As their new singles heat up worldwide, GRAMMY® Award-nominated multiplatinum powerhouse trio–Jonas Brothers—reveal the news that fans everywhere have waited nearly a decade for. The group will release its first album since 2009 and one of 2019’s most anticipated records, Happiness Begins, on June 7 via Republic Records.
This week, “Sucker” makes history as the band’s first number one at Top 40 radio, according to Mediabase.
What is it about “SUCKER” that makes it so special?
“Sucker” is something no one — including the artists who made it — was sure they’d ever hear again: new music from the Jonas Brothers. A three-minute exploration of overwhelming devotion — “you’re the medicine for my pain, the tattoo inside my brain” goes the pre-chorus — “Sucker” rides a beat that’s as stripped down as it is powerful, with the snap of live drums bringing a fresh perspective to the sophistication of modern pop.
“It’s got a great rock feel to it, mixed with some really soulful elements on the vocals,” says Nick Jonas. “The lyric is about being hopelessly in love, and that’s something that resonates with all of us. Kevin’s got a wife of ten years and two kids, I’m newly married, and Joe gets married later on this year. The love in our world, to be able to share that with our fans, that’s a dream come true.”
The reveals are in the music itself.
“It starts with Nick singing, then goes to Joe, and then they’re harmonizing together in the first pre-chorus,” says Kevin. “We’re a band with two lead singers, essentially, and this song showcases their voices out front, together. It’s a great way to say: Hey, we’re back.”
“For me, ‘Sucker’ is a poppy Black Keys record,” says Joe. “It’s got bass, guitar, drums and there’s not a lot else going on. It’s nice just to showcase vocals and harmonies — that’s something that I’ve been excited for: to harmonize with my brother.”
Produced by Ryan Tedder, with assistance from Frank Dukes, “Sucker” combines the groove-driven direction that Nick has pursued in his solo career with the band aesthetic his brother Joe has crafted with DNCE.
“Joe’s got a little more of a rock-funk sound to his thing, and I’m a little more soulful r&b pop,” says Nick. “When Ryan played us ‘Sucker’ what really stood out to me was the beat, the overall production, and the blending of those different sounds.”
That blend is a hallmark of the Jonas Brothers’ approach in 2019.
“We used to bicker about picking vocal parts,” says Joe. “This time it’s, ‘Whatever’s going to sound the best.’ We’ll cut both vocals — I’ll cut a full song, Nick will cut a full song — and then we’ll put together sonically what we feel will sound the best.”
The road to new music for the Jonas Brothers began a little more than a year ago, with discussions about what form a reunion might take. But before those discussions could get too far, some healing was necessary. The trio announced a split in 2013, after four studio albums, two Disney TV movies, two seasons of a TV series, and non-stop touring had made them into a phenomenon that more often than not drowned out the music itself. But though all three agree good things have come from the split, there were still a lot of feelings to work through.
“We were having conversations we’d never really had,” says Joe. Adds Nick, “We did a lot of healing as a family. Healing that was long overdue.”
All three brothers are quick to say that from the moment they picked up some acoustic guitars and sang together again, a feeling they’d missed for far too long instantly returned.
“That’s when everything became clear to us: how we were going to write songs, and what they were going to be about,” says Kevin.
“When I’m next to my brothers again, even just in a living room playing old songs, I can’t express the happiness it brings me,” says Joe. “I get emotional. Sometimes I want to laugh, sometimes I want to cry. There’s a joy that it brings.”
“I think our fans will be surprised by how much joy we’re bringing this time around,” says Nick. “We don’t want take ourselves too seriously. We really want to have as much fun as we hope they have. We want that to reflect through our music. There is so much negativity in the world today, that I feel like if you have the opportunity to bottle up some happiness, that’s an honor and privilege. That’s what we want to do.
Simultaneously, their newest single “Cool” has quickly ascended into the Top 20 at the format, where it continues to climb. The songs have taken pop culture by storm, becoming the #1 and #2 greatest gainers at the format last week.
“Sucker” now exceeds 380 million global streams to date. During release week, it clinched #1 on Apple Music, #1 on Spotify, and #1 on iTunes in North America. Globally, it became #1 on Apple Music, #1 on YouTube, #1 on Twitter, and #2 on Spotify as well as the #1 Streaming Song and #1 Digital Song.
Speaking of making history, the rollout of “Sucker” marked “the first time a band debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this century. Continuing the runaway success, “Cool” notched 45 million global streams and soared to #1 on iTunes Overall Top Songs Chart and Top Music Videos Chart.
Next up, the Jonas Brothers take the stage for what promises to be two unforgettable performances at theBillboard Music Awards May 1 and Saturday Night Live May 11.
Also in the works is the Jonas Brothers new documentary. Last month they announced a partnership with Amazon Studios, Philymack, and Federal Films—a division of Republic Records—to release the upcoming documentary about the band. It’s set to premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in more than 200 territories.
Happiness Begins June 7…
The preeminent male group of this century, Jonas Brothers opened the floodgates for a new era of titans in pop music. They earned two number one albums and sold out shows throughout three continents. Selling over 17 million-plus albums with over 1 billion streams worldwide, they’ve achieved dozens of platinum and gold certifications. Jonas Brothers notably received a GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best New Artist,” garnered “Breakthrough Artist” at the American Music Awards, won Billboard’s “Eventful Fans’” Choice Award for “Best Concert Tour of the Year,” and took home a Mexican Grammy, showcasing their international influence. The tremendous success of the band provided a launch pad for the successful and storied solo careers of Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, and Kevin Jonas, who have kept loyal fans yearning for a reunion, until now.
JONAS BROTHERS “SUCKER”
JONAS BROTHERS “COOL”
ABOUT REPUBLIC RECORDS
A division of Universal Music Group, the world’s leading music company, Republic Records is home to an all-star roster of multi-platinum, award-winning legends and superstar artists such as Ariana Grande, Black Sabbath, Florence + the Machine, Hailee Steinfeld, James Blake, James Bay, John Mellencamp, Julia Michaels, Kid Cudi, Liam Payne, Of Monsters and Men, Post Malone, Seth MacFarlane, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and more.
Founded by brothers and chief executives Monte and Avery Lipman, it is also comprised of innovative business ventures, including American Recordings (The Avett Brothers),
Boominati Worldwide (Metro Boomin),
Brushfire (Jack Johnson),
Casablanca Records (Tïesto),
Cash Money (Drake, Jacquees, Nicki Minaj),
Hollywood Records (Sofia Carson, Zendaya),
Lava Records (Greta Van Fleet, Jessie J, Lorde),
Monkeywrench (Pearl Jam),
XO (The Weeknd, Belly, NAV),
Young Money (Drake, Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj),
Roc Nation (Jaden Smith, Justine Skye), among others.
Republic also maintains a long-standing strategic alliance with country powerhouse Big Machine Records, and Universal Music Latin Entertainment. In addition, Republic has expanded to release high-profile soundtracks for Universal Pictures (Fifty Shades of Grey, SING), Fox TV (Lee Daniels’ STAR, The Four), and NBC TV (The Voice), as well as other notable film and television franchises.
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