Formation of fun.:
fun are an alternative pop band that made a major breakthrough into the pop mainstream in 2012. fun frontman Nate Ruess was previously part of the band The Format. When that group broke up in 2008, Nate Ruess asked Steel Train's Jack Antonoff and Anathallo's Andrew Dost to join him in a new project. They immediately began working together on new songs. With the help of producer Steven McDonald, fun began recording.
'Aim and Ignite':
The first fun album Aim and Ignite was released in August 2009 on the independent label Nettwerk. Aim and Ignite received generally positive reviews and it climbed into the top 20 on the alternative albums chart. The band toured as openers for Jack's Mannequin and then Paramore.
Recording Of 'Some Nights':
In August 2010 fun signed a recording contract with Fueled By Ramen. fun then set to work on their second album Some Nights. It was influenced heavily by the band listening to hip hop work. They felt strongly enough about the hip hop influence that they chose to work with producer Jeff Bhasker, best known for his work with Kanye West. Jeff Bhasker brought the band both a bigger sound and songs stripped to their essential elements making the music less cluttered.
fun's Breakthrough With "We Are Young":
"We Are Young" was released as the first single from Some Nights in September 2011. It caught the ear of producers for the show Glee, and the song was performed by the Glee cast in an episode in December 2011. The Glee version hit #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and brought fun's original version on to the chart as well. In February, following the use of fun's original version in a Super Bowl commercial, "We Are Young" shot into the top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100. The album Some Nights was released in February 2012, and it debuted at #3 on the album chart.