Nick Jones of the Jonas Brothers helps raise money for diabetes

Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas
Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brothers has lent his star power to the Washington Nationals to raise awareness of diabetes and support the creation of a new Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National Medical Center in the nation’s capital. In a new PSA aired at the Washington Nationals game July 5, 16-year-old Jonas, who has Type 1 diabetes, encouraged fans to “text to give” to support children with diabetes. For each person who texts the word “NATS” to 90999, a $5 donation to Children’s National Medical Center is billed to the donor’s phone bill. The PSA appears on the Children’s National website at http://tinyurl.com/jonas-text.

Approximately 20 million Americans, including a growing number of children, have been diagnosed with diabetes. Children with diabetes, if it is not managed appropriately, are at risk of developing serious health complications, such as heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, stroke, and loss of circulation resulting in amputation of limbs. There is no cure for diabetes; it is a 24-hour-a-day disease requiring intervention, monitoring, and balancing food choices to maintain a child’s health.

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation has committed $2 million toward the new Pediatric Diabetes Care Complex at Children’s National, and all text donations will help reach the $5 million needed for the complex.

Jesse James adds more dates with the Jonas Brothers

Jesse James
Jesse James
Singer Jessie James adds another incredible gig to her growing resume –dates on the road with the biggest musical act of today -The Jonas Brothers! Jessie has been tapped to host the first four shows, beginning June 20 in Dallas TX at New Cowboys Stadium. She will introduce each act on the bill and will perform her hit “Wanted” as well. In addition, the “Wanted” video will be featured in the show. Other acts on the bill include Honor Society and Jordin Sparks.

The tour comes just as her Steve Madden Music campaign kicks into high gear. Beginning June 1, this 60 day promotion utilizes the fashion giant’s retail network of 97 stores to promote Jessie through in-store signage and video play. They are also using their impressive online presence across www.stevemadden.com and www.stevemaddenmusic.com to showcase photos and video content with Jessie and allow fans to purchase the single and album from the site. Previous artists featured in this initiative include Katy Perry and Lady Gaga.

“Wanted” has been growing at radio with over 80 stations on board, with markets such as Atlanta, Dallas, Charlotte, Nashville, Providence, Orlando, Kansas City, Houston, Pittsburgh, and Hartford leading the way. iTunes featured the sultry “Wanted” video as the “Video Of The Week” recently and over 200,000 fans downloaded it. It was also AOL’s Video Of The Day on May 20. The single has sold over 50,000 units in the last three weeks. And now with The Jonas Brothers tour, Jessie has begun her rise to the top of pop.

Jessie’s self-titled debut album is set for release July 28th. Recorded in Los Angeles, New York, Nashville, and London, the album takes off with “Wanted”, the full-throttle dance-rock scorcher that Jessie co-wrote with American Idol judge and hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi (along with Mitch Allen and David Hodges). There’s also “Bullet”, a catchy rock gem co-written with pal Katy Perry, and “My Cowboy”, the twangy track first raved about last summer by Perez Hilton on http://perezhilton.com/2008-07-21-listen-to-this-ride-em-good. Another featured song is the soulful ballad “Burning Bridges” which shows additional depth to James’ powerful voice.

Jessie James Tour with The Jonas Brothers
June 20 – Arlington, TX – Dallas Cowboys Stadium
June 22 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
June 24 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
June 26 – Nampa, ID – Idaho Center

Wanted

Jonas Brothers to Perform at Nickelodeon’s 22nd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers
Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Award-nominated mega-star trio Jonas Brothers, who clinched a coveted Blimp trophy last year for Favorite Music Group, will perform at Nickelodeon’s 22nd Annual Kids’ Choice Awards. The platinum-selling singing siblings will rock the house live from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion — Saturday, March 28 (8-9:30 p.m. ET/PT) — and join a slate of luminaries newly set to participate in the glorious, slime-filled event, including Hugh Jackman, Amy Adams, George Lopez, Keke Palmer, Robert Pattinson, Queen Latifah, Amy Poehler, Ben Stiller, Reese Witherspoon Miranda Cosgrove, Zac Efron and Nat and Alex Wolff.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Kids’ Choice winners Jonas Brothers back to the show this year to perform live for the biggest kid audience of the year,” said Paula Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Talent and General Manager, West Coast, Nickelodeon. “And with Dwayne Johnson at the helm as host, kids can expect an action-packed show full of big stunts, great music, big stars and a lot of slime.”

In addition, the “Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Jonas Jam Sweepstakes” will award two lucky Grand Prize Winners — and up to three guests for each — a fantastic four-day/three-night trip to the 2009 Kids’ Choice Awards in Los Angeles including limo transportation to the event, $1,000 spending money – plus the piece de resistance: a walk down the Orange Carpet with the Jonas Brothers. Also, as a post-KCA bonus, Nickelodeon’s sweepstakes will include four tickets to a Jonas Brothers concert nearest to the winners’ hometown (roundtrip airfare and overnight hotel stay included). Rules for entering will be posted on nick.com/kca and telecast in Nick spots airing from 2/28 – 3/7. On March 7, an 800 number to call for a chance to win will be revealed on Nickelodeon between 8-9 p.m. (ET/PT).

Jonas Brothers – biography

For Jonas Brothers, the last year has been all whirlwind, all the time. Yet somehow, on the road to becoming a pop culture phenomenon, the trio never broke a sweat – other than on the stage, giving their all, and living their dream. If anything, Jonas Brothers have embodied the calm within the storm. And since the release of their 2007 self-titled platinum CD, Kevin, Joe and Nick have used their time wisely. As they prove on their new Hollywood Records CD, “A Little Bit Longer,” Jonas Brothers have grown exponentially as songwriters, musicians and recording artists.

“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 12 months.” That year was about much more than simply handling a 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” covers much musical and emotional ground, kicking off with the joyful jam “BB Good.” Says Joe of the track, “It’s a big sing-along song, and it’s fun.” The funky and danceable debut single, “Burnin’ Up,” keeps the party going, with Big Rob, the brothers’ hefty security guard, rapping midtrack. “It’s about this girl,” adds Joe. “Maybe she’s at a party, and you feel that immediate connection. You both know it’s there.”

Though relentlessly upbeat, most songs on “A Little Bit Longer” explore star-crossed standoffs and missed romantic opportunities. Songs like “Shelf,” the hard-rocking “Pushin’ Me Away” and “One Man Show” survey love’s unequal playing field, bad break-ups and the defiant isolation that follows. “‘Shelf’ is one my favorite songs on the record,” says Nick. “Basically, it’s about a girl that has a gallery of hearts.”

Other songs take a light-hearted look at the craziness of fame and fortune. “Video Girl” paints a portrait of the shallow wannabees dotting the entertainment landscape (” Move to L.A., got no talent/Not even like you won a Miss Teen pageant”), while “Lovebug” starts out as sweet-tempered acoustic love song before ending up a crashing Queen-like rocker.

Of course, the brothers made sure the album breathes. The power ballad “Sorry” features classic JB harmonies and an eternal message of forgiveness. But the song that will have people talking is “A Little Bit Longer,” Nick’s stunning account of his struggle with diabetes. With strings underscoring a plaintive piano/vocal, he sings about his battle (“A little bit longer and I’ll be fine/Waitin’ on a cure/But none of them are sure”). Recalls Nick, “I was having one of those days where I was discouraged. So I went into this empty hotel ballroom and wrote this song.” Adds brother Kevin, “Nick sings this song every night and it brings people to tears. It’s amazing.”

Considering the impact Jonas Brothers have had on music and culture recently, maybe it’s not so amazing. In the past 12 months, Jonas Brothers 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. Jonas Brothers also sold out 3 shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden. They rung in the New Year performing live in New York’s Times Square on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve, collected their RIAA-platinum plaques on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” sang from a White House balcony as guests of the President at the annual Easter Egg Roll, and even played on the hit shows “Dancing With the Stars” and the season finale of “American Idol.”

Their appeal is growing by leaps and bounds internationally as well. Jonas Brothers have seven platinum and gold certified records outside the US, 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 blood brothers. For them, it has always been about the music.

Their first performances came years ago, in the family basement, when the three – usually led by Nick – would mount their own impromptu concerts. Encouraged by their always-supportive parents, they started getting commercial gigs, with Nick landing roles in Broadway musicals like “Les Miserables,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “A Christmas Carol – The Musical,” and “Annie Get Your Gun.” Joe auditioned, too, and landed a part in “La Boheme.” In 2005, the trio finally signed their first label deal, but it took a second time around, signing with Hollywood Records in 2006, for all the pieces of the puzzle to fit.

With the August 2007 release of their Hollywood debut, nothing more stood in their way. Their premiere single, “S.O.S.,” quickly hit #1 on iTunes. In most cities on their “Look Me In The Eyes” headline tour, concerts sold out in minutes. They shot their own reality TV series, “Jonas Brothers – Living the Dream.” The brothers recently starred in the Disney Channel original movie, “Camp Rock,” which averaged 8.9 million viewers and was the network’s most-watched non-sequel movie ever. Jonas Brothers debuted their “Burnin’ Up” video following the debut of Camp Rock on Disney Channel (with a repeat the following night on ABC) to over 12.5 million television viewers, and over a million views on YouTube. The “Burnin’ Up” video immediately shot to # 1 on iTunes. Coming up, Jonas Brothers have their own Disney Channel comedy series this fall, titled “J.O.N.A.S.”

Up first, though, the release of “A Little Bit Longer and the brothers’ 50-date “Burnin’ Up” North American tour. “A Little Bit Longer” will be released in the CDVU+ format, which is made from 100% recyclable materials. The disc features exclusive video performances and interviews, 60 printable photos, complete album lyrics, and downloadable graphics. It may seem like a tall order to take on so much, but so far, Jonas Brothers have hit it out of the park every single at bat. Not hard to do when you’re young, talented and enjoying every minute of life. “We wake up every morning excited,” Kevin says, “because we get to do what we love.”

Read our interview with the Jonas Brothers from August 3rd, 2006

Jonas Brothers – A Little Bit Longer – review

jonas brothers
Artist: Jonas Brothers
Title: A Little Bit Longer
Label: Hollywood Records
Rating: 6/10

Corporate line:
Produced by John Fields (with Jon Lind and Kevin Jonas, Sr., serving as executive producers), “A Little Bit Longer” covers much musical and emotional ground, kicking off with the joyful jam “BB Good.” Says Joe of the track, “It’s a big sing-along song, and it’s fun.” The funky and danceable debut single, “Burnin’ Up,” keeps the party going, with Big Rob, the brothers’ hefty security guard, rapping midtrack. “It’s about this girl,” adds Joe. “Maybe she’s at a party, and you feel that immediate connection. You both know it’s there.” Though relentlessly upbeat, most songs on “A Little Bit Longer” explore star-crossed standoffs and missed romantic opportunities. Songs like “Shelf,” the hard-rocking “Pushin’ Me Away” and “One Man Show” survey love’s unequal playing field, bad break-ups and the defiant isolation that follows. “‘Shelf’ is one my favorite songs on the record,” says Nick. “Basically, it’s about a girl that has a gallery of hearts.” Other songs take a light-hearted look at the craziness of fame and fortune. “Video Girl” paints a portrait of the shallow wannabees dotting the entertainment landscape (” Move to L.A., got no talent/Not even like you won a Miss Teen pageant”), while “Lovebug” starts out as sweet-tempered acoustic love song before ending up a crashing Queen-like rocker. Of course, the brothers made sure the album breathes. The power ballad “Sorry” features classic JB harmonies and an eternal message of forgiveness. But the song that will have people talking is “A Little Bit Longer,” Nick’s stunning account of his struggle with diabetes. With strings underscoring a plaintive piano/vocal, he sings about his battle (“A little bit longer and I’ll be fine/Waitin’ on a cure/But none of them are sure”). Recalls Nick, “I was having one of those days where I was discouraged. So I went into this empty hotel ballroom and wrote this song.” Adds brother Kevin, “Nick sings this song every night and it brings people to tears. It’s amazing.”

The good:
“Burnin’ Up” – Justin Timberlake may have passed this song along to the boys. It’s interesting to hear the Jonas Brothers exploring different avenues and doing it admirably.
“One Man Show” – The kids, and maybe some adults, will be playing air-guitar to this song.
“A Little Bit Longer” – It’s surprising that this is the last song on the album–it is the one slower track that actually doesn’t try to be a pop song. It’s a nice ballad that definitely doesn’t suck.
“Video Girl” – This is the kind of song you could imagine Avril Lavigne singing about taking girls to task about wanting to be on MTV with lyrics like: “They all want the money/They’re all insane.”

The rest:
“BB Good” – You could see this being on a soundtrack to a tweener movie.
“Shelf” – One of the heavier rock tracks on the album–that doesn’t sound unlike something Cheap Trick might rock.
“Lovebug” – Very sappy and not as catchy as one might expect from the boys.
“Sorry” – This song is too far off track from the rest of what is essentially a rock album. This sounds more like a song for NSYNC.

Frankly:
Let’s not get too caught up with ourselves, the Jonas Brothers aren’t Cheap Trick, however you can’t deny that both bands have some things in common: pop-rock songs with elementary lyrics and catchy hooks. Yes, Cheap Trick fans will want to take me out back and beat me for making the comparison. Sorry, but there isn’t a huge difference besides the massive Cheap Trick songs and these mass produced pop-rock hits.

Read our interview with the Jonas Brothers from August 3rd, 2006!

Watch the video for “Burnin’ Up”