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A genre-bending pop trio from New York City, Fun. infuse their literate indie rock songwriting sensibility with such varied influences as vintage '50s pop music, '80s adult contemporary, and hip-hop. Born out of three different bands, Fun. feature the talents of former the Format lead vocalist Nate Ruess, Steel Train guitarist Jack Antonoff, and Anathallo keyboardist Andrew Dost. Fun. broke big in 2012 with their sophomore album, Some Nights, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart for over six weeks and earned them two Grammy Awards.

Following the Format's breakup in 2008, Ruess took his songwriting skills to Steel Train's Antonoff and Anathallo's Dost, both of whom shared a similar affinity for vintage pop music and quirky, melodic hooks. The trio began a series of collaborations in Antonoff's parents' living room and soon enlisted the help of producer Steven McDonald, who recorded their work and handled bass duties. After enlisting the help of former Jellyfish keyboardist Robert Joseph Manning, Jr., who arranged several tracks, the bandmates completed work on their first record. Dubbing themselves Fun., the group introduced their Queen and ELO-influenced big pop sound in 2009 with the debut album Aim and Ignite.

In 2012, Fun. returned with their sophomore effort, Some Nights. The album was produced by Jeff Bhasker, who worked on Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. The album drew much inspiration from hip-hop, and West in particular, while staying true to their roots and blowing their sound up to impressively large proportions. The record's first single, "We Are Young," featured vocals by Janelle Monáe and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The album's second single and title track fared similarly well, eventually landing at number three on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2013, Fun.'s rising reputation as both commercial and critical darlings reached a peak when they received four Grammy nominations, and ultimately took home awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for "We Are Young."


Fun (stylized as fun.) is an American indie pop supergroup based in New York City. It was formed by Nate Ruess, former lead singer of The Format, with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff, of Anathallo and Steel Train respectively. Fun. has released two albums: Aim and Ignite in August 2009 and Some Nights in February 2012.

The band is best known for three hit singles: Grammy Award-winning "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monáe), "Some Nights", and "Carry On". "We Are Young" reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Digital Songs charts. It also peaked at number one in the United Kingdom. "Some Nights" was released as the album's second single in June 2012, peaking at number three on the Hot 100 chart and becoming Fun's second Top 10 single, as well as the band's second song to reach platinum status in the United States.

On February 10, 2013, Fun won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist and the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for "We Are Young". Additionally, Fun was a nominee for four other Grammy Awards: Record of the Year and Best Pop Duo or Group Performance (both for "We Are Young") along with Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album (both for Some Nights).


Fun (stylized fun.) is an American indie pop band based in New York, New York that was formed by Nate Ruess, formerly of The Format
After the 2008 breakup of The Format, Ruess left Arizona to develop his career in New York City
Ruess then formed Fun with Andrew Dost of Anathallo and Jack Antonoff of Steel Train
Fun recorded their debut album, Aim and Ignite in August 2009 with producer Steven McDonald and arranger Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., the former keyboardist of Jellyfish
Current members:
Jack Antonoff – guitars, trumpet (since 2008)
Andrew Dost – vocals, piano, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, trumpet, flugelhorn, glockenspiel, drums, percussion (since 2008)
Nate Ruess – lead vocals (since 2008)

Current touring members:
Nate Harold – bass guitar (since 2009)
Emily Moore – guitars, vocals, keyboards (since 2009)
Will Noon – drums (since 2010)

Former touring members:
Jon Goldstein – drums (2008–2010)
Rob Kroehler – guitar (2008–2010)
Michael Newsted – bass guitar (2010)
Maggie Malyn – violin (2008)
Evan Winiker – bass guitar (2011)

 

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Carry On
Some Nights
We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)

Club977

We Are Young (Alvin Risk Remix)

Rock

We Are Young (feat. Janelle Mone)

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