The Jonas Brothers were famously dropped by Columbia in 2007 after their debut, "It's About Time," sold just 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.The Jonas Brothers were famously dropped by Columbia in 2007 after their debut, "It's About Time," sold just 65,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the act's self-titled 2007 Hollywood Records debut was a left-field smash, connecting with the younger demographic to the tune of 1.5 million copies sold.
Now, the Jonases are among the biggest pop stars in the world, and on "A Little Bit Longer," due this week, the band wrote its own music, under the guidance of Hollywood VP of A&R Jon Lind and producer John Fields. The first four tracks being eyed as singles definitely show a progression for the band. "I think we grew up on the road a little bit," Joe Jonas says. "It's not like we were immature and now we're changing our sound or anything like that, but we're getting older and I think we've learned more from life in the last couple of years."
While the catchy power pop hooks remain, the Jonas Brothers show some daring with their songwriting and musicianship. Catchy lead single "Burnin' Up" is reminiscent of Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake. The next single, "Love Bug," is a complete departure for the band. Stripped down at the beginning -- and featuring an interlude with the sound of Joe tap-dancing -- it builds to a traditional, catchy pop ending.
"Pretty much we were writing all these songs when we were on tour, and we didn't have time to go into a studio and record," Joe says. "There's a lot of time when you're on the tour bus where there's a lot of waiting around. We have like four hours in each day where we could really do something."