This is no average story this band are 2012’s phenomenon. fun. are set to release their breakthrough single 'We Are Young (Feat. Janelle Monae)' on 14 May, followed quickly by their sophomore album 'Some Nights' on 28 May.
In the last month this band has been literally catapulted into the limelight and into the #3 spot in the Billboard Charts and #2 in the iTunes charts off the back of a Chevrolet Chevy Sonic Super Bowl ad.
This is something that Jack Antonoff (guitar, trumpet), Andrew Dost (vocals, piano, guitar, bass, keyboards) and Nate Ruess (lead vocals) never imagined was possible.
They knew this song was special but suddenly the whole of America were singing it, and buying it, with sales surpassing 600,000 and the official video reaching over 10.9 million views! In the UK they’re already making in roads at radio having been added to the Capital FM playlist 10 weeks upfront (the last act to do this was Bruno Mars).
Collaborator, Janelle Monáe, who has nothing but the highest praise for her tourmates, hailed the band as "incredible musicians. "Nate Ruess’ voice is legendary," Monáe added.
"Their music is special. To watch fun. is to perhaps watch the renaissance of Queen mixed with their own fresh approach to music."
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 70’s pop, where ornate arrangements and inspired orchestrations meet present-day rock ‘n’ roll.
They 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. Having just been released in the States, 'Some Nights' debuted at #3 in the Billboard Top 200 selling over 70,000 in its first week and this week is on track to be the No. 1 album.
It has been receiving critical acclaim across the board and last week the guys had their first Billboard cover and it definitely won’t be their last.
They have become a household name overnight and now it’s time for them to show the UK just why.
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