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fun. Are Enjoying A Moment In Music Where They Can Respect Other Bands

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The guys in fun. have had a very big year. First they got themselves covered by Glee. That kicked off a whirlwind that spun “We Are Young” into one of the top songs of 2012. Their reign at the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart only ended when Gotye came along with “Somebody That I Used To Know.” He, in turn, was unseated by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”

The three artists have become an interesting trifecta, as the first group of previously unknown artists to take hold of the #1 spot, one right after the other, on Billboard’s Hot 100 in 35 years. CBS Local sat down with the guys and asked them how they felt about the other two biggest songs of 2012 so far.

“We covered both songs,” singer Nate Ruess said, alluding to their cover of Jepsen on Dutch radio and Gotye for BBC Radio 1 in the UK. “So I think that we think they’re pretty good songs.”

“We like them all,” confirmed Andrew Dost. “I think it’s just neat that I think both songs are really good and I guess I don’t always feel that way about songs that are big. I think it’s a neat time to be making music, when you can really respect a lot of your peers. I think it’s cool.”

And while fun. have moved on to a new single, “Some Nights,” which is climbing the charts, they did bring out “We Are Young” for the MTV Movie Awards in June. The track broke an auspicious record, according to Billboard, selling over 300,000 digital downloads for 7 straight weeks. Prior to fun.’s “We Are Young,” no song had tracked that level of sales for more than 5 weeks — yes, including the juggernaut, chart-topper Adele.

The guys aren’t sick of their monster break-through single, though. They say that the enthusiasm of their fans keep it fresh.

“It’s become a meaningful thing to so many people so it feels like when that sort of energy exists, it’s impossible to get tired of it because they’re constantly reinventing it for us by showing us what it means to them,” said guitarist Jack Antonoff. “If that stops, then anything could happen. But here’s to hoping that it doesn’t stop.”

-Courtney E. Smith, CBS Local

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