How Jay Z Ended Up Naming Nick Jonas' Album 'Last Year Was Complicated'
The singer revealed the inspiration for the title at an event on March 24.
As Nick Jonas begins the roll-out for his new album, Last Year Was Complicated, the 23-year-old is revealing that writing and recording the follow-up to his 2014 self-titled set was a deeply emotional experience that came out of the ashes of a break-up.
On Thursday (March 24), the singer spoke to music journalists and TV bookers at the West Hollywood, Calif. offices of Philymack, the company founded by Jonas' manager Phil McIntyre, and detailed the process of seeing the album through. Heartbroken from his split with an unnamed live-in girlfriend ("a big mistake," he noted), Jonas was inspired to come up with songs like "Champagne Problems," about a bottle of bubbly earmarked for an anniversary but shared post-split with some residual animosity, and "Close," whose title -- and accompanying video -- says it all.
As for naming the album, Jonas recounted a meeting with Jay Z, whose company Roc Nation partnered with Philymack in Nov. 2015, during which the rapper-mogul asked the singer about what he was going through. "Last year was complicated," Jonas told Jay Z, who immediately suggested the singer had found his title.
Last Year Was Complicated is slated for a June 10 release on Island/Safehouse.