Nick Jonas will always be a Jonas Brother, but his latest single proves he’s ready to shed that official title. The just-released “Chains” is a sultry slow-jam with a heavy bass beat, nothing like the pop songs of his past.
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A “deep rift” has now become a permanent one — the Jonas Brothers are no more. (Well, they’re still brothers, but no longer bandmates).
After abruptly cancelling their 19-date tour two days before its scheduled Pennsylvania kick-off due to “a big a disagreement over their music direction,” the trio has announced that they are officially no longer together. “It’s over for now,” Kevin Jonas, 25, told People magazine, and Joe, 24, calls the decision “unanimous.”
Youngest brother Nick, 21, said, “I was feeling kind of trapped. I needed to share my heart with my brothers …. It’s really hard to say ‘forever. We’re closing a chapter, for sure.”
Since 2006, the Jonas Brothers have released five albums and sold some 8 million copies; they also found success on television via the Disney series JONAS (later Jonas L.A.) and the 2008 TV movie Camp Rock and its sequel.
All three have pursued solo projects over the last several years — Nick released a 2010 album with his own band, Nick Jonas & The Administration, and starred in Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying in 2012; Joe has made various guest appearances on television, and Kevin stars with his wife Danielle on the E! reality show Married to Jonas.
Guess the tension between Nick, Joe, and Kevin is Burnin’ Up as the Jonas Brothers have canceled their tour.
Two days before their 19-city-date trek across the country was to kick off, an argument over the weekend between the trio about the musical direction of the band led to the decision to cancel their tour. It was set to run from Friday, Oct. 11 through Nov. 6.
The huge Jonas Brothers-shaped void in our hearts will soon be filled, temporarily, that is. The trio is reuniting on stage for the first time in three years for a one-night-only concert.
Aside from their string of hits, the band will also debut songs from their upcoming album (to be released next year) during their Oct. 11 performance at Radio City Music Hall. This is the only performance slated for the entire year.
“Over the last three years, we’ve all had life changing experiences — both individually and as a group,” Nick said in a press release. “Those experiences allowed us to create new music that we are really proud of and excited to share with our fans.”
Despite the brothers’ respite from the stage, they have kept busy with other ventures — mainly reality TV shows. Joe is a judge on the new CW music competition The Next (which debuted yesterday), while Kevin and his wife Danielle are starring in the aptly-titled E! reality series Married to Jonas (debuting on Sunday). Joe was also one of the bachelors looking for love on this summer’s Fox celebrity dating show The Choice. Nick and Joe will make appearances on Kevin’s show, but there are no scheduled cameos yet from Kevin and Joe on The Next. That’s too bad, the trio could put their powers together to become Super Coach.
Joe Jonas and R&B crooner Jay Sean reveal exclusively on EW.com today that they’ll be teaming up to co-headline a 19-city tour this fall.
The duo will kick off their run on Sept. 6 at Boston’s House of Blues and continue across North America. They’ll hit Chicago, Los Angeles and other major cities along the way.
Jonas, who just celebrated his 22nd birthday yesterday, will be touring to support the release of his Oct. 11 debut album FastLife. Meanwhile, Jay Sean, the man who brought us bouncy R&B jams like “Do You Remember” and of course “Down,” is gearing up for the release of his fourth studio album, Freeze Time.
The tour will conclude in New York on Oct. 6—just in time for Jonas to hop a plane and say “Hej där” to Sweden as he joins Britney Spears on the European leg of her Femme Fatale tour on Oct. 16.
Tickets go on sale starting on Friday, August 19. Check www.ticketmaster.com, www.joejonasmusic.com, www.jayseanworldwide.com, or local box offices for further information and updates on the tour including additional details on ticket sales.
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Chris Brown scored himself a number one album with the recently-released F.A.M.E., which sold 270,000 its first week out, only 5,000 fewer units than Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale debut.
But with the whole Good Morning America fiasco casting an entirely new cloud of menace around Brown, he still needs a pretty intense infusion of image rehab.
Enter Joe Jonas, whose squeaky-clean Disney image might be just the thing Brown needs to stay on the straight and narrow. The two spent some time in the studio over the weekend alongside producer Hit-Boy (crafter of bangers for Nicki Minaj and Pusha T), who tweeted the photo of the three of them. “@joejonas @HitBoy_SC @chrisbrown just did a smash! Whooo,” the producer wrote. And yes, The windows/”smash” correlation did occur to us, but sometimes we like to let these things slide.
The team-up will likely be appearing on the middle JoBro’s upcoming solo debut. Fans have already gotten a taste of Joe on his own with “Make It Right,” but considering the personnel involved, the new track promises to be a lot more hard-hitting. (That one you can have for free.)
Jonas told EW that his solo joint wouldn’t be “a cheesy pop record,” and he recently confessed to Details that he wanted to make music that could get played in a club. It appears as though he’s on his way.
Who do you think benefits most from the Brown/Jonas tag-team? Does Joe pick up some street cred or does CB re-earn the trust of teen girls everywhere? Pick your side in the comments below.
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Joe Jonas on his new solo career: ‘I wanna go play my music in a club’
The middle Jonas brother talked to Details about his first solo album and breaking away from the band that was bewitching tween girls while Justin Bieber was still churning out viral videos. “When you’re writing with three people, you wind up with a sound that might be — not average — but, you know, expected,” Joe told the magazine. “I wanted to do something you could hear in a club or something you could dance to, something that’s fun — something that’s me.”
Nick, the youngest Jo Bro, embarked on his own solo career with Nick Jonas & The Administration in 2009. The band’s debut album was released last year, but it met iffy reviews and sold fewer than 200,000 copies in the U.S. But Joe’s aiming to connect with his fans that have grown up with him. “I’m growing up, the fans are growing up,” he says. “I really have a hope for the fans that got older… [to say] ‘This is cool stuff, I’m happy listening to this, I’m not embarrassed listening to this.”
The 21-year-old told EW last month that his upcoming album is “not just a cheesy pop record.” He told Details that, now that he’s older: “I wanna go play my music in a club.”
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Vampire Weekend are 'Giving Up the Gun' with Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhaal, Lil Jon, and RZA: Watch their wacky video here
I’m just going to put this out there, and admittedly it is only my personal opinion: Playing tennis with Vampire Weekend looks about a zillion times more fun than going bowling with Justin Bieber. Take a gander at Vampire Weekend’s new “Giving Up the Gun” video below and you might see what I mean.
The clip centers on a tennis match in which a young woman faces off against, in turn, Joe Jonas; Jake Gyllenhaal, who swigs from a flask and rips off his pants; Lil Jon, who sports a Panama hat and speaks in subtitled French; and several other folks who are not famous. The match is judged by the Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, who is dressed like a character from The Matrix and can apparently teleport. By the end of the revels, actual fireballs are being volleyed across the net.
This is about the craziest celebrity line-up I’ve seen in a music video since Jamie Foxx’s “Blame It” — which, as Pitchfork notes, also co-starred Jake Gyllenhaal. That guy picks his roles well. Watch “Giving Up the Gun” below and let us know what you think.
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Lady Antebellum are enjoying another week at the top of the Billboard 200 albums chart after selling 209,000 more copies of Need You Now, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Give the country trio a hand: That’s less than half what they sold the previous week, and it’s still more than most artists manage in week 1.
Lady A outsold Lil Wayne, for instance, by a comfortable margin. His rock-ish Rebirth debuts at No. 2 on the chart with 176,000 copies sold. That isn’t a bad number, all things considered, but it’s a tad embarrassing for a guy whose last album shifted a million in a week. Without a hit single on the order of “Lollipop” — and with reviews that ranged from tepid to scathing — it was probably inevitable that Weezy’s Tha Carter III follow-up would be a comparative commercial disappointment. He’ll have a chance to redeem himself on the charts, sooner or (more likely) later, with the long-promised Tha Carter IV, which may or may not come out around the time Wayne finishes the prison sentence he’s expected to start next month.
No. 3 goes to Nick Jonas & the Administration, whose debut Who I Am enters with 82,000 copies sold. There’s no getting around the fact that this represents a dramatic drop from the 247,000 the last proper Jonas Brothers album sold — which, in turn, was a big dip from the 525,000 their previous one managed. Considering that Who I Am is a side project, that 82,000 could be worse. Still, as far as album sales go, it seems Nick Jonas is now substantially less popular than, say, Vampire Weekend.
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