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    Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    The Clean Teen Machine

    With a wildly popular tour and a new record expected to sell millions, the Jonas Brothers have gone from Disney novelty to phenomenon. All they want is for you to see them as a real band

    By JASON GAY
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    Posted Aug 07, 2008 4:00 PM



    Reading the Nick and Miley gossip, you get the feeling that America is in a rush to anoint a Magic Kingdom Charles and Di. After all, the primary engine behind the Jonas Brothers phenomenon — besides the brothers themselves — is the Walt Disney Company, which has made hundreds of millions of dollars blanketing the American tweenscape with a sun shower of G-rated musical entertainment. With its various subsidiaries — including Disney Channel, Radio Disney and a record company, Hollywood Records, not to mention theme parks and merchandising arms — Disney has built powerhouse 21st-century franchises like High School Musical and Hannah Montana. In an era when music companies have struggled to connect with record buyers, Disney prospered by cultivating a demographic that had been largely ignored. "People don't think they have much buying power, but they do," says Disney president Robert Iger. "We decided they should be our core demo."

    The Jonas Brothers, of course, are grateful for the support of Mickey's white glove. Disney, after all, fished the boys out of the pop-rock abyss and inserted them into the Hannah-verse, exposing them to millions of love-struck consumers (opening for Miley Cyrus in '07 was kind of like batting in front of Babe Ruth in 1927). But today on their jet, the Jonases want everyone to know that they weren't cooked up in a Disney laboratory by Mouse-hat-wearing demographers, that they play their own instruments, write their own songs, and that, yes, they are, in fact, brothers.
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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    The Clean Teen Machine

    With a wildly popular tour and a new record expected to sell millions, the Jonas Brothers have gone from Disney novelty to phenomenon. All they want is for you to see them as a real band

    By JASON GAY
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    Posted Aug 07, 2008 4:00 PM




    Excerpt from:
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    And then when the Disney machine is done with them, they are on there own. Poof they are gone yesterdays news. Hopefully the brothers parents have there best interest at heart. If not in 10 years it will be


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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebob54 View Post
    And then when the Disney machine is done with them, they are on there own. Poof they are gone yesterdays news. Hopefully the brothers parents have there best interest at heart. If not in 10 years it will be coming soon to your local county fair "Nick Jonas"
    They've moved beyond & from that scenario already:
    Jonas Brothers sign Live Nation long-term worldwide touring deal - 1/4/08

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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    All they want is for you to see them as a real band


    MMMbop. Then you turn your back and they're gone so fast
    And they're gone so fast


    Here today, gone tomorrow.

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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Exactly the same.
    Except for the 24/7 support on Radio Disney, Disney Channel, feature films, $100+ million tour contract, ticket revenue, merchandising and upcoming TV series to name just a few differences.
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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    Exactly the same.
    Except for the 24/7 support on Radio Disney, Disney Channel, feature films, $100+ million tour contract, ticket revenue, merchandising and upcoming TV series to name just a few differences.
    Remember the Bay City Rollers, Who you ask they were touted as the next Beatles. When the Disney machine is finished with them all there will be left is 3 rich brothers who he public does not care about!
    I saw Peter Noon at a county fair a few years ago, whos he well one of the huge acts from the late 60's.
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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    All they want is for you to see them as a real band

    lolol really?



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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    I lost any and all respect for them when they changed the lyrics to "A Pirate's Life For Me". They are willing to sing about kidnapping, aggravated robbery, extortion, murder, and other felonious felonies, but not about drinking? Please.


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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!


    Jonas Brothers

    A Little Bit Longer

    RS: 4of 5 Stars
    Average User Rating: 4.5of 5 Stars

    By JODY ROSEN
    ROLLING STONE
    (Posted: Aug 21, 2008)

    History teaches us not to dismiss kiddie pop. Stevie Wonder was once Little Stevie Wonder, just as Lil Wayne was once little Lil Wayne, child gangsta rapper. And let's not forget ex-Mouseketeers Britney and Justin. Purists disdain teenybopper music as cynical pap, foisted on the young by Svengalis who lurk in the shadows, counting money. But bubblegum can be a great farm system, honing skills that pay dividends in later life.


    Lately, Disney's kiddie pop has been plenty profitable, with High School Musical and Hannah Montana seemingly the only bulwarks against the collapse of the record business. Unlike Britney and her cohorts in the Nineties teen-pop boom, Disney's current stars are G-rated, easing tweeners' transition to adolescence with music that replicates the sounds of the Top 40 while leaving out the sex and complicated emotions. That's the case with Camp Rock, whose soundtrack offers vanilla takes on "Since U Been Gone"-style rock ("Our Time Is Here") and dance pop ("Hasta la Vista"). But the many self-esteem anthems ("Here I Am," "This Is Me," etc.) grade into narcissism — are they really instilling the right values? The bright spots here are Joe Jonas, who delivers pathos on the power ballad "Gotta Find You," and Disney's new ingénue, Demi Lovato, who bears down with a ferocity that suggests, when her inevitable solo album comes out, things could get interesting.


    The Jonas Brothers are acting their dad's age. The boys' fantastic third album is steeped in the fuzzed-up guitars, three-part harmonies and cotton-candy choruses of Big Star and Cheap Trick. Power-pop die-hards awaiting the genre's commercial saviors must reckon with the fact that the messiahs have arrived . . . and they're a Disney boy band. On A Little Bit Longer, the trio dabble in R&B ("Burnin' Up") and balladeering (the terrific "Love Bug"), but mostly stick to uptempo rave-ups with ripping guitar solos and yelps of "yeah-aww." The Jonases co-wrote every song, and they take advantage of their autonomy, wandering off the Disney reservation in "Video Girl," a rant about wanna-be starlets ("They all want the money/They're all insane"). Overall, it's a blast — as assured as any American rock album released in 2008. Kids, are you ready to share your Jonas CD with the 'rents?
    http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/...tle_bit_longer</SPAN>

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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    History teaches us not to dismiss kiddie pop
    For every Ron Howard there are ten Dana Plato
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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    ^Spectacular comparison choices.

    Meanwhile the Disney $$$ keep rolling in:

    Jonas Brothers On Track For First No. 1 Album

    The Jonas Brothers


    August 13, 2008 , 5:00 PM ET

    Keith Caulfield, L.A.
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    The Jonas Brothers are on track to score their first No. 1 album next week on The Billboard 200, as "A Little Bit Longer" (Hollywood) leads Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart, released this afternoon (Aug. 13).

    Unweighted sales of "Longer" through the close of business yesterday (Aug. 12) stood at 201,000. Billboard estimates the nine merchants who report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Circuit City, iTunes, Starbucks, Borders, Target, Anderson Merchandisers and Handleman Co. -- comprise about 80% of all U.S. album sales.

    Both Hollywood and its distributor, Universal, are projecting that "Longer" could finish the week with a number between 675,000 and 725,000. Based on the percentage of first-day sales that recent albums by Carrie Underwood, Usher, Mariah Carey and Jonas Brothers labelmate Miley Cyrus contributed to their first-week sales, Billboard estimates that "Longer" could surpass 600,000 and might start with as many as 725,000.

    Hollywood GM Abbey Konowitch says, "We knew the fan base was as fanatical as it gets, but what was done by the group and us in the past few months, in a way, flies in the face of conventional marketing." That includes the band having played the bulk of the new album live in concert since last fall and encouraging fans to share YouTube performances of the songs.

    Konowitch also calls out iTunes' "Countdown to 'A Little Bit Longer'" campaign as a key ingredient in the ramp up towards the release. Four individual tracks from the set were put up for sale in the weeks previous to the album's street date, and purchasers could then use iTunes' Complete My Album offer to download the full set yesterday.
    http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/..._id=1003838781

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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Quote Originally Posted by ALIASd View Post
    ^Spectacular comparison choices.

    Meanwhile the Disney $$$ keep rolling in:

    Jonas Brothers On Track For First No. 1 Album

    The Jonas Brothers


    August 13, 2008 , 5:00 PM ET

    Keith Caulfield, L.A.
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    http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/..._id=1003838781
    it could turn out that the jonas brothers will be the next great thing that lasts, to tell you the truth i really don't know. But the fact remains that Disney really does not know either. Now don't get me wrong Disney is banking on them being around for a long time, but that in it self does not make it happen. I have been following pop and rock music for over 40 years now and the highway is littered with teen groups that were going to be the next great things. some of the teen groups from the past were just as popular as the Jonas bros are now. Look me up in 15 years and then we can continue this discussion and really see if the jonas bros are still relevant or not.

    On a side note I asked 17 of my coworkers who have kids, if there kids liked the jonas brothers. The response was about evenly split. all the kids under 14 liked them, but only one half of the kids over 14 liked them. Not one of my coworkers said they had any interest in there music at all.

    Just for the record what ever happened to Leif Garrett anyway?
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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    I appreciate your industrious effort in polling your co-workers as do others here I'm sure.

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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebob54 View Post
    And then when the Disney machine is done with them, they are on there own. Poof they are gone yesterdays news. Hopefully the brothers parents have there best interest at heart. If not in 10 years it will be


    coming soon to your local county fair "Nick Jonas"
    Remember Hanson anyone? MMMMBop.

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    Re: Rolling Stone: The Jonas Brothers God! Girls! Guitars!

    The Jonas Brothers could learn from the past

    Updated 4h 28m ago

    By Marco R. della Cava
    USA TODAY

    Success has kidnapped the Jonas Brothers and threatens not to let go until everyone has heard of Nick, 15, Joe, 19, and Kevin, 20. How long can the wild ride last? USA TODAY asks Rolling Stone deputy editor Jason Gay, who interviewed the trio for a recent cover story, to examine the career arcs of past sibling-based teen sensations and offer some advice.
    The Jonas Brothers

    Back story: Nick was the first to get the music bug, landing on Broadway as a mere tyke. His brothers decided to back him up, and the band was born. After their squeaky-clean songs found favor with Disney, the trio appeared on Hannah Montana and toured with Miley Cyrus, paving the way for tweener musical Camp Rock. Now three albums into their career, the brothers earned $12 million last year, a figure they'll likely soon surpass. Their new album, A Little Bit Longer, made its debut this week at No. 1, selling more than half a million copies.

    Claim to fame: Nabbing the cover of Rolling Stone is quite the feat for a teen act.

    As is selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden.

    Teaching point: Stay true to the music. "Whenever a band gets huge like this quickly, there's speculation about their shelf life," Gay says. But the brothers have genuine musical talent, and "could make the leap from teen dreams to adult sensations."

    Hanson

    Back story: Blond brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson spent the early '90s playing at local festivals and fairs. A couple of independent albums caught the eye of Mercury Records, which launched them nationally in 1997.

    Claim to fame: Can you say MMMBop? The song was everywhere that summer, reaching No. 1 in 27 countries.

    Teaching point: "MMMBop crossed over a range of ages and (radio) formats, which is rare for a teen band," says Gay. But that kind of monster hit makes an act look like a one-hit wonder.

    "The fact that the Jonases have achieved success without a huge single really helps keep them on a solid career track."

    http://www.usatoday.com/life/music/n...terstitialskip

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