S.O.S (Jonas Brothers song)
|Single by Jonas Brothers|
|from the album Jonas Brothers|
|B-side||"Year 3000" (Album version)|
|Released||August 3, 2007|
|Format||Digital download, CD Single|
|Genre||Pop rock, teen pop|
|Jonas Brothers singles chronology|
"S.O.S" is a song by American pop band Jonas Brothers. The song was released as the band's second single from Jonas Brothers, their second studio album, in 2007. It was also their debut single in Europe in May 2008 and in UK in early June 2008. S.O.S is featured on the album Now: The Hits of Winter 2008 in Australia and Now That's What I Call Music! 70 in the UK.
Background and composition
A 15 second sample of "S.O.S" by Jonas Brothers, where a portion of the chorus is heard.
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In an interview with Elvis Costello, Nick said that SOS was one of the songs that came to him in the middle of the night. He wrote the song in only ten minutes.
In August 2007, "S.O.S" debuted at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100. In the week following its debut, the song rose to #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the band's first single to reach the Top 20.
On January 3, 2008, the single gained a dramatic rise from #85 to #40 increasing album sales in the past few weeks. The video was also premiered on Disney Channel Asia on February 13, 2008.
"S.O.S" premiered on the German charts for the week of June 17, 2008. It was the #38 song in Germany.
In the UK, "S.O.S" was a moderate success, entering the UK Singles Chart at #16 and rose the next week to #13. However, despite large amounts of video airplay, it fell 11 places to #24 the following week. In the fourth week on the UK Singles Chart, the single dropped another eight places to #32. The song sold 2,000,000 copies worldwide becoming one of the best selling songs of 2007. The song was later used as the b-side to When You Look Me in the Eyes.
The video was filmed in June 2007 on the RMS Queen Mary a superliner believed by some to be haunted, located in Long Beach, California. It premiered in early August on the Disney Channel. It also features a cameo by Moises Arias. The Jonas Brothers have said that the boat was "kind of creepy" and that they liked to try to scare each other while aboard it. The song is about having troubled relationships with girlfriends. In the video, Moises Arias appears and waves to Joe's ex-girlfriend. He then joins her and they walk off.
The band and crew said the ship was peaceful and calm during the day shots, but when it came time for the performance shots at night, things got eerie. The performance was supposed to be shot completely at dusk, but extras were complaining of being hit, pushed, and even having their hair pulled out of nowhere, but never seeing who did it. A camera man's lens cracked suddenly while filming the boat's deck and he never found an explanation for it. Joe recalls feeling a hand drag along his shoulder blades as he was taking a break in the ship's dining room, but withheld it until they were done shooting. The giant "S.O.S." behind the band kept flickering and would go completely out for 5–10 minutes, but the technicians could never find any problems with the circuitry. Fans who took pictures during the performance scenes claimed to see floating orbs of lights all around. Upon packing up and leaving the set, crew members claimed that the ship's horn sounded numerous times, but when they went to check the control room no one was there.
US/Europe Maxi CD Single
- S.O.S (Album Version) 2:33
- Hello Beautiful (Live) 3:22
- Year 3000 (Album Version) 3:21
- Video S.O.S 2:33
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||47|
|Austrian Singles Chart||33|
|Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)||8|
|Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)||9|
|Canadian Hot 100||49|
|Danish Singles Chart||28|
|Dutch Top 40||32|
|European Hot 100 Singles||24|
|French SNEP Singles Chart||15|
|German Singles Chart||26|
|Irish Singles Chart||14|
|Italian FIMI Singles Chart||21|
|Norwegian Singles Chart||2|
|Swedish Singles Chart||28|
|Swiss Singles Chart||66|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||17|
|U.S. Billboard Pop 100||5|
|UK Singles Chart||13|
|Venezuela Pop Rock (Record Report)||6|
- Jonathan Cohen, "Kingston's 'Girls' Not Budging From Atop Hot 100", Billboard.com, August 16, 2007.
- Jonathan Cohen, "Kingston Still 'Beautiful' Atop Hot 100", Billboard.com, August 23, 2007.
- Billboard Artist Chart History - Jonas Brothers Singles
- Trust, Gary (February 17, 2015). "Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers Want to Know Their Album & Song Sales". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved February 17, 2015.
- "Pop Rock" (in Spanish). Record Report. 2008-01-26. Archived from the original on 2007-07-02.