Fans are shocked, the Jonas Brothers have parted ways with Disney owned Hollywood Records after releasing three albums, selling 17 million worldwide, reports THR. Nick Jonas: ‘This was a decision that we made as a group/ Naturally, as with any partnership, when you do part ways,
..there is emotion tied to it. We’ve been blessed to have a lot of success with Hollywood and with Disney, but speaking on behalf of my brothers and our team, we’re all looking forward to this next chapter. We’re ready for that next step as a group, and being able to take our work with us was so important.’
‘Hollywood Records and Jonas Brothers have amicably ended an amazingly successful partnership after six years. ..We couldn’t have asked for better partners or nicer people to work with. We wish Nick, Kevin and Joe all the best in their future endeavors’
To reclaim their catalog would typically be a percentage based on past sales and estimated future earnings. Manager Johnny Wright tell it: ‘We could stay, or we could go. This will allow them to chart their own destiny. The industry and distribution channels are changing so rapidly,
..we don’t even know what it means anymore to put out a record. The industry and distribution channels are changing so rapidly, we don’t even know what it means anymore to put out a record. If we wanted to take another deal with a major, it would be a different than what we entered into when we signed with Hollywood. We don’t have to become just an artist to the label, we could be a partner or do it ourselves and then come back later on. There’s no plan here, the plan is whatever we decide to make it.’
Wright readily admits Jonas Brothers had outgrown Disney, something that became evident as they contemplated their exit: ‘In having a conversation about moving forward, we knew we weren’t going to do a Jonas show on Disney Channel and the likelihood of us doing movie in that vein was not there, so the big platforms were not really accessible to us anymore.. We don’t have to have a record out under any time constraints, so they’re free to just create and explore and do it at their own pace. And they’re enjoying it.’
Nick: ‘In these past three years, my brothers and I have not released a record, but we’ve really come into our own as men. And we’ve also lived life, which is an important part to making a record. ..I’ve got a studio set up in my apartment in New York where we can all put down our ideas. It’s a really liberating feeling to just be able to create and write whatever is on our hearts.’
Expect a new Jonas Brothers album by the end of 2012 or early 2013. On turning from ‘boys to men, to use that cliché,’ Johnny said that this is a band that hasn’t yet peaked worldwide. And with all that they do both as a group and individually, their side projects include the E! reality show Married to Jonas starring Kevin Jonas and new wife Danielle Deleasa (a co-production of Jonas Enterprises and Ryan Seacrest Productions), Nick’s roles in the Broadway revival of How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and NBC’s Smash, a new feature film for Joe and plans to sign acts to launch their own production or publishing company there’s no telling where the Jonas train will lead them. But one thing is for sure: They’re driving it.