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Jessie J spent the last seven years crafting songs for her debut CD. And in that time she came up with a whopping 600 tracks.

Jessie J spent the last seven years crafting songs for her debut CD. And in that time she came up with a whopping 600 tracks.

“(It) isn’t that many 'cause it's less than 100 a year,” she said. “(There are) the bad ones that no one will ever hear ... (but) I was young and the thing is, you have to write the bad ones to kind of know when something is good.”

Luckily, the 23-year-old found 13 songs good enough to make it on her first album.

Price Tag, which features rapper B.o.B, hit the Top 40 on the Billboard chart last week.

B.o.B is the only featured artist on your debut. Why him?

If I was a male rapper —which obviously I’m not —(but) if I was, I think I’d be like him, and maybe (be) called like J.o.B. ... I remember he got played the song, he loved it and I did like five plane journeys in like four days and chased him around the U.S. to make sure I was there (for the recording), so it was an experience.

So you went to high school with Adele — how was that?

She was in music and I was in musical theatre. ... We used to jam at lunch time and someone would play guitar and we both would just sing. ... At the time we both didn't know we’d have, like, albums out at the same time. And she’s killing it. I’m so proud of her. ... (At school) she was very kind of loud and everyone knew her and she was the girl everyone loved and up for a laugh and you could hear her laugh from a mile down the corridor.

Talk about writing Miley Cyrus’ Party In the USA.

That was my first week of writing after I signed to (Universal) Republic (Records), so it was like the first big kind of writing session for my debut album ... and it was one of the first songs we did. And I remember thinking this song is amazing, but I don't know if it’s me 110 per cent, you know. You can kind of feel it. It was cool but it wasn’t edgy enough.

It was a big deal for Miley though.

There are so many friends of mine that would say, ‘I would never, ever, ever listen to Miley Cyrus, like, as Hannah Montana’ and it kind of brought her over to another style.

 
 
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