Nick Jonas, Seriously

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Aidin Vaziri | Nick Jonas wants you to take him seriously.

Wait.

Come back.

Watching a former teen star make a bid for credibility is rarely pretty. They’re usually so desperate to shed their clean-cut images that they inevitably go overboard, providing plenty of tabloid fodder but not much by way of actual entertainment.

At first glance, it might look as if Jonas is following the same predictable path. But don’t count on it.

Formerly one-third of the Jonas Brothers — basically a boy band with guitars — the 21-year-old musician and actor is undergoing a major career makeover. He’s on the road promoting a new self-titled solo album, which sees him swerve into a sultry R&B sound, not unlike that of fellow teen-pop survivor Justin Timberlake.

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