Nick Jonas’ “Jealous” and “Chains” might still be all over the radio, but that hasn’t kept the former boy band member from heading back into the studio. Still, Jonas isn’t sure his next record will be 100% new material.
“I feel like the next step is just going to be getting a collection of a few more songs and maybe repackaging the album,” Jonas tells EW. “I still feel like there’s some life left on the record I released last year.”
“Jealous,” Jonas’s first single off his self-titled album, topped out at the No. 7 spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 in January, and “Chains” followed up by hitting No. 13 three months later.
“The great thing about songs that a large group of people can connect to is that, it sort of breaks down some of the walls of feeling like they can’t like it for whatever reason,” Jonas says. “That’s been the big goal this last year and a half, to break some of the perceptions down and rebuild.”
Those perceptions might come from the singer’s Jonas Brothers days, when he and his two older brothers were greeted by screaming teenage girls each time they took the stage, and starred in Disney movie Camp Rock (and its sequel), along with two seasons of their own television show, Jonas. But the band stopped making music together in 2013, and the age range of Jonas’ fan base has continued to expand since.
“It’s all across the spectrum I think,” Jonas says. “There’s no way to really define the age group of the fans.”
He adds, “People that come up to me and tell me they like the music are far from what it used to be. I’m still getting used to it.”
Some of those new fans have also hailed from the more serious acting projects Jonas has taken on recently. TV show Kingdom, in which Jonas stars as boxer Nate Kulina, begins its sophomore season this fall, and has already been picked up for a third go-around. Jonas’ other acting gig, Ryan Murphy’s highly anticipated Scream Queens, premieres in September.
Despite staying busy on the small screen, Jonas says fans can expect new music from him in the near future. He promises, “I’m coming with a new record at some point later this year or next year.”
Reporting by Gillian Telling