Exclusive: Young the Giant Going 'Unplugged' for MTV
Young the Giant, the Southern California rock band that performed at the MTV Video Music Awards in August, will be seen in the "Unplugged" setting beginning Nov. 9. They are taping the show Oct. 21 in New York.
The band will perform selections from their self titled debut album, as well as a cover song in their episode of "MTV Unplugged." It will debut online at Unplugged.MTV.com 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT.
Young the Giant issued a quote to Billboard.com: "To be included among such an acclaimed class of performers that have played before us is such an honor. We love playing acoustic stripped down sets so to be able to showcase it on such a legendary program and on such a storied stage is truly amazing for us."
Beginning Nov. 10, one of Young the Giant¹s performances will go into video rotation on MTV's AMTV, mtvU and MTV Hits. A 30-minute special will debut on MTV's AMTV, MTV2's AMTV2, and Palladia, MTV Networks' high-definition music channel, at a later date.
Young the Giant saw their biggest spike in album sales the week after the VMAs, moving 10,000 copies of their debut. Having sold 76,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, it peaked at No. 42 on the Billboard 200. Their current single, "Cough Syrup," is at No. 8 this week on the Alternative Songs chart and has sold 50,000 downloads. The previous single, "My Body," hit No. 5 on Alternative Songs and No. 65 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has sold 264,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan.