Aidin Vaziri | Joe Jonas is savoring his second shot at fame. With the self-titled debut album by his dance-pop group DNCE, the former leader of the Disney-bred boy band the Jonas Brothers is back in the spotlight after a wobbly solo outing, “Fastlife,” in 2011. The band, whose first single, “Cake by the Ocean,” spent 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 and went platinum 14 times in 10 countries, is on a tour of small clubs and could soon be back in arenas. We checked in on Jonas, 27, during rehearsals in Los Angeles.
Aidin Vaziri | Nick Jonas wants you to take him seriously.
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.