Thursday, January 24, 2008

About Time

It's About Time (2005-2006)

After being signed to Columbia, the brothers considered naming their group "Sons of Jonas," before settling on the name the "Jonas Brothers".[24][25]

Throughout 2005, the Jonas Brothers went on several tours, including Kelly Clarkson, Jesse McCartney, the Backstreet Boys, and the Click Five.[2][26] They spent the later portion of the year on an anti-drug tour with Aly & AJ and The Cheetah Girls.[26][27] Additionally, they opened for the Veronicas in early 2006.[11]

For the album, titled It's About Time, the band collaborated with several writers, including Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne), Michael Mangini (Joss Stone), Desmond Child (Aerosmith, Bon Jovi), Billy Mann (Destiny's Child, Jessica Simpson) and Steve Greenberg (Joss Stone, Hanson).[27] The album was initially supposed to be released in February 2006, but was pushed back several times.[11][21][26][27] The delay was due to executive changes at Sony (the parent company of Columbia) and the executives' desire to have "another lead single." For the album, the Jonas Brothers covered two hit songs by UK band Busted - "Year 3000" and "What I Go to School For".[20]

The Jonas Brothers' first single, "Mandy," was released on December 27, 2005.[28]. Its music video was shown on MTV's Total Request Live on February 22, 2006[4] and reached number four.[25] Also in February, another of the Jonas' songs, "Time for Me to Fly," was released on the Aquamarine soundtrack.[29] In March, "Mandy" was featured in the Nickelodeon television film Zoey 101: Spring Break-Up and the Zoey 101: Music Mix soundtrack album (artist listed as Nicholas Jonas).[29] The group's music was also been featured on the Cartoon Network's Cartoon Cartoon Fridays program.[2][29] The band covered "Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me)" from Pirates of the Caribbean for the DisneyMania 4 album, released on April 4, 2006.[30] Over the summer of 2006, the Jonas Brothers went on tour with Aly and AJ.[31] The Jonas Brothers also created the theme song for the second season of American Dragon Jake Long, airing from June 2006 to September 2007 on the Disney Channel.[29][32]

It's About Time was finally released on August 8, 2006.[33] According to the band's manager, it was only a "limited release" of 50,000 copies. Because Sony was not interested in further promoting the band, the Jonas Brothers then considered switching labels.[20]

On October 3, 2006, Nick's 2004 solo single, "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)," was re-released on Joy to the World: The Ultimate Christmas Collection.[34] Also in October, the Jonas Brothers covered "Poor Unfortunate Souls" from The Little Mermaid. Along with a music video, the song was released on a two disk special edition release of The Little Mermaid soundtrack.[35] The second single released off of the album was "Year 3000." The song became popular on Radio Disney, and the music video debuted on the Disney Channel in mid-January 2007.[20]

The band was ultimately dropped by Columbia Records in early 2007.[25]

Jonas Brothers (2007-present)

After shortly being without a label, the Jonas Brothers signed with Hollywood Records in February 2007.[36][37] Around the same time, brothers began appearing in commercials for Baby Bottle Pops, singing the jingle.[37] On March 27, two additional songs on two different albums were released: "Kids of the Future" from the Meet the Robinsons soundtrack (Based on Kim Wilde's "Kids in America") and "I Wanna Be Like You" from DisneyMania 5.[38][39] On June 16, 2007, the Jonas Brothers began their prom-themed summer tour at South Street Seaport in New York City.[citation needed]

Their self-titled second album, Jonas Brothers was released on August 7th 2007.[40] It reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 200 chart its first week.[25] Two singles with music videos were also released around this time - "Hold On" two weeks before and "SOS" just after the release of the album.[25]

In August, the Jonas Brothers made several appearances on television. On August 17, they guest starred in an episode of the Disney Channel Show Hannah Montana titled Me and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas and Mr. Jonas. They also performed "We Got the Party" with Miley Cyrus in the episode, which appeared after the DCOM High School Musical 2 and was viewed by 10.7 million people that night.[41] On August 24, the Jonas Brothers performed two songs at the Miss Teen USA contest.[42] The following day, the closing ceremonies of the Disney Channel Games was aired, featuring a performance from the Jonas Brothers. The games were taped on April 27, 2007 in Orlando, FL.[43][44] On August 26, the Jonas Brothers co-presented an award with Miley Cyrus at the Teen Choice Awards.They also performed at the American Music Awards in November 18, 2007, performing the song "SOS"[45]

On 22 November 2007, the brothers appeared in the 81st annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. For their final performance of 2007 the three brthers performed their single "Hold On" at Dick Clark's New Years Rockin Eve.

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Band biography

Nicholas Jonas: discovery and solo album (1999-2005)

The band started as a solo project of Nicholas Jonas. When Nick was 6 years old, he was discovered while singing at a barber shop and was referred to a professional show business manager.[2][3][4] At the age of 7, Nick began performing on Broadway.[5][6] He had acted in several plays, including A Christmas Carol (in 2000 as Tiny Tim and Scrooge at eight), Annie Get Your Gun (in 2001 as Little Jake), Beauty and the Beast (in 2002 as Chip), and Les Misérables (in 2003 as Gavroche).[6][7][8][9] After Les Misérables closed, he performed in The Sound of Music (as Kurt) at the Paper Mill Playhouse.[10]

In 2002 while performing in Beauty and the Beast, Nick had written a song with his father called "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)." With background vocals from the Beauty and the Beast cast, Nick performed the song on the 2002 annual Broadway "Equity Fights AIDS" album, Broadway's Greatest Gifts: Carols for a Cure, Vol. 4.[11][12][13] In November 2003, INO Records received a demo copy of "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)."[14] The label released the song to Christian radio, where it quickly became popular on Record & Radio's Christian Adult Contemporary Chart.[12]

"Dear God" single
"Dear God" single
"Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" single
"Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" single

By September 2004, an executive at Columbia Records found out about Nick's song.[11][12] Nick was soon jointly signed to INO Records and Columbia Records and released the single "Dear God."[15][16] A second single, "Joy To The World (A Christmas Prayer)" (a new solo recording), was released on November 16.[17] It was supposed to be followed by a December release of a self-titled solo album, but the album had been pushed back.[18] But did get a limited release.[19] Nick, along with Kevin and Joe, had written several other songs for the album.[11]

In early 2005, Columbia Records' new president Steve Greenberg, listened to Nick's record. While Greenberg did not like the album, he did like Nick's voice.[20] After meeting with Nick and hearing the song, "Please Be Mine," written and performed by the brothers, Daylight/Columbia Records had decided to sign the three as a group act.[11][21][22] However, on May 17, 2005, one song from the original album, "Crazy Kind of Crush on You," was released on the Darcy's Wild Life soundtrack.[23]

Track Listing of Nicholas Jonas's solo album:

  1. "Dear God" - 3:12
  2. "Time for Me to Fly" (Nick Jonas Version) - 3:31
  3. "Appreciate" - 3:08
  4. "When You Look Me In the Eyes" (First Version) - 4:01
  5. "Higher Love" - 3:54
  6. "Please Be Mine" (Nick Jonas Version) - 4:04
  7. "I Will Be the Light" - 4:16
  8. "Don't Walk Away" - 3:35
  9. "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" - 3:58
  10. "Crazy Kind of Crush On You" - 2:54
  11. "Wrong Again" - 3:55