Jonas Brothers Album Goes to Universal Music Label

7 Mar

Disney has dealt a blow to EMI and its private equity owner Guy HandsTerra Firma by awarding the contract to distribute the next Jonas Brothers album in Europe to bitter rival Universal Music.

The move is a setback for EMI as it hopes to renegotiate its foreign distribution agreement with Disney, which runs out in about a year. Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records signed up with EMI three years ago.

But several other record companies are eager to swipe more of Disney’s distribution, not least because of the media company’s ability to promote acts using its extensive portfolio of TV and film assets.

Universal already distributes the wildly successful High School Musical soundtrack in the US. The company had already pinched the latest Rolling Stones release, the soundtrack to Martin Scorsese’s Shine A Light concert documentary, from EMI, who signed the band in 1977.

The Jonas Brothers – Nick, Joe and Kevin – are aimed squarely at the “tween” market and have been very successful in the US with adolescent girls. Their eponymously titled second album debuted at No. 5 in the Billboard charts when it was released in the US last August and the band received a huge boost by playing live on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve on US television at the end of December.

It has gone on to sell over a million with a further 3 million digital singles sales.

The album, Jonas Brothers, will be released in Europe by Polydor Records in June and the band will support on Avril Lavigne‘s European tour starting May 26.

4 Responses to “Jonas Brothers Album Goes to Universal Music Label”

  1. Laura March 9, 2008 at 4:06 pm #

    Now the whole world is gonna go crazy! Aclarion is a good band too.

  2. alexia March 28, 2008 at 5:37 pm #

    you guy rock n look cute in tucks

  3. jonas lover101 July 8, 2008 at 3:46 am #

    the jonas brothers are awesome i woud love to meet them but it takes alot of money and we kinda don’t have that right now but i would love 2 meet you one day you rock out loud i love all the songs you all sing i went to one of your concerts! i almost didn’t get to go but i was really lucky thanks to my best friend and her dad they stood in line almost all day in the cold for me and her we’re like sisters we’re different but we both love the jonas brothers alllooootttt! they rock all the socks in the whole world. i think if i met them i would be nervous but would be kinda normal around them because their like evryone else but cuter, funnnier, and sing really good and have screaming fans and popparazzi! lol lol…..

  4. OhSoJonas April 26, 2009 at 9:40 am #



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