Kings Of Leon Biography
Kings Of Leon, a Nashville, Tennessee USA-based Alternative-Rock band, were formed in 2000, by three brothers: lead singer + guitarist Caleb Followill, bass player Jared Followill and drummer Nathan Followill plus their first cousin, guitarist Matthew Followill.
The three brothers grew up on the road, in between Oklahoma City and
Memphis, travelling with their father who was a United Pentecostal evangelist.
By 2001 the band was ready to the Rock scene, they signed a deal with RCA and released an EP entitled "Holy Roller Novocaine".
Their debut full-length album, "Youth & Young Manhood", followed two years later, it cracked The Billboard Top 200 chart reaching #118 and earned the band major success in Great Britain, where the record hit #3 on the Official Albums chart; the main single, "Molly's Chambers", broke into the top 30 of the U.K. Pop chart.
After 18 months of constant touring, the Southern rockers began working on their second album, "Aha Shake Heartbreak", which was released in Europe in November 2004; the record shot to #3 on the British Albums chart and reached the #55 position on The Billboard 200 upon its U.S. release; the lead single, "The Bucket", barely missed the top 20 of The Modern Rock Tracks and "Four Kicks" reached #32 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In April 2007 Kings Of Leon released its third full album, "Because Of The Times", a darker, less Pop-oriented and somewhat cerebral affair than their previous outings. It was a commercial success and greatly expanded the band's popularity worldwide reaching #25 in the States, breaking into the top 5 in Australia and rocketing to the top of the U.K. Pop chart; the album included two U.K. top 20 hit singles: "On Call" and "Fans".
But if critics thought that "Because Of The Times" was the
work of a band “at the peak of its powers”, as the Los Angeles
Times put it, they may want to reconsider that assessment after hearing
the quartet's next album "Only By The Night", due from RCA Records
in September 2008. The disc picked up where "Because Of The Times"
left off, continuing Kings Of Leon's shape-shifting evolution and cementing
their status as a world-class Rock band.
"Only By The Night" hit #1 in U.K. and Australia and quickly ascended into the top 5 in U.S. and Canada spawning two massive smashes: "Sex On Fire" and "Use Somebody"; both of these songs shot to #1 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock chart and zoomed to #1 and 2, respectively, on the British Pop Singles chart.
As 2009 unfolds the Tennessee-bred troupe scored their first Grammy in the category of Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals for "Sex On Fire"; the third American single released off the album, "Notion", was another #1 smash on The Hot Modern Rock chart while "Crawl" made a brief chart appearance reaching #40. In Europe and Australia the band put out one more top 40 single, "Revelry".
The 52nd annual Grammy ceremony, that took place on January 31, 2010, in Los Angeles, proved to be a memorable night for Kings Of Leon which was honoured two trophies: Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals and Record Of The Year for their song "Use Somebody".
"Come Around Sundown", the follow-up to the Tennessee Rock outfit's massively successful previous album, was recorded in New York at Avatar Studios and released in October 2010. It became the band's third consecutive U.K. #1 album while in America hit #2 on The Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top Canadian Albums charts. The first single, "Radioactive", rode the #1 spot of The Alternative Rock list for three weeks and peaked at #16 on The Rock Songs chart; it was followed by "Pyro" which climbed into the top 20 of The Hot Modern Rock chart.
In September 2013 Kings Of Leon issued its sixth studio album, "Mechanical Bull", which opened atop the British chart producing two U.K. top 40 hits: "Supersoaker" and "Wait For Me". In U.S. the first single, "Supersoaker", strolled into the top 10 of The Hot Modern Rock chart.