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Jonas Brothers

The gang

Nick Jonas (20, lead vocals, rhythm guitar, piano, drums), who was diagnosed with Type I diabetes at the age of 13, is the face and founder of the band. Nick became popular with Joy to the World (A Christmas Prayer), which he co-wrote with his father (Paul Kevin Jonas Sr) in 2002.

Kevin Jonas (25, rhythm guitar, lead guitar, backing vocals), the oldest of the lot, was voted by People as the “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2008.

Joe Jonas (23, main vocals, percussion, guitar) is already leading a successful solo career with his debut album Fastlife (2011).

The big ticket

Jonas Brothers (briefly the Sons of Jonas) cut their first album, It’s About Time (2006), for Columbia Records. But the label didn’t take interest in them, forcing them to move to Hollywood Records, the music arm of Disney. Their self-titled album (2007) with its catchy hooks sold more than a million copies in no time. And then came their screen moment: the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock (with Demi Lovato) in 2008 and its hit sequel (2010).

Date mates

The brothers have always tried to stay squeaky-clean, even wearing “purity rings” to “flaunt” their virginity. They have, of course, moved on since! Kevin met former hairdresser Danielle Deleasa while vacationing in the Bahamas in 2007 and two years down the road, they shacked up.

Joe and Taylor Swift were a pair (in 2008) until he met actress Camilla Belle (who starred in the band’s video for Lovebug). Three of Swift’s songs –– Forever and Always, Last Kiss and Better Than Revenge –– are said to be inspired by her time with Joe. The two got together to perform Never Ever in December 2012!

Nick dated Miley Cyrus in 2006-07 and then Australian actress Delta Goodrem (till 2012).

Solo career

After their album Lines, Vines and Trying Times (2009), they went their own ways. Kevin and his wife appear in the reality series Married to Jonas. Joe parted ways with Hollywood Records in 2012 . Nick made his West End debut performing in Les Misérables in June 2010.


Their fifth album (still untitled) releases this year.


When You Look Me In The Eyes, Lovebug, Paranoid, Hold On, Year 3000 and S..S.

The Wanted

The gang

The five-member team was handpicked by Jayne Collins (her company had also put together The Saturdays and Parade) from a pool of 1,000 people.

Nathan James Sykes, 19, is the most popular member. Before The Wanted, his claim to fame was getting a kiss (2003) from Britney Spears on Karaoke Kriminals.

Maximillian “Max” Alberto George, 24, almost signed a two-year deal with Preston North End football club but ended up joining another boy band –– Avenue (2006-09).

Siva Kaneswaran, 24, was born to a Sri Lankan father and an Irish mother. Before music, he had a successful career in modelling.

Jay McGuiness, 22, had a relatively boring pre-The Wanted days. His teen life was spent at Charlotte Hamilton School of Dance.

Tom Parker, 24, was once a part of a Take That tribute band called Take That 2.

The big ticket

Their debut single, All Time Low (2010), topped the UK charts. A few more successful singles later, the group released its self-titled debut album. The following year they were the support act for Britney Spears’s Manchester gig and also for Justin Bieber.

Date mates

Max is hanging out with troubled actress Lindsay Lohan and this may help the group colonise the bedroom walls of American girls! In fact, when the Liz & Dick star (amovie chronicling the Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton saga) was booked (in November 2012) for striking Tiffany Mitchell (a psychic!) at a Florida club, Max showed his support in press interviews while band member Jay wore a T-shirt with the message “Free Lindsay”. Now a twist: Li-Lo is no longer following Max on Twitter!

Rebel move

Most American teen sensations don’t have the courage to play gay nightclubs but last year this UK band successfully performed at Splash, Roscoe’s and Ultra Suede.

Coming soon

Their third album, aptly titled Third Strike, is set to release in March.


ad You Came, Lightning, All Time Low and Lose My Mind.