Nick Jonas (album)

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Nick Jonas
Studio album by Nick Jonas
Released November 10, 2014 (2014-11-10)
Recorded 2013–14
Genre
Length 38:52
Label Island
Producer
Nick Jonas chronology
  • Nick Jonas
  • (2014)
Singles from Nick Jonas
  1. "Chains"
    Released: July 30, 2014
  2. "Jealous"
    Released: September 5, 2014

Nick Jonas is the eponymous second studio album by American recording artist Nick Jonas; it was released on November 10, 2014, by Island Records. The album features collaborations with Mike Posner, Angel Haze and Demi Lovato.[2]


Background and recording[edit]

In an interview with Rolling Stone Jonas stated that when Demi Lovato's The Neon Lights Tour gets off the ground, he will turn his attention towards his upcoming solo project. "Some of it is done and ready to be released," he said. "I've got a lot of things in the pipeline right now and I'm waiting to release some news about my music and my next steps. It isn't quite locked in yet, but I have started making some music and now it's all about lining up the pieces.[3]

"I came in really wanting to make a record that was different from anything I'd done in the past, but that was true to my influences: Stevie Wonder, Prince, Bee Gees," he told TIME. "And then, more recently, The Weeknd and Frank Ocean. That whole vibe of alternative R&B/pop. It just fell into a really natural place really early. I came in really sure of what I wanted to do", Jonas said about his new record.[4]

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that after Jonas' stint as a creative and musical director for The Neon Lights Tour, that there will be an duet between him and fellow pop singer Demi Lovato on the record. "It's a great song that we both love. Her voice is just amazing on it. She's the real deal. It's the perfect fit for this record", Jonas said about the song.[5] On September 5, 2014, it was announced along with the tour that his self-titled debut album would release on November 11, 2014.[6][7]

Singles[edit]

A sample of "Chains" by Nick Jonas, serviced as the lead single from Nick Jonas.

A sample of "Jealous" by Nick Jonas, serviced as the second single from Nick Jonas.

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"Chains" was released as the lead single from Nick Jonas on July 24, 2014.[8] The song was written and produced by Jason Evigan, with additional songwriting provided by Ammar Malik, and Daniel Parker. It charted to a peak of 31 on the U.S. Billboard Pop Digital Songs chart.[9] A music video, directed by Ryan Pallotta, was released on July 30, 2014.[10] After the singles re-release in January 2015, it has since peaked at 20 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[citation needed] The single will be released on 21 June 2015 in the UK.[citation needed]

The album's second single, "Jealous" was released on September 7, 2014. It was written by Jonas, Simon Wilcox, and Nolan Lambroza; production was helmed by Lambroza. On September 5, Jonas previewed 30 seconds of the new single.[11] It was announced on September 6, 2014, that fans could pre-order his upcoming album to get early access to the tour ticket sale. They will also receive a download of his single, "Jealous" on September 8, 2014. The song has thus far peaked at Number 7 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jonas' highest charting single in the United States to date.[12][13] A music video, directed by Peter Tunney and featuring a cameo appearance by Jonas' real-life girlfriend Olivia Culpo, premiered on September 16, 2014.[14] The single was released on 5 April 2015 in the UK and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart.[citation needed]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 69/100[15]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[16]
Alter the Press! 4.5/5[17]
andPOP 8/10[18]
Entertainment Weekly B+[19]
Idolator 3.5/5[1]
PressPLAY 4/5 stars[20]
Newsday B[21]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[22]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[23]

Upon the album's announcement, Jonas promoted the album during various radio and television appearances, such as: a performance of “God Bless America” at the televised U.S. Open Women’s Finals on September 7, and both Watch What Happens: Live and Fashion Rocks on September 9, 2014.[7] In order to promote the album Jonas released a track called "Numb" featuring Angel Haze as a countdown single from the album on October 7, 2014.[24] The album's third track, called "Teacher", was released as the second countdown single on October 14, 2014.[25] Also the album's fifth track, called "Wilderness", was released as the third countdown single on October 21, 2014.[26] Jonas embarked on the album's supporting tour, the Nick Jonas Live Tour which kicked off in Seattle on September 22, 2014.[7]

Nick Jonas earned generally positive reviews from music critics upon release, holding an aggregate score of 69 out of 100 based on five reviews.[15] He is currently set to open for rapper Iggy Azalea on her The Great Escape Tour in 2015. [27] On March 2015 it was announced that that will no longer happen because of rescheduled tourdates.[28]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, with first week sales of 37,000 copies in the United States.[29] As of February 2015, the album has sold 133,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan.[30]

Track listing[edit]

Nick Jonas – Standard edition[31]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Chains"  
  • Evigan
  • Nick Jonas[a]
3:23
2. "Jealous"   Sir Nolan 3:42
3. "Teacher"  
  • Evigan
  • Malik
  • Parker
  • Evigan
  • Jonas[a]
3:20
4. "Warning"  
  • Bjørn Erik Pedersen
  • Sebastian Teigen
  • Joseph Gil
Teigen 3:16
5. "Wilderness"   Kirkpatrick 3:47
6. "Numb" (featuring Angel Haze)
Monson 3:58
7. "Take Over"  
2:40
8. "Push"  
  • Jonas
  • Chase Foster
  • Daniella Mason
  • Christopher Young
  • Paul "Phamous" Shelton
Foster 3:32
9. "I Want You"  
  • Ruth
  • C. Taylor
3:23
10. "Avalanche" (featuring Demi Lovato)
Heyaca 3:17
11. "Nothing Would Be Better"  
Kirkpatrick 4:34
Total length:
38:52
Notes
  • ^[a] signifies a vocal producer

Charts[edit]

Chart (2014–15) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[32] 40
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[33] 192
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[34] 13
Mexican Albums (AMPROFON)[35] 18
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[36] 35
US Billboard 200[37] 6

Release history[edit]

Country Date Version Format Label Ref
Canada November 10, 2014
  • Standard
  • deluxe

Island

[38]
United States
[31]
United Kingdom June 29, 2015
[39]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  39. ^ British release of Nick Jonas: