The Jonas Brothers (2005-13, 2019-) is a band of Teen Idols discovered by Disney (but, contrary to popular belief, not manufactured by them...at least not initially), consisting of members/brothers Joe, Nick, and Kevinnote Jonas, with other spots in the music filled by studio musicians or tape decks.
The entire band began through Nick, who was the first to pursue a musical career around the age of 10. After his song "Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer)" blew up, his brothers began following in his footsteps, and the rest is history.
They toured independently as a Christian Rock/pop rock band with their father as their manager before getting signed to Columbia Records in 2005 and releasing their first album, It's About Time, which was not widely recognized. In the fall of 2006, after getting dropped from Columbia, they got signed by Hollywood Records and absorbed by the Disney Corporation.
In 2010-2011, the band went on a hiatus to pursue solo projects before reconvening in 2012 to begin work on a fifth album that was subsequently cancelled in 2013 after they broke up due to Creative Differences.
However, they shocked the world on February 28, 2019 with the announcement that not only had they reunited, but their first single in six years, "Sucker", would be releasing on March 1. Their Happiness Begins tour begins in August.
They released four albums together (three of which went platinum). They starred in Camp Rock (a Disney TV film) as well as its sequel and had their own TV series, Jonas. Kevin had a show with his wife Danielle, Married to Jonas, while Nick had a recurring role on NBC's Smash. They have appeared on the American Music Awards, American Idol, and Dancing with the Stars.
As for the members' solo work:
- Joe's first attempt going solo, Fastlife in 2011, was a critical and commercial disappointment; however, he is currently known as part of a pop rock band called DNCE.
- Nick has found success recently after releasing his second album/his first non-"young period" album, with his song "Jealous" gaining massive popularity. From 2009 to 2011, he also headed a side project called Nick Jonas and the Administration that only put out one album.
- Kevin is the least musically active out of the three, but reportedly went on a small 5-month tour with Joe in 2014.
- It's About Time (2006)
- Jonas Brothers (2007)
- A Little Bit Longer (2008)
- Lines, Vines and Trying Times (2009)
- V (pronounced "five") (cancelled)
- Happiness Begins (2019)
- Adam Westing: Every single fictional TV and film role they've done has had them play rock star brothers. Plus, most of them have a cameo for their littlest brother and their bodyguard.
- Adorkable: Joe Jonas, full-stop. Even now that they've all matured quite a bit, he's still a goofball.
- All Just a Dream: The "Paranoid" video. ...or was it?
- Anti-Love Song: Many. If they aren't this, they're usually a Break Up Song.
- Beware the Quiet Ones: Kevin, the quietest and nicest of the three, has turned out to have quite the bitchy streak. (Supposedly, he wrote the majority of "Video Girl".)
- Big Ol' Eyebrows: Joe and Kevin. Nick lucked out and has a relatively normal pair.
- They did a cover of "Year 3000" by Busted which removed the (negligible to the point of non-existence) profanity and to tone down some of the sexually-inappropriate lyrics and change some of the cultural references.
- In the song "Paranoid", the original line is, "I'm taking all the doctor's meds, I'm still freaking out." The radio edit goes, "Can't hear the thoughts inside my head, I'm still freaking out."
- Their cover of Busted's "What I Go to School For", changing it from a student crushing on (and then getting with) his teacher to a senior girl to tone down the overall sexuality.
- Brought to You by the Letter "S": Their emblem is a crest with JB monogrammed in the center.
- Canon Discontinuity: Hollywood Records frequently advertised their second album as their first, preferring to ignore their actual first album, It's About Time. Justified since their 1st album was under Columbia.
- The Casanova: Nick Jonas fits this to a T.
- Joe also to an extent, maybe more
- Cassandra Truth: In their personal lives: Before Nick was diagnosed with diabetes, Joe was the only one who realized something was wrong and tried to tell his parents, who wrote it off as puberty.
- Christian Rock: Their pre-Disney independent work was a mixture of Christian pop-rock and covers of some pop-punk songs.
- The Cover Changes the Gender: They didn't change it so much as just remove all references to gender, with their cover of "Poor Unfortunate Souls".
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: Their fifth album is named, well, V, the Roman numeral for five.
- Genre Roulette: Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Not as extreme as it could be, but in the space of an album, it goes from classic rock ("World War III") to country ("What Did I Do to Your Heart?") to an alt rock ballad ("Turn Right"). (And on one of the special editions, J-pop.)
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: In the song, "Poison Ivy", they sing, "Everybody gets that itch, everybody hates that..." with a noticeable pause between lyrics. Guess what word rhymes with itch?
- And "Much Better", if you listen, sounds less like "I wanna fight with you" and a lot more like "I wanna fuck with you".
- Gratuitous Japanese: "Infatuation", and intentional, as it was a bonus track in Japan.
- Gratuitous Rap: "Don't Charge Me for the Crime".
- I Can't Dance: At least, not to "Single Ladies".
- Incredibly Lame Pun: "Oh, how the tables have turned."
- Intercourse with You: How some people feel about "Pom-Poms".More to love when your hands are free, baby/put your pom-poms down for me/shake it up, 123, baby, put your pom-poms down for me/when you move, I fall to my knees, baby, put your pom-poms down for meAnd I won't let it go to waste if I get a taste, gonna drink the whole thing, baby
- Isn't It Ironic?: They covered "My Name Is Jonas" simply because it had the name Jonas in it.
- Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Jonas Brothers: Bonus Jonas Edition. It had a copy of their New York City concert, three music videos ("Hold On", "S.O.S.", and "Year 3000"), a live performance of "Kids of the Future", and an extra two songs ("We Got the Party" and "Take a Breath"), on top of the 14 songs on the original album.
- Lonely Piano Piece: "A Little Bit Longer", definitely. "Black Keys" might also qualify.
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Tonight", which has the music of one of their standard love songs, but it's a pretty unhappy breakup song. "Fly With Me", as well, which sounds like a Silly Love Song, but is about a relationship that they both know won't last.
- Metaphorgotten: Just listen to "Poison Ivy". Kudos if you can do it with a straight face.
- Middle Name Basis: Kevin's actual name is Paul. Kevin's his middle name.
- Mind Screw: The video for "Paranoid" is one, although given the song, it's probably intentional.
- The Moral Substitute: They were heavily promoted as a wholesome alternative to more authentic bands like Fall Out Boy and Panic! at the Disco - some of their posters and merchandise even used similar color schemes to those associated with the most successful albums of these bands.
- Mr. Fanservice: All three of the boys could qualify, but Joe in particular. In their 3D concert film, he takes his jacket off and the screaming actually gets louder.
- And, at one point, they include a shot from the wardrobe change backstage for no apparent reason. Joe gets as far as taking his shirt and belt off, even goes to start undoing his pants, before it cuts off.
- New Sound Album: Lines, Vines and Trying Times.
- Their next album seems to be shaping up to be this as well. It's not their previous pop-rock and it's still a departure from what they did with Lines, Vines and Trying times.
- No Sex Allowed: At least until marriage. Probably a smart career move since most of their fanbase is Jail Bait. Subverted with Kevin, since he's married... and didn't like it.
- Interestingly, both Nick and Joe's purity rings have completely vanished since then.
- Joe and Nick have both openly stated that they are sexually active.
- At least one article mentioned that this worked in their favor creatively, as the lack of distraction allowed them to focus on their music and showmanship. At the same time, however, they were criticized for using abstinence to attract sexually addled young women, not helped by some questionable set pieces.
- Older Than They Look: Kevin has looked the same way he does today since he was about 16.
- Performance Video: For "When You Look Me in the Eyes". And the version of the "Kids of the Future" video that doesn't have clips from Meet the Robinsons.
- Precision F-Strike: As they aren't attached to Disney anymore, they don't have to keep their mouths perfectly clean, as proven by a recent performance of "S.O.S.", where Nick replaced "crazy" (that don't include your crazy friends) with "bitchy".
- And Joe replaced the line "I wish she was with me" with "I wish she would fuck me" from the Jonas L.A. song "Drive".
- Subverted with "Poison Ivy". The lyrics set it up for one of them to say "bitch", but being attached to Disney, they don't swear once. Instead, we get a very distinct pause accompanied with a crash cymbal perfectly timed for the word.
- Real-Person Fic: Tons and tons. It's the reason fanfiction.net doesn't have a Jonas section.
- Reality Show: Living the Dream, from way back when they had just wrapped Camp Rock, and more recently, Married to Jonas.
- Rock-Star Song: Hollywood, natch.
- Self-Titled Album: Their second.
- Shirtless Scene: In their 3D concert film. Apparently, the editors decided to include a shot of their wardrobe change for no reason, likely for Fanservice, if anything. Joe gets as far as pulling his shirt and belt off and even goes to start undoing his pants before it cuts off.
- Shout-Out: To Peter Pan in "Fly with Me".
- Spiritual Successor: Like the Hilary Duff example, many boy bands came out of them as their spiritual successors: Allstar Weekend, Big Time Rush, and most recently One Direction, among others. This applies the most to One Direction, as not only are they much bigger than Allstar Weekend and Big Time Rush (and probably the two combined), but they have also been experiencing even greater success than the Jonas Brothers did.
- Stealth Pun: Probably unintended, but the album "It's About Time" has the songs "6 Minutes", "7:05", "Time for Me to Fly", "Year 3000", and "One Day at a Time", so...
- Not to mention this gem from "Games" from their second album, confirmed by liner notes: "And I'm sorry for the troubleï¿½ I'm so bored with these games."
- Surreal Music Video: "Paranoid", complete with Mind Screw ending.
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: "I'm not bitter" from Much Better.
- Take That!: At Taylor Swift in "Much Better". (Now I'm done with superstars/And all the tears on her guitar)
- "Video Girl" is one long one, too.
- At their critics, in the unreleased song "Dance Until Tomorrow": No one ever thought that we'd come this far...
- Teen Idol
- Title Track: A Little Bit Longer is the only one of their group albums to have one. The other ones don't even get so much as an Album Title Drop.
- Trope 3000: "Year 3000"
- Video Full of Film Clips: One version of their video for "Kids Of The Future".
- Wham Line: Hello again.