Nick Jonas: 'My new album allowed me to take ownership of what happened'
Nick Jonas will release his highly anticipated new album ‘Last Year Was Complicated’ tomorrow (June 10) and he has opened up about the title.
The ‘Jealous’ heartthrob told Billboard that it refers to an array of things and he wanted to write songs about the experiences he’s had over the past couple of years, some of which have been emotionally taxing:
“Hopefully with everything I do, I give people a better idea of my personality. As an artist and songwriter, I'm best if I draw from real-life experience. This record in particular, a lot of it is about a breakup.”
“The way I approach my songwriting is that it's never melodramatic or even dramatic for the sake of being dramatic. I try to put a little twist on it some way and give it an element that references my personality. With the title, it allowed me to take ownership of what was, in a lot of people's minds, a great year. And that constant thing of, with success must come happiness.”
Jonas also confessed that the title of this record came from a personal chat with Jay Z:
“And there's truth to that to a degree, but I've learned we're all human and we all go through the same thing -- a breakup is something we all go through. That and transitioning to a different part of your life -- in my case, career and family changing and all that. I liked the idea [of the title] once the conversation with Jay Z happened, where he said, "What was the last year of your life like?" and I said, "The last year was complicated."
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