“It’s a song that embodies the feeling of being trapped in a love that is hopeless,” Jonas told me when we sat down for his first on-camera interview surrounding this venture. “I think it’s a great new sound for me and a really good taste tester for this project.”
Since parting ways with his brothers last October, Nick has signed to Island Def Jam, where he’s been able to fine-tune his sound and incorporate a genre that’s near and dear to his heart: soul.
“That’s what I grew up on and that’s what feels natural when I open my mouth to sing and so having a pop alternative music bed with the soul vocal, I feel like really works,” he explained. “I think this is definitely more of a mature sound as it relates to Jonas Brothers music and Nick Jonas & the Administration.”
While Jonas promises “a bunch of songs on the record” to be self-written, he did not pen this particular track. Nonetheless, the singer found no problem identifying with the silky lyrics.
“The story behind ‘Chains’ is basically that feeling that all people can relate to, it’s being trapped. For me specifically in this song, I connected to love and trust and for some people they have said it’s broader for them, it’s more than love, it can be about anything that entangles you in your life and doesn’t let you do what you need to do to feel free,” he said. “I think this is a good fit and I fell in love with the song and I really feel like it has become a staple for this album.”
It’s a familiar cycle: young kid joins a boyband, becomes a teen heartthrob, band breaks up, kid gets a new look, and tries the solo route. Very few artists have been able to rise above their gimmicky pasts—and whether or not you loved N’Sync or Jonas Brothers or Backstreet Boys as a kid, you know the initial struggle to take anyone seriously as a solo artist is hard.
For those who don’t know, the Jonas Brothers broke up in October, and the youngest of the trio, Nick Jonas, is starting fresh and going the solo route. He’s reportedly starring in DirecTV’s mixed martial arts drama Kingdom, he’s now signed to Island Records, and is prepping a ton of new music, which he’s teased on his Instagram. Today, we’re premiering his new Jason Evigan-produced song called “Chains.”
“Everyone has their own chains, in life and in love, that bind them and this song embodies that feeling,” he said in an email. “I’m excited to be back to share this song with the world.”
Nick Jonas and Dylan Penn make for one very hot couple!
No, they’re not dating!
The two were in downtown L.A. this weekend shooting a secret video project for Mr. Jonas.
“It’s very hot,” a source exclusively tells me. “It was very sexy and steamy.”
Filming took place over two days at the Hotel Alexandria, an historic building which has also been used for Dreamgirls, Water for Elephants and Se7en.
Sources declined to detail what the video was for, but they assured us, as one eyewitness put it, “there was a ton of chemistry.”
Jonas tweeted an Instagram photo on Saturday showing actors dressed as riot police with a simple caption saying, “#foreshadow.”
A few days before he posted a video of himself with singer-producer Mike Posner along with a sample of new music with the message, “musictime #areyouready @mikeposner.”
We’re definitely ready!
Also coming up for Jonas is the indie movie Careful What You Wish For and Kingdom, a new DirecTV series (premiering in October) that takes place in the world of mixed martial arts.
Penn (she’s the daughter of Sean Penn and Robin Wright) recently wrapped her first movie, Condemned, a horror flick costarring Lydia Hearst.
“I’m trying out this whole acting thing,” she told Treats magazine in April. “It’s hard to say for me because I’ve rejected it my whole life until now. I literally can’t say it without laughing. My truest passion is writing so I continue to do that on my own while seeing what all the buzz is about being in front of the camera.”
Our fashion editors weren’t the only ones over in Milan checking out the collections. Joe Jonas, who’s been crushing the style game lately, was front-and-center at the shows and around town. Armed with his phone, some industry cred, and a little star power, he documented the week for us. Here are the 15 best things he saw:
1. Where: John Varvatos
What: This dude posing outside John Varvatos being a bad ass.
2. Where: Hogan Post-Show Dinner Party at Il Baretto Restaurant in the Baglioni Hotel
What: Nobody eats alone in Milan. So when your +1 doesn’t show up, Pinocchio does.
3. Where: Ceresio 7
What: Checking out Dan and Dean Caten of Dsquared2’s new rooftop membership lounge/restaurant. Killer view of Milan with an amazing private collection of art—including two original Basquiat paintings. I visited the spot five times during my three day stay. Don’t get me started on the food. My favorite dishes were the melon and prosciutto and the pesto pasta. Plus, it has my new favorite drink: The Aperol Spritz. Mind. Blown.
4. Where: Ceresio 7
What: Shhh. Don’t tell anyone I’m here—again.
5. Where: Ceresio 7
What: Dan and Dean are style masters across the board, they spared nothing when it came to the interior design and art that makes the whole place flow. Obsessed with the original Basquiat paintings on display here.
6. Where: Bally presentation
What: Bally’s rubber sole dress shoes make for comfortable all year gear. I like that these can be worn dressed up or casual.
7. Where: Vivienne Westwood S/S 2015 Show
What: Such an honor to meet Vivienne Westwood. Her Spring-Summer ’15 collection was chic with just the right amount of her well-known quirkiness and punk flare. The oversized top hats worn in the show added some extra drama to everything. I want one…Pharrell, yours is in the mail.
8. Where: Marc Jacobs
What: Jacobs’ menswear crew looking like fly groomsmen at a Palm Springs wedding at the brand’s Spring-Summer ’15 presentation
9. Where: Missoni
What: One of my favorite looks from the Missoni Show.
10. Where: Backstage at Missoni
What: Backstage with designer Angela Missoni’s daughter, Margherita, talking about the awesome collection and summer vacation plans.
11. Where: Diesel Black Gold
What: Looking down at what had to be the longest catwalk at MFW.
12. Where: Dsquared2′s Showroom
What: Hanging out with Dsquared2 designer Dan Caten (half of design duo Dean & Dan).
13. Where: Backstage at Dsquared2
What: Getting to chat with the one and only Renzo Rosso backstage at Dsquared2 about his favorite vacation spots. He’s a genius.
14. Where: Dsquared2
What: Who says cat sweaters are only for grandmothers? Lots of color at the very entertaining Dsquared2 show. The Caten brothers have a bright outlook on the Milanese man’s innate style for next season. A very entertaining show
15. Where: Dsquared2
What: Hanging with my new fashion week family backstage after the Dsquared2 show. Good times with these guys—Avo Yermagyan, Marnie Toocaram, Adwoa Aboah, Dougie Poynter, and Sai Bennett.
One third of the legendary Jonas Brothers, Joe Jonas, is featured in our Galore man section which shouldn’t come to any one as surprise. He’s one of our fave hot talented boys. Check out his interview with us below!
What is one perception that people have of Joe Jonas that is not true?
That I am a scientist. I am not a scientist.
The Jonas brothers were like the modern day Jackson 5, who did you idolize growing up?
Growing up, I really admired front men. Performers like Freddie Mercury and Bono were huge inspirations for me. When they were on stage, they owned the audience.
You are really into fashion. What brand will you be sporting this summer?
Diesel has some great bathing suits I’ve been wearing as shorts. And Sandro tank tops.
You have been linked to some of the most beautiful women ever, but what turns you on most in a woman?
I know people say this a lot, but it’s true for me: Confidence. That and a sense of humor. A good taste in music helps.
Do you consider yourself a hopeless romantic?
I think I’m not very romantic. I like to do nice and thoughtful things for my girl. But I’m not hopeless – more like a hopeful romantic.
How do you get beach body ready for summer? Any work out routines or regiments?
Surgery. Lots of it. Oh…Also going to the gym and Modo Yoga.
Many girls would love to know what dating Joe Jonas would be like?
Hmm, I wouldn’t know. I’ve never dated him.
Boxers or briefs?
Are you a morning person?
Yes, after I’ve had some coffee, and it’s after 12pm.
Cinnamon Toast Crunch.
Odin Number 10.
What song is currently on repeat in your car?
“You & Me” – Disclosure (Flume Remix).
One thing that annoys you?
When my car is dirty.
Favorite vacation spot?
Somewhere tropical – like Antigua.
Cats or Dogs
I’m a dog person. Unless I can keep Grumpy Cat. Then I will take him.
Biggie or Tupac?
Everything is bigger in Texas?
So I’ve been told.
Have you ever went on a date with a fan?
If they were making a Jonas Bros movie, who would you like to see casted as you?
What can we expect from Joe Jonas this year?
A lot of exciting new things. I’ll definitely be working on my music, as well as some other new projects that are still in the early stages, but I’m really looking forward to what the rest of this year has in store.
“Instant Need” – FKJ
“Snake Charmer” – Bag Raiders
“Keep You” – Wild Belle
“Hurricane” – MS MR (Goldroom Remix)
“From Nowhere” – Dan Croll
“58 BPM” – Tensnake
ET recently chatted with Joe and Kevin Jonas about their new interactive tour Off the Record with Kevin & Joe Jonas, which features the two answering questions and talking with their fans in an intimate, interactive theater experience, which they’ve definitely never done before.
But how do the brothers feel about playing more intimate venues as opposed to the sold-out stadiums they’re more accustomed to?
“We hope that people will be really involved, have a lot of fun, kind of something that we get to do a lot more of,” Joe tells ET about the new experience. “Hopefully I can do well speaking to an audience because you know, I’m so used to singing. It’ll be a little bit different.”
“This is more about telling our stories, where we came from, who we are, and where we’re headed,” Kevin adds.
But are they bitter about their brother Nick pulling out of their reunion tour last October?
According to the brothers, no. “We might have him send a video or Skype him in or something like that, but he’s been really busy with preparing for a TV show right now,” Joe dishes. “It’s a new show that’s going to be on DirecTV and he’s been getting jacked for it. He plays a fighter, so he’s been in the gym every single day, twice a day, eating more than you can imagine.”
So does Joe think that Nick can now “kick his butt?”
Watch the video to find out!
ARTICLE: Nick Jonas “So Excited” to Be an Uncle to Alena Rose, Brother Kevin Jonas “Loves” FatherhoodWednesday, February 26th, 2014
Nick Jonas is opening up about being a new uncle to brother Kevin Jonas’ 3-week-old baby daughter, Alena Rose!
“It’s great,” the 21-year-old singer told E! News exclusively at last night’s Vanity Fair and Fiat Celebrate Young Hollywood event at No Vacancy. “It’s an immediate responsibility and love for someone that you’re going to watch grow up, which is beautiful and I’m just so excited to watch her do that.”
Kevin and wife Danielle, who married back in December 2009, welcomed their first child on Feb. 2.
“I’m so in love with her,” Kevin tweeted on the day Alena was born. Just a few days after that, he shared an adorable photo of himself cuddling with his daughter.
As for how Kevin is handling being a father, Nick dished, “He loves it. He’s really finding out a lot about himself and about his family that he wants to build and it’s just a beautiful time for he and his family.”
Meanwhile, Nick opened up about his new DirecTV show Navy St. in which he’ll play a young UFC fighter.
“It’s a really, really great show,” Nick gushed. “The script is amazing and my character has a really interesting journey. Currently I’m just training and getting mentally and physically ready for that. But it is an exciting time in my life.”
Nick Jonas is returning to the small screen full time.
The singer-actor and The Glades alum Kiele Sanchez have nabbed co-starring roles in DirecTV’s family MMA drama Navy St., The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
From Endemol Studios, Navy St. is a gritty drama set against the backdrop of a mixed martial arts gym in Venice, Calif., named Navy Street run by Alvey Henderson (Captain America’s Frank Grillo), a former fighter whose drug addiction prevented him from making it big.
Jonas will play Nate Henderson, Alvey’s youngest son who is his father’s pride and joy. Nate is a shy kid who receives a UFC contract. The character lives with his brother Jay, whose struggle with addiction has an impact on Nate. Parenthood’s Jonathan Tucker co-stars as Alvey’s oldest son, Jay.
Sanchez will play Lisa Prince, Alvey’s long-time girlfriend. The role marks the actress’ first TV gig following her four-season run on the A&E drama. Repped by ICM Partners, Industry Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein, her credits also include Samantha Who, Lost and Related.
For Jonas, the role marks his latest small-screen gig following guest spots on CBS’ Hawaii Five-O, NBC’s Smash as well as Last Man Standing and The Lying Game. It’s his first regular role since Disney Channel’s Jonas. His credits include Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian, the Camp Rock movies as well as docuseries Married to Jonas.
The Jonas Brothers recently announced that the band would be breaking up following a “deep, creative rift” among the group after their concert tour was canceled last year.
Navy St. was created by Detroit 1-8-7′s Byron Balasco. DirecTV picked up the drama with a 10-episode straight-to-series commitment last year. The series will be DirecTV’s third original drama, joining Rogue and Full Circle. Navy St. will begin production May 5 in Los Angeles and bow on DirecTV’s Audience Network in the fall.
Jonas, who also starred on Broadway’s How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, is repped by CAA, The Jonas Group and Schreck Rose.
Nick Jonas Calls Being an Uncle “Amazing,” Shares First Photo of Him Holding Baby Niece Alena Rose
Sounds as though Nick Jonas is just as excited as brother Joe about being an uncle.
“It’s amazing,” he told E! News Wednesday, sitting alongside Demi Lovato for a chat about her upcoming Neon Lights Tour, for which Nick is serving as creative and musical director.
“I’m actually flying right after this to meet my niece for the first time,” the 21-year-old singer continued. “He [brother Kevin Jonas] in love with this baby, it’s ridiculous. He sends me pictures every 10 minutes. I think it’s just like the joy of his life right now, so I’m excited to go [see] him.”
Kevin and wife Danielle welcomed daughter Alena Rose, their first child together, on Sunday—and, happily, they’ve been quite forthcoming with baby pictures.
Joe Jonas had already shared a photo of a snuggly moment with his niece, and Nick added to the album today.
“My beautiful niece Alena Rose,” he captioned the pic, which features the wide-eyed infant, clad in a fabulous little onesie printed with hearts, looking intently at her uncle’s face (well, we can’t blame her for staring) while he’s holding her on the couch.
But before he had a chance to meet her, Nick also joked with Demi and E! News’ Kristina Guerrero about what topics to avoid while talking to new moms, like Danielle.
“Never bring up sleep,” advised Kristina, whose own little one is 6 months old.
“I won’t complain about breastfeeding with a mom, either,” Demi added, holding her own for effect.
Nick reassured them, “I was not planning on bringing up boobs.”
But he did plan ahead, revealing that he had gifts for mother and baby—he just needed to run home after his interview to pick them up before he went to the airport!
“I got her and my sister-in-law some good stuff,” Nick said confidently.
With the Jonas Brothers now a thing of the past, Nick Jonas has accepted a day job: He’s the Musical and Creative Director of Demi Lovato’s Neon Lights tour, which kicks off February 9th in Vancouver, British Columbia. “I’m overseeing video content, wardrobe, lighting and staging,” he tells Rolling Stone. “And then I’m extending into the musical side of things, which includes creating the arrangements for the songs. I’m building what Demi wanted, which is a show without stops and starts.”
Jonas began working on the tour a few months ago, right around the same time the Jonas Brothers announced their split. “Demi and I have the same manager,” Jonas explains. “I was immediately excited when I was offered the position. The relationship that Demi and I had over eight years really gives me the insight into how to best communicate with her and her team.”
The show will feature songs from all four of Lovato’s studio albums, going back to 2008′s Don’t Forget. “I’ve been in rehearsals with the band for the last two weeks,” he says. “The biggest challenge has been just trying to rethink some of the music and see how we could compliment it with lights and video. I sat down with the band and said to them, ‘You need to step into this like it’s a new gig. None of these arrangements are going to sound like the originals, so you need to have an open mind.’”
Rehearsals were held in Los Angeles over the last few weeks and the whole team is about to head up to Vancouver to prep for opening night. “I won’t be at every single show,” he says. “I’ll get the tour up and running, make sure it’s running smoothly, and then check in every few weeks.”
Once the tour gets off the ground, Jonas will turn his attention towards his upcoming solo project. “Some of it is done and ready to be released,” he says. “I’ve got a lot of things in the pipeline right now and I’m waiting to release some news about my music and my next steps. It isn’t quite locked in yet, but I have started making some music and now it’s all about lining up the pieces.”
The Jonas Brothers have only officially been apart for four months, but there’s no desire to even talk about any sort of future reunion. “At this moment we’re all focusing on ourselves and the things we want to accomplish,” he says. “That’s especially true with Kevin, whose wife just gave birth. That’s a major life change for him and a priority. Joe and I are really excited for him as well as the music we’re making. I can’t say that I know when [we might reunite] because there’s lots of excitement about what we’re making as individuals.”
Kevin Jonas and Danielle Jonas are officially on diaper duty!
The Married to Jonas stars welcomed a baby girl on Sunday, Feb. 2, E! News can confirm.
“We are overjoyed at the birth of Alena Rose Jonas,” the proud parents said shortly after the birth. “She is precious! We could not be more excited to start building our family together. We want to thank our family and friends for their love and support, and our fans for all of their well wishes.”
It was last July when Kevin exclusively revealed to E! News’ Giuliana Rancic that he and his wife were about to become parents.
“I was overjoyed,” the singer said at the time about learning Danielle was pregnant. “It’s been the most exciting thing in my life so far. I’m excited and I’m nervous.”
Kevin and Danielle met in 2007 while on vacation in the Bahamas with their respective families.
The couple tied the knot on Dec. 19, 2009, at snow-covered Oheka Castle in Long Island. Following their nuptials, the newlyweds honeymooned in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
In 2012, they became the stars of their own reality series, Married to Jonas, on E!
Kevin and Danielle have partnered with Dreft and the brand’s “Amazing Baby Days” app to capture all of the amazing moments from their pregnancy through their daughter’s first year.
Congrats, you two!
Baby Jonas is well on the way, and it sounds like Kevin and Danielle Jonas are well-prepared for their little one’s arrival already!
E! News’ Alicia Quarles recently sat down with the famous couple and got the scoop on how the parents-to-be are embracing this new chapter in life, and we have to say, we’re incredibly impressed.
For starters, Dani looks absolutely stunning, showing off a trim figure with an adorable baby bump, dressed stylishly in a cranberry-colored silk top and leather leggings.
As for her enviable figure, the hot mama attributes her tiny frame to regular sessions with her trainer.
“I’ve been working out a lot. It has actually helped. I don’t think I could have gotten through this without working out,” she smiled.
“Our trainer Anthony Michael has been kicking both of our butts, so he’s been awesome,” added Kevin.
Of course, with Danielle’s due date looming in the near future, the baby gifts are starting to roll in, but Kevin confesses that his brothers Nick and Joe haven’t wrapped anything up just yet.
“They sent some flowers to the shower, and I bet they bring some stuff once the baby has actually been born,” Kevin shared, also revealing that he and his wife have also selected a baby name as well.
“We have picked a name, we’re really excited about it. It’s very special to both of us…it’s different enough for us,” they told us elusively.
And as if Kevin and Dani didn’t have enough on their plates right now, they’re also planning a big move very soon!
“I’m building us a house. Five months ago we broke ground, and in about two weeks we move in. So hopefully it gets done in time for baby!” Kevin smiled.
Now that’s one ambitious papa-to-be!
Wishing you two all the best!
ARTICLE: Kevin & Danielle Jonas’ EXCLUSIVE Chat About That Ready-To-Pop Baby Bump, Upcoming Jonas Projects & So Much More!Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
It looks like we’re going to have a Jonas baby ANY day now!!
Kevin and Danielle Jonas are expecting the arrival of their little bundle of joy on February 6th, meaning they’re just weeks away from parenthood!
But is the soon-to-be-mommy keeping her growing baby bump keep her from the spotlight? HECK NO!!
In fact, Danielle was looking pretty darn hot as she slipped into some tight leather pants and rocked a pair of heels as she and Kevin attended the Deft Amazing Baby Days app launch event in New York on Tuesday!
And, luckily for us, we got to chat with the married parents-to-be EXCLUSIVELY! Kevin and Danielle dished about everything from pregnancy, being excited about their baby girl, and even Kevin’s upcoming Jonas projects! Read all the DEETS AFTER THE JUMP!!!
On the Amazing Baby Days app:
Kevin: The app is incredible. It’s kind of like a one stop shop for your digital booklet for your baby. It’s really a great way to direct — custom so many great people that are fans of the product. And they’re able to keeping track all your baby bump photos, pretty much everything you get on Instagram, everywhere all the time. It’s kind of the one place for you to kind of capture all the special moments and not miss a beat.
Dani: I like how you can capture your tummy growing, you know and seeing all the different months and you’re like oh I felt like I was so big last month but this month it’s a different story. And then also with shower gift, you know you get gifts all over the place for the baby and it’s a way to keep track of them. And then also then the baby comes and you can send thank you with her wearing it or playing with it and I think that’s the coolest part about it.
Your baby is due in early February. How’s the pregnancy been so far?
Dani: It’s been really good. It was a little rough in the beginning and then it got really easy. And then now I’m just kind of ready to see her.
Kevin: Ready to meet her.
What are you most looking forward to with your baby girl?
Dani: I’m really excited to hold her hands and see her face and see what she looks like. I can only imagine what she looks like right now!
Have you gotten any advice on being first time parents?
Dani: We get a lot of good pointers from a lot of people. You know our families are involved and telling us little things to keep in mind and everything but you hold on to those things and you kind of make it your own and that’s great.
Kevin: It definitely is.
What do you wish someone would’ve told you about what to expect from your pregnancy?
Dani: Well I wish that I was told a lot of things because I think women, they hold it in a little bit, but every pregnancy is truly different because some of my friends go through their pregnancies and then I’m going through mine and mine was totally different than theirs!
On working out while pregnant and staying healthy:
Dani: I don’t think I could have done it [being pregnant] without working out, honestly. I think that it makes you move and stretch a little bit. You have to be really safe with it. That’s why I work with a lot of trainers so that I’m careful, but just the movement and I don’t feel the aches and the pains that maybe someone would maybe feel because they aren’t moving. So I love it. I can’t wait to get there sometimes and then when I don’t get there I get grumpy.
On how much they plan to share about their baby girl, once she’s born:
Dani: I think we’ll be pretty open with everything. I mean we enjoy that the fans enjoy seeing us go through things and celebrating things with us.
Do you have a celeb mom role model?
Dani: I love how Jessica Alba has done things with her kids where you know she works so hard and then she has a family life that seems so normal. And I just love how she has such a good head about everything she does.
On what Kevin will be up to:
Kevin: I’m going to be working on a bunch of different projects. I’m really working on the business side of things. You know, right now, there’s a bunch of people lined up and a bunch of different opportunities, I can’t talk about everything, but there will be a lot more Jonas coming your way pretty soon. And you know we’re excited. Each one of us has an opportunity to do something great in individual space and I get to do it not only by myself, but with my family as well, which is my wife and my new baby.
On Nick and Joe in Hawaii:
Kevin: Our guitarist got married and his wedding was in Hawaii! We were supposed to go, but then we got pregnant and Dani’s on baby watch, so we were not able to fly. But it’s cool. They’re enjoying the heat; we’re enjoying the cold!
Such a sweet couple!
ARTICLE: Kevin Jonas Is ‘Not Sure’ About A Jonas Brothers Reunion, Says ‘It’s Way Too Early To Tell’Wednesday, January 8th, 2014
Kevin Jonas is unsure about the future of the Jonas Brothers, but when it comes to his relationship with Joe and Nick, he admits they’re working on “being happy for each other.”
Kevin and his wife Danielle Jonas sat down with HuffPost Live on Wednesday (Jan. 8) to discuss their show, “Married to Jonas” and their new app called Amazing Baby Days, which was created to help other new parents and document their journey to parenthood. But host Nancy Redd got Kevin to dish a little bit about the Jonas Brothers’ split and their canceled tour.
The three brothers called off their 19 tour dates in October just two days before the shows were about to kick off, with their rep telling People, “There is a deep rift within the band. There was a big disagreement over their music direction.” And although the group isn’t ready to try out another reunion anytime soon, Kevin admits they’re supporting each other during this tough time.
“I’m not sure [about a reunion]. We just made the announcement a couple of months ago and we’re all working on our own individual things. I think it’s way too early to tell,” he explained. “Right now, we’re just kind of focused on our relationships as brothers and kind of just being happy for each other and each one of our own journeys.”
As for his brother Joe’s recent comments about smoking weed with Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato when they were teens, Kevin says, “We all had fun, we all did.”
“The difference is, each one of us had our own journey and mine was, I found a great girl early on and stuck with her and got married early and now having a baby and that was my life,” Kevin said. “And that’s the path I chose. And I’m really excited about that and I’m happy.”
Kevin and Danielle are expecting their first child, a baby girl, next month.