Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

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Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying
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EP by Nick Jonas
Released May 8, 2012 (2012-05-08)
Recorded February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19); Manhattan Center, New York City, New York
Genre
Length 20:16
Label Broadway
Producer
  • Robert Sher
  • Ken Mahoney (exec.)
  • Van Dean (exec.)
  • Kenny Howard (exec.)
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Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying is the first EP by Nick Jonas, released on May 8, 2012. The EP contains 5 songs which are available as a digital download on iTunes.[1] The 5 songs on the EP are tunes that Nick performs on stage during the Broadway musical, How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying.

Background and development[edit]

"This is unlike any album I’ve ever recorded, I think it’s going to be one of my favorites things that I’ve done in my career."
Nick Jonas, on the recording of the EP.

On February 19, 2012 Nick recorded 5 songs ("How to Succeed," "I Believe in You," and "Brotherhood of Man." In addition, he will be joined by Rob Bartlett for "The Company Way," by Rob Bartlett & Ellen Harvey for "Brotherhood of Man", and by Rose Hemingway for "Rosemary.") for the How To Succeed In Business soundtrack.[2][3] The album is produced by six-time Grammy nominee Robert Sher, who also produced the revival’s How to Succeed cast album. On February 27 it was announced that the EP will be released during the Spring.[4] As of April 17, the EP was available for pre-order and also on that same day the track list was revealed.[2] It was announced on April 19 that the EP will be released on May 8, 2012.[5] On April 30, 2012 the song "I Believe in You" was released online.

Reception[edit]

Ian Gude said about the EP: The last thing I expected to enjoy was an EP of songs from How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, featuring the current lead on Broadway, Nick Jonas from another 'bubble gum pop' band, The Jonas Brothers. But enjoy it I did. Judging by this EP by Broadway Records, he should pop by more often. The EP is too short (5 tracks) - oh how I would have loved to have heard more. Jonas is totally at home with the style, melodies and lyrics of the piece, and is certainly one to watch in future Broadway productions. It would be great to hear him do a Broadway album, or songs from the Great American Songbook, as he clearly has the voice, and the intelligence, to give them the treatments they deserve. The CD design and production is top notch, and puts many full recordings to shame. It's clear a lot of thought has gone into this release and its design, and Broadway Records should be pleased with the final product. I know I was.[6]

Promotion[edit]

On January 26, 2012 Nick stopped by Live! with Kelly to talk about his role as J Pierrepont Finch in How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. He also sang the song "I Believe In You". On February 14 he performed the song live for the soundcheck live chat show.[7] Nick Jonas stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on February 20 to perform on the first night of Fallon's annual Broadway Week. He closed the show by singing a jazzy rendition of “I Believe in You,” a signature song from the classic Frank Loesser musical.[8] On April 1, 2012 Nick performed songs from the musical with the musical cast & the New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.[9] He performed the song "I Believe In You" again during the 2012 Broadway Beacon Awards on June 4, 2012.

Charts[edit]

In 2012, it was announced the EP debuted on the Billboard Top Cast Albums charts at number 3.

Track listing[edit]

Track listing
No. Title Length
1. "How to Succeed" 3:13
2. "Company Way" (featuring Rob Bartlett) 2:55
3. "Rosemary" (featuring Rose Hemingway) 4:08
4. "I Believe in You" 4:54
5. "Brotherhood of Man" (featuring Rob Bartlett & Ellen Harvey) 5:06
Total length: 20:16

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Songs From How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying extended play:

Musicians[edit]

  • Nick Jonas – lead vocals
  • Rob Bartlett – guest vocals
  • Rose Hemingway – guest vocals
  • Ellen Harvey – guest vocals
  • Anderson Cooper – narrator

Production[edit]

  • Robert Sher – producer, mixer
  • Ken Mahoney – executive producer
  • Adam Long – chief recording engineer, mixer
  • Kevin Reeves – mastering
  • Matt Barnaba – assistant
  • Ben Cook – assistant
  • Ginno Murphy – assistant
  • Joseph Weiss – coordinator
  • David Chase – supervising producer
  • Doug Besterman – supervising producer, orchestrator
  • Jon Weston – supervising producer
  • Van Dean – design, executive producer
  • Ari Mintz – photography
  • Chris Callis – photography
  • Kenny Howard – executive producer
  • Johnny Lindamood – assistant recording Engineer
  • Darren Moore – assistant recording Engineer
  • Halsey Quemere – assistant Recording engineer
  • Sheldon Yellowhair – assistant recording engineer
  • Joel Scheuneman – chief technical advisor
  • OBie O'Brien – audio director, video producer
  • David Chase – arrangements, conductor, music director
  • Matt Perri – associate conductor
  • Howard Joines – music coordinator
  • Frank Loesser – songwriter

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United States May 8, 2012 Digital download Broadway Records
CD[3]
Germany[10] Digital download
Austria[11]
United Kingdom[12]
Japan[13]
France[14]
The Netherlands[15]
Canada[16] May 22, 2012 CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Songs from "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" the Musical Comedy - EP Nick Jonas". iTunes. May 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Propst, Andy (April 17, 2012). "Nick Jonas' How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying EP Set for May 8 Release". Theater Mania. 
  3. ^ a b "Nick Jonas: Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (EP)". Amazon. May 8, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Nick Jonas On The "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" EP Album". Disney Dreaming. February 17, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Nick Jonas’ “How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying” EP Will Arrive On May 8, 2012". Disney Dreaming. April 19, 2012. 
  6. ^ Gude, Ian. "Music Review - Songs from How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying (EP)". Review Graveyard.  horizontal tab character in |title= at position 16 (help)
  7. ^ "STAGE TUBE: Nick Jonas Sings 'I Believe In You' Live on Soundcheck Talk Show". Broadway World. February 14, 2012. 
  8. ^ "How to Succeed Star Nick Jonas Kicks Off Broadway Week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon". Broadway.com. February 21, 2012. 
  9. ^ Madden, Jennifer (April 11, 2012). "How to Succeed: Inner Circle’s Media Stars Poke Fun at Newsmakers for Charity". Woman Around Town. 
  10. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Amazon (Germany). May 8, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Amazon (Austria). May 8, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Amazon (UK). May 8, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Amazon (Japan). May 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Amazon (France). May 8, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". iTunes (Netherlands). May 8, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Nick Jonas: Songs from How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying". Amazon (Canada). May 22, 2012.