UMG to release Jonas Brothers in Europe

MUMBAI: Universal Music Group (UMG) has licensed the Jonas Brothers’ self-titled album from Disney Music Group’s Hollywood Records for distribution in Europe. The agreement was announced on the 3 March by Universal Music Group International executive vice president Max Hole.

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 26 May, and making a stop in London on 4 June. UMG is also distributing Jonas Brothers in Canada and Latin America.

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."     

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.