“BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE BY A DUO OR GROUP WITH VOCALS”; SELL 300,000 TICKETS IN 48 HOURS IN UKRCA Records is proud to announce that Kings of Leon have received two Grammy nominations in the “Best Rock Song” and “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals” categories for their hit single, “Radioactive.” This is the band’s third consecutive nomination in both categories. “Radioactive” is the first single from the band’s acclaimed new record Come Around Sundown. It sat atop the Billboard Modern Rock chart for three weeks straight, currently holds the #2 position and has been in the top 5 for over two months. It is #1 on Triple A chart.
Come Around Sundown is Kings of Leon’s fifth album and has sold two million copies worldwide to date. It debuted at #2 on the Top 200 and at #1 on the Digital and Alternative Album sales charts giving the band its largest sales week and highest chart position in its career. The New York Timescalled it “the rock blockbuster of the season,” and USA Today said the album has “the grandeur and emotional weight that turned the Kings into rock royalty.” Rolling Stone called the band America’s U2 and hailed the new album as “gigantic sounding” in its four-star review.
Besides playing to a sold-out Madison Square Garden on November 16, the band has performed onSaturday Night Live, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the Today Show on Rockefeller Plaza the day before Thanksgiving. On Late Night, the band acted in a hilarious comedy skit with Fallon himself.
Come Around Sundown is also experiencing huge global success with chart-topping numbers coming in from every country. In the UK alone, the band moved 300,000 tickets in 48 hours recently for shows happening in the spring of 2011, selling out huge dates in such legendary venues as Dublin’s Slane Castle (79,000 tickets sold out in less than hour) and London’s Hyde Park (a second night was added due to overwhelming public demand — and they just played a sold out show there this past June). They also sold out Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, LCCC Stadium in Manchester and Edinburgh’s Murrayfield, all 50,000 plus capacity stadiums. In Europe, they will headline the upcoming Rock am Ring and Rock im Park festivals in Germany, the UK’s Isle of Wight Festival, Rock Werchter Festival in Belgium, Roskilde Festival in Denmark and Peace and Love Festival in Sweden.