The Jonas Brothers: Meet the 3 Mouseketeers
Before Disney and Miley Cyrus got their hands on them, the Jonases were a determined upstart trio of God-fearing Garden State sibs. Now they're pop music's latest superstars
While they may be foreign to you, the Jonas Brothers — a genial fraternal trio consisting of Nick, 15; Joe, 18; and Kevin, 20 — are indebted to a nation of infected fanatics like Brandi for their fortunes over the past year. (Oh, and another teen named Miley Cyrus may have had a little something to do with their success too — but more on that later.)
The group's eponymous record, their second, debuted on the Billboard charts last August at No. 5, and has since moved nearly a million copies of hook-filled anthems and tender ballads. Viewers beyond their normal adolescent fan base — 18.1 million at home and another million in NYC's Times Square — were introduced to hits ''S.O.S.'' and ''Hold On'' via the most recent Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. Their 140-date worldwide tour with concert-promoting juggernaut Live Nation, which launched last month, is selling out at an impressive rate.http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20179349,00.htmlWho they are today are proven headliners: As the brothers' stint with Cyrus wound down, they struck a deal with Live Nation for a two-year worldwide excursion. Launched Jan. 31 in Tucson, Ariz., their tour is causing Cyrus-like levels of hysteria. When demand for a stop in Los Angeles exploded, the group's management scrambled to add performances, eventually tearing through some 18,000 stubs. And their three-song set in the 3-D movie version of the Cyrus concert, which hit theaters in late January and mopped up $31 million on its opening weekend, has only fanned the flames: A concert scheduled for next month in their home state of New Jersey sold 12,000 seats in two minutes.
If it's even possible, the mania will get a further shot in the arm with three upcoming projects on the Disney Channel: the TV movie Camp Rock in June; a behind-the-scenes reality series later this year; and this fall, the scripted series J.O.N.A.S.