The year is only half over, but 2019 has already been the biggest in the Jonas Brothers’ career. Since announcing their return at the end of February, the trio of bros have practically proven to be unstoppable: A No. 1 single, magazine covers galore, a world tour launching in August, and now, the largest album debut of the year.
Happiness Begins, which the JoBros released on June 7, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 (chart dated June 22). The set earned 414,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week, surpassing even Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next for the biggest week of 2019 so far. While that is arguably their most impressive feat yet, the Jonas Brothers have had plenty of reasons to celebrate in 2019.
As the Jonas train keeps rolling, take a look at everything they’ve accomplished in 2019 -- so far.
February 28 - Announce reunion
After more than a year of speculation, the guys revealed that they were indeed reuniting. First sharing the lush cover art for the lead single, “Sucker,” the JoBros shared that they would be taking over The Late Late Show With James Corden the following week to celebrate their return (yes, including a Jonas version of Carpool Karaoke).
Promptly at midnight, the JoBros unveiled the undeniably hooky, infectious pop tune “Sucker.” The reaction to the synth-heavy jam seemed overwhelmingly positive, especially thanks to its extravagant music video starring each of their wives.
March 11 – “Sucker” debuts at No. 1 on the Hot 100
As the video views racked up by the millions, so did the streams – 43.7 million in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielsen Music – and thus, the song landed atop the Hot 100 with ease. It was their first Hot 100 leader ever.
April 4 – Release “Cool”
Following a song like “Sucker” wasn’t going to be easy, but the guys combined their knack for playful lyrics (and a shout-out to Post Malone) with a pounding melody for a fun second release. And though it didn’t quite launch as fiercely as “Sucker,” “Cool” managed to debut at No. 27 on the Hot 100 – not too shabby for a group who hadn’t had a Top 40 hit on the chart since 2009.
Another first for the trio, the rapid rise of “Sucker” on radio helped them land their second chart-topping feat.
April 25 – Unveil Billboard cover
The first magazine cover of many since their return, the Jonas Brothers opened up about their reunion and the positive place they’re in now. “It feels like the second bite of the apple is potentially going to be even bigger,” Nick said, “because we’re in a healthy place, we’re enjoying the ride. And I think the music is a reflection of that.”
As the guys had hinted in interviews, they had big tour plans in store: 40 dates across North America initially, which quickly grew to 67 by May 11 due to overwhelming demand. “This has honestly been mind blowing for us,” they captioned an Instagram post about the new dates.
The guys made their television return in fiery fashion with their BBMAs performance, which marked their first awards show performance since 2009. Nick kicked off with “Jealous,” which Joe joined before the two broke into DNCE’s smash “Cake By the Ocean.” Once Kevin arrived, the brothers played “Sucker” as flames roared around them, making for a super memorable performance.
May 11 – Perform on Saturday Night Live
Ten years after their last appearance, the Jonas Brothers returned to the SNL stage. Along with "Sucker" and a funny Judge Judy-esque sketch, the Bros opted for a little nostalgia, throwing in "Burnin' Up" at the end of their performance of "Cool."
June 4 – Release Amazon documentary, Chasing Happiness
Just three days before the Happiness Begins album release, the Jonas Brothers gave a behind-the-scenes look at their journey with a 90-minute documentary. The film, which is available on Amazon Prime, features home videos and in-depth interviews – and several revelations that even their biggest fans might not have known.
June 7 – Release Happiness Begins album
The moment day-one fans had been waiting on for six years. The 14-track album flexes the Jonas Brothers’ versatility in their new era, with hints of R&B, reggae and synth-pop. The guys celebrated the much-anticipated LP with a performance on the Today show.
June 17 – Happiness Begins debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200
Not only did the brothers earn their first chart-topping album in 10 years with Happiness Begins, but they earned the largest week of any album in 2019. The set earned 414,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending June 13, which also marked the biggest week for a pop album since December 2017 and the largest week for a group since One Direction in December 2015.
The guys joined Happiness Begins executive producer Ryan Tedder (along with superstar songwriters Shane McAnally and Ester Dean) on NBC’s new songwriter reality series Songland, on which they selected a song called “Greenlight” to record and release.
June 19 – Hit No. 1 on the Artist 100 for the first time
Thanks to the huge success of Happiness Begins, the Jonas Brothers jumped from No. 14 to the top of the Artist 100 chart. The achievement added another first to their resume, further proving that they’re bigger than ever – and it’s not stopping anytime soon.