Nick Jonas sells Twitter ‘follows’ in exchange for iTunes sales: thirsty?

Nick Jonas

You’ve probably already seen this cover (which I cropped for your eyes) of Nick Jonas and his 12-pack abs for the October issue of Flaunt. Inside the issue, Nick grabs his package and tries to channel old-school Mark Mark in his Calvins. You can see the NSFW shoot (and the rest of the cover) here. Nick shows off his furry booty and happy trail. I want to characterize him as desperate, but there’s nothing he’s doing that plenty of thirsty starlets haven’t done already. In fact, this shoot is straight out of the Miley Cyrus “lose that Disney taint” playbook.

Nick is promoting a few things with this Flaunt feature. He has a new DirecTV series called Kingdom. I guess gets his kit off in this show. A lot. Nick told E! Online that he shows everything but the package itself on the show. He teases the possiblity of showing everything in the future. Nick says “if the art required it,” he’d “do whatever it takes to tell the story.” Art!

Nick also has a new single called “Jealous.” In the interest of promotion, he’s not only putting his tush on display but also pulling an old-fashioned bribe. Nick formally requested this his Twitter followers give 20+ copies of his single. He says he’ll follow anyone who proves that they followed his ridiculous instructions:

(1) Do you want me to follow you…

(2) Help me continue to share #JEALOUS with the world iTunes Gift 20 or more people and I will follow you. #sharejealousnickj

(3) Confirm your iTunes gifting with a screenshot of this confirmation screen #sharejealousnickj

[From Nick Jonas on Twitter]

Some of Nick’s Twitter followers have jumped right onto this plan. I don’t feel comfy calling any of them out directly, but some of them are gifting over 30 copies of his song. If he doesn’t follow them back immediately, they’re tweeting hysterically. What a mess.

Nick is essentially selling Twitter follows with this scheme. Does that bother you? Celebs have been known to do sketchy stuff like buy followers to make themselves look more popular. Nick’s putting a new twist on this nonsense by artificially inflating his own sales to fans who will do anything for a follow. C’mon, he’s not even going to read these people’s tweets. This is seriously unethical. It’s even more pathetic and thirsty than Taye Diggs following everyone on Twitter in exchange for nothing.

Nick Jonas

Photos courtesy of Flaunt & WENN

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  1. Abbott says:

    I was so excited because I thought that was Charming Potato in the teaser photo. Then nope.

  2. Kiddo says:

    Where’s the German word for punchable face? It needs to be in this thread now.

    • Abbott says:

      uberdouche? Wunderturd? hasbeensnitzel? My German is rusty.

      • Leftovers says:

        omg, Wunderturd. You win the day.

      • Kiddo says:

        Der Spülung: Backpfeifengesicht.

      • QQ says:

        Abbott!!!!! I.CANNOT.BREATHE!!!

        Go Home everyone..Monday’s been had!!

        (Im in the shallowest end of the kiddie pool here so I plan of putting a paper bag over this boy’s face and ride it like the first horse at the Kentucky Derby…whatshisface has SEVERELY Bae’d Up Light years ahead of the gay and the druggie Jonases

    • Adrien says:

      Das doütschebaggen

  3. Tiffany27 says:

    Ewww @ everything.

  4. CandyKay says:

    I think it’s absolutely fine that he’s selling follows on Twitter. Most fans are aching to have any kind of connection with their heroes. Why is selling somebody a T-shirt or a wallet of a set of bedsheets with your face it on so much worse than selling a follow on Twitter? If it makes his fans happy, then it’s worth the money they spend on gifting the single. Twenty bucks is also not an excessive investment.

  5. Linn says:

    I could understand him giving twitter follows to Fans who buy his single at least once instead of downloading it from somewhere for free, but having to buy 20+ copies of the song is a little ridiculous.

    Especially as he is so famous that he has several Millions of followers so his fans will never have the chance to interact with him no matter if Nick follows them or not.

    Well, I guess if his fans think his twitter follow is worth the money, than good for him.
    In the end selling Facebook/Twitter follows isn’t exactly a new idea, though it’s mostly less popular/upcoming artists doing so and they usually invest some time to actually talk to their fans.

    Personally I might consider following Nick on Twitter if HE gifts me 20+ songs of my choosing.

    • emmie_a says:

      $20+ isn’t an excessive amount to pay to get your teen idol (I know that’s an excessive title for him) to follow you. Old stars charge more than that for autographs at conventions. Heck if Twitter had been around in my teens I totally would’ve paid to have NKOTB follow me

      • Linn says:

        $20+ isn’t an excessive amount of money for most people, but for some of his young fans it probably is still a notable sum. Especially if they don’t have friends who like Nick so 19 copies of the song are wasted.

        If he wanted $20 he should have done this type of promotion for the album.

        But as I said, if his fans are willing to pay the money, than good for him.
        I never really understood why somebody would pay for a signature on a piece of paper and I don’t understand why somebody would pays just so he/her can say Nick Jonas follows him/her on twitter.
        But to each their own.

  6. Talie says:

    This is just like that Kirsten Dunst video that just came out with the selfies and tagging. This is what people want now.

  7. emmie_a says:

    His bribe is actually a pretty creative way to get people to buy his music. If they want to spend their money on that crap, let them.

  8. EEV says:

    I think the cool part of physical attraction is realizing that not everyone is everyone else’s cup of tea – and this guy is most definitely NOT my cup of tea.

  9. We are all made of stars says:

    And if the day ever comes that little Nick from the Jo Bros goes full monty on TV, my everlasting support of art will require that i watch it. Immediately. And every other decent to nice looking dude that does this. Gender equality is a beautiful thing, people.

    As for his twitter scheme, whatever. All the singers’ record labels buy copies of their peoples’ albums to artificially inflate their numbers. It’s why I can’t stand the fake awards and bullshit sales “statistics” that instruct us to believe that one artist is THIS popular. It’s all pure and shameless garbage, and I’d much prefer this type of transparency to the alternative.

  10. Greata says:

    I feel quite sympathetic toward him, as this reeks of desperation.

  11. Skins says:

    Nick, its over. Tell your brothers. Go Home

  12. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    On first glance thought it was Channing Tatum.. if the music is anything like the acting….not good.

  13. Mitch Buchanan Rocks! says:

    On first glance thought it was Channing Tatum.. if the music is anything like the acting….not good.

  14. vimto says:

    I know they were probably going for AlphaMale!Jonas in those pictures, but he just looks rather gormless. More like a concussed Neanderthal than anything else. Poor lad.

  15. Mika says:

    Try hard. He still looks like a boy to me..idk

  16. kri says:

    Oh, god. Get that all out of my face and brain. So repulsive-I cannot believe he doesn’t have a foam finger…somewhere. Gross.

  17. serena says:

    Damn, I admit that I somewhat enjoyed looking at the photos (lol) but really they are so tacky.. just no. This is not a good way to rebrand oneselfs.

  18. CB says:

    So are we going to get leaked d*ck pics soon? I’m following this Jonas desperation train until it reaches it’s conclusion. Who knows? It might inspire Taylor Kitsch. Not buying anything though. Sorry, I’m not sorry.

  19. snowflake says:

    gross on the package pictures. I thought he was supposed to be christian? religious? if so, way to set an example. eww on the pics

  20. Gore says:

    He should just do what Miley has shamelessly done.