Joe and Sophie Turner leaving a recording studio in Beverly Hills, California – 29th November

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Joe and Sophie Turner were spotted leaving a recording studio in Beverly Hills, California on the 29th of November. I’ve added 9 HQ photos of them together to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Joe and Sophie Turner out in Los Angeles, California – 28th November

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Joe and Sophie Turner were out in Los Angeles, California on the 28th of November. I’ve added 13 HQ photos of them together to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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Music Choice in New York City

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DNCE made an appearance at Music Choice in New York City on the 22nd of November. I’ve added 6 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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DNCE Official Album Release Show at Flash Factory in New York City

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DNCE performed at their official album release show at Flash Factory in New York City on the 21st of November. I’ve added 3 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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3 rounds with DNCE | Entertainment Weekly

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DNCE are living the dream. Fronted and organized world-famous sibling Joe Jonas, the year-old eclectic ensemble has just dropped their self-titled debut album on Nov. 18, having already scored big this year with a huge pop hit in the summer earworm (and sexually metaphorical enigma) ‘Cake By the Ocean.’ Add in the cheeky global hit ‘Toothbrush’ and both songs combined have earned more than 500 million Spotify streams.

EW got inside DNCE’s serotonin-sapping debut album by unwinding with pop-rock’s newest, naughtiest bad boys-and-girl with a night of drinks in Hollywood—not by the ocean, although not too far from it, either.

ROUND 1
Beer for Jonas, Lawless, and Lee; bourbon for Whittle

First, some housekeeping: What question are you asked the most?
JOE JONAS, 27: The most asked question, and I think luckily we just got over this hump, was what does your band name mean? And what’s your favorite flavor of cake? And what does ‘Cake by the Ocean’ mean?

So…the answer is…
JACK LAWLESS, 29: Okay, so there’s two very specific interpretations about ‘Cake by the Ocean’: It’s either about having sex on the beach, or literally cake by the ocean. And it depends on who the person is.
COLE WHITTLE, 34: If it’s grandma, the song is about baking on Sunday morning. And if it’s a college girl…
LAWLESS: Maybe that’s why it appeals to so many people.
JONAS: That’s the beauty of the song. It appeals to a lot of people because they don’t feel like they know exactly what it is.

What’s the craziest interpretation of it that you’ve heard?
JONAS: Eating ass was a big one. I’m not trying to be descriptive, but that’s the truth, a lot of people thought that’s what it was. That was not really where we were going with it.
WHITTLE: It actually began with a misunderstanding—someone was trying to say the drink Sex on the Beach, but they were from Sweden and they said ‘cake by the ocean.’ That’s how it all started.
JONAS: Now people have adapted it to their cities. So, like, in Amsterdam [they say] Cake by the Canal.
LAWLESS: Minneapolis—Cake by the Lake.
WHITTLE: Pie by the Sewer. Well, that’s kind of more my style.

Did you feel its potential when you first heard the finished track?
JINJOO LEE, 26: The hair rose on arm and I got a chill all over my body. It was awesome.
WHITTLE: We all believed in ‘Cake’ and made a spiritual agreement to not think too much. ‘No fear’ is kind of our motto. The time so many people spend worrying about acceptance, we try to spend thinking of crazy ideas. We didn’t worry about ‘Cake’ and that’s why it was this kind of beautiful little surfboard that floated out into the ocean and got to every place.

2016 has sucked, and your music is an upbeat antidote to this depressing year. Did you specifically set out to write something happy?
JONAS: Look, we’ve lost a lot of amazing musicians and actors and people this year. Whatever your opinions, we’ve obviously had quite a crazy political race. I think our main priority is to make people happy and try to take them out of all that for a second. We make music because of the love and joy of it and we try to make music to take you to a feel-good place and remind you that maybe there’s a brighter day.

Is happiness easy to write, or surprisingly hard?
JONAS: It comes naturally for us. Every song on that album, I don’t think we wrote in more than two hours. We just felt good and we treated every song like a celebration.

To your earlier point about the artists we’ve lost this year—out of random curiosity, are there Prince or David Bowie influences on this album?
WHITTLE: Prince and Bowie are huge influences on us. Not only because of their music. It’s their whole world. From their fashion to their overall aesthetic to their social placement….they’re two of the most important musicians in human history and to not be influenced by them is kind of a crime if you’re playing funky pop music.

Is there a story to the album? It seems to me like it’s one big text message relationship.
JONAS: We might steal that. That’s a good analogy.
WHITTLE: I think it’s one night of partying. Like, you know the movie Dazed and Confused? It’s one epic day. You get out of school, you’re excited, there are big hopes. There’s moments in the night where you think, ‘Oh no, she doesn’t like me’ or ‘It’s all over!’ And then there’s peaks of the night—‘This is the greatest party I’ll ever go to’ or ‘I’m in love!’ I think the album is all the moments, the ups and downs and all the emotional, heart-pumping excitement of what it is to have fun or want more or be in love.

What is the ideal metaphor for where people should listen to your album?
JONAS: We put on certain music when we’re going to a party, right? You have that playlist of songs that you listen to before you get pumped up to go out. That’s kind of how I feel is our vibe, too. It’s waking up, going to sleep, making love, driving to the beach. Literally it’s all encompassing.

Speaking from experience, you guys do make a pretty good pre-game song.
LAWLESS: We were doing a gig in the Bahamas and a frat bro came up and was like, ‘Cake by the Ocean—pre-game song of the year!’ And we were like, perfect. We made it.

ROUND TWO
Tequila for Jonas, beer for Lawless, water for Lee, bourbon for Whittle

Jack, you met Joe in 2006 playing drums for the Jonas Brothers. How did DNCE come out of that?
LAWLESS: Want to know something? It’s actually been exactly ten years since I met him.
JONAS: Thanksgiving afternoon! 2006!
LAWLESS: I walked onto [the Jonas Brothers’] tour bus, and I was just like, ‘Hey, I think I’m your new drummer.’
JONAS: And he had it easy too, by the way, because we had never had a tour bus. He showed up and we’re like, ‘This f–ker gets a tour bus on his first tour!?’
LAWLESS: I came in when things got easy.
WHITTLE: What a diva!
LAWLESS: So when the [Jonas Brothers] broke up, I went to play with a couple other bands and Joe did his own thing, but I feel like every six months Joe would call me and be like, ‘Hey, we’re doing this, right?’
JONAS: I wanted to make sure. There have been multiple people that have tried to poach Jack from me, including—and I like to name-drop this one—Garth Brooks. He tried to get him to go on tour. But Jack and I probably had 50 conversations over the years about doing this. I guess one day, he knew in my voice when it was actually happening.
LAWLESS: He demo-ed out ‘Cake’ and sent it to me and was like, “What are you doing for the rest of your life?”

Enlisting JinJoo as the third member seems like it marked the first real step towards formation. JinJoo?
LEE: I was playing for Jordin Sparks when she opened for JoBros in 2009 and honestly, I didn’t know any culture, I didn’t know the language, I was shy. I literally came to America from Korea. Couldn’t speak any English. And Joe said hi to me, and all I could say at the time was hi. I toured back and forth for a while, playing for his solo project, and then Joe called me up out of the blue last year and just said, “I want to do this band thing and I want you to be part of it. Are you down?”
JONAS: It was just so funny, and so casual, as if it was like, ‘Hey, you want to come to dinner tonight?’ And she was down. JinJoo has always been someone that I’ve been impressed with. She’s one of a few amazing female musicians out there in the world that are killing it, and she’s not just somebody that should be playing in the background, you know? She’s a badass lead guitar player. If it wasn’t our band, it was going to be someone else’s.

And what blank did Cole fill in?
JONAS: When we met Cole we knew immediately he was supposed to be with us for eternity. It was literally like, we met, we hung out, we were like holy sh-t, why haven’t we known you for this long? It was definitely the universe putting us together in a room. Cole is the constant reminder to, excuse my language, to not really give a f–k. To have that mentality of wear whatever you want, be whoever you want to be, on and offstage. This is who I am. And for all of us, it’s just a good feeling to know you have someone like him around all the time.
WHITTLE: That’s the best thing anyone could say about me. There are two categories of people who look at me: People who run away because they’re scared of things they don’t know about, and people that are curious and empowered [and say] ‘If that guy’s running around, I don’t have to worry about what anybody thinks about me.’ So when I met Joe, he got me immediately, and that’s very rare. I think we were brothers in another life or something because it was so immediate. I felt like we’d been friends all our lives—and that was without music!

Tell me about the first time all four of you got together in a room for a rehearsal.
LEE: It was actually in front of people. We were in the basement of a bar in New York and we set up our gear, and people started to walk in before we played a song.

Your first rehearsal was a gig?
WHITTLE: Essentially, yeah. We were supposed to rehearse and then all of a sudden, all these radio people were walking in, and friends of friends. We jammed ‘Cake’ and then some covers, and we were literally just like 12-year-olds in a garage, but in front of powerful people in the music industry, and our spirit and movement and energies all lined up. We’ve all been in bands our entire lives—I’ve been in a million bands—but this was f–king real.

Since you do all come from music backgrounds, what does it mean to be a pop band in 2016?
WHITTLE: There is no ‘band’ in 2016. It’s like Napoleon Dynamite. You kick your foot in the door to the mainstream but you’re still maybe something that doesn’t belong there. There aren’t a lot of bands these days and I think ‘Cake’ helped us kick in some sort of weird door, and now we can just focus on being ourselves and something different.

ROUND THREE

Tequila for Jonas, beer for Lawless and Lee, bourbon for Whittle.

If you had to drop the A in any other English word, what would it be?
LAWLESS: Instead of Velveeta—Velveet.
WHITTLE: He’s right.
JONAS: Maybe the A in Donald Trump. Or just get rid of that altogether.

What are your parents’ favorite things about other band members?
JONAS: My mom loves Cole’s wardrobe and he’s stolen and has been gifted many aprons from her.
WHITTLE: My dad has such a crush on JinJoo. When I talk to him, he’s like, ‘I don’t care what’s going on with you. How’s JinJoo?’
JONAS: My parents literally think that these are their kids as well. They’ve spent holidays and many other days at my parents’ home.
WHITTLE: And we Skype with JinJoo’s mom probably three times a week. And Jack’s mom hangs out with us quite a bit.
LAWLESS: My mom was in London when we happened to be in London.
WHITTLE: We went to a pub and got smashed. There’s a big family presence in DNCE!

You just announced a 2017 tour. What kind of show are you building?
JONAS: We wanted to do a smaller run for a really big summer tour. We thought we’d go to markets that maybe are not the norm—instead of New York City, we’re playing New Jersey—just to get the super fans to come out so we can show them love in a small venue, have a cut-down production, and just go wild.

Whose notebook is the messiest?
JONAS: The messiest, mentally, is mine. I’ll give you some exclusive information: DNCE has a quote sheet which I keep on my phone. Since we’ve started, we’ve probably accumulated 300 to 400 quotes. A lot of them are rated R but most of them are pretty hilarious. You don’t even really need to know the situation. Our goal this year is to give out little coffee table books to certain people who know about the quote sheet.
WHITTLE: All I request from the book is that all the names of who said them are anonymous.
LAWLESS: If you know who said it, you know.
JONAS: I’m going through right now and…okay, perfect example. Doesn’t make sense, but whatever. At some point, I said [reads from his phone] ‘Whoa, I went to college with you? And I didn’t even go to college.’
LAWLESS: The best is, after a while you forget the context of it, so it’s even weirder.

Joe, this is the first album of yours where you’ve written on every single song. Was that important to you?
JONAS: I didn’t even realize that, but yeah. Wow. I guess it’s probably just coincidence. Before we even made the band, I was just writing music. I didn’t know what was going to happen with it. And then once I finally got Jack and JinJoo and Cole, we started to learn how DNCE works. Not a comparison, but with my brothers, for years, it was just a different way to work together. Nick is an amazing songwriter, and he sometimes just writes music on his own and it makes it on the album. This was one of those situations where, to kind of forefront what was going to happen, I was kind of leading the charge, I guess.
WHITTLE: I feel the need to jump in, only because I think it’s very important to recognize that DNCE is literally Joe’s personality in the form of music. And I think that’s why people love it. Because he’s such a funny, down to Earth, amazing spirit. Unjaded. Considering everything he’s seen in the world, the fact that he is completely not jaded is why people love DNCE, because his personality is at the forefront. That statistic—that he wrote on every song—is not a coincidence.

To quote your song ‘Good Day,’ who among you is the most likely to depend on the answer from a fortune cookie to tell them whether or not they were having a good day?
WHITTLE: I’d say JinJoo.
JONAS: It’s beautiful—she’ll find signs in certain things in life. In a fortune cookie, she’d probably be like [gasp] “You need to go to sleep right now! This fortune cookie said you need to get a good night’s rest!” She’d follow that.

JinJoo, what relationship do you have with each of these guys?
LEE: I found what they are: They are three puppies that I get to hang with and take care of.
JONAS: It came true on Halloween. We were dalmatians and she was Cruella de Vil. And it’s true, we’re just three little emotional puppies trying to get through life.
LEE: I can be that. I can be just a little kid who loves puppies. I can be everything—I love my puppies.

Who is the most likely to surprise everyone by actually impulsively adopting a puppy?
JONAS: Cole. He would surprise us by just showing up with a dog, but also—we wouldn’t be surprised.

Who has the strangest hobby that they’re trying to force everyone else into?
LEE: I try to get them to watch Korean dramas.
WHITTLE: They’re too sad!
LEE: I cry all the time. And they hate me when I cry watching drama.
JONAS: Well, she doesn’t use headphones.

Does the group have a collective guilty pleasure?
WHITTLE: Questionable ‘90s rock and roll. Nickelback, Smash Mouth, Korn.
LAWLESS: I don’t know if we should feel guilty about it. It’s not guilty, it’s just a pleasure.
WHITTLE: Die Antwoord or Rihanna walked by our dressing room and we had Nickelback playing. We just have to be like loud and proud about it.

What would you do if you could no longer DNCE?
WHITTLE: We have other interests, but we don’t have other things that we would literally die for besides music.
LAWLESS: I think we all had a moment where we thought, man, am I about to go try and find a real job? And thank God we didn’t.
JONAS: We tried it. We all had that little period, that limbo of what’s next? But nothing has that fire we feel when we’re onstage.
WHITTLE: Destiny is destiny.

Source: EW

‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ in New York City

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DNCE made an appearance on ‘The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon’ in New York City on the 21st of November. I’ve added 9 HQ photos to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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AOL Build Series at AOL HQ in New York City

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DNCE attended the AOL Build Series at AOL HQ in New York City on the 18th of November. I’ve added 63 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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‘The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show’ at Z100 Studio in New York City

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DNCE made an appearance at ‘The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show’ at Z100 Studio in New York City on the 18th of November. I’ve added 42 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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DNCE Is Ready For World Domination With Their New Album

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One month and one day before the November 18 release of their eponymous debut album, DNCE are huddled together in Manhattan’s Root Studios. Since releasing their debut single, “Cake by the Ocean,” in September of 2015, they’ve been moving nonstop, hopping around the United States and Europe for a string of headline shows and opening performances for Selena Gomez’s Revival tour, infecting small towns and big cities alike with their own brand of funk. Now, the four-piece band—composed of frontman Joe Jonas, bassist-keyboardist Cole Whittle, guitarist JinJoo, and drummer Jack Lawless—finally has a chance to sit down, but not for long. In an hour, they’ll head to a photo shoot and then straight to their album release party, where they’ll finally play DNCE for friends, family, and label execs. In the greater scheme of their lives, and possibly the pop-music landscape, it’s the calm before the storm.

“When I listen to it, I think of it like a house party,” says Whittle of the album. “You go in and you walk around, and you go into all the different rooms. Some of them are dark and sexy, some of the rooms are crazy, and some of the rooms have locked doors and some real stuff going on inside.”

Adds Jonas: “It’s a feel-good record that has some quirky lyrics, and may bring you back to an era of music that you grew up with or your parents played in the house.” DNCE melds sonic elements from the last 50 years, from ’70s funk to ’90s pop. Similarly so, the band’s cited influences—Hall & Oates, Earth, Wind & Fire, Weezer, Led Zeppelin, and Prince—are across the board.

The one constant, though, is that their music will compel you to jump around (or, at the very least, sway from side to side). And that’s exactly what has led to their instant appeal. “Last year around this time, the music was just starting to connect,” says Jonas, recalling the virtually overnight success of the band’s first single. “We all kind of felt it. We weren’t even sure what the lyrics meant, but the world seemed to react to it. People were falling in love with the music before the band.”

At that point, they were as fresh-faced as a band of mischief-makers with impressive résumés could possibly be. Lawless was the drummer from Jonas Brothers; JinJoo was playing with the likes of Charli XCX, CeeLo Green, and Jordin Sparks; Whittle was in Semi Precious Weapons—and Jonas had gathered them all to concoct DNCE. “From that moment on, we knew it wasn’t just a project,” says Whittle.

The swift nature with which the band originated likely contributes to its explosive energy. No matter the setting—a small, overcrowded basement of a hidden venue in New York’s Meatpacking District or an arena in Cincinnati—DNCE always bring a contagious, entropic enthusiasm to every performance. They enter the stage to Queen’s “We Are the Champions,” litter venues with balloons and cardboard cutouts of various celebrities, run directly into the crowd, and shred their instruments to bits.

While their live shows haven’t cooled since their debut, they certainly have developed. “We’re still as wild and crazy as you saw us on the first day, but I think we kind of lock it in now, too,” says Jonas. “On top of being able to run around like maniacs, we also want to be great musicians.”

The group’s liveliness could also stem from its dynamic. “We’re like superheroes who came together from different backgrounds of life to bring some funky rock to the world,” the lead singer says. And, as Whittle suggests, it’s the wide range of their personalities that allows them to explore all of their creative outlets: “Some days, we’re like four grandmas going on a cruise together and Cuba Gooding Jr.’s there. Some days, we’re like the new Ninja Turtles movie. Others, we’re like The Goonies—a bunch of 11-year-olds that don’t know anything and just cause trouble all day. And then sometimes we’re like Striptease—really sexy.” After spending nearly every moment together for the better part of 16 months, their bond has only grown stronger. “I can’t even imagine life without these guys,” says JinJoo. “Sometimes I ask myself: ‘How did I live without these three guys, like, around me all the time?’”

But maybe the reason behind DNCE’s infectious energy is even simpler: “There’s no ego involved,” says Lawless. “We’ve all been in bands our whole lives, and we’re all really happy to still be doing it. That’s why when we go on stage, we give it 100 percent every time.”

Their debut EP, Swaay, caused a frenzy among fans. The accompanying videos for their singles “Toothbrush,” a sweet ode to the beginning of a relationship, and “Body Moves,” an innuendo-riddled song that Maroon 5 probably wish they had written, both racked up eight-figure views on YouTube. Plus, they were awarded best new artist at the VMAs, an honor previously given to Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, One Direction, and Tyler, the Creator. But while expectations for their debut album have inevitably been high, DNCE aren’t sweating it. “Starting this [band], we had the great support of just working on music without any pressure,” says Jonas. Instead of nerves, there are troves of excitement. “We’ve always had a blast together,” adds Whittle. “The only difference is that in the beginning we slept six hours a night, and now we sleep two hours a night.”

Source: NYLON

Nick Jonas on His Career Transformation, His Six-Pack Abs, and Why He Doesn’t Plan on ‘Losing Himself to Love’ Anytime Soon

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It’s late afternoon, and I’m at a public driving range watching Nick Jonas smash golf balls by the bucket. We’re outside Portland, OR, where tonight he’ll be playing before a sold-out crowd at the giant Moda Center alongside pop megastar Demi Lovato.

But for now, gripping his driver in his hands, he’s all about golf and nothing else. Each time he tees up a ball, he squares up to it with steady, McIlroy-esque cool, then…ping! 250 yards. Seconds later: Ping! Another 250 yards. As time wears on, the titanium-to-Titleist collisions get louder, harder, pingier, but Jonas’ focus doesn’t waver.

Which is all the more impressive when you notice the people crowding near him—mostly young females who have just discovered who that guy is, over there!, wielding the sizable drive, and who are being held back by his security detail.

Of course, none of this is remotely surprising, given that Jonas, the 24-year-old actor, singer, and global celebrity phenomenon, makes noise pretty much everywhere he goes—and usually with far less effort. These days, when he’s not splashed across tabloids obsessively chronicling his dating life (no, he’s not seeing anyone), his abs (more on those later), and the meaning of his slightly mystifying new single, “Bacon” (it’s more or less an ode to the single life), Jonas is celebrating his thriving acting career.

He wowed indie festivalgoers earlier this year with his brooding performance as a conflicted college student in the film Goat, a horrifying indictment of frat hazing. He’s also great as a tortured, gay brawler on Kingdom, a binge-worthy series about a family of MMA fighters.

To top it off, he’s currently in sweltering Hawaii filming some decidedly more lighthearted fare: Jumanji, alongside Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, otherwise known as the biggest movie stars on earth.

Meanwhile, Jonas the pop star is keeping plenty busy. In 2014 his eponymous solo album drew comparisons with another blue-eyed falsetto, Justin Timberlake, and his single “Jealous” leaped to No. 1 on the Billboard dance chart. This year his new release, Last Year Was Complicated, won him critical raves. And he can even pack arenas: When I meet him, he’s currently in the middle of a 42-date North American arena tour with his good friend Lovato.

To top it all off, when he isn’t impressing critics, he’s hobnobbing with all manner of royalty—music and otherwise—as when he was invited to President Obama’s birthday bash at the White House last August and got to pal around with Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney. When the night was over, he humble-bragged to his 10.9 million Twitter followers: “Tonight was a night I will never forget. #BarackObama #happybirthday.”

OK, we know what you’re thinking: Nick Jonas? What the hell?

After all, we’re talking about a member of the Jonas Brothers, the mid-to late-aughts boy band that got their big break on the Disney Channel and eventually rode their fame to more than 20 million albums in sales. At the end of their ride, however, the group—consisting of Kevin, the business-minded eldest; Joe, the one best known for dating Taylor Swift; and Nick, the shy and broody youngest—ultimately gained as much fame for their abstinence awareness (see: ordained-minister dad) as they did for their music. South Park had a field day with them, devoting an entire episode to skewering their “purity rings.”

Frankly, no one would blame you for figuring that a guy like this would be sharing the bill at Chili’s Summer Concert Series with Hanson and 98 Degrees, doing occasional stunt-casting walk-ons on sitcoms, and signing autographs for $25 apiece at has-been teen-idol music conventions.

But that’s not how Nick Jonas wanted it to go down.

NICK JONAS WAS RAISED IN AN AFFLUENT SUBURB OF NEW JERSEY,

where his father was an ordained minister who encouraged all his boys to pick up an instrument. At age 7, Nick was discovered at a local barbershop, and soon he was performing on Broadway in Les Miserables. After he recorded a Christian pop album, featuring his brothers on background vocals, in 2004—a project that fizzled— the head of Columbia Records recast the mop-topped clan as a trio. In 2007, after a series of appearances on the Disney Channel, everything changed. Suddenly the Jonas Brothers were making a cameo on Hannah Montana, performing at awards shows, and launching sold-out world tours in which they hired decoy SUVs to evade paparazzi.

But like all things white-hot, the Jonas phenomenon was bound to cool, and the band called it quits in 2013. It was a rough period for Nick, but he retains a healthy sense of humor about it. He even references one particular scene—“one of my favorite [cracks on us],” he calls it—in the HBO comedy series Eastbound & Down, featuring Danny McBride as washed-up major leaguer Kenny Powers. In one episode a sports agent comes to recruit Powers, but he wants to see the guy’s credentials. The agent responds by holding up his American Express Black Card, to which Powers responds, “What’s that? Is Black better than Gold?”

“And the agent’s like, ‘Yeah. Gold might get you Jonas Brothers tickets. But Black? You’ll have all three of them sucking your dick,’” Jonas says, laughing so hard he can barely get out the words.

Later, when we sit for an iced coffee at a cordoned-off table, I ask Jonas to reflect more deeply on that period.

“I wouldn’t call it rock bottom, but there was some version of, ‘Am I going to be washed up at 21?’ I was living in delusion a little bit, too. Having a great amount of success at an early age—and then having a couple of years where things didn’t go quite right— you get to the point where you can either say, ‘It’s everyone else’s fault. They don’t get it,’ or you can go, ‘I need to make an adjustment. I need to evolve.’ Because it really is evolve or die. If you don’t continue to push yourself, it’s not going to work.”

In early 2014, Jonas was busy working on a new album when he read the script for AT&T Audience Network’s MMA drama Kingdom—and immediately wanted in. The only problem: No one involved would let him audition. Not the network, not the creator, not even the show’s central star, Frank Grillo (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Warrior), who shares an agent with Jonas.

Grillo, who plays a retired MMA fighter who runs a gym where his two sons train, told his rep flat-out: No way, no Jonas. “I said, ‘I have a lot at stake here. Forget it,’” Grillo told talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel.

But Jonas wouldn’t take no for an answer, and his agent begged the producers to let Jonas in the room for an audition. Eventually, he persuaded the producers to hire him.

The challenge then: getting himself into fighting shape before shooting began.

Jonas’ security guard introduced him to Gregg Miele, the owner of a private gym in Los Angeles who has trained football players like Reggie Bush and actors like Matthew McConaughey. Miele looked at the calendar, saw that Jonas had three months till filming was set to begin, and got to work. Miele’s goals for Jonas: reduce body fat, increase lean muscle mass, build power without compromising flexibility, and increase cardiovascular endurance.

Simply put, Jonas needed to be “viciously strong, viciously powerful, and shredded,” Miele says.

There was one major obstacle, however: At age 13, despite being active and healthy, Jonas was diagnosed with type-1 (juvenile) diabetes. Though the disease plagued him at the start of his career—“I had wild mood swings,” he recalls—he eventually learned how to manage it. He wears a Dexcom Continuous Glucose Monitor, which constantly checks his blood sugar, and is hyper-vigilant about his diet. “When I’m on the road,” he says, “I always make healthy choices. I don’t have a meal plan delivered to me, but I know what not to eat. I’m always cautious about the food I put in my body.”

Hardcore strength training, however, can be risky for some type-1 diabetics, because it makes the body more sensitive to insulin and more susceptible to dramatic drops in blood glucose. “So we always keep glucose in the gym,” Miele says. “We’re always prepared for that. And as for diet, we got his blood work done and put him on a specific blood-type diet to make sure he wasn’t eating any inflammatory foods that would hinder his goals or set us back.”

Jonas trained harder than he ever had, and he relished the experience. He especially enjoyed the anonymity of a private gym, where, he says, he could be competitive with the only person who mattered: himself.

“It’s important to stay in your lane,” Jonas says of his Kingdom routine. “One philosophy Gregg teaches that I really appreciate is that everybody’s got a different approach to fitness. No one way is wrong. Being competitive is good, but it can also leave you sore and struggling to recover. Your body feeds off that recovery time, so don’t push yourself so hard just to do better than the guy next to you in the gym.”

His workouts consisted of mostly heavy lifting, and as they got closer to filming, he started doing two-a-days, five times a week. He also upped his diet from 3,000 to 4,200 calories a day.

“I put on about 20 pounds of muscle in a month and a half,” he says. “It was wild. But it was also hard to sleep. I was carrying more weight than I was used to, so I was sleeping very hard.”

As the shoot date grew closer, Kingdom’s official fight coordinator, retired MMA star Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, put the cast through a two-week boot camp: kickboxing, Muay Thai, grappling, jiu-jitsu. The guys lost six or seven pounds of water a day, says Stevenson, who remembers being impressed with Jonas: “The first time I met Nick, he showed me he could do a standing back-flip kick.”

It’s been a year and a half since then. I ask Jonas if he’s been in a real fight using any of his new moves.

“I got close once,” he says.

Last winter, he was with his brother Joe near their ski-in, ski-out home in central California’s Mammoth Lakes. “Basically, we were all merging into one line with different lift passes, and one guy was like, ‘You can wait right there, buddy, we’re going ahead of you,’” Jonas says. Joe was pissed—he never fights, but you can’t push him. He was like, ‘No, we’re already here,’ and the guy said, ‘Why don’t you shut the fuck up?’ It escalated so quickly—I was thinking, ‘This isn’t even my fight, and now I gotta go in.’ ”

Luckily they diffused the situation, and Nick now laughs at the prospect of coming to blows on a ski slope. “It would’ve taken a long time to get out of our gear to fight.”

When Kingdom premiered in late 2014, the critics were impressed, with the Los Angeles Times calling Jonas “very good” and IndieWire comparing the show with another testosterone-laden soap opera, the megahit Friday Night Lights.

And just like FNL, Kingdom is a show in which tough men are allowed to cry. Jonas plays Nate Kulina, a gay man who inches out of the closet into a world that isn’t always accepting; his performance is impressive, especially in the Season 2 finale, where in one scene he sits with his brother in the hospital and reveals the truth about his sexuality. Even the show’s emotionally tough MMA fighters were impressed with his performance.

Well, most of them, anyway.

“You got two sides on Nick,” Stevenson says. Basically, there are fighters who like him, “and then you’ve got the haters. Frankly, they’re just mad that their girlfriends like him.”

WE FINISH OUR DRINKS AT THE RANGE, AND JONAS GETS

ready to head to the arena in Portland for a sound check. But before he goes, there’s something he needs to take care of: a bachelorette party a few tables over, on the other side of a security rope, that’s been staring at him the whole time we’ve been talking. I study his face, and his smile reveals everything: He’s genuinely enjoying it. And why not? Here’s a guy who stared down obscurity and fought his way back to a very successful, very hard-earned second career. Why not revel in it?

Taking the bachelorettes as a cue, I have to ask him: Will he be settling down anytime soon?

“Well,” he says, “I think love and romance happen for some people, and it’s an amazing thing. But right now I’m really serious about my work. I’ve got too much on the agenda to really think about losing myself to love.”

This could be partly influenced by his current road-trip partner Demi Lovato, who’s not just a longtime friend but also, apparently, one hell of a wingman. Recently she told Billboard magazine, “When Nick was in a relationship, I was like, ‘Get out of that. You could fuck anybody you want right now. So have fun and do that.’ ”

“Yeah, basically, that’s Demi,” he says, laughing. “She’s a good friend.” He pauses for a moment, then adds, “But I’m enjoying meeting and getting to know people. It’s nice.”

And suddenly he’s smiling at the girls, before disappearing out the door.

Source: Men’s Fitness

Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California

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Joe attended the Glamour Women Of The Year 2016 at NeueHouse Hollywood in Los Angeles, California on the 14th of November. I’ve added 31 HQ photos of the event to our gallery. Don’t forget to check them out below:

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DNCE cover Client Magazine

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Ahead of the release of their self-titlted debut album next Friday (November 18), DNCE have covered Client Magazine in a stunning shoot. The band – consisting of Joe Jonas, Cole Whittle, JinJoo Lee and Jack Lawless – who are fresh from winning Best Push Act and performing at 2016’s MTV Europe Music Awards last weekend, speak about their musical direction, crazy dreams and over-production in the music industry in the magazine interview. They feature as both the front cover and back cover stars of the magazine.

On how DNCE formed: Joe: ‘We’ve known each other for a while. Jack and JinJoo I’ve known for about ten years and we have toured on and off together and Jack and I lived together at one point. Cole kind of fell into our lives at the perfect time. We met him early last year and we were trying to figure out why we’d just met him, we kind of felt like he was a long lost brother and quickly we all became a family … it’s been a hell of a year.’

On how much control the band have on their musical direction: Joe: ‘It’s 1000% control. We control pretty much everything we come up with and we really get to collaborate and try to come up with fun ideas. When we’re performing live, it’s really fun for us to really let loose and come up with a full show that makes DNCE the best version of ourselves whether it’s wild and crazy or it’s a song that reminds us of our childhood, we try to showcase that on stage.’

On over-production in the music industry: Cole: ‘I think, like always, there are people who do too much to something that was pure and perfect the first time and I also think there are people that do the right amount, and I think there’s people that don’t do enough so I think it’s just a balance of imperfection being perfection in any art form and I think we’re really happy with our balance of organic versus polished funk spaceship vibes.’

On the writing process: Joe: ‘The writing process is different every time. There’s moments where I’ve written songs by myself for this upcoming album, there’s been times where we’ve all been in the same room and collaborated and it’s been just one guitar chord or a bass line and it kind of grows and grows until we have something that feels like it’s unique, and then we get into the studio and try to put it together.’

On ‘crazy’ dreams: Cole: ‘My dreams are very strange. They’re often ultra sexual and there’s a lot of aliens in my dreams, there’s strange planets that I feel like I’ve been to and there’s a lot of Penelope Cruz.’

On the difference between an ‘artist’ and a ‘celebrity’: Cole: ‘I think the difference between an ‘artist’ and a ‘celebrity’ is that some people are both, some people are neither, but I think it’s an amazing ying and yang win when people find themselves being both. Being an artist that’s being recognised at a level in pop culture in the universe for their art. So I think the difference can be like an empty trash can or a beautiful garden.’

DNCE’s self-titled studio album is available November 18. Pre-order here: https://dnce.lnk.to/DNCEalbum

Pre-order Client Magazine here: http://thezinestand.com/item/client-magazine-16-print-edition

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Publication: Client Magazine #16 (@clientmagazine)Release date: 18th November, 2016

Photography: Ian Cole (@itsiancole)

Fashion Editor: Danyul Brown (@danyulbrown)

Hair: Kim Roy at One Represents (@kimroyhair)

Makeup: Crystabel Riley at Stella Artists (@crystabelmakeup)

Published by Ian Cole for Project Ten (@projecttenorg)

CLIENT Magazine is an unconventional British photography magazine that uses menswear as a genre. The magazine was founded in 2010 by photographer & indie publisher Ian Cole and reaches 1.2 million people per month online, with subscribers in six continents. The magazine’s focus is on authentic photography with fashion editorials photographed around the globe. CLIENT chooses real over reality and only focuses on genuine talent and true artists.

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