Fun. Visit The Recording Academy

Pop/rock trio discusses their whirlwind year in 2012 and performs exclusive acoustic set
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    Fun.'s Nate Ruess and Jack Antonoff perform at The Recording Academy
  • Photo: The Recording Academy
    Fun.
September 05, 2012 -- 3:32 pm PDT
GRAMMY.com

Pop/rock trio Fun. recently visited The Recording Academy's headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif., to participate in an exclusive GRAMMY.com interview and perform a brief acoustic set. Fun. discussed touring, the meaning behind their album Some Nights and how music has impacted their lives, among other topics. The trio performed songs such as "Carry On," "Some Nights" and their No. 1 hit "We Are Young."

"Touring is that thing that I never get tired of, I just love it so much," said frontman Nate Ruess. "I love what we've been able to accomplish. We [don't] just hear about how many albums we've sold, we actually get to see people show up and sing along. It's a celebration and we get to be the MCs every night."

Formed in New York in 2008, Fun. features guitarist Jack Antonoff, keyboardist Andrew Dost and Ruess. In 2009 the trio released their debut album, Aim And Ignite, which peaked at No. 71 on the Billboard 200. Released in February, Some Nights was produced by GRAMMY winner Jeff Bhasker (Jay-Z, Kanye West) and climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard 200 on the strength of their No. 1 hit "We Are Young," which features Janelle Monáe. In April the song became the first-ever song to log more than six weeks with digital sales of 300,000 units or more. As of July, "We Are Young" had sold more than 5 million units, making it the second biggest-selling song of 2012. Fun. are currently on tour throughout Europe, the UK and the United States, with dates scheduled through November.

 

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