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Jonas Brothers Live In Concert Date Change
July 2, 2010, 1:35 pm
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The Jonas Brothers tour will now kick off two weeks later in August and includes second shows in several North American cities including Holmdel, NJ, Jones Beach, NY, Boston, MA and Toronto, ON. Some previously announced North American Live In Concert tour shows are no longer on the 2010 routing. This news comes after the Jonas Brothers have had issues selling tickets to their shows, and even rid the Ticketmaster fee’s for buyers to motivate higher sales, of which didn’t improve much.

The full Jonas Brothers tour production configuration and staging featuring 6 columns of moving video screens creating a massive 40′ x 24′ HD video wall, three catwalks up to 40′ feet long as well as other thrilling special effects will be taken to both Latin America and Europe resulting in an even more exciting concert experience to Jonas Brothers fans around the world.

Have The Jonas Brothers Been Eclipsed by Justin Bieber?
June 18, 2010, 6:06 pm
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According to The Daily Beast, The Jonas Brothers are no longer what girls desire, which does not bode well for season 2 of their Disney show.

Just two years ago, the Jonas Brothers were being compared to the Beatles. They had a platinum album. They were clean-cut and well-scrubbed, but they were also respected for their catchy pop music that drove young girls to shrieking sessions. In the past year, they’ve struck out with album sales, and starred in both a ratings-challenged TV show and a failed 3-D concert movie.

Disney’s focus-group research, exclusively obtained by The Daily Beast, might explain why: According to the interviews, the Jonas Brothers are fast losing the very fanbase that propelled them to the heights of stardom. These studies show that the same young girls that just a few years ago couldn’t get enough of the rosy cheeks and luscious locks of Kevin, Joe, and Nick, are growing up and leaving their crushes behind.

Disney seems to have foreseen the shift reported in its market research, and has drastically revamped the Jonas Brothers’ Disney Channel show, the second season of which premieres Sunday. Now titled Jonas L.A., as opposed to just Jonas, the show, which stumbled in the ratings its first outing, has been made to resemble a saccharine version of Entourage. According to a source who has seen episodes of the show, the JoBros have sushi parties. They go golfing. And of course, there is romance—though nothing gets too racy, considering that the Disney Channel allows only one kiss per season.

From the start, however, the Jonases posed a unique challenge, seeing as they were already a popular music group when Disney brought them into the family back in 2006. Thus there was always the threat of overexposure, something that was never a fear with an unknown like, say, Lovato. The privileged, and very sexy, reality of the Jonases’ actual lives also made them hard to sell as ordinary kids who just happened to—surprise!—have hidden talents, the conceit behind most of the Disney teeny-bopper narratives, from Cyrus’ Hannah Montana to Duff’s Lizzie McGuire.

This may have been why the first season of Jonas, in which the brothers played high-school kids, didn’t take off the way Disney hoped. As one executive at a rival network said, “The concept was disingenuous, and kids sniff out inauthenticity. It’s hard to make the Jonas Brothers regular kids when they’re already superstars. I think that’s what probably alienated their fanbase.”

But even if Jonas L.A. fixes this problem—living the high life in Los Angeles is much more in vein with how the Jonases live off-camera—there’s no doubt that the trio is at a crossroads. Having entered their twenties (with the exception of Nick, who’s 17), it’s getting harder to deny their maturation, from Kevin’s marriage to Nick’s recent solo album (another disappointment).

“Justin Bieber is definitely the next new thing and is overshadowing the Jonas Brothers. But Bieber doesn’t have the marketing power of Disney behind him, which can’t be discounted.”

But as the market research indicates, it won’t be easy to reverse the tide. Disney is committed to trying, though. “They’re doing everything to hold on to the brand,” said a source familiar with their thinking “Or, at least, trying to milk every last drop out of them before they’re dead.

Jonas Brothers World Tour Camp Rock 2 Tour Not Selling Well

It seems as though not only did the last Jonas Brothers album do poorly, but their concert ticket sales for their upcoming world tour are not selling well either. Could it be that the Jonas Brothers craze is finally settling down?

The last album the brothers put out, ‘Lines, Vines, and Trying Times’ was released to poor reviews and even worse sales, bringing in less than a quarter million album sales the first week.  Youngest brother, Nick Jonas, brought in even worse sales for his solo album, with 80,000 purchases. After their 3D movie fail, and two unsuccessful albums, it was inevitable and no surprise that their tour sales would go down as well.

After playing free shows for any fans that would show up in major cities, the Jonas took on a new world tour in promotion for their upcoming Disney film, Camp Rock 2. Sharing the stage with their co-star, Demi Lovato, the world tour sounded promising, but quickly proved otherwise.

Within three weeks of tickets being on sale, all of their concert tickets stopped selling the seats with service fees, a move the Jonas said, to help all of their fans afford the show. With thousands of open seats still available despite the change and lower price, tickets are still open, and not bought.

No word on what will happen if a majority of tickets are still un-sold at the time of the performance, but one thing is for sure, the Jonas Brothers are no longer at the height of their careers.

Jonas Brothers ‘Had This Long List Of Things They Wouldn’t Say’
June 15, 2010, 1:21 pm
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Trevor Boris, who writes the MuchMusic Video Awards script every year, chatted with Toronto Sun about Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers.

‘I feel like Miley is going to be a little more open, that she’s trying to be a bit more grown-up and edgy these days. Last year, with the Jonas Brothers hosting, there were all these weird rules. Like, they wouldn’t say the word panties.’

And I can’t even remember why we were trying to say panties. But they had this long list of things they wouldn’t say. It is funny some of the things you run into when the artists. Maybe we can get Miley to say panties. So if you hear Miley say panties, you know, ‘A-ha, the writers have succeeded.’

Sometimes the magical stuff is the stuff that comes together fast. For example, last year at the very last minute, the Jonas Brothers said, ‘Yes, we’re totally up for a skit.’ It was 4 o’clock the day of the show. So we’re scrambling, but we come up with a great idea, we film it in like 20 minutes, literally just before they were going to do the red carpet.

In the end we didn’t get it cut in time and it didn’t make the show, although it did make MuchOnDemand, and we do a behind-the-scenes special and it made that, too.’

Justin Bieber “I could beat all 3 Jonas in a fight”
June 8, 2010, 4:23 pm
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Justin Bieber admitted that he could take on all three of the Jonas Brothers in a fight if he wanted to, because he’s a beast!

Justin laughed: ‘Oh, I could take all three Jonas Brothers. I’m a beast! Supposedly there’s a war between my fans and Jonas Brothers fans, but basically we’re all friends. I love you all, but why do you guys have to fight?’

Miley Cyrus Sings About Nick Jonas
June 1, 2010, 4:20 pm
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During Miley Cyrus’ performance of her song “Full Circle” at the Rock In Rio concert in Portugal, Miley began the song by telling the crowd a story behind the song. Rumors began spreading after the crowd, and those who watch the video, believe Miley to say:

“It’s about two people. They’re always gonna come back together no matter what anyone says or the bad people that try to keep you apart. Surprise surprise, it’s about a Jonas Brother.”

Miley Cyrus is currently in a long-term relationship with her Last Song co-star, Liam Hemsworth, of whom, she just admitted everything has been fine between the two. The pair haven’t been seen together in almost a month.

Nick Jonas, ‘With The Tough Economy My Brothers And I Wanted To Do Something..’
June 1, 2010, 1:02 pm
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 Live Nation is eliminating service fees for reserved and lawn seats purchased in June for shows at its 50 amphitheaters. Live Nation CEO said: ‘This is every show in every amphitheater. Basically, our entire summer inventory.’ About 60% of fans said dropped fees were the deciding factor in purchasing.

Jonas Brothers are offering fee-free tickets to their tour and promoting with a fanclub show Wednesday in Washington. Nick said: ‘With the tough economy, my brothers and I wanted to do something. We have a close relationship with our fans, and this is one way to help them out.

Growing up our family financial situation wasn’t that great, and we’d have to refrain from going to concerts.’ Kevin Jonas Sr., added: ‘I’ll speak as a dad. It can be difficult to buy one ticket, much less three or four. When you eliminate any fees, it makes it much more possible.’

Jonas Brothers Stuck In elevator
May 22, 2010, 5:39 pm
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After the Jonas Brothers treated thousands of fans to a free outdoor concert at The Grove in Hollywood last Saturday, the trio planned to make a hasty retreat. But instead, they found themselves trapped in an elevator – “for 45 minutes,” says Kevin Jonas.

“We were stuck in an elevator with eight people and Big Rob,” adds Joe Jonas, referring to the band’s illustrious security guard. “It was a 21-person elevator,” notes Kevin.

Asked who panicked first, Joe says, “Me and Nick” – which prompted some disagreement from Nick.

“I didn’t panic,” insists the young star, who, mindful of his diabetic condition, points out, “I just didn’t have my [blood-sugar] checker with me. No one had it on them, and I was afraid that if [my blood-sugar level] went low in an elevator we wouldn’t be able to do anything about it.”

Interjects Joe: “It went from, ‘Okay, this is hilarious, we’re stuck in an elevator, okay press the button,’ to ‘This is crazy, okay, I can’t breathe, this is insane.’ “

Fire Dept. to the Rescue

But at least the brothers – who with special guest Demi Lovato are preparing to kick off a 46-city tour in Dallas on July 27 (also joining the tour during its run will be cast members of Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam) – were in good company during their containment.

“Chef Tim Love was in the elevator, with us and he was trying to become Rambo in the moment,” says Joe, who, as a fan of Love’s cooking, had invited him to join them that day.

“It was really funny,” says Joe. “It was crazy to see the fact that he was put in the situation.”

To top it off, the entire experience was captured on film. “We had our photographer Rob Hoffman with us, and he had his video camera so he taped the whole thing,” says Nick.

Adds Joe: “It ended with the fire department coming through with axes.”

Jonas Brothers Discuss New Music Plans
May 19, 2010, 6:47 pm
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After taking time off from performing and doing solo work, many wonder what is in the future for the Jonas Brothers.

Nick Jonas addressed this issue via Billboard saying, “As far as the next Jonas Brothers album, I think we’re working on what that’s going to sound like, just taking our time and trying to make something great, no matter what that sounds like. Hopefully 2011 is the timeline, but we’re not sure just yet.

And we’re in no rush. We’re writing a lot of music but in no rush to release an album in any time period.’ 

Kevin, ‘Will Nick Jonas and the Administration have an effect? Potentially. Nick went on a musical journey with that album Joe and I supported, and we’re so proud of that project. His influences and things he put into that may come out in new Jonas Brothers songs. We’re taking that journey right now, allowing it to take as much time as is needed for it.’

Nick, ‘I think we felt releasing four albums in three and a half years might be a bit of an overload.’

Nick noted that the brothers did not write songs for Camp Rock 2:‘We had some songwriters listen to our music and.. write some tunes we feel we would’ve done anyway. There’s something for everyone, there’s R&B, there’s hip-hop and then there’s kind of our more pop-rock sound. So many different sounds that I think will really attract people to the film. We’re excited for the fans to hear it this summer.’

live q&a with jb hosted by billboard on 5/18 @ 5 p.m. eastern
May 15, 2010, 1:15 pm
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With three albums that reached the top five of the Billboard 200 chart and nearly 1.7 million Twitter followers of @Jonasbrothers, the Jonas Brothers really need no introduction. We know there are millions of diehard fans out there wondering all kinds of things about them, so we’re hosting a video Q&A on Tuesday, May 18 at 5pm EST sharp, which will feature the Jonases answering your burning questions. Ask what you want to know by tweeting your questions to @billboarddotcom using hashtag #bblivechat. Bookmark this page; the Livestreamed video chat will appear right here.

Don’t be shy with your questions. Tweet questions early, tweet questions often. The Jonas Brothers have a ton going on. They just announced a world tour that’ll hit three continents this year. The trek, which features Demi Lovato as the opening act, will find the guys playing their own massively popular tunes as well as tracks from “Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam,” which premieres on the Disney Channel on Sept. 3. ”We’ve had the opportunity to go and do things, dreams of ours that we’ve been able to fulfill,” Nick Jonas told Billboard recently on camera. “I think that this time has drawn us closer as brothers, made us stronger, and we’re looking forward to another great year.” Indeed. Below, check out our video from last month, when we caught up with the Jonas Brothers talking about the tour, charity efforts, and more.


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