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fun. Is Number 1! "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monae)" Rockets to the Top of Billboard's "Hot 100": "SOME NIGHTS" Makes Top 3 Debut on Billboard 200, as Critical Acclaim Continues From All Corners; Sold Out Headline Tour Currently Underway, With Jam-P(March 08, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 03/08/12 -- fun. has ascended to the #1 spot on Billboard's "Hot 100" with their breakthrough hit single, "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)." The track is one of the many highlights found on the band's newly released Fueled By Ramen debut album, "SOME NIGHTS," which has entered Billboard's "Top Current Albums" chart at #2 while also making a top 3 entry onto the Billboard 200.
With total downloads now approaching 1.5 million, "We Are Young" is also standing tall in its second consecutive week at #1 on the "Top Digital Songs" chart. The single is further proving a multi-format radio sensation, scoring #2 airplay at Alternative outlets nationwide. What's more, "We Are Young" has exploded onto the CHR/Top 40 ranking at #24 -- the highest ever debut on the chart from a new artist, according to Mediabase.
Additionally, the "We Are Young" companion video is earning extensive play across the MTV network. Recently named as MTV's "PUSH Artist of the Week," fun. is currently among the artists nominated for the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards' "Breaking Woodie," which honors today's favorite emerging artists. Fans are invited to vote for fun. at www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2012/breaking-woodie/.
Currently starring on the cover of the latest issue of Billboard, fun. will celebrate the blockbuster success of "We Are Young" with an eagerly awaited performance on CBS' Late Show with David Letterman, slated for April 23rd (check local listings). The appearance follows recent visits to TBS' Conan and VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.
fun. recently embarked on a hugely anticipated North American headline tour, with most dates already long sold out. The trek will culminate with a pair of instant hometown sell-outs at New York City's Terminal 5 on June 16th and 17th. For full details and ticket availability, please see http://ournameisfun.com/tour.
The NYC-based band has also scheduled a series of showcases and party appearances at next week's South by Southwest® Music & Media Conference (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. Highlights include performances at Nikon Inc. and Warner Music Group's "The Warner Sound Captured by Nikon" residency on Wednesday, March 14th at 2:50 pm, followed shortly thereafter with an in-store appearance at Waterloo Records at 5:00 pm. Thursday, March 15th will see fun. performing at the inaugural mtvU Woodies Awards Festival, streaming live on Woodies.mtvU.com with a set time slated for 6:15 pm. The band will wrap its busy SXSW with a Friday, March 16th set at the annual Paradigm showcase at the world famous Stubb's BBQ.
Revel & Riot, an organization that promotes LGBT rights, awareness and equality through art, design and education resources, will serve as fun.'s official charity partner throughout the spring tour. A specially designed shirt reading "It's all fun. and gay 'til someone loses their rights" is on sale now at all tour dates as well as via the band's official webstore, located at http://store.ournameisfun.com. All proceeds from sales of the shirt will benefit Revel & Riot. An outspoken advocate for equal rights and marriage equality, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff recently published the first in a series of blog posts for The Huffington Post's "Gay Voices," entitled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities."
Having earned widespread acclaim with their 2009 debut album, "AIM AND IGNITE," fun. decided to raise the stakes with "SOME NIGHTS" by teaming with noted producer Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Jay-Z, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Drake). The band and Bhasker have worked to evolve the idiosyncratic fun. sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
In addition to its spectacular popular success, "SOME NIGHTS" has also earned ecstatic critical praise, with Rolling Stone applauding its blend of "classic bubble-pop tunefulness with rococo rock & roll" as well as singer Nate Ruess' "huge voice, all snarl and Broadway panache." SPIN hailed the album's "combination of record-collector bravado and lyrical vulnerability," singling out "the towering, thrilling 'One Foot'" and "the do-the-robot opening-to-the-car-with-the-windows-down anthem 'It Gets Better.'" Perhaps AbsolutePunk.net summed it up best in its 9.5-out-of-10 rave: "SOME NIGHTS" is "the bold, adventurous and grandiose album that the Top 40 charts needs right now."
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
fun. North American Tour 2012 MARCH -------- 9 Atlanta, GA Center Stage - SOLD OUT! 10 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre - SOLD OUT! 18 New Orleans, LA House of Blues 20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio 21 Dallas, TX House of Blues - SOLD OUT! 23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre - SOLD OUT! 24 Pomona, CA The Glass House - SOLD OUT! 26 Sacramento, CA Sac State University Union 28 San Francisco, CA The Independent - SOLD OUT! 29 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill - SOLD OUT! 31 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue - SOLD OUT! 31 Sandy, UT Graywhale Entertainment (In Store Event - Free) APRIL -------- 3 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre - SOLD OUT! 5 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre - SOLD OUT! 5 Denver, CO Twist & Shout Records (In Store Event - Free) 6 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre & Café - SOLD OUT! 7 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club 9 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose Tap House - SOLD OUT! 10 Omaha, NE The Slowdown - SOLD OUT! 11 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre - SOLD OUT! 13 Minneapolis, MN The Brick - SOLD OUT! 14 Chicago. IL Vic Theatre - SOLD OUT! 15 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall - SOLD OUT! 18 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection - SOLD OUT! 19 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion - SOLD OUT! 20 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall - SOLD OUT! 21 Boston, MA House of Blues - SOLD OUT! 25 Toronto, ON Kool Haus 27 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights 26 Montreal, QC Cabaret du Mile End 27 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights 28 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts - SOLD OUT! 30 Montreal, QC Cabaret Du Mile End MAY -------- 3 Washington, DC 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT! 4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT! 5 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre - SOLD OUT! 28 George, WA Sasquatch Festival @ The Gorge 29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater 31 Mesa, AZ Mesa Arts Center JUNE -------- 5 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum 6 Santa Fe, NM Railyard Plaza (free show) 8 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom 9 St. Louis, MO The Pageant 11 Covington, KY Madison Theatre 13 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room 14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues - SOLD OUT! 15 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE 16 New York, NY Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT! 17 New York, NY Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT!
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