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Sex On Fire
Kings Of Leon burst onto the alternative rock scene in 2000 carrying a fresh sound and an intriguing backstory. All four members have the last name Followill, with three of them being brothers — guitarist/vocalist Caleb, bassist Jared and drummer Nathan — and the fourth, guitarist Matthew, their cousin. The brothers had already experienced an extended version of a tour, moving through rural America with their pastor father before settling in Nashville. There, the Followills embraced rock and roll, establishing a gritty, dirty Southern rock-tinged sound that caught the ears of RCA Records, which signed them in 2001. They subsequently issued their debut EP, Holy Roller Novocaine, in 2003.
The band gained fame in England with their 2003 debut full-length album, Youth & Young Manhood, scoring a UK Top 40 hit with "Molly's Chambers," and 2004's A-Ha Shake Heartbreak. The latter breakthrough enabled Kings Of Leon to score a supporting slot for U2's North American tour in 2005, coinciding with the U.S. release of A-Ha Shake Heartbreak and paving the way for 2007's Because Of The Times, which peaked at No. 25 on the Billboard 200.
Kings Of Leon were well on their way to sustained success at this point, and 2008's Only By The Night made them rock titans. The album climbed to No. 4 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of the Billboard Hot 100 hits "Notion," "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody," with the latter peaking at No. 4 and earning three GRAMMY Awards for Record Of The Year, Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals.
Released in 2010, Come Around Sundown peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and earned a GRAMMY nomination for Best Rock Album at the 54th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 2011.