The Jonas Brothers are going to break hearts of fans the world over as the news of their break up was announced on Oct. 29. The musical trio, comprised of Kevin, the oldest at 25; Joe, 24 and Nick who is the youngest at 21, spoke to People magazine and confirmed that the group is disbanding.
According to the three brothers, the decision was “unanimous” and the news comes on the heels of the group’s cancellation of their North American 2013 tour. The announcement, via the magazine versus a formal statement to the press, predates their next studio album that was to be released this year.
The album, entitled V was to have been the group’s fifth studio album, the first ones being It’s About Time – 2006; Jonas Brothers – 2007; A Little Bit Longer – 2008; Lines, Vines and Trying Times, which hit number one in the BillBoard top 200 – 2009, and V was to be released this year.
Their fifth studio album has already had two single tracks released, Pom Poms and First Time. There has been no word about when or if the album will be released. Rumors of a split began after the Jonas Brothers cancelled their 2013 tour earlier in October.
While rumors that the group was in trouble, because of a “deep rift” between the three, fans held their collective breath to see how the chips would fall. Sadly, the fan’s hearts will be broken now that the Jonas Brothers have announced the news of their break up.
The Jonas Brothers have explained that the unanimous decision was an amiable one, based on musical creative issues and not for any acrimonious personal reasons. Speaking to The Times, the group’s rep has confirmed that the three are going their separate ways.
People magazine had reported that a rift was developing amongst the three and that this was the reason for the tour cancellation. Apparently the rift escalated while they were working on their fifth album. It began with the trio exploring solo directions in their music after the 2009 Lines, Vines and Trying Times album with each getting very different results.
The Jonas Brothers first leg of their cancelled North American tour was a huge success that culminated in a sold-out performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre in California. The group previewed music from their soon-to-be-released album and it was described as “punchier” than their previous works and that the style was a mixture of blues and pop.
The break up was, perhaps, preordained as the boys reached adulthood. Kevin married and he and his new wife got their own reality television show. The other two, Nick and Joe, worked as solo acts and seemed to be doing just fine. This combination of directional career changes apparently paved the way for the split.
After the Jonas Brothers official Twitter account had been deleted, Nick and Joe tweeted to the groups fans asking that they “bear with them” and to date, they have. But there will be broken hearts now that the news of the break up has been officially announced by the trio.
By Michael Smith