Nick Jonas called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Thursday to give us a taste of his new single, “Jealous,” and from the 30 seconds we heard, we can tell it’s sure to be a hit for him.
But why did the 21-year-old choose that track to be his first big single off his upcoming solo album? Watch the video below to hear Nick’s explanation:
“Jealous” will be available on iTunes on Sunday! And then on Monday, Nick will be in-studio with Ryan and Ellen from their broadcast inside the Macy’s window at New York City’s Herald Square.
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Pre-order Nick Jonas’ album now and you’ll get early ticket access to his upcoming club tour! Upon ordering you’ll receive your ticket access code and link to purchase tickets for the tour. You’ll also receive an MP3 download of “Jealous” on September 8! Pre-order here!
Last Friday, we gave you your first look at Nick Jonas‘ new music video “Chains” and as promised we’ve got two more sneak peeks to wet your whistle before it premiers in full this Wednesday at 6 a.m. on MTV, MTV Hits, mtvU, and MTV.com.
The first clip features Nick being dragged across the ground à la Justin Timberlake’s “TKO” while the second stars Dylan Penn with the word “Lust” watermarked in front of her face.
The single will be featured on Nick’s upcoming solo debut, in which the singer took cues from some of his favorite artists.
“I’ve been really influence by a lot of modern stuff, as well as like my classic roots, so Prince being a big one, a lot of falsetto work, Hall & Oates, is a big part of this, and then The Weekend and singing Drake, which I feel like is a different artist to Drake rapping, but I love them both,” he told MTV News. “But singing Drake and this guy Erik Hassle, a new artist that I really love, and, you know, Sam Smith and that kind of vibe, so like if you kind of mash that all together: it’s that.”
Make sure to check back tomorrow for two more exclusive previews from the “Chains” music video and don’t forget (like you need a reminder) to watch it in its entirety this Wednesday only on MTV.
See the music video premiere Wednesday, July 30 on MTV.com at 6AM EST.
“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.”
This was recorded sometime in 2011.
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Watch the Jonas Brothers’ official teaser video for their second single “First Time” (will be on their upcoming album “V”)! The full video will debut on Wednesday, July 17th at 10am ET only on iHeartRadio: bit.ly/FirstTimeJB
THAT’S A “FIRST”: Clear Channel’s Pop station websites nationwide and iHeartRadio will host the exclusive world premiere of “First Time” by the Jonas Brothers on July 17, marking the launch of Clear Channel’s new video initiative. The song, the lead track from the group’s forthcoming fifth album, is being spearheaded at radio by Richard Palmese, Denise George and the In2une promo team—and is seeing more action at the format as an indie release (on Jonas Enterprises) than the band did as a major-label act. In fact, it’s the fastest-breaking Jonas single ever, one of radio’s most added tracks every week since its bow three weeks ago. The video, by the way, features footage of the brothers at the Miss USA competition. (7/15a)
MUSIC VIDEO: Between rehearsals for their appearance and telecast performing “Pom Poms” on Sunday night’s Miss USA pageant, the Jonas Brothers filmed their new music video all around the Planet Hollywood resort. Joe Jonas helmed the video for cameras set up all throughout the hotel –- and at the gaming tables. Many of the group’s Los Angeles friends and fans traveled in to appear in the video to be released within the month.