UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP SET TO RELEASE US PHENOMENON JONAS BROTHERS IN EUROPE
LONDON/LOS ANGELES, March 3, 2008 – Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed the Jonas Brothers’ eponymous album from Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe. The agreement was announced today by Max Hole, Executive Vice President, Universal Music Group International.
The album, Jonas Brothers, will be released in Europe by Polydor Records. The label plans to issue the first single, “S.O.S” in late May, and follow with the album in June. To coincide with the single and album set-up, Jonas Brothers will be special guests on Avril Lavigne’s European tour starting on May 26, and making a stop in London on June 4. Universal Music Group is also distributing Jonas Brothers in Canada and Latin America.
Max Hole commented, “We are thrilled to be working with the Jonas Brothers and the successful team at Disney’s Hollywood Records. This band is one of our key priorities for Europe, and we are keen on creating the same phenomenon in the region that has taken hold in the US.”
David Joseph, President, Universal Music Operations, commented: “If the reaction of the team at Polydor is anything to go by, this could be the biggest pop invasion to come over from the US in many, many years.”
Hollywood Records released Jonas Brothers in August of 2007 with an impressive No. 5 debut on the Billboard charts. By the US holiday season, the album caught fire with several high-profile television appearances, major Top 40 airplay, heavy online marketing, and a sold-out arena tour with Miley Cyrus. The album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for selling over 1 million units, and yielded over 3 million digital singles sales. In January, Jonas Brothers announced a multi-million dollar, two-year touring deal with Live Nation, one of the most prominent concert promoters in the US. Their tour sold out in record time at every venue, and has drawn critical acclaim for the band’s catchy song-writing and energetic live performances. The album was the first release in the CDVU+ format, a 100% recyclable multi-media package.
About Universal Music Group
Universal Music Group (UMG) is the world’s largest music company with wholly owned record operations or licensees in 77 countries. Its business also includes Universal Music Publishing Group, the world’s leading publishing company. Universal Music Group consists of record labels Decca, Deutsche Grammophon, Emarcy, Interscope Geffen A&M Records, Island Def Jam Music Group, Lost Highway Records, Machete Music, MCA Nashville, Mercury Nashville, Mercury Records, Philips, Polydor Records, Universal Music Latino, Universal Motown Republic Group, Universal South Records and Verve Music Group, as well as a multitude of record labels owned or distributed by its record company subsidiaries around the world. The Universal Music Group owns the most extensive catalogue of music in the industry, which is marketed through two distinct divisions, Universal Music Enterprises (in the U.S.) and Universal Strategic Marketing (outside the U.S.). Universal Music Group also includes eLabs, a new media and technologies division; Bravado, its merchandising company; and Twenty-First Artists, its full service management division. Universal Music Group is a unit of Vivendi, a global media and communications company.
About Disney Music Group
Disney Music Group encompasses all of the Walt Disney Company’s recorded music and music publishing operations, including Hollywood Records, Walt Disney Records, Lyric Street Records and Walt Disney Music Publishing.
Jonas Brothers are exclusively managed by Philip McIntyre for Philymack, Inc., Kevin Jonas, Sr. for Jonas Enterprises, and Johnny Wright for Wright Entertainment Group. Creative Artists Agency is the exclusive talent agency representing the group.