Every pop supergroup has one shining star in the cosmic landscape of backup vocals. That’s just the way it is. Don’t believe me? Go ask Chris Kirkpatrick.
The patterns of popular music haven’t changed much over the past 50 years. Phil Collins left Genesis, Stevie Nicks abandoned Fleetwood Mac and Don Henley parted from the Eagles long before we even heard of “boy bands.” The best, most beautiful and OMG amazing artists of my 1990s TRL-infused young adolescence have since all left their original groups, too.
While Justin Timberlake certainly wouldn’t be the same without his experiences with *NSYNC, there’s no doubt it was a wise career move to drop the dudes back in 2002. Same goes for Beyonce and the women of Destiny’s Child. Kelly Rowland is still trying to make it to the top of the charts. These very formative years of pop royalty made JT and Bey some of the biggest names in the biz. Bottom line? Don’t forget about your roots, kids.
The most recent hot shot to leave his or her safety net of success? That would be the “sexy” Jonas, otherwise known as good old Joe. The Brothers disbanded for a bit to start doing their “own thing,” and even though Nick put out an epic fail of a record (selling only 200,000 copies in 2010), 21-year-old Joe is giving the solo option a shot, releasing the single “See No More” in June. “I’m growing up, the fans are growing up,” Joe told Details Magazine in April. “I’ve gone through a lot of stuff in my life so far. There are stories I haven’t really been able to tell. When you’re writing with three people, you wind up with a sound that might be — not average — but, you know, expected.”
Unfortunately for the newly-purity-ring-less brother, “See No More” didn’t see past No. 92 on the charts. So what do you do when your track isn’t getting enough exposure? Start some drama to get your name in the news, naturally. Over the weekend, Joe discussed some of his supposed Justin Bieber rivalry in an interview with AOL Music. “”[My] songs are a bit more mature,” Joe explained to AOL. “The things that I speak about … I really hope 11-year-olds aren’t relating to them, or their parents are going to have to talk. I’m 21, so [I sing about] things a 21-year-old would deal with. And if an 11-year-old or whatever wants to listen to my music, that’s great, I’m more than happy. I just feel the core audience is going to be a little older.” What was that, Joe? You think Biebs is immature? Hey man, all press is good press, I suppose.
Do you think Joe’s solo move is a good idea? We’re still deciding. The Hanson brothers always stuck together, but aside from a cult-like fanbase, what did it ever do for them?
Joe’s solo album, “The Fast Life,” will be released September 6.
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.