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fun.'s "SOME NIGHTS" Arrives at Last, Featuring the Breakthrough Hit Single, "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monae)"; Band to Perform Tonight on TBS' Conan, Featured as Artist of the Week for MTV's P.U.S.H.; In-Store Events Slated for This Week,(February 21, 2012)
NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwire) -- 02/21/12 -- fun. has announced a flurry of activity surrounding today's release of their Fueled By Ramen debut, "SOME NIGHTS." The album -- which includes the hit single, "We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)" -- is now available in stores and at all digital retailers.
fun. will celebrate the release with a live performance on tonight's installment of TBS' Conan, to be followed on Friday, February 24th, by a visit to VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live (check local listings).
A series of rare in-store events are slated for this week, paving the way for the start of the band's much anticipated North American tour. The appearances kick off today at Long Beach, California's Fingerprints Records, with other signing sessions slated for Chandler, Arizona's Zia Records tomorrow, February 22nd, Philadelphia's FYE on Thursday, February 23rd, Providence, Rhode Island's FYE on Thursday, March 1st, and Denver's Twist & Shout Records on Thursday, April 5th.
fun. will embark on their upcoming headline trek beginning February 29th at South Burlington, Vermont's Higher Ground, with dates set through early May (see below itinerary). Many of the announced dates are already completely sold out, including shows in Maryland, North Carolina, Atlanta, San Francisco, Boulder, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC. Today, the band announced additional dates beginning May 29 in Portland, OR running through June 16, with a very special hometown performance at New York City's Terminal 5. A pre-sale for fan club members for these newly announced dates begins on Thursday at 12 PM local time at http://tixx1.artistarena.com/fun/, with general on-sale beginning on Friday, March 2nd at 12 PM local time. For complete details and ticket availability for all dates, please see http://ournameisfun.com/tour.
fun. is teaming with LGBT rights organization Revel & Riot as their official charity partner for the spring tour. Revel & Riot is an organization that promotes LGBT rights, awareness and equality through art, design and education resources. The band collaborated with the organization to design a shirt reading "It's all fun. and gay 'til someone loses their rights," and proceeds from the shirt, which is available at tour dates and in the band's webstore (http://store.ournameisfun.com/). An outspoken advocate for equal rights and marriage equality, fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff recently published the first in a series of blog posts for Huffington Post's Gay Voices, titled "Straight Allies: The Importance and the Realities."
Currently a top 5 favorite at Alternative radio outlets nationwide, "We Are Young" has proven a major breakthrough for fun., with sales surpassing 600,000. The track claimed the top slot on Billboard's "Digital Songs" chart and the #3 slot on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart. Clear Channel recently named fun. one of their "Emerging Artists," and iHeart Radio is currently featuring an interview with the band and very special acoustic performances of "We Are Young" and "Carry On." The videos are posted at http://www.iheartradio.com/iplaylist/artist/1146421/.
In addition, fun. is MTV's P.U.S.H. (Play Until Someone Hears) featured artist of the week. The "We Are Young" companion video is earning major play across the MTV network, including rotation at VH1 and mtvU, where fun. was recently named among the nominees for the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards' "Breaking Woodie" -- fans are invited to vote for fun. at www.mtv.com/ontv/woodieawards/2012/breaking-woodie/.
"We Are Young" was also prominently featured in Chevrolet's 2012 Super Bowl XLVI ad campaign promoting the 2012 Chevy Sonic. "Stunt Anthem" can be viewed online at www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuvoSw1TiJ8&feature=youtu.be.
As if all that weren't enough, a companion video for the first track on Some Nights, "Some Nights (Intro)" -- directed by filmmaker/photographer Poppy de Villanueve - is premiering today exclusively at IFC.com at http://www.ifc.com/fix/2012/02/premiere:-fun.-some-nights-(intro).
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, Beyonce, Drake). The band and Bhasker have worked to evolve the idiosyncratic fun. sound by marrying their robust melodies with elements of hip-hop.
"We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monáe)" received instant applause upon its arrival last year, with USA Today hailing the "baroque indie-popsters" for "(making) a counterintuitive play for the big time, slowing down for the massive sing-along chorus."
fun. began in 2008 when Nate Ruess teamed up with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff to meld an array of diverse inspirations into their own irresistible and freewheeling pop songcraft. The band drew immediate attention for their contemporary rethinking of classic 70s pop, where ornate arrangements and inspired orchestrations meet present-day rock 'n' roll. Fit to burst with richly prolix lyricism and intricate melodic twists and turns, "AIM AND IGNITE" earned copious critical praise: Paste praised their "bubbly, pop-synth songs," while The Huffington Post noted that "(fun. has) been quite on a roll since the release of their well-received debut."
The band followed the album's release with a series of well-received live appearances, including numerous headline dates and show-stopping performances at such gatherings as 2011's Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)
fun. North American Tour 2012 *denotes newly announced date FEBRUARY --------- 21 Long Beach, CA Fingerprints Records (In Store Event - Free) --------- 22 Chandler, AZ ZIA Records (In Store Event - Free) 23 Philadelphia, PA FYE (In Store Event - Free) 29 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground MARCH --------- 1 Providence, RI FYE (In Store Event - Free) --------- 1 Pawtucket, RI Lupo's 2 Towson, MD The Recher Theatre - SOLD OUT! 3 Carrboro, NC Cat's Cradle - SOLD OUT! 7 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre 8 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre 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 23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre 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 31 Sandy, UT Graywhale Entertainment (In Store Event - Free) APRIL --------- 3 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre --------- 5 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre 5 Fort Collins, CO Twist & Shout Records (In Store Event - Free) 6 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre & Café - SOLD OUT! 7 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club 8 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose Tap House 10 Omaha, NE The Slowdown 11 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre 13 Minneapolis, MN The Brick 14 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre - SOLD OUT! 15 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall 18 Grand Rapids, MI The Intersection 19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall 20 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall 21 Boston, MA House of Blues 25 Toronto, ON The Guvernment 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 28 George, WA Sasquatch Festival @ The Gorge 29 Portland, OR Roseland Theater* JUNE --------- 5 Flagstaff, AZ The Orpheum* --------- 6 Santa Fe, NM Railyard Plaza* 8 Oklahoma City Diamond Ballroom* 9 St. Louis, MO The Pageant* 13 Indianapolis, IN Deluxe at Old National Centre* 14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues* 15 Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls* 16 New York, NY Terminal 5*
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