he explains. “Having hits is society’s way of telling you that they are feeling your music.”

For more information on Jonathan “J.R.” Rotem, go to www.jonathanrotem.com and www.myspace.com/jonathanrotem



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