On Saturday, 18-year-old Karlie Kloss and 21-year-old Joe Jonas were spotted watching Prince William play a charity polo math at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club together, prompting dating rumors. Although the two arrived at the event separately, they posed for photo booth pictures together, attended a luncheon, and were later spotted "chatting it up in the stands"
Joe Jonas 'pelted in the face with foam basketballs by hostile hipsters at Paper magazine party'
He may be adored by teenage girls, but it seems Joe Jonas' efforts to extend his fan base in New York last week failed in spectacular fashion.
The middle Jonas brother, 21, is said to have been attacked by hostile hipsters during a gig in Brooklyn.
He was pelted with green foam mini-basketballs at a Paper magazine party in the trendy New York neighbourhood of Williamsburg, according to the New York Daily News.
Calm before the storm: Joe Jonas before his performance of See No More at a Paper magazine party in Brooklyn, New York last Wednesday
'Save for a group of adoring girls at the front of the crowd, Jonas did not encounter very much love from the hard-core Williamsburg crowd in their frayed jeans, acid-washed tanks, jean vests and oversize eyeglass frames,' reports the publication's Gatecrasher column.
The crowd booed the Disney star as he took to the stage to perform five songs from his new album.
The publication reports two men 'pegged Jonas in the face with their balls. They also nailed one of his backup singers.'
Stop! The crowd at the House of Vans in Brooklyn, New York wanted Joe Jonas to stop singing so badly they threw mini-basketballs at him!
Although Joe behaved like a true professional and ignored the assault, it didn't do him much good: the party-goers had already decided they weren't fans.
His efforts to fire up the crowd with an enthusiastic 'How you guys doing tonight' fell flat.
'The hostile hipsters didn't even react when Jonas showed off his newly sculpted torso by taking off his blazer to reveal a tight tank top,' reports Gatecrasher.
After performing his new single, See No More, the star retreated backstage and watch a performance by Alicia Keys' husband, Swizz Beatz.
To be and not to be: The crowd at the Paper magazine party loved Swizz Beatz but were anti-Joe Jonas
It appears that Jonas' bid to for a more adult image isn't quite happening yet - in New York, at least.
Perhaps the singer had to be consoled by younger brother Nick's ex Selena Gomez, who reportedly has been calling Jonas despite currently dating Canadian heartthrob Justin Bieber.
One person who won't be calling to offer condolences is the musician's ex, Taylor Swift, whom he infamously dumped via a 27-second phone call. She might call this revenge a 'slam dunk.'
Sweat and tears: Joe Jonas looked upset by the end of his performance in Brooklyn, New York on July 6.
Joe Jonas attends the 2011 Sounds Like PAPER Concert at The House of Vans on July 6, 2011 in New York City. (July 5, 20112011-07-05 16:00:00 - Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images North America) - zimbio
Joe Jonas arrives at The Foundation Polo Challenge sponsored by Audi at the Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club on July 9, 2011 in Santa Barbara, California. (July 8, 20112011-07-08 16:00:00 - Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images North America) - zimbio
Musician Joe Jonas visits SiriusXM Studio on July 14, 2011 in New York City. (July 13, 20112011-07-13 16:00:00 - Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images North America) - zimbio
Joe Jonas performs his solo debut album "FastLife" at Haze Nightclub.
Pop star Joe Jonas hit Las Vegas in style Saturday night to celebrate his birthday Aug. 15. To kick off the day, Jonas and his pals lounged poolside at Liquid Pool Lounge at Aria. The birthday boy spent most of Saturday afternoon relaxing poolside in his VIP cabana with his friends, soaking up the desert sun’s rays and munching on Liquid’s specialty Mahi Mahi tacos as well as salsa and chips. Female fans surrounded the VIP area, trying to get a glimpse of the heartthrob in his bathing suit.
Following a day of fun-in-the-sun, Jonas and his entourage of friends headed to Yellowtail Japanese Restaurant & Lounge inside Bellagio, where they were treated to a delicious family-style meal exclusively prepared by Executive Chef Akira Back including the restaurant’s signature dish, the Big Eye Tuna Pizza.
After the Japanese feast, Jonas and his friends headed back to Aria. Before heading to Haze they made a pit stop at the popular Deuce Lounge, where Jonas and his friends played a few hands of blackjack. After about an hour, as Jonas was leaving Deuce and heading to Haze, the b-day boy was swarmed by nearly 20 female fans dying to get an autograph or photo with their favorite star. After signing a few autographs and meeting with his fans, Jonas finally made it to Haze Nightclub where he rocked the crowd with a special live set, performing tracks off of his forthcoming solo debut album FastLife, in stores next month.
Afterward the high-energy performance around 2:30 a.m., the pop superstar met up with his friends at their VIP table on the mezzanine level of Haze. Just moments later, Jonas was completely surprised when he was presented with a specialty pre-birthday cake in the shape of a bright colored keyboard. Fellow partygoers were holding up sparklers and shooting confetti into the air while toasting Jonas to another successful year. Jonas spent the rest of the evening dancing to the beats of the resident DJ IKON, mingling with friends as well as chatting with the bevy of beautify girls that were surrounding his table.
Singer Joe Jonas arrives at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (2011-08-06 16:00:00 - Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)
Actress Rachel Bilson (L) and musician Joe Jonas speak onstage during the 2011 Teen Choice Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre on August 7, 2011 in Universal City, California. (2011-08-06 16:00:00 - Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images North America)
Joe Jonas Comes of Age
By MELENA RYZIK
Published: September 28, 2011
THERE is power in numbers, and so a lone Jonas walking into a Midtown Manhattan restaurant does not have nearly the oomph of a threesome. Joe Jonas, middle child of the phenom Jonas Brothers, went nearly unrecognized over a long lunch at Asia de Cuba recently, perhaps because most of the other diners were, you know, adults.
Mr. Jonas felt right at home, though. When he is with his brothers Nick (the cute one) and Kevin (the married one), the JoBro are a juggernaut of tween fandom, with all the attendant high-decibel hysteria. But solo, Joe has an entirely different persona, or at least he’s aiming to. He is the sultry one: a man — O.K. a guy — with a sharper edge, an independent point of view, sophisticated tastes.
“I want to start a food blog eventually,” Mr. Jonas, 22, announced as he sat down to lunch (calamari salad, sea scallops and Cuban barbecued chicken). A devotee of fine dining, he rattled off the names of chefs he’s impressed by, including Tim Love, the Texan guru of new Western cuisine (his rattlesnake tacos, Mr. Jonas said, are “unreal”); and Susan Feniger, owner of a street food restaurant in Los Angeles. Mr. Jonas has met Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney and President Obama, but reserves his greatest ardor for Mario Batali and Ferran Adrià.
“I don’t really get star-struck ever, but when it comes to chefs, I will sometimes get nervous,” he said. “If there’s a chef I really like, I will freak, because I think their talent is so different from what I do.”
Once a mop-topped, purity-ring-wearing Disney star alongside his brothers, Joe is moving into sleeker territory, from his physique to his piqued interest in fashion, food and other epicurean pursuits. He sits on the front row at fashion shows in Milan and New York and was a judge on “Top Chef.” With a debut solo album, “Fastlife,” full of club-ready tracks, due out Oct. 11, and a sudden burst of 5 o’clock shadow, he is hoping to make the transition from a boy band to an adult artist. Let’s call it Timberlaking.
But Justin Timberlake is the rare performer to emerge from the Disney cocoon a fully formed, multiplatform talent. Blame changing tastes or Biebermania: the Jonai’s popularity has shrunk. A 3-D concert film in 2009 was considered a box office disappointment, and their last Disney Channel series, “Jonas L.A.,” faltered as it tried to cast them as more mature; it was canceled last year.
“They become so identified as a group and so identified as a teen and tween brand, it’s hard to prove to people that you’ve grown up,” said Joe Zee, the creative director of Elle, who worked with Mr. Timberlake as he transitioned from boy band to solo career. “You’re immediately met with a level of skepticism.”
Mr. Zee, who has not worked with Mr. Jonas but considers himself a fan, praised his emerging style.
“He does it well, with the scruff and the new haircut,” he said. “He’s got all that down pat.”
But, Mr. Zee added: “If he wants to be the Beyoncé of Destiny’s Child, he’s got to really show that he can grow and mature, and really, to be honest, get an entirely new fan base. Maybe that means growing stubble, but it also means maturing in all levels, in his style and in his sound.”
Designers are already eager to help Mr. Jonas outfit his new look. Italo Zucchelli, the creative director for Calvin Klein men’s wear, dressed him on several occasions, taking him around Fashion Week in Milan. “There were, like, screaming girls following him everywhere, everywhere,” Mr. Zucchelli reported, still registering some shock. He was impressed with Mr. Jonas’s aesthetic: wearing sneakers with suits or a denim jacket with a blazer, asking about runway wear.
“He’s very interested in that, to be part of the fashion language,” Mr. Zucchelli said, calling him an ideal youthful model for his designs. “What I do is really inspired by iconic American-ness, and to me Joe is like an all-American boy.”
Mr. Jonas’s growing fashion clout was evident during the recent New York Fashion Week, when he performed at Saks Fifth Avenue during Fashion’s Night Out, dressed by Simon Spurr, a young British designer. They met earlier this year, at a dinner at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles. “He really embodies the brand,” Mr. Spurr said. “He’s very humble, he’s good-looking, he’s clean, he’s next-generation.”
Mr. Jonas said he first spotted Mr. Spurr’s clothes on Mr Porter, a men’s luxury online retailer, and alerted his stylist that he wanted to wear the label, which he does in his new video, “Just in Love” — at least the part of it where he is not cavorting in a bathtub with a model.
“FASTLIFE,” years in production, is, Mr. Jonas acknowledged, a “coming of age” album. In lieu of the lightweight pop that made the Jonas Brothers multimillionaires (they earned about $35 million annually in the last few years), the songs have a slicker, darker feel. Mr. Jonas said he approached his brothers with the idea of doing a solo record in 2009. “I wouldn’t have done it if they weren’t supportive,” he said.
He first thought he would do a pop ballad album, “something almost Michael Bublé or Josh Groban,” he said. But, spurred in part by a recent break-up, he wound up with more of a thumping R & B sound. (Mr. Jonas, famously the subject of a Taylor Swift breakup anthem, demurred when asked who his songs were about, though he was dating the actress Ashley Greene earlier in the year.)
The album presents the formerly virginal Jonas brother, now purity-ring-free, as a party-hopping authority. Mr. Jonas said his dream would be for club D.J.’s to remix his tracks.
“I want to write something that people can dance to,” he said. “I want to dance.” Thanks to a choreographer, his moves have improved since he parodied Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies” in a widely seen video.
With the blessing of his label, he cycled through producers, landing on the Timbaland protégé Danja, who, as it happens, is a collaborator of Mr. Timberlake. He also co-wrote the track “See No More” with the R & B star Chris Brown, in a partnership that buffed both their images. For Mr. Brown, it was a wholesome distraction from his 2009 assault on Rihanna. And Mr. Jonas has some new street cred: Lil Wayne added a verse to a remix of “Just in Love.”
Still, Mr. Jonas said he was worried whether “Fastlife” would find an audience. In 2010 his younger brother Nick (now 19) released a solo album, “Who I Am,” which sold fewer than 200,000 copies in the United States, a pittance compared with the brothers’ multi-platinum sales. But Ken Bunt, executive vice president for Disney Music Group, which runs Hollywood Records, the Jonases’ label, defended Nick’s solo work, noting that he had a sold-out tour with it.
“His side project was a success in that this was an album that he basically escaped for a couple of weeks and made,” he said. “It wasn’t an intention for it to be some giant blockbuster.”
By contrast, Joe’s album is getting “a pretty large campaign,” Mr. Bunt said, including a tour with Jay Sean, and opening for Britney Spears in Europe. “It’s a global rollout, so we have high expectations,” Mr. Bunt said. “We’re very bullish on this album. We think we’ve got quite a future with Joe as a solo artist and as a Jonas brother.”
The Jonas boys (there are four; Frankie, the “bonus Jonas,” is 11) grew up in New Jersey, where the oldest began performing at amusement parks as teenagers. Their father, Kevin Jonas Sr., was an evangelical pastor before he became a manager of his sons’ group; their mother, Denise, home-schooled them. The family remains close; Joe credits them with keeping him levelheaded, and indeed he is exceedingly polite, with excellent table manners.
“My mom always trained us to eat as though one day we’ll be at the president’s table,” he said. “And we eventually sat and ate at the White House.” (They brought mom; she cried.) “And my dad always said this, which we always lived by, which was: Live like you’re at the bottom, even if you’re at the top.”
Mr. Jonas now lives on his own in Hollywood, in a loft whose décor he picked out; he favors modern styles, vintage video games and the work of street artists like Curtis Kulig, a friend whose tag, ‘Love Me,’ adorns his phone. His closet, he said, pops with color (“I have no problem wearing pink shoes,” he said) and he prefers outré accessories like tie-dye sneakers. For his birthday this summer his parents gave him a pair of Louis Vuitton high-top boots. (“My dad has more Louis Vuitton shoes than I think any other guy out there,” he said.)
During Fashion’s Night Out, Mr. Jonas’s fashion credentials were cemented when he met Anna Wintour of Vogue. She dropped by for a quick hello before his performance at Saks Fifth Avenue. In a makeshift green room in the men’s wear department, Mr. Jonas, dressed in a black wool suit with a grosgrain stripe lapel by Mr. Spurr, chatted with her about the evening and promoting it as a shopping event. Ms. Wintour did not stay for the performance, but her visit made an impression.
“I wish I had a list of questions to ask her,” Mr. Jonas gushed afterward. “She’s a legend.”
Thus anointed, he made way for a more typical fan, a little girl in a T-shirt with a big heart on it, who posed for a photo with him. Still blushing furiously afterward, she was barely able to stammer out her age: 8.
Soon enough Mr. Jonas was out on stage, singing with his eyes closed, his hips stopping just short of a thrust above the heads of hundreds of shrieking girls.