1. Nate Ruess’ Solo Debut ‘Grand Romantic’ Is Better and Brighter Than Its Singles: Album Review

    June 22, 2015 2:03 PM EDT Nate Ruess  has been a busy frontman for nearly 15 years -- the first half spent with pop-punk trio The Format , and the rest with Fun. , whose surprise Grammy-winning breakthrough in 2012 turned him into a star. The latter's big-belted, blue-collar anthems "We Are Young" and …

  2. MMVAs Red Carpet: Ed Sheeran, Adam Lambert & Carly Rae Jepsen Comment on the Madness

    June 22, 2015 1:10 PM EDT Plus, OMI delivers his first-ever televised live peformance in North America. The MuchMusic Video Awards are like no other. The streets outside the station’s corner headquarters in downtown Toronto are shut down to accommodate thousands of fans. Plus, the whole awards presentation and its…

  3. Nate Ruess Reveals How Depression and Heartbreak Inspired His New Solo Album: 'I Had Just Given Up'

    June 05, 2015 12:52 PM EDT Nate Ruess of Fun  looks tired, and under­standably so. The 33-year-old's first solo album, Grand Romantic , is due June 16; an extensive press tour is underway; and he suffered a recent bout of pink eye. It's a late morning in May, and the Arizona-raised, Manhattan-based…

  4. Fun.'s Andrew Dost Talks Writing Film Song With Jack Antonoff, 'Nebulous' Future of Their Band

    May 02, 2015 3:42 PM EDT With his band on ice, Fun. 's Andrew Dost is having a different kind of fun these days -- in film. The multi-instrumentalist and composer is on a roll now with three movie scores under his belt, including The D Train , which opens in theaters May 8. Fun.'s Andrew Dost Scores Song to…

  5. Hot 100 Chart Moves: T-Wayne Dances Into Top 20 With 'Nasty Freestyle'

    May 01, 2015 1:50 PM EDT The viral hit bounds 43-17 in its second week. Plus, moves for David Guetta, Meghan Trainor, Nate Ruess & OMI. As previously reported , Wiz Khalifa 's Furious 7 soundtrack hit "See You Again," featuring Charlie Puth, rules the Billboard Hot 100 (dated May 9) for a third…

  6. Fun.'s Nate Ruess to Guest on 'The Voice'

    March 16, 2015 6:08 PM EDT Fun. singer Nate Ruess may be on break from his band, but he's keeping busy making music -- and judging it. Ruess will appear as a "key advisor" on NBC's The Voice , the network confirms. He'll appear on the show for three episodes starting March 23, according to…

  7. Chart Highlights: Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars Top Adult Pop Songs, Nate Ruess Debuts Solo

    March 02, 2015 5:25 PM EST 'Uptown Funk!' takes over atop another tally, while Ruess arrives on his own with 'Nothing Without Your Love.' Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts every Monday. (All charts below are based on radio airplay except for Dance Club…

  8. Is Fun. Done?

    February 05, 2015 2:15 AM EST After beating out some heavy competition ( Frank Ocean , The Lumineers , Alabama Shakes , Hunter Hayes ) to win the Grammy for best new artist in 2013, Fun. has followed up with something few expected: Nothing. Despite an out-of-the-blue Facebook update posted at midnight eastern…

  9. Fun. Launching Campaign Raising Funds for LGBT Detroit Youth

    January 17, 2014 8:09 PM EST The pop-rock trio fun. is launching a campaign to raise money for at-risk LGBT youth in Detroit. The band said Friday it plans to raise $250,000 to build a community health center for the Ruth Ellis Center, which provides housing, meals, clothing and medical services for LGBT youth in need.…

  10. Ne-Yo Would 'Definitely' Make a Country Record, Fun.'s Vocal Problems + More Grammys Concert Backstage Moments

    December 06, 2012 9:25 AM EST Alabama Shakes, the Lumineers, Hunter Hayes React to Grammy Nominations Backstage at the Grammy Nominations "Concert Live!!" on Wednesday, several of the night's biggest nominees -- Hunter Hayes, Fun., the Lumineers -- dropped by to give thanks and offer some reactions on being…

  11. Ke$ha's 'Warrior': The Billboard Cover Story

    October 15, 2012 11:00 AM EDT When Ke$ha burst onto the scene in 2009 -- rapping through an Auto-Tune filter about brushing her teeth with whiskey and boys trying to "touch [her] junk" -- the then-22-year-old quickly positioned herself as pop's resident troublemaker and made the charts her home. In sales…

  12. Fun. Talk 'Lightning' Pace of Making 'Some Nights': Watch

    July 25, 2012 12:30 PM EDT They've got two anthemic songs in the Top 20 and an album that has sold 446,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but fun. didn't go into recording "Some Nights" with some grandiose plan to be the year's breakout band. FUN.: March 10 Cover Story / Buy It "…

  13. Fun. to Headline Trevor Project Event: Exclusive

    June 14, 2012 10:30 AM EDT Indie pop trio Fun. will be the musical performer for this year's "Trevor Live" event , hosted by LGBTQ organization the Trevor Project in New York City. "We are honored to be supporting the Trevor Project in every way we can," said Fun.'s Jack Antonoff in a…

  14. Fun. Goes to War and Back in 'Some Nights' Video

    June 04, 2012 5:35 PM EDT Theatrical and altogether grandiose in scope, Fun.'s new music video for the single "Some Nights" tells the story of two lovers separated by the harsh realities of the Civil War. The video features scenes of the band performing on a rickety stage interspersed with flashes of…

  15. Fun. Talk A-Ha Moments in Making 'Some Nights': Video

    May 31, 2012 10:35 AM EDT In a newly released video, the members of alt-pop band fun. describe the backbone of the album "Some Nights" as "the three of us recording live [while] really comfortable in our element." Thanks to the ubiquitous smash "We Are Young (feat. Janelle Monae)," the…

  16. Fun. Covers 'Call Me Maybe': Watch

    May 22, 2012 8:37 PM EDT Everyone from Justin Bieber to Katy Perry has covered (or lip synced) Carly Rae Jepsen 's "Call Me Maybe," and now more of the singer's chart competition has joined the list. Fun. , whose "We Are Young" is currently one slot above Jepsen's track on the Hot…

  17. Fun.: The Billboard Cover Story

    March 02, 2012 11:30 AM EST Covered on 'Glee,' Synched for Super Bowl & No. 3 on the Hot 100 -- fun. Delivers Last February, producer Jeff Bhasker was in New York working on Beyoncé's 4. For nearly three months, he had been getting calls from John Janick, president/CEO of Fueled by Ramen and co…

  18. The Format Offering Free 'Problems' For Two Weeks

    June 28, 2007 12:00 AM EDT Free is the way to be, at least for indie-pop troupe the Format, who is in the midst of a two-week stint of giving away its latest album, "Dog Problems," for no charge. Free is the way to be, at least for indie-pop troupe the Format, who is in the midst of a two-week stint of giving…