2015 MTVU Woodie Awards Announce a “fun.” Host

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It looks like fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff can added another job to his long list of gigs; award show host.

Yesterday afternoon, MTV announced that the Bleachers frontman would be hosting this year’s mtvU Woodie Awards set to take place later this month.

The awards show, which primarily focuses on artists making an impact on college radio, is set to take place during this year’s South By Southwest (like every other year).

“It means a great deal to be hosting the Woodies because fun. played the Woodies before we had any success and the same for Bleachers last year,” Antonoff responded after the gig was announced.

“It’s been a platform for the two bands I’ve most recently been a part of to really go somewhere. I couldn’t be more excited to come back and host the show.”

Unlike the past years, the awards show will not only air live during a prime time spot on the network’s main channel, but will also be one hour-long, as opposed to the past when it not only pre-recorded,but also half an hour-long.

Nominees this year include Drake, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith , Childish Gambino and many more. For those wanting to vote on their favorite artists, the voting polls will close on Tuesday, March 10. The full list of nominees this year can be seen here.

The mtvU Woodie Awards will air live from SXSW on MTV on Friday, March 20 at 9 p.m. EST.

Nate Ruess Gives Us “Nothing without Love”

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After dropping two teasers in the past two weeks for his first solo song, “Nothing Without Love,” fun. frontman Nate Ruess has now released the full track, like promised last week.

Alongside the music video, the singer also posted an update about the song.

In the post which can be read in full below, he gives the reader some “intel” about the song including that the idea for the song came while he was in the shower and that he was stuck in a water tank (that was used to film scenes from the Titanic) for four hours to make the video.

Check out the music video/full song below as well as Ruess’ note to fans.

“Hello there. It’s been awhile. Quite awhile. I figured I’d happily take a quick break from recording (warmly, might I add) my very first album and give you a little intel on the song that you’re hopefully about to listen to (and maybe even watch!).

Here are the facts:

– The song is called “Nothing Without Love.”

– A lot of times songs come to me in the middle of the night while I’m sleeping, or while I’m driving. This one showed up in the shower.

– It was recorded with Jeff Bhasker and Emile Haynie (both worked on the album Some Nights as well as “Just Give Me A Reason” and “Headlights”).

– A lot of it was made in a house that we rented that wasn’t supposed to be a recording studio, but we turned it into one anyways.

– I remember taking a trip upstate to finish the lyrics, and returning thinking that I’d finally been able to say everything I’d ever been feeling in that moment, and it’s applied to my life in so many different ways ever since.

– This is probably my favorite song I’ve ever written. The one I’ve listened to the most on repeat. And I can’t pinpoint what it is about it that makes its so special to me. Which makes me love it even more.

Enough rambling. I’m dying for you to hear – and I should probably get back to work.

Thank you for your patience and putting up with me. I love what I do. And I wouldn’t do it if it wasn’t for you guys. I really hope you enjoy it as much as I do. See you very soon.
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Nate

P.S. Last fact: That water tank I was in was where they shot the last scene in “Titanic”. It was freezing, and after 4 hours in there, I too was about to sink.”

Nate Ruess Releases Second New Song Teaser

Nate Ruess did not do a good job of keeping fun. fans at bay when the rumors began, once again, that the band had disbanded. Billboard further fueled the rumors when they claimed that “sources” close to the band had said egos were causing a riff among the trio.

But while no solid confirmation has been given about the status of the group, we knew for a fact that Ruess would be going on his own (like guitarist Jack Antonoff) with some new music.

Last week, the signer released a teaser of his first solo song, a track titled “Nothing without Love,” which Ruess confirmed, in a recent interview, to be about his current girlfriend.

Unlike last week’s track, the new 15-second teaser of “Nothing without Love” is all instrumentals while last week’s release was Ruess’ isolated vocals.

Check out both teasers below. The full song will premiere on Monday, Feb. 23.

‘Billboard’ “Sources” Claim Fun. are Over; Fans and Band Beg to Differ

Are fun. on the verge of calling it quits?

If you read Billboard’s latest story about the band, then you might be led to believe that the answer is “yes.”
According to the music publication, they had been attempting to get an update on the status of the band, but have not been able to do so.

Instead, the band had taken to Facebook to once again clarify their status that no, they are not done.

Though in Billboard’s words, this post seems to be “out of the blue” we need to remember it seems like every time one of the members are out promoting something, they are constantly being asked the status of the band rather than the new endeavors they are working on.

Billboard has cited several “sources” as the root of the break up rumors with those so-called sources saying that the break up happened due to “clash of egos.”

Billboard has also pointed out that the last time all three members were seen together was back in June when they performed a new song titled, “Harsh Light,”on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Fallon and company were at Universal Studios Orlando for the grand opening of the new addition to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Fans were quick to point out the last time they performed together was not in Orlando on the Tonight Show, but rather at the Global Citizen Festival in September alongside Jay-Z, Carrie Underwood, No Doubt and several others.

Another fan also pointed out that Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost spent New Year’s Eve together, so any claim there’s a clash of ego there, might not be completely true.

Considering lack of research and checking on Google from the writer’s side, this round goes to fun.

We’re just going to keep imagining that in each member’s downtime, they are coming up ideas for the follow-up to Some Nights.

Bleachers to Hit the Road Again in Spring 2015

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For Bleachers only being around for less than a year, we will be the first to admit that their 2014 has been one for the books.

And now the group, led by fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, will be extending their good year into 2015.

Today, the band announced plans to go on tour in the Spring of 2015, but with one major difference; the group will be hitting up larger venues than earlier this year.

The tour which has been named the “Bleachers Come Alive!” Tour will begin on Mar. 4 at Vancouver’s The Rio theater and wrap up on Apr. 9 at New York City’s Terminal 5.

Check out the flyer for the band’s upcoming tour which will also feature Joywave and Night Terrors of 1927. We’ve also included a plain version of the tour dates if you can’t exactly see them on the poster.

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BLEACHERS COME ALIVE! TOUR DATES:

March 4, 2015 – Vancouver, BC – The Rio Theatre
March 7, 2015 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
March 11, 2015 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
March 12, 2015 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
March 13, 2015 – Tempe AZ, – Tempe Beach Park
March 14, 2015 – Santa Ana, CA – The Observatory
March 22, 2015 – Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
March 24, 2015 – Fort Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
March 29, 2015 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
March 31, 2015 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
April 1, 2015 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
April 4, 2015 – Buffalo, NY – The Town Ballroom
April 7, 2015 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 9, 2015 – New York, NY – Terminal 5

Antonoff announced the creation of Bleachers at the beginning of the year which led to fans of fun. assuming he had left the band (of the band had broken up) that helped launch him to mainstream status. After reassuring them that both fun. and Bleachers were his “children,” they warmed up to the idea.

Bleachers then went on to release their debut record  Strange Desire, this past Summer.

Jack Antonoff Helps Taylor Swift “Out of the Woods”

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While we are not exactly fans of Taylor Swift here, but we have to give her credit for finally figuring out that her days of being “country music’s sweetheart” are over and done and it’s time to embrace her pop star side.

With the release of “Shake it Off,” it became apparent that she finally did so and her “surprise” new album might be heading int hat direction.

Over the past few days, Swift has been making her rounds and revealing that she had a new single coming out titled “Out of the Woods” which was co-written by Jack Antonoff from fun. and Bleachers. The pop star released the track earlier than her anticipated midnight reveal, which of course made fans happy.

Check out the song below which has been uploaded and taken down so many times since its release that it’s becoming a game between the uploaders and the “copyright police” on YouTube. (Be aware, there’s a chance it might be down right now.)

“Out of the Woods” will join first single, “Shake it Off” on Swift’s new album 1989 which is set to hit stores on Oct. 27. 1989 will mark the pop star’s fifth studio album; her first official pop record.

Watch No Doubt and Sting Perform “Message in a Bottle”

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It’s been a couple of years since No Doubt have been on the stage together, but the band hit the stage last night at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City.

For their encore, the band were joined on stage by Sting to perform his song, “Message in a Bottle.”

The special performance wasn’t so much of a surprise considering that earlier in the week, it was revealed Sting would be hitting the stage with the California band, but that was all that was announced.

Check out the video of the performance.

No Doubt and Sting were just some of the acts that performed at the third annual Global Citizen Festival. Also taking the stage were power-couple Jay-Z and Beyoncé who teamed up for Jay-Z’s “Holy Grail,”  like they did during the “On the Run” Tour with Beyoncé filling in on Justin Timberlake’s parts, and “Forever Young.”

The Roots, fun., Alicia Keys, and Tiesto also performed at the festival is sponsored by the Global Citizen movement, an initiative of the Global Poverty Project, which works to end extreme poverty by 2030.

The goal of the festival is to raise awareness and promote activism to end poverty. This year, Global Citizen is striving for commitments in vaccines, education and sanitation.

Fun. Debut New Song on ‘Jimmy Fallon’

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Not much has been heard from fun. in several months, since their performance at the NCAA March Madness, to be exact, where frontman Nate Ruess revealed they were working on some new material.

Since then, there has been radio silence from the band that a year ago were on a major tour and a continuous staple on top 20 radio. The only known thing was that guitarist, Jack Antonoff had formed a band (not a “side project,” because he hates that term) named Bleachers.

After months of quiet, it was quite a surprise, to say the least, to see the band not only appear on Jimmy Fallon’s late night show last night, which was somewhat live from Universal Studios Orlando’s preview of the expanded Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Hogsmeade), but that they came armed with a new song.

The new track is titled “Harsh Light” and awesomely was filmed in front of Universal’s Rip Ride Rockit, but other than that, no other information was given about it. Maybe the follow-up to Some Nights is on the horizon. Or maybe it’s just something to tide fans over.

Check out the live debut of the new song.

http://www.nbc.com/the-tonight-show/video/fun-harsh-light/2792484

Eminem and Nate Ruess Release Track for Mother’s Day

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In honor of Mother’s Day, Eminem and fun. frontman Nate Ruess have released a music video for a track titled, “Headlights.”

Watch the full video below and don’t forget to do something nice for your mother even if it’s breakfast,a  gift or just simply telling them that you appreciate all the hard work and dedication they put in to make sure everything runs smoothly from day to day.

Stream fun.’s Record Store Day Contribution

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With less than 24 hours before Record Store Day is slated to begin, one of the special records is currently streaming. Fun. had revealed that their contribution for the yearly event would be Point and Light which went on to become 2009’s Aim and Ignite.

The songs on the Record Store Day EP are the demo versions of the tracks that would go on to become their debut album. Currently, the full EP is being streamed and can be heard below, but for those looking for a physical copy of the five song record, all you need to do is head on over to your local independent record store tomorrow and see if the album is being sold.

Give it a listen.

While the Record Store Day EP is a nice gift, don’t count on fun. hitting the touring circuit anytime soon. The band have been busy taking a break from their three-year tour in support of their break out album, Some Nights. According to a recent interview with Rolling Stones after performing at the NCAA March Madness Festival, frontman Nate Ruess revealed that he is currently writing for what might become their next album and even admitted that when the band got back together for the NCAA show, it made him happy.

As for the other members of fun., it was recently revealed that Jack Antonoff has formed another musical group named Bleachers after he tried to keep it a secret. Bleachers would be his second “side project” band, his first being Steel Train.