Next week marks the release of fun.’s second album Some Nights (out 2/11 on Atlantic Records) featuring the hit single “We Are Young (ft. Janelle Monáe). You might know the song if you’ve watched Glee or that Chevy Sonic Super Bowl commercial. The song spent nearly all of last week at the top of the iTunes “Top Songs” chart surpassing LMFAO, Madonna, Goyte to name a few and currently holds the #3 spot for most popular song after Whitney Houston and Adele. “We Are Young” isn’t the only great song on Some Nights but you might know this because you haven’t heard the whole album yet. THAT CHANGES TODAY!
We’re proud to partner up with our blogger friends to premiere Some Nights to the world!
Take a listen below and catch fun. on Conan next Tuesday night February 21st and on tour later this month.
21 Long Beach, CA Fingerprints Records (FREE)
22 Chandler, AZ Zia Records (FREE)
23 Philadelphia, PA FYE (FREE SIGNING)
29 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
1 Pawtucket, RI The Met Café
2 Towson, MD The Recher Theatre
3 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle
7 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
8 Orlando, FL Beacham Theatre
9 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
10 Birmingham, AL WorkPlay Theatre
20 Houston, TX Warehouse Live Studio
21 Dallas, TX House of Blues
23 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
24 Pomona, CA The Glass House
28 San Francisco, CA The Independent
29 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill
31 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
3 Fort Collins, CO Aggie Theatre
5 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
6 Boulder, CO Fox Theatre & Café
10 Omaha, NE The Slowdown
11 Madison, WI The Majestic Theatre
13 Minneapolis, MN The Varsity Theater
14 Chicago. IL Vic Theatre
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 Mod Club Theatre
26 Montreal, QC Cabaret du Mile End
27 Clifton Park, NY Northern Lights
28 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
4 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
5 Charlottesville, VA Jefferson Theatre
fun. collaborated with JANELLE MONAE on “WE ARE YOUNG” a powerful alternative pop anthem, and this fall will join her on the Campus Consciousness Tour 2011. The band will also take on NEW YORK CITY for a headline show at the famed BOWERY BALLROOM on 11/9. Take a listen to “We Are Young” and check out the full tour dates below.
The band’s forthcoming Fueled by Ramen debut is produced by JEFF BHASKER, known for his work on “Watch The Throne” in addition to hit tracks with Kanye West, Kid Cudi and Alicia Keys.
**Campus Consciousness Tour supporting Janelle Monae except 11/9
10.01 – Rochester, NY at University of Rochester
10.02 – Ithaca, NY at Cornell University
10.03 – Worcester, MA at Clark University
10.07 – Macon, GA at Mercer University
10.10 – New Orleans, LA at Tulane University
10.12 – Iowa City, IA at University of Iowa
10.15 – Bloomington, IN at Indiana University
10.16 – Champaign, IL at University of Illinois
10.18 – Athens, OH at Ohio University
10.20 – Orono, ME at University of Maine
10.21 – Clinton, NY at Hamilton College
10.22 – Carlisle, PA at Dickinson College
11.09 – New York, NY at Bowery Ballroom – TICKETS**
(photo credit: Lindsey Byrnes)
fun., comprised of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff, and Andrew Dost, is working on their Fueled By Ramen debut, produced by Jeff Bhasker (Kanye West, Alicia Keys) and set for release next year. Watch a first look clip of the band in the studio here.
This fall, fun. will join Janelle Monae on the Campus Consciousness Tour 2011 (dates below).
Campus Consciousness Tour 2011
Supporting Janelle Monae
October 1 – University of Rochester
October 2 – Cornell University
October 3 – Clark University
October 7 – Mercer University
October 15 – Indiana University
October 18 – Ohio University
October 20 – University of Maine
** more dates to be confirmed shortly**
The Campus Consciousness Tour (CCT) is half music, half environmental/social consciousness campaign aimed to inspire and activate students in a fun and exciting atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community and college that the tour reaches.
Created in 2006 by the environmental non-profit group, Reverb, past headlining artists include Drake, Wiz Khallifa, Passion Pit, Ben Harper, Guster, and O.A.R.
The Afro-punk Festival is returning to Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park for the 7th Annual Afro-punk Festival on August 27-28. The 2011 festival has the most stellar line up yet with Cee-Lo Green, Santigold, Janelle Monae, Fishbone, Jay Electronica, Toro Y Moi, Toshi Reagon, Ninjasonik, Cerebral Ballzy, Gordon Voidwell, Reggie Watts, Res, Joi, Rocky Business, Straight Line Stitch and more to be added! In addition, the NikeBattle For the Streets Skate and BMX Competition, the largest street skate and BMX competition in NYC will return this year with the nation’s top amateur skaters and BMX riders in a competition to be judged by top professionals in both sports including Nigel Sylvester.
There are some very exciting new additions to the festival this year! Over 20 of the NYC area’s hottest food trucks and vendors have been brought together for the Afro-Punk Bites and Beats Food Truck Festival, which will bring cuisine from around the world and the 5 boroughs to the festival. In addition, Chef Marcellus Coleman, Executive Chef of Alias Restaurant in NYC, will provide his eclectic contemporary American cuisine to the festival artists, athletes and VIP’s.
Afro-punk has invited Harley-Davidson and Brooklyn Black bike scene documentarians, Denim and Chrome, to collaborate on a custom bike show featuring dozens of exotic custom bikes created by black riders in the NYC area. The custom bike show will also serve as the backdrop for the Harley-Davidson/Denim and Chrome 2012 Calendar, photographed by Darius Vick, which will featureexquisite tattooed beauties each month for bike fans across the country. In addition, the festival has commissioned an artist to paint over 300 skateboards as part of one large mural aka The Skate Artwall. The boards will be contested to Afro-punk fans at the Festival and Afro-punk will follow the life of the boards over the next year whether on the wall, the street or the half-pipe.
Described by the New York Times as putting “rock and rebellion squarely in the category of African-American music,” the Afro-punk Festival has become a Brooklyn intuition, the focal point for the burgeoning Afro-punk movement. Over the past seven years, the festival has presented new artists before they hit it big, such as Grammy-nominated Santigold, The Noisettes and Janelle Monae. Afro-punk mainstays like Saul Williams, The Dirtbombs, and Dallas Austin have also graced Afro-punk’s stages.
Afro-Punk 2011 Band Lineup
Toro Y Moi
Straight Line Stitch
Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars and Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic recording artist Janelle Monáe have announced plans for a major North American co-headlining tour, “Hooligans in Wondaland,” beginning May 4th at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom and concluding June 15th at the Comerica Theatre in Phoenix. Atlantic recording artist Plan B and Stones Throw Records artist Mayer Hawthorne & The County will also join the tour on select dates. Full tour dates and locations below.
Presale Info: Fans will get a chance to purchase presale tickets and presale ticket bundles that come with a meet & greet with Bruno or early entry into the venue along with a membership in the official Bruno Mars fan club launching later this spring. Fans of Janelle will also be able to purchase presale tickets and presale ticket bundles that come with a meet & greet with Janelle, a Best of Janelle digital EP, signed poster and commemorative laminate.
Tickets will be available on sale to the general public beginning February 26th.
“HOOLIGANS IN WONDALAND” TOUR
*Dates featuring Plan B
**Dates featuring Mayer Hawthorne
4 Roseland Ballroom New York, NY*
7 Agganis Arena Boston, MA*
8 Susquehanna Bank Ctr. Camden, NJ*
10 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA*
11 Fillmore Miami Beach Miami Beach, FL*
17 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prarie Grand Prarie, TX*
18 Reliant Arena Houston, TX*
20 Jubliee CityFest Montgomery, AL*
22 Caesars Windsor Windsor, ON*
24 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI*
25 Roy Wilkins Auditorium St. Paul, MN*
27 Aragon Ballroom Chicago, IL*
28 Uptown Theatre Kansas City, MO**
29 1st Bank Center Broomfield, CO**
30 McKay Events Center Oren, UT**
2 WAMU Theater @ Qwest Field Seattle, WA**
3 Rogers Arena Vancouver, BC**
4 Roseland Theatre Portland, OR**
7 Grand Sierra Resort & Casino Reno, NV**
8 Bill Graham Civic Auditiorium San Francisco, CA**
10 Spotlight 29 Casino Coachella, CA**
11 San Diego County Fair Del Mar, CA**
12 Gibson Amphitheatre Universal City, CA**
15 Comerica Theatre Phoenix, AZ**
Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars and Wondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy/Atlantic recording artist Janelle Monáe have announced plans for a major North American co-headlining tour, “Hooligans in Wondaland,” this May and June. Atlantic recording artist Plan B will also join the tour on select dates. Full tour dates, locations and lineups will be announced soon.
What’s more, fans will get a chance to purchase presale tickets and presale ticket bundles that come with a meet & greet with Bruno or early entry into the venue along with a membership in the official Bruno Mars fan club launching later this spring. Fans of Janelle will also be able to purchase presale tickets and presale ticket bundles that come with a meet & greet with Janelle, a Best of Janelle digital EP, signed poster and commemorative laminate. Complete presale information for both artists will be available beginning Wednesday, February 16th at www.brunomars.com and www.jmonae.com.
Both Mars and Monáe were among the top stars at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards, performing a medley of their hits alongside Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B. Their critically acclaimed performance received a rousing standing ovation. Additionally, singer/songwriter/producer Bruno Mars was one of the night’s big winners, taking home the “Best Male Pop Vocal Performance” trophy for his 3x RIAA platinum certified debut single, “Just The Way You Are.”
Pre-production is currently underway on the companion video for Mars’ next single, “The Lazy Song.” The clip will be filmed in Los Angeles later this week.
Mars – who will be among the stars performing at next weekend’s 2011 NBA All-Star Pregame Show, slated to air live on TNT on Sunday, February 20th at 7PM ET (check local listings) – has received an array of rapturous press coverage in recent weeks, including a cover appearance on the February/March issue of Vibe as well as key features in The New Yorker and the Los Angeles Times.
A charming and charismatic live performer, Mars will get ready for the “Hooligans In Wondaland Tour” with a hugely anticipated European itinerary. Set to begin in early March, the trek features sold out shows in Germany, France, the Netherlands, Ireland, and the United Kingdom, where his breakthrough debut album, “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS,” has just received platinum certification.
Along with last night’s Grammys triumph, Mars has just been nominated for a 2011 Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Award for “Favorite Male Singer.” The nod joins a long list of recent honors, including a 2011 BRIT Award nomination as “Best International Male” and a pair of nominations for the upcoming 42nd NAACP Image Awards. Bruno was named in the “Best New Artist” category, while fellow Elektra artist Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” (penned and produced by Mars’ in-demand production team, The Smeezingtons) was nominated for “Outstanding Song.” The 42ndNAACP Image Awards will be presented during a live telecast airing on Friday, March 4th on FOX at 8PM ET.
“Grenade,” Mars’ second consecutive #1 hit single following “Just The Way You Are,” remains a worldwide smash hit, currently standing at #1 on Billboard’s “Pop Songs” chart as well as at #2 on the overall “Hot 100.” The 3x platinum certified track – which is, of course, featured on “DOO-WOPS & HOOLIGANS” – is also included on the new digital EP, “THE GRENADE SESSIONS,” a four-track collection compiling rare remixes by Passion Pit and The Hooligans, as well as an exclusive acoustic rendition. The EP is available at all leading DSPs, including Bruno’s own official webstore, located at brunomars.hasawebstore.com.