Photo: (L-R) Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas Ph: Frank Masi,SMPSP © Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
For JONAS BROTHERS, the last two years have been a nonstop whirlwind. Yet somehow, on the road to becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the trio never broke a sweatother than on the stage, giving their all, and living their dream.
Since the releases of their 2007 self-titled platinum CD and their No. 1 platinum “A Little Bit Longer” CD, Kevin, Joe and Nick have used their time wisely. Jonas Brothers have grown exponentially as songwriters, musicians and recording artists, and are already recording material for a new album.
“The lyrical content has gotten more in-depth,” says Nick Jonas of the new album. “It’s about who we are as people and our personal lives, things we’ve gone through in the past two
That was about much more than simply handling media frenzy with grace and humor. The brothers also took stock of themselves. In the new album’s 12 songs all written by Jonas Brothers they put their feelings on the line while still rocking the house as only they can. Produced by John Fields (with Jon Lind and Kevin Jonas Sr., serving as executive producers), “A Little Bit Longer” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 August 20, selling 525,093 units, making it the third highest debut of 2008.
The brothers have made headlines and created hysteria with sold-out concerts from coast to coast; the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles was the fastest sold-out show in the venue’s history. They sold out three shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They rang in 2007 and 2008 by performing live in New York’s Times Square on “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” collected their RIAA-platinum plaques on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” performed at the Kids Inaugural: We Are the Future inauguration event, played on the hit shows “Dancing with the Stars” and the season finale of “American Idol,” won the 2008 American Music Award for “Breakthrough Artist” and were Grammy®-nominated as Best New Artist in 2008.
Their Rolling Stone cover was the magazine’s largest-selling issue of 2008. They expanded their fan base with their now famous “Jonas Brothers & Friends” acoustic shows in Los Angeles and Nashville, which included guests like Dan Aykroyd, Jordin Sparks, Jesse McCartney, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill and Martina McBride.
Their appeal is growing by leaps and bounds internationally as well. Jonas Brothers have 31 platinum and gold certified records outside the U.S., as well as a sold-out European tour, and sold out 80,000-seat stadium shows in Latin America. Sure, they had a blast with all of it. But bottom line: The Wycoff, N.J., natives are musical soul brothers every bit as much as they are true brothers. For them, it has always been about the music.
In the last year alone, DEMI LOVATO starred in a hit Disney Channel Original Movie (“Camp Rock”) and a short-form Disney Channel series (“As the Bell Rings”). The 16-year-old singer/songwriter/actress opened for Jonas Brothers on their sold-out “Burnin’ Up” 2008 summer tour, impressing critics and fans along the way with her powerhouse voice and musical abilities on both piano and guitar. Last fall, her Hollywood Records debut album, “Don’t Forget,” made an impressive No. 2 debut and is quickly approaching gold sales status.
With producer Jon Fields at the helm, Lovato teamed up with Jonas Brothers to co-write several of the album’s 11 songs. It was a natural collaboration, since Lovato counts Nick, Joe and Kevin among her best friends. Their inerrant feel for hook-laden rock helped Lovato deliver on her vision. Lovato first caught the acting bug at age 6, when she auditioned for and landed a part on the iconic children’s show “Barney & Friends.” While on the show, Lovato perfected her musical talentsshe plays both guitar and pianoand by the time Disney discovered her, she was a triple threat as actress, recording artist and consummate performer.
In January 2007 she was cast as Charlotte Adams on the Disney Channel original series “As the Bell Rings,” which aired later that summer, and for which she wrote and sang her own songs. Next she starred as Mitchie Torres in the Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock,” which premiered in June 2008.
By then she was well on her way with her debut CD. “I’m a writer at heart,” she says.
“Acting is more of a challenge, a mind game where you put yourself in someone else’s life. But music is my therapy. I love listening to it, playing it and writing it.”
Ever the multi-tasker, Lovato is currently in production on her new Disney Channel original series, “Sonny with a Chance,” a fish-out-of-water comedy in which she plays a Wisconsin teen who comes to L.A. to star in her favorite TV show.
With album sales exceeding 4 million copies in 2008, 19-year-old TAYLOR SWIFT was the best-selling
At 17, Swift became the youngest person to singlehandedly write and sing a No. 1 country single entirely on her own, and she is the first female solo artist in country music history to write or co-write every song on a platinum-selling debut CD. At 14, she signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV Music and in 2006 released her self-titled debut CD on Big Machine Records. “Taylor Swift” has surpassed triple-platinum (3 million sales) status and spent more than 20 weeks in the No. 1 position atop Billboard’s Country CD Sales Chart. Swift is consistently ranked Country’s No. 1 artist on MySpace and was named Country Music’s Hottest Female Artist of 2007 by AOL Music and Best New Artist of 2007 by the editors of iTunes.
Swift was named 2008’s Favorite Female Country Artist at the American Music Awards, Top New Female Vocalist by the Academy of Country Music, and won the 2008 CMT Music Awards for Video of the Year and Female Video of the Year. She was recently named Choice Breakout Artist at the 2008 Teen Choice Awards and as the 2008 Superstar of Tomorrow at the 10th Annual Young Hollywood Awards, making her the first musician to ever receive this prestigious award.
In 2007 she won the CMA Horizon Award as well as the Nashville Songwriters Association International’s Songwriter/Artist of the Year, and she received a Grammy® nomination for Best New Artist. Swift has been featured on the covers of Rolling Stone, Billboard and numerous other magazines. Swift plans to headline a tour in 2009, and in the past she has toured with Rascal Flatts, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, and Brad Paisley.
ROBERT FEGGANS, known as Big Rob, recently exploded onto the music scene as a rapper in the Jonas Brothers’ No. 1 single “Burnin’ Up” and appeared in the video for “Burnin’ Up” as well. He was a guest performer on the “Burning Up” tour and became an instant hit with millions of fans. Big Rob was given his first Teen Choice Award in 2008 as “Burnin’ Up” was announced the winner of the “Choice Song of the Summer.”
Big Rob had his first theatrical role in a 2002 cameo appearance in the movie “Crossroads,” starring Britney Spears. Big Rob is currently the head of security for the Jonas Brothers and can always be seen towering over crowds and maintaining order. Big Rob has spent the past 14 years making sure that the top stars in Hollywoodfrom legends such as Janet Jackson to more recent stars such as Jessica Simpson, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spearsare safe and sound in any environment.
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