Pop Rockers Fun. Hit Number 1 With “We Are Young,” Readying New Single

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The band fun. have the #1 single in the country right now, but how much do you know about them?

fun. was formed by Arizona native Nate Ruess, of indie rock band The Format, after they disbanded in 2008. Following the split Nate packed up and met up with touring pals Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train in New Jersey and immediately started recording with them. Since then, fun. has offered up two albums (Aim and Ignite in 2009 and their latest, Some Nights, in February 2012), have performed sold out shows supporting fellow pop/rock groups such as Jack’s Mannequin and Paramore and are slated to perform at the Bonnaroo 2012 music festival in Manchester, TN — on top of an already hectic schedule.

The band is best known for their 2012 hit single “We Are Young” featuring Janelle Monae. It’s success can be traced back to the Glee performance of “We Are Young.”

The catchy track has hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts. Interestingly enough, that’s the first time in over ten years that a rock band has made a Billboard debut at #1 on the Hot 100 since Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me” was released in 2001, as well as becoming the first rock song to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Coldplay’s “Viva La Vida” in 2008.

fun.’s latest full-length album, Some Nights, is available now via Fueled By Ramen Records and can be streamed in full on their website.

And get ready, the band is about to release a brand new single. Singer Nate Ruess recently told MTV “The song’s going to be ‘Some Nights,’ which, for us, is the song we always dreamed would be a single and never thought it would happen.” Nate continued, “We’re talking about videos right now. The video’s going to be amazing, and we haven’t even decided on anything yet. … But just from the early stuff we’ve discussed, it’s going to be phenomenal.”

Upcoming fun. Tour Dates:

Mar 21 | Dallas, TX | House Of Blues
Mar 23 | Tucson, AZ | Rialto Theatre
Mar 24 | Pomona, CA | Glass House
Mar 28 | San Francisco, CA | The Independent
Mar 29 | San Francisco, CA | Bottom of the Hill
Mar 31 | Salt Lake City, UT | In The Venue
Apr 03 | Fort Collins, CO | Aggie Theatre
Apr 05 | Denver, CO | Ogden Theatre
Apr 06 | Boulder, CO | Fox Theatre
Apr 09 | Iowa City, IA | Blue Moose Tap House
Apr 10 | Omaha, NE | Slowdown
Apr 11 | Madison, WI | Majestic Theatre
Apr 13 | Minneapolis, MN | Varsity Theatre
Apr 14 | Chicago, IL | The Vic Theatre
Apr 15 | Detroit, MI | Saint Andrews Hall
Apr 18 | Grand Rapids, MI | The Intersection
Apr 19 | Columbus, OH | Newport Music Hall
Apr 20 | Rochester, NY | Water Street Music Hall
Apr 21 | Boston, MA | House of Blues
Apr 25 | Toronto, ON | Mod Club
Apr 27 | Clifton Park, NY | Northern Lights
Apr 28 | Philadelphia, PA | Theatre of Living Arts
Apr 28 | Columbia, MD | Merriweather Post Pavilion
May 03 | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
May 04 | Washington, DC | 9:30 Club
May 05 | Charlottesville, VA | Jefferson Theater
May 29 | Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
May 31 | Mesa, AZ | Mesa Arts Center
Jun 01 | Mesa, AZ | Mesa Arts Center
Jun 05 | Flagstaff, AZ | Orpheum Theater
Jun 09 | St. Louis, MO | The Pageant
Jun 11 | Covington, KY | Madison Theater
Jun 13 | Indianapolis, IN | Deluxe at Old National Centre
Jun 14 | Cleveland, OH | House Of Blues
Jun 15 | Pittsburgh, PA | Mr. Small’s Theatre
Jun 16 | New York, NY | Terminal 5
Jun 17 | New York, NY | Terminal 5

-Joe Cingrana, 92.3 NOW

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