Five Burning Questions: Billboard Staffers Discuss the Jonas Brothers’ Hot 100 No. 1 Debut For ‘Sucker’

Longtime teen pop and Disney Channel lovers rejoice: the Jonas Brothers are again, and apparently higher than ever. Billboard introduced Monday (Mar. 11) that the trio's reunion single "Sucker" — Nick, Joe and Kevin's first ensemble effort since a short-lived 2013 return — has debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. 

This would've been practically unimaginable for us or anybody else to see coming at the start the yr. That's largely as a result of the JoBros' plans to reunite have been largely hidden till a pair weeks in the past, course — but in addition as a result of pop-rock singles like "Sucker" have been scarce within the chart's high tier lately, and since throughout their authentic run as hit makers within the mid-to-late '00s, they by no means even obtained inside a pair spots the chart's high spot.

So how did the Jonas Brothers handle such a powerful return? Is "Sucker" actually the group's finest (in addition to now their greatest) hit single? And now that the trio is again at pop's heart, will they have the ability to keep there? Billboard staffers debate these questions and extra in regards to the Bros' beautiful chart achievement under. 

1. On a scale from 1-10, how sudden is that this No. 1 debut to you?

Gab Ginsberg: Let’s go along with 6. I knew from each the chatter inside my private/pressional circles and the thrill on-line that this track (and the band’s reunion) was a giant deal, however I undoubtedly didn’t count on it to be such a monster on the charts, particularly helped by elements outdoors streaming. When our chart division instructed us the track was headed for No. 1, I truly thought he was speaking about our Pop Songs chart, and I used to be like, is smart. But he meant NUMBER 1 No. 1 — on the precise Hot 100! I used to be thrilled.

Jason Lipshutz: I'd say an eight. Although pop — that’s, non-hip-hop, dance-adjacent hits — has loved a reasonably good latest run on the high the Hot 100, because of Ariana Grande, Halsey and “Shallow,” there hasn’t been a track that seems like “Sucker” at No. 1 since… Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop The Feeling!”? Ed Sheeran’s “Shape Of You,” when you squint somewhat bit? Not solely is “Sucker” an outlier in phrases the rap-heavy sonic DNA that’s dominating the pop charts, but it surely’s not just like the Jonas Brothers had a protracted historical past crowning the Hot 100 again after they have been within the midst their authentic run — the very best they ever soared on the chart was No. 5, with “Burnin’ Up.” A devoted fan base was at all times going to be thinking about a JoBros reunion, however the truth that this pop-rock monitor was capable of cross over to informal listeners so mightily in its debut week is really stunning.

Chris Payne: There’s so a lot that’s stunning about this. I'd say 9 and solely not a 10 as a result of how sturdy the track is. As quickly as I heard “Sucker” I believed it’d achieve success, however solely in time as soon as radio kicked in, because you wouldn’t count on the Jonas Brothers to be a streaming powerhouse. Well, right here we’re and the track is still atop the U.S. Spotify charts. You don't see that from many pop artists, not to mention those who had been inactive for half a decade: Only three or 4 pop songs topped the Hot 100 in all final yr.

Andrew Unterberger: I assume I can't say 10, because the Jonas Brothers do not less than have a good historical past established chart success — it's not like that is The Knife or TV on the Radio rising from a protracted profession within the underground to slay the Hot 100. But I’ll say 9, as a result of I legitimately can't bear in mind ever being extra blindsided by a Hot 100 debut. I've already owned up on Twitter to having prematurely dismissed a co-worker's day–release guess that the track would debut at No. 1 — hell, I needed to pat him on the pinnacle and go, "Aww, that's cute that you just assume that." I've actually been mistaken in regards to the charts loads in my time at Billboard, however hardly ever fairly this spectacularly. 

But in my protection: This by no means occurs. A pop-rock group going to No. 1 with a comeback effort, over a decade previous their business prime? A boy band having simply their greatest hit as adults? There's simply no precedent for it — the one potential exception I can assume is New Edition's "Hit Me Off," lead single from 1996's post-reunion effort Home Again, which additionally turned that group's highest-charting Hot 100 effort, debuting at No. three (one spot greater than "Cool It Now" in 1985). But even that was a once-in-a-generation-type exception: Usually, these comebacks find yourself wanting much more prefer it did when the Bros first returned from a profession pause with "Pom Poms" in 2013, a middling song with an unremarkable chart presence

Taylor Weatherby: Even as a Jonas Brothers die-hard, I’d say eight. Though I’m ecstatic about it, I genuinely didn’t see this No. 1 coming. Looking at it from a charts perspective, how might anybody have thought they’d high the chart with their first track in six years after they didn’t even do it of their prime? In less-technical pondering, I assume I simply assumed there weren’t hundreds of thousands individuals who nonetheless cared in regards to the thought the Jonas Brothers reuniting. Boy was I confirmed mistaken, and boy am I so not mad about it.

2. What do you assume is the most important issue behind the JoBros’ massive debut?

Gab Ginsberg: While Nick and Joe’s solo music careers by no means reached fairly the peak that the collective trio did of their prime Disney days, it’s price noting that within the interim, the brothers turned greater celebrities than ever. They dated high-prile fashions, musicians and actors over time, launching them into a very totally different stratosphere fame. Nick’s latest marriage ceremony to Priyanka Chopra made headlines each day, as did Joe’s courting and subsequent engagement to Sophie Turner, star the juggernaut that’s Game Thrones. One might argue that the brothers by no means truly left the limelight, so a reunion — which in different cases, cynics would possibly view as a chance for drained former stars to make some money — took everybody by (nice) shock. 

Jason Lipshutz: Obviously the passion  Jonas Brothers diehards nonetheless exists all these years later — the trio did fill arenas within the late 2000s, in any case — and the brand new followers scooped up by Nick by way of his solo work and Joe by way of his DNCE days seemingly helped generate buzz across the track’s launch. Yet “Sucker” doesn’t get near a No. 1 debut if it additionally isn’t actually, actually good. This track represents the best-case situation for a Jonas Brothers reunion single: slick harmonies, hermetic manufacturing, a falsetto-heavy hook that instantly sticks with the listener. “Sucker” is the sort track that sounds nice on headphones whereas strolling round on a chilly day, and can sound nice on summer season barbecue playlists in a number of months. General curiosity in new JoBros music certainly existed, however the prime quality “Sucker” tremendously amplified that curiosity and produced the most important hit the trio’s profession.

Chris Payne: They got here again with an excellent track. "Sucker" seems like the type factor their core demo — 25-or-so-year outdated pop followers — would wish to hearken to as adults. It's a catchy pop-rock track contextualized by Nick's solo R&B success. Its video exhibits all of them with their important others. They're again, however to not beat you over the pinnacle with nostalgia. So as an alternative listening as soon as, having fun and shifting on, followers saved coming again for extra.   

Andrew Unterberger: "Sucker" is nice, course, however let me focus right here as an alternative on streaming because the beforehand lacking ingredient within the group's chart success. The JoBros got here up in the course of the peak the iTunes period, and most their greatest hits have been sales-driven — they scored 5 high 5 hits on Billboard's Digital Song Sales chart within the '00s, however by no means even scored a high 50 hit on Radio Songs. The trio hasn't misplaced their gross sales contact ("Sucker" debuts atop Digital Song Sales this week), however streaming, first launched to Hot 100 calculations in 2013, is the difference-maker — offering a second, chart-quantifiable path for followers to precise their help for the Bros' music, and largely eradicating the necessity for a fast radio embrace  the track to ensure that it to make an immediate Hot 100 impression. (FWIW, although, radio additionally does seem like cottoning to "Sucker" as nicely: It debuts at No. 46 on the chart this week.)

Taylor Weatherby: I believe the most important cause “Sucker” shot to the highest is as a result of nobody anticipated that there can be a brand new Jonas Brothers track in 2019. The guys have mentioned themselves that even simply final yr they weren’t seeking to reunite, and with every them pursuing their very own tasks even into this yr, most followers had seemingly let go any reunion hopes. In flip, the truth that they introduced the reunion and instantly adopted it up by releasing the one is one other issue, as a result of the frenzied pleasure then become a large quantity streams. But additionally, “Sucker” is simply an all-around unbelievable pop tune – so even those that don’t actually care that the Jonas Brothers are again are stepping into it.

three. Where do you personally rank “Sucker” among the many Jonas Brothers’ greatest hits?

Gab Ginsberg: “Sucker” is on par with “S.O.S” and subsequently a 10 on the Earworm Scale. "Tonight" and "Pushin' Me Away" by no means actually resonated with me, so it's forward these two, but it surely’s possibly one step under “Burnin’ Up,” which is my all-time favourite. “Sucker” seems like traditional JoBros filtered by way of modern manufacturing, is objectively insanely catchy, and is barely helped by the truth that it entails whistling. Whistling might be my kryptonite.

Jason Lipshutz: It’s been lower than two weeks since “Sucker" dropped, but it surely’s gotta be close to the highest already, proper? The Jonas Brothers’ discography incorporates some extremely pleasing pop tracks, “Burnin’ Up” and “S.O.S.” chief amongst them, that fall simply brief traditional standing: As massive because the Bros turned inside American popular culture close to the top the ‘00s, they by no means launched a single that was both really inescapable or championed by pop critics. With “Sucker,” they could have lastly stumbled right into a track that’s each: It's already an enormous success for the reformed trio, and its refrain possesses the arrogance and charisma that some their early hits lacked. The JoBros' complete catalog is price a revisit, however “Sucker” ought to already be within the dialogue for the group’s most impeccable single up to now.

Chris Payne: It's up there. As I mentioned already, this can be a good track. It's obtained type, it's obtained chill; it's obtained buildup and launch. It sounds prefer it belongs on pop radio proper now, identical to "S.O.S." in 2007 or "Burnin' Up," in 2008. It doesn't carry the recollections or mythology these songs course, but it surely's obtained the chips to be on the identical desk. The Jonas Brothers don't have one signature track that towers above the remaining and "Sucker" undoubtedly advantages from that. 

Andrew Unterberger: Agreed with my co-writers that "S.O.S." and "Burnin' Up" are the 2 Jonas standard-bearers on this dialogue; I may additionally throw the chic new-wave nervousness assault "Paranoid" (overshadowed a decade in the past by a contemporaneous and much more convincingly paranoid "Paranoid") into the dialogue. "Sucker" is actually that basic class, and arguably much more pricient as a pop track — however maybe inevitably because of this it being a comeback, it carries rather less the spark distinctive to the brother band. It's a winner, but when a radio DJ had intro'd it as being by Fitz and the Tantrums or Foster the People, would you have got even double-taked?

Taylor Weatherby: It’s undoubtedly high 10. The funky beat, playful narrative and breathy vocals are fairly traditional JoBros, with a whistling hook and bouncy melody that makes it immediately as infectious as a track like “S.O.S.” While I wouldn’t say “Sucker” is kind of on the hype degree “Burnin’ Up,” its rhythm is extra enjoyable than “Paranoid,” and the lyrics are as spirited as “Year 3000” or “That’s Just the Way We Roll.” “Sucker” matches proper in to the Jonas catalog, but its synthesized manufacturing feels present, and makes me much more excited for his or her forthcoming music than I used to be after they first introduced their reunion.

four. Do you assume the Jonas Brothers will have the ability to maintain the success their reunion from right here?

Gab Ginsberg: Yes, however they’re going to have to present us extra ASAP. In phrases what might be subsequent on their agenda, I’m hoping for a tour announcement and possibly a number of extra singles. Not that I’d look a present Jonas Brothers LP within the mouth, however judging by the vitality on the secret present I attended on “Sucker” launch day, nothing compares to seeing the JoBros within the flesh. Their live performance was the primary one I ever attended as a tween with out parental supervision, and I wish to relive that magic. Also, I lastly get the hype surrounding the reunions bands like Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls, each which I missed the boat on by being a number of years too younger.

Jason Lipshutz: The Jonas Brothers are primarily taking part in with home cash with their reunion: Even if the trio’s first new album in a decade doesn’t produce one other massive single, the truth that they have been capable of rating their highest-charting hit up to now at this level of their profession justifies no matter else is coming from a business standpoint. Frankly, “Sucker” is such an completed single, pushed by the preliminary curiosity within the reunion upon its launch, that duplicating its success can be tough regardless what the following the brand new music seems like. Yet to have a respectable smash to anchor a reunion tour, and choose up hordes new followers within the course of, is probably going greater than the JoBros might have ever hoped for.

Chris Payne: Why not? They've already overcome their greatest problem — nudging their pretty-boy pop-rock again into the cultural dialog with out showing dated or embarrassing. They scored the hit single. Post-"Sucker," every little thing else is extra of their wheelhouse: a studio album loads individuals will wish to purchase, a (seemingly) world tour loads individuals will attend. Toss in a pair award present performances, a Carpool Karaoke, possibly an SNL gig, and also you've obtained the sort 2019 managers and publicists dream about. 

Andrew Unterberger: From a chart perspective, I'd must guess no, just because the track's success nonetheless feels so unlikely and since it's doubly arduous to catch that sort pop-rock lightning in a bottle twice in a row lately: As large as "Feel It Still" and "Youngblood" have been on the Hot 100, neither Portugal. The Man or 5 Seconds Summer even graced the chart with their respective follow-ups. But I'm not betting towards them at this level — and anyway, you would argue that even one chart success story was another than the group wanted for his or her comeback, because the continued post-prime success Man Bands like Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block exhibits modern hits aren't crucial for such veteran pop teams to stay main dwell sights. 

Taylor Weatherby: I wish to consider so! I’ve been totally impressed by the followers which have proven up for the group's comeback up to now, so I might hope that this hype continues because the JoBros launch extra music within the coming months. It’ll be attention-grabbing to see how their follow-up tune fares, as I’m curious if this preliminary response is simply fueled by a rush nostalgia that can fizzle after the primary single. My intestine says that they received’t have the ability to sustain with the recognition hip-hop lately, however possibly somewhat throwback pop is what individuals have been wanting amid the rap-dominated period. At the very least, if and when an album arrives, I do assume they’ll have the ability to high the Billboard 200 albums chart fairly simply – as long as Drake or Rihanna don’t determine to additionally drop their very own tasks on the identical launch date.

5. Now that the JoBros are again and an enormous success, everyone knows what boy band everybody’s gonna look to subsequent — how lengthy do you assume till One Direction proclaims their comeback, if ever?

Gab Ginsberg: Not anytime quickly. Harry instantly loved a significant solo profession — on a distinct degree than Nick or Joe ever did outdoors the Jonas Brothers — and Niall discovered his area of interest, too. The different guys are simply beginning to make their very own debuts, and whereas there are a few members 1D who would seemingly be right down to reunite at a second’s discover, till Harry’s on board, I simply don’t see it.

Jason Lipshutz: I’d guess it’s going to sometime occur, however that it will likely be some time. There’s a cause why the One Direction members classify themselves as being on “hiatus” as an alternative damaged up — I do consider that they plan on getting the band again collectively sooner or later, though they’re all nonetheless exploring their solo skills, and have typically discovered successful in doing so. Perhaps the 2020s can be form to the Directioners and have, on the very least, some reunion exhibits with Harry, Niall, Liam and Louis in tow, or (all of the fingers crossed) possibly even a brand new tour or album. Whether or not they’ll ever reconcile with Zayn is anybody’s guess, although. 

Chris Payne: Sorry, it's not taking place. Unless you rely the type blink-and-you'll-miss-it "reunions" achieved by *NSYNC and Destiny's Child on the VMAs and Super Bowl. I simply can't see Harry or Zayn being down — they look like on utterly totally different wavelengths than what a full-fledged 1D reunion would entail. You might in all probability get away with 1D minus Zayn since they really existed some time that means, however no Harry, no reunion. Sure, the JoBros obtained Nick again within the fold, however his handful solo hits isn’t any comparability to the post-1D millennial Mick Jagger aura Mr. Styles. Could you actually image him singing "Best Song Ever" to an area very outdated youngsters in Phoenix when he might be, I dunno, collaborating on menswear designs with John Varvatos and Father John Misty?

Andrew Unterberger: There's nonetheless a quantity obstacles in the way in which a full starting-unit reunion One Direction, however the benefit One Direction having a five-man lineup (and one non-relatives) is that it might possibly climate a no-show or two. Not reunion with out Zayn or Harry would ever really feel completely proper, however this isn't fairly the all-or-nothing proposition *NSYNC with Justin Timberlake: None the 1Ders ever fairly towered over the group to that dramatic an extent, throughout its lifetime or since. I believe we're lower than 5 years away from not less than a three/5 majority One Direction efforting some form comeback — although admittedly, I'd be fairly rattling stunned if it went anyplace close to this easily. 

Taylor Weatherby: One factor I lately realized is that the Jonas Brothers had a launch schedule that paralleled One Direction’s throughout their heyday, each placing out an album every year for 5 years straight amid touring and all their members' respective extracirricular ventures.  So, in hoping that this implies 1D is on the identical timeline — with new music coming after a six-year layover since their first ficial hiatus — it appears 2021 is once we’d see the boys again collectively. 

But as a lot because it pains me to say (unsurprisingly, I’m a Directioner as nicely), I actually don’t foresee One Direction making music collectively once more. Their paths have all confirmed to be very totally different musically, so I believe in the event that they do reunite, it will likely be much like what the Spice Girls are doing this summer season: reuniting for a tour, however no new music. Most the 1D guys have remained mum as late, however Louis Tomlinson simply launched his first single with Arista Records on March 7, seemingly hinting he’s not serious about a reunion anytime quickly. But hey, the Jonas Brothers reunited and have the No. 1 track within the nation, so you possibly can by no means say by no means, proper?