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Nick J may be off the chain, but he is most definitely on the cover of VMan Magazine.* Three times in fact. Three covers, and one nice little article along with a fashion photoshoot.

Mr. Brown takes some uneducated potshots at the Jonas Brothers and makes the same tired out references to Justin Timberlake, purity rings, and bubblegum boy bands, but he is not the worst offender. In the end it is a good profile of Nick and his aspirations in regards to his new solo album. Here is an excerpt:

Conventional wisdom has long held that Disney pulls the Jonas strings, but more often than not, it’s Nick behind the scenes calling the shots. His adult entourage laughs about calling him “the president,” but the deference they show him as he strides into the Soho Grand lobby for this interview makes clear that the nickname is no joke. Now Nick is ready to push things further. With his new band, Nick Jonas and the Administration, and its first album, Who I Am, he plans to show the world that he’s grown up. Jacob Brown, VMan Magazine, Spring 2010

Read the entire article HERE, and check out the scans (and see all of the nice pictures) HERE.

Are you a tactile person like me? You can grab your copy on newsstands now!

Check out all three covers after the jump!

*An urban arts magazine with an audience of mostly well educated, employed men between the ages of 25 and 34 with an average income of $220,000 a year. [ref]



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Many of us have this little beauty in our hands already (if you don’t, head out to your local bookseller or snag your copy online here), so it’s time to talk about it.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite part yet? Have you learned anything new?

My copy just came in the mail, so I will go now and take it all in.


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Screenshot-1©Matthew Rolston for RollingStone.com

Most of us have probably seen the Hollywood Records press release by now – the Jonases have hit #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart with Lines, Vines & Trying Times!

Billboard itself soon confirmed.

Not surprising, exactly, though it is unprecedented in that it is their second #1 within a 10 month period.  It also debuted # 1 in Canada, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Central America. We don’t expect anything less of them!

Congratulations, guys!!!!

But somehow, in the rush of the world tour beginning, and an apparently soberly toned (note uberserious faces above*) Rolling Stone cover feature hitting stands shortly, this feels more like a reassuring affirmation than a moment to  happydance in the streets – the show marches on (not to mention the extracurriculars)!

And of course, the win is not without its glitches, seeing as the album has opened to roughly half of A Little Bit Longer‘s astounding opening last August, with 247,000 in sales this past week – still completely awesome, but if you’re neurotic (like me!) you know that this won’t go unnoticed

Haters – gleeful doom and gloomers that they are – will probably make much of this, but I’ll choose to look at it as the natural part of a shift, rather than as some sort of stall. That’s been the mindset that a lot of the LVaTT media of the past week has been putting us in mind of, and as proof, I’m going to hit some highlights from the recent onslaught of album reviews, the glowing and the less-glowing, that intrigued me.

Join me after the jump!

*[and I also just loved this picture and needed to justify its use.]


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As if there was not enough going onthe new – SECOND – Jonas-featuring Rolling Stone is coming. It’s pretty much HERE.

Brace yourselves – non-discerning types will obviously have the reaction of “MEN?! They aren’t MEN” to the cover copy – but in my opinion the article tone is decidedly about the transitional period they are embarking on  between these two phases – and they are directly addressing this: frankly, bluntly…defiantly? It wouldn’t be the first time (…even today!) we had surprised ourselves by using this last word to describe the Jonas stand on the cultural landscape…

The online teaser piece features a couple straight-talking quotes from the Boys:

Says Kevin:

I would honestly say to anybody, if you were in a band like us, you would take advantage of those platforms too. It’s easy for people to say, ‘No, I’m a real rock & roller,’ but I think you do what you’ve got to do.

Says Joe:

Personally, I’m not in the band to say, ‘Hey, you need to respect us, take us seriously,’ because that’s kind of stupid…We’re doing it because we love it, and we don’t care what age group we attract. If they like our music, they like our music, and if they don’t, fine. We don’t need you [to] like our music.

Look at more photo shoot outtakes here, take in the breathtaking Rolling Stone Jonas Brothers Ground Zero over here – it’s got videos and extras galore.

What do you think?  Do you like the cover?!  And how do you feel about their quotes?

Let us know, below!

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There’s a truly excellent sounding story on Denise Jonas in Good Housekeeping’s July issue – I’ve only read part of it and am wowed.

It has some amazing insight on the birth of the Jonas family as we know it (beginning with Denise & Kevin Sr., that is) and Mama J gets very open about some of the challenges confronting the Boys (and, apparently, the purity rings they are all too known for, according to the gossip blogs).  As typical with the famiglia Jonas, there are some grounding, relatable anecdotes thrown in for fun. [Who didn’t love Kristy McNichol?!? LOL.]

It’s already clearly very well done, kudos to the writer, Amanda Robb (a freelancer who has previously written features on both parenting and abstinence pledge issues, intriguingly)!

Read an extended excerpt here, plan to pick up a copy of the mag, and in the meantime catch a behind-the-scenes video of the adorable GH photo shoot  after the jump!


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I thought of blogging this Vulture piece on JONAS‘ Saturday ratings earlier, and interestingly enough, its plot has since thickened in an enlightening, and somewhat funnier still, way.

I’ve usually enjoyed the Vulture blog and their pieces on the Boys (one of which inspired our first official blog post). They have seemed to me to skewer their hyperbolic media portrayal as much as the Jonases themselves (meta-licious!).  It’s pretty tongue in cheek overall.

So today, I chuckled a bit when I opened their post entitled “The Jonas Brothers’ Failing Streak Continues“, which was citing the Hollywood Reporter article “Disney’s ‘Jonas’ doesn’t quite pop“.  I chuckled because Vulture’s writing is like Opposite Day, and the way I read it, they were basically mocking the ridiculous standards against which an astonishingly successful band like the Jonas Brothers can be held in order to generate an intriguing media angle – “disappointment”, “impending doom”!!

But with lines like

“…along with their last album’s embarrassing failure to cure diabetes, comes news that the Jonas Brothers’ new Disney Channel show, JONAS, debuted to unspectacular ratings on Saturday night. The show was watched by a mere 3.2 million viewers between the ages of 6 and 14, which is the approximate number of fans standing outside of Zac Efron’s house on an average weekday. Are the Jonas Brothers over?”

…was this piece really something to be taken so seriously? SILLY, I thought.

Well…Disney did not agree, exactly. They wrote to them to clarify some points and the Vulture updated by printing their letter.

My first reaction upon seeing this was not unlike a tween whose parent has just revealed some aspect of their babyhood to the superhawt college-aged cashier in the grocery checkout line: OMGEMBARRASSING, it’s just a JOKE, geez.

But then I read the letter and truly appreciated the facts therein.  Read what the Senior Vice President of Media Relations at Disney Channel, Patti McTeague, has to say, should anyone (looking at you, Perez) talk smack about the supposedly tragic UnHannahMontanaNess of the Boys’ numbers.

Crunch ’em with Patti, after the jump…


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Will Glover, Day Editor of the Panama City News Herald, is a discerning type.  He just doesn’t know it yet.

I began reading his review of the first episode of JONAS with, I will confess, a jaundiced eye.  I noted that the reviewer was a man, and assumed that he would dismiss/mock the Jonas Brothers, as men are often wont to do.  The first paragraph didn’t do anything to disabuse me of this opinion.  He likens writing a review about a Jonas Brothers project to rating a mafia-owned restaurant – something that is dangerous to do.  Oh well, I thought, another guy who just has to belittle and mock.  Imagine my surprise then, as I read on and found this quote:

“I don’t have that fear, because the superstars’ new show, a Disney Channel sitcom simply titled “Jonas,” is not that bad.  While the writing is definitely above mediocre, the plot is contrived (as I expected it to be) and the acting is a little questionable, but the music is what makes this series watchable for parents and a must-see for Jonas Brothers fans.”

Whoa there, Nellie.  He likes the music?  Intrigued, I read on, and found this happy admission from Mr. Glover:

“And that’s coming from someone who had to take notes on identifying the three brothers, like they were indistinguishable triplets.”

Hey, now, this guy is starting to qualify as uninitiated.  The “uninitiated”, as we discerning types know, is someone who has never had the pleasure of encountering JB.  The uninitiated are largely clueless about what amazing musicians and artists the Jonas Brothers are.  Oftentimes WDT are pleasantly surprised when the uninitiated encounter JB and see through the miasma of hype/Disney connection/mass hysteria to glimpse just what talented and watchable performers these guys are.  It happened quite often when newspaper music critics from around the country were required to give a listen to A Little Bit Longer upon its release. And, given the generally favorable flavor of Mr. Glover’s piece, it might happen when JONAS premieres.  There will be panners, certainly, but Mr. Glover of the Panama City News Herald is not one, and I think he will not be alone.

His review mentions each brother individually, giving hints about their characters.  He even comments favorably on the acting – or appearance of non-acting, which is actually a good thing because it means that the guys are being natural onscreen.

Don’t get me wrong, Mr. Glover isn’t raving, that would be asking too much.  However, he also isn’t feeling insulted to be reviewing a Jonas Brothers project and that is, in my opinion, a win.  He even gives the show 2 ½ out of 4 stars.  Speaking both as a discerning type, and as someone who has dealt with the Average Joe reviewer/critic for years, this is as good as it gets.

What reviews have you encountered, Revelers?  Smile-worthy or meh-worthy, link them here!

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