Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill with their cousin Matthew Followill.

The band's early music was a blend of Southern rock and blues influences, but it has gradually evolved throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative, arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band's albums at the time peaked in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album, Because of the Times, also reached the number one spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 the band achieved chart success in the United States. The singles "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody", and "Notion" all peaked at number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart. The album was their first Platinum-selling album in the United States, and was also the best-selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified platinum nine times. The band's fifth album, Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010. Their sixth album, Mechanical Bull, was released on September 24, 2013. The seventh studio album, WALLS, was released on October 14, 2016.[1] The group has 12 Grammy Award nominations, including 5 wins.

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Kings of Leon in 2017
Background information
OriginNashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres
Years active1999–present
Labels
Websitekingsofleon.com
Members

History

Early years: before 2002

The three Followill brothers (Matthew is their cousin) grew up in Oklahoma and Tennessee with their father, Ivan Leon Followill, a United Pentecostal Church preacher, and their mother, Betty-Ann. Nathan was born in Oklahoma, and Jared and Caleb were born in and around Memphis, Tennessee. Jared attended Mount Juliet High School, while Matthew was born and raised in Mississippi. According to Rolling Stone magazine, "While Ivan preached at churches and tent revivals throughout Oklahoma and the Deep South, the boys attended services and were occasionally enlisted to bang on some drums". They were either home-schooled by their mother, or enrolled in small parochial schools at this time. Except for a five-year period when they settled in Jackson, Tennessee, the Followills' childhoods were spent driving through the southern United States in a purple 1988 Oldsmobile, camping for a week or two wherever Ivan was scheduled to preach.[2]

When the boys' father resigned from preaching and their parents divorced in 1997, Nathan and Caleb relocated to outside Nashville and originally embraced country music. While there, they met songwriter Angelo Petraglia, who helped the siblings hone their songwriting skills and introduced them to the musical influences of Thin Lizzy,[3] the Rolling Stones and the Clash in particular. Their youngest brother, Jared, who had briefly attended public school, was more influenced by the music of the Pixies and the Velvet Underground. When he and their cousin Matthew also moved to Nashville in 1999, Kings of Leon was formed. They named the band after their grandfather Leon, who died in January 2014.[4]

Signing and first EP: 2002–2003

By 2002, Nathan and Caleb had received interest from a number of music labels and eventually signed with RCA Records, which initially insisted on putting a band together for the two of them. In an interview with Billboard, however, Nathan outlined how they told RCA, "We don't want to be Evan and Jaron. We're going to buy our little brother a bass, he's a freshman in high school. Caleb will teach himself the guitar, Matthew played guitar when he was 10 and I'll play the drums. They said, 'All right, we'll come down in one month and see you guys.'" Later in the interview Caleb admitted to the brothers "kidnapping" their cousin Matthew from his hometown in Mississippi for him to join the band. They told his mother that he was only going to be staying for a week but never allowed him to return home. "We locked ourselves in the basement with an ounce of marijuana and literally spent a month down there. My mom would bring us food down," added Nathan. "And at the end of that month the label people came and we had 'Molly's Chambers,' 'California Waiting,' 'Wicker Chair,' and 'Holy Roller Novocaine.'"[5]

The band's first record, an EP entitled Holy Roller Novocaine, was released on February 18, 2003. At this stage, Jared was only 16 years old and had not yet learned to play the bass. The release of Holy Roller Novocaine gave the Kings of Leon a significant amount of exposure, receiving a 4/5 star rating from Rolling Stone magazine. All of the songs released on the EP were co-written by Angelo Petraglia, who also produced the record, and four of the five songs would later be released on Youth and Young Manhood. The versions of "Wasted Time" and "California Waiting" on the EP differ from their album versions, however, with the first having a more tense riff and different vocal style than the same track off Youth and Young Manhood, the second being recorded in a rush to finish the EP. The EP also contains the song "Wicker Chair," while a track called "Andrea" was discarded before its release.[6]

First albums and critical recognition: 2003–2006

The Followills' debut album, Youth and Young Manhood, was released in the UK in July 2003 and in the United States later that August. The album was recorded between Sound City Studios in Los Angeles and Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, California. It was produced by Angelo Petraglia and Ethan Johns.[7] According to Rolling Stone magazine, the band's retro-chic look and blend of Southern boogie and gritty garage rock inspired comparisons to both Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Strokes. The album became a sensation in the UK and Ireland, where NME declared it "one of the best debut albums of the last 10 years" and The Guardian described the band as "the kind of authentic, hairy rebels the Rolling Stones longed to be". The album still failed to make any significant impact in the US, where reviews were generally lukewarm and the modern rock audience was generally uninterested. In the United States, Youth and Young Manhood sold only 100,000 copies, compared with the 750,000 copies it moved abroad.

The band's second album, Aha Shake Heartbreak, was released in the UK in October 2004 and in the United States in February 2005. Building on the Southern-infused garage rock of their first album, the album broadened the band's domestic and international audience. The album was again produced by Angelo Petraglia and Ethan Johns. "The Bucket", "Four Kicks", and "King of the Rodeo" were all released as singles, with "The Bucket" rising into the Top 20 in Britain. "Taper Jean Girl" was also used in the 2007 film Disturbia and the film Cloverfield in 2008.[8] The band garnered accolades from several of their rock peers, including Elvis Costello, and also toured with U2, Bob Dylan and Pearl Jam during 2005 and 2006.[9][10][11]

Major commercial success: 2006–2009

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The band performing at the Festival Internacional de Benicàssim in 2007

The band's third album was titled Because of the Times and was released on April 2, 2007 in the UK, and a day later in the United States. The album release was preceded by the single "On Call", which became a hit in the UK and Ireland. The album debuted at number one in the UK and Ireland and entered the European charts at number 25, selling approximately 70,000 copies in its first week of release. Although it was lauded by some critics,[12][13] others found the album inferior to their previous efforts.[14]

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Kings of Leon in 2007

In 2008, Kings of Leon released its fourth studio album, Only by the Night, produced by Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia on September 19, which subsequently entered the UK Albums Chart at number one and remained there for one more week. Only by the Night also had two single-week stints as the UK number one album in 2009, one directly after the BRIT Awards. In the United States, the album reached number four on the Billboard 200.[15] Reception to the album was the most polarized yet, with the British press granting the album glowing reviews, while in the United States, reactions to the album were more mixed.[16] The album was officially named as the UK's third-biggest-selling album of 2008[17] and the biggest-selling album of 2008 in Australia.[18] "Sex on Fire" was the first single released for download in the UK on September 8. The song became the band's most successful as it peaked at number one in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. They won Best International Band and Best International Album at the Brit Awards in 2009, where they also performed "Use Somebody" live.[19][20] Kings of Leon also performed on March 14, 2009, at Sound Relief, a benefit concert, for the Victorian Bushfire Crisis.[21][22] The song "Crawl" from this album was released as a free download on the band's website on July 28. The third and fourth singles were "Revelry", which peaked at number 19 in New Zealand, and "Notion", which peaked at number 24 in Belgium.[23] Only by the Night was certified Platinum in the United States by the RIAA for selling one million copies in less than a year after its release.[24] In 2008, Kings of Leon headlined the Glastonbury Music Festival, and in 2009, the band headlined a number of music festivals, including Reading & Leeds, Rock Werchter, Oxegen, T in the Park, Gurtenfestival and Open'er Festival in Poland, Europe, along with Sasquatch, Lollapalooza,[25] and Austin City Limits in the United States.

The band released its first DVD, Live at the O2 London, England, on November 10, 2009. It was later released on Blu-ray Disc on November 24, 2009. The footage was filmed in London's O2 Arena on June 30, 2009, when the band performed a 22-song set in front of a sold-out crowd of more than 18,000 fans. In an interview with Billboard.com, drummer Nathan stated, "England is really the first place we broke (...) We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest."[26] The show featured songs from all four of the band's albums, and Nathan continued by saying, "We just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren't even there."[26]

In 2009 Kings of Leon founded Serpents and Snakes Records, a record label including such bands as the Features, Snowden, Turbo Fruits, and the Weeks.[27]

On January 31, 2010, Kings of Leon took home the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song for "Use Somebody" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

Come Around Sundown: 2010–2011

The band's fifth album, called Come Around Sundown, was released on October 18, 2010 in the UK, and October 19, 2010 in the US.[28] It was recorded in Nashville and New York between February and June 2010 with Jacquire King and Angelo Petraglia once more at the helm. Following the release of Come Around Sundown in Australia, the band released all the tracks from the new album on their website.[29]

In June 2010, the band embarked on a tour visiting more than 50 cities in North America and Europe. The tour dates ran from June 5 to September 23.[30] In June they headlined the Slane Castle festival in Ireland, while they were informed of the death of their uncle Cleo.[31] On July 27, 2011, during a concert in Dallas, Texas, singer Caleb Followill appeared to be heavily intoxicated and slurred incomprehensibly between songs, often rambling about nothing. He left the stage, claiming he was going to vomit, drink a beer and return to play three more songs. He never returned, causing the rest of the band to apologize to the crowd and end the concert abruptly.[32] On August 1, 2011, the band announced through their website that the remainder of their US tour would be canceled with no reschedules due to dates they already had scheduled.[33][34]

Hiatus and Mechanical Bull: 2011–2014

On October 31, 2011, the band announced that after the conclusion of their Australian tour in November that they would be going on hiatus. Nathan stated that the band's hiatus should not take any longer than six months.[35]

On August 22, 2012, Jared and Nick Brown from Mona released their song "No Tell" under the name Smoke & Jackal. On August 23, 2012, when asked if it was the end of Kings of Leon with Smoke & Jackal announced, Jared said "Not even close. Working on album six very soon".[36] Kings of Leon bassist Jared Followill confirmed that the band had finished recording their sixth LP, which was reported by NME to be released in September.[37][38] The album title Mechanical Bull was revealed on June 7, and the album was released on September 24.[39] The album's first single, entitled "Supersoaker", was released on July 17, 2013.[40] The second single "Wait for Me" was released in the United Kingdom in August 2013 and debuted at number 31 in the UK Singles Chart. "Last Mile Home", a song originally from the deluxe version of Mechanical Bull, had a stripped down version written for the soundtrack of the film August: Osage County.

WALLS: 2016–present

Following their New Year's Eve show in Nashville, Nathan Followill said that the band were aiming to release their seventh album in 2016: "We've already started pre-production in our studio for the next record, but the main thing on the calendar for 2016 is getting the record finished. And then the whole press machine kicks up and doing press for the record." Caleb added: "We enjoy this part of the process. Obviously there's a lot of work that goes into it and it can get stressful at times, but we're all in a good place and we're having fun with it and we're all excited to do something new." The album was stated to be likely to be recorded in Los Angeles, with Caleb saying the band were looking for inspiration: "We might just try to get a little change of scenery. Our first two albums we recorded in L.A., so we're going to try to go back and see if it inspires us," he said. "If it doesn't, we always have a studio at home, so we can always come back."

On June 17, 2016, the band headlined Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware.[41] On September 10, 2016, the Kings of Leon Headlined at the Saturday evening Lollapalooza Europe music festival, in Berlin, Germany, which featured songs from all their albums plus "Waste a Moment" from the WALLS.

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Kings of Leon in 2017

In August, the band announced that album title would be We Are Like Love Songs (aka WALLS), and that it would be released on October 14, 2016.[42] The first single from the album, "Waste a Moment", was released on September 9, 2016.The album went on to reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Their seventh album, WALLS was the first album that Kings of Leon have earned their No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.[43] WALLS moved 77,000 equivalent album units by the end of the week ending October 20.

The band headlined the British Summer Time concerts in London's Hyde Park on 6 July 2017.[44] The band also headlined the Reading and Leeds festivals playing in Reading on 26 August 2018 and Leeds on 24 August 2018.[45]

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Only By The Night, the band released a never-before-seen video containing behind the scenes footage of the recording of the album, serving as a video for Frontier City, which was originally a B-side to the album.

Band members

  • Caleb Followill – lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2000–present)
  • Jared Followill – bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2000–present)
  • Matthew Followill – lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (2000–present)
  • Nathan Followill – drums, percussion, backing vocals (2000–present)

Touring members

  • Liam O'Neil – keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (2015–present)
  • Timothy Deaux – rhythm guitar, percussion, backing vocals (2016–present)
  • Ethan Luck – rhythm guitar, keyboards, percussion, backing vocals (2014–2016)
  • Christopher Coleman – rhythm guitar, keyboards, trumpet, percussion, backing vocals (2010–2014)

Discography

Studio albums

Awards and nominations

Brit Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2004 Kings of Leon Best International Breakthrough Act Nominated
Best International Group Nominated
2008 Nominated
Because of the Times Best International Album Nominated
2009 Only by the Night Won
Kings of Leon Best International Group Won
2011 Nominated
Come Around Sundown Best International Album Nominated
2014 Kings of Leon Best International Group Nominated
2017 Nominated

Grammy Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2008 Only by the Night Best Rock Album Nominated
"Sex on Fire" Best Rock Song Nominated
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
2009 "Use Somebody" Song of the Year Nominated
Record of the Year Won
Best Rock Song Won
Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Won
2010 "Radioactive" Won
Best Rock Song Nominated
2011 Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon Best Long Form Music Video Nominated
Come Around Sundown Best Rock Album Nominated
2013 Mechanical Bull Nominated

World tours

In other media

In early April 2011, an 87-minute film directed by Stephen C. Mitchell documenting the band members' lives was shown at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival in New York, called Talihina Sky, the name of an early Kings of Leon track. The Tribeca premiere was followed by scheduling a hometown premiere at the deadCENTER Film Festival in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on June 8, 2011.[46]

The European premiere was hosted at the Edinburgh International Film Festival on June 25 [47] and was followed by an interview session with the band. UK distributor Revolver Entertainment streamed the movie and interview session to 150 UK cinemas for a "One Night Only" live screening event.[48] RCA Records later announced that the film would be released on Blu-ray Disc and DVD on November 1, 2011.[49]

Kings of Leon are mentioned in the Bedroom Philosopher's song "Northcote (So Hungover)" as inspirational icons: "Riding around on the 86, so hungover / Gonna go down to Pony, pretend I'm in Kings of Leon",[50] and depicted in the music video.[51]

Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill made a guest appearance in the It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia episode "The High School Reunion" (season 7, episode 12). The episode mocks the Fox musical-comedy Glee, which itself is set in a high school. The members of Kings of Leon dislike Glee and refused to let them use their music, and as fans of Sunny, asked to make a guest appearance.

See also

References

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Aha Shake Heartbreak

Aha Shake Heartbreak is the second studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon. It was released in November 2004, in the UK and February 2005, in the United States. It is the only album by Kings of Leon to have a Parental Advisory label because of the strong language in "Taper Jean Girl", "Rememo", "Soft", and "Four Kicks". The cover is reminiscent of Queen's A Night at the Opera.

The album was met with generally favorable reviews, with a Metacritic score of 74."The Bucket", "Four Kicks" and "King of the Rodeo" were released as singles in the UK.

The original UK/Ireland version of the album featured a black cover and an orchid, whereas the later US version featured a white background with a different kind of orchid. The album also contains the bonus track "Where Nobody Knows".

The title of the album comes from the third track, "Taper Jean Girl".

There is also a photo, hidden underneath the white plastic of the second black cover, of the band as children.

The band's popularity exploded in Australia during the weeks of September 22, and 29, 2008, when they had all four of their studio albums in the top 50, with Aha Shake Heartbreak peaking at its highest position yet, number 25, and attaining Platinum sales. The album was certified 2x Platinum in Australia on the January 12, 2009.

The album has sold more than 910,000 copies worldwide and was ranked #39 on Rolling Stone's Top 100 Albums of the Decade. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

Because of the Times

Because of the Times is the third studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon. It was released April 2, 2007 in the UK and April 3, 2007 in the United States. The album has received generally positive reviews and has appeared in numerous Top-10 lists for "Album of the Year. In 2009, Clash named the album number 3 on the "Clash Essential 50", a list of the most important albums released since the magazine's inception in 2004.

Come Around Sundown

Come Around Sundown is the fifth studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon, released in Ireland, Australia and Germany on October 15, 2010, followed by releases in the UK on October 18 and North America on October 19. The official album covers and track list were revealed on September 3. The lead single, "Radioactive", along with its accompanying music video, premiered on September 8, on the Kings' official website. The following day, it received its official radio premiere on Australian radio.

The album debuted at number one in Australia, Austria, Belgium (Flanders), Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. In the UK, the album sold 183,000 units in its first week as well as breaking the record for biggest first week digital album sales by selling over 49,000 album downloads. It was the 11th biggest selling album of 2010 in the UK with 694,300 sales. On November 30, 2011, the album received a nomination at the 54th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

Come Around Sundown World Tour

The Come Around Sundown World Tour was the second concert tour by American rock band Kings of Leon. Visiting the Americas, Europe, Africa and Australia, the tour supported the band's fifth studio album, Come Around Sundown (2010). The tour has been praised by both critics and spectators alike, with many dates selling out within minutes. The concerts held in North America (in 2010) grossed over 14 million dollars, becoming the 49th highest-grossing North American tour. The tour ranked 40th in Pollstar's "Top 50 Worldwide Tour (Mid-Year)", earning roughly 20 million dollars in 2011.

Crawl (Kings of Leon song)

"Crawl" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon, and the second track of their 2008 album Only by the Night. It was the first track to be premiered from the album, with the band offering it as a free download on their website for a short period of time. The song was voted number 70 in the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008 countdown. In late October 2009, it was released as a single in Canada and the United States.

It was released as downloadable content for the Rock Band music video game series on July 21, 2009.

Kings of Leon discography

The discography of Kings of Leon, an American rock band, consists of seven studio albums, one live album, two compilation albums, one video album, five extended plays, 24 singles, one promotional single and 15 music videos. As of 2016 the band has sold over 21 million albums worldwide and 38 million singles. The band released their debut extended play Holy Roller Novocaine in February 2003, followed by the release of the extended play What I Saw in May. Their debut studio album, Youth and Young Manhood, was released in July 2003, peaking at number 113 on the US Billboard 200 and number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album has since been certified two times platinum by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and three times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Three singles were released from the album, including the UK top 40 hit "Molly's Chambers". In November 2004, Kings of Leon released their second album, Aha Shake Heartbreak. The album peaked at number 55 on the Billboard 200 and number three on the UK Albums Chart. It has been certified double platinum by the BPI and the ARIA. The album's first single, "The Bucket", peaked at number 16 in the UK; it also became the band's first single to chart in the United States, where it peaked at number 23 on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart.In March 2007, the band's third album Because of the Times was released, peaking at number 25 on the Billboard 200 and topping the Irish, New Zealand and UK albums charts. Two of the album's singles, "On Call" and "Fans", became top 20 hits in the UK. Because of the Times has since been certified two times platinum by the ARIA and by the BPI and three times platinum by the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA). The band saw their biggest commercial success with the release of their fourth studio album, Only by the Night, in September 2008. The album spawned the hit singles "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody", which peaked at numbers 56 and 4 respectively on the US Billboard Hot 100 and became top ten hits in multiple other countries. Only by the Night peaked at number four on the Billboard 200, while topping the charts in the charts of multiple countries, including Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and the UK. It received multiple multi-platinum certifications; the album was certified triple platinum by the RIAA, eight times platinum by the ARIA and nine times platinum by the BPI. Only by the Night went on to become the twenty-first best selling album worldwide in 2008, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry.Come Around Sundown, the band's fifth studio album, was released in October 2010. The album peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and topped the charts in countries such as Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the UK. The album has since been certified Gold by the RIAA and two times platinum by the ARIA. "Radioactive", the first single from Come Around Sundown, peaked at number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the Alternative Songs chart.

List of Leonese monarchs

In the reign of Ordoño I of Asturias (850–866), the kingdom began to be known as that of León. In 910, an independent Kingdom of León was founded when the king of Asturias divided his territory amongst his three sons.

Below follows a list of Leonese monarchs. It is, in part, a continuation of the list of Asturian monarchs.

Mechanical Bull (album)

Mechanical Bull is the sixth studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon, released in Ireland, Germany, Sweden and Australia on September 20, 2013, in the United Kingdom on September 23, 2013, and in North America on September 24, 2013 by RCA Records. In late 2013 the album received a nomination at the 56th Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

Notion (song)

"Notion" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon. The song was released as the fourth single (fifth in Australia) from their album, Only by the Night, on June 29, 2009. The song reached number one on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart for one week in of September 2009.

On Call

"On Call" is a song by rock band Kings of Leon and is the third track on their 2007 album Because Of The Times. The song was also released as the first single from that album on March 26, 2007, in the United Kingdom. It had been available on the iTunes Store since February 6.

Accompanied by the B-side, "My Third House", the single peaked at #18 in the UK Singles Chart, making it one of the band's most successful singles. It also reached the top 30 in Ireland (#28) and New Zealand (#26). The song placed #3 in the 2007 Triple J Hottest 100.

Only by the Night

Only by the Night is the fourth studio album by American alternative rock band Kings of Leon, released worldwide in September 2008. Writing for the band's fourth album commenced just days after the release of their third, Because of the Times. The album was recorded by producers Angelo Petraglia and Jacquire King through February 2008 in Nashville's Blackbird Studios.

Only by the Night experienced commercial success, peaking inside the top 10 of over 10 different countries. The album was certified the best-selling album in Australia, certified nine times platinum. It also went on to be the highest selling album of 2008 in Australia, the third best selling album of 2008 in the UK, winning two Brit Awards, and the 18th best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. Furthermore, two singles from the album have found high chartings, "Sex on Fire" coming in at number one in Ireland, the UK, Australia, and on the United States' Hot Modern Rock Tracks, and at number two in New Zealand. The album's second single "Use Somebody" also charted at number two in the UK, and at number two in Australia, along with being the band's first top 10 hit in the U.S. The album was nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2009 Grammy Award with the song "Sex on Fire" receiving two nominations itself. Worldwide sales of the album exceed 6.2 million copies, according to a press release by the band.

"Sex on Fire" came in at number one on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2008, with "Use Somebody" number three, "Closer" number 24 and "Crawl" number 70.

Radioactive (Kings of Leon song)

"Radioactive" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon, and was the first single released from their 2010 album Come Around Sundown.

The song, along with its accompanying music video, premiered on September 8 on the Kings' website. The following day, it received its official radio premiere on Australian radio, and debuted on US Alternative Radio on September 13. The song was released on US iTunes on September 14, and released at a later date in remaining countries.

The song won at the 53rd Grammy Awards for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and was nominated for Best Rock Song.

The song is used in the films I Am Number Four and Boyhood.

Sex on Fire

"Sex on Fire" is the first single released from American alternative rock band Kings of Leon's fourth studio album Only by the Night. The song gave Kings of Leon their first number-one single in Australia, Finland, Ireland and the United Kingdom, charting at the top spot on digital downloads alone in the latter country, before its physical release. In September 2009 it was Britain's second most-downloaded digital single ever. The song has sold 1.2 million copies in the United Kingdom as of November 2012. It has also gained significant popularity in the band's native United States, reaching number one on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 56 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it their second highest charting song in their homeland on the former chart.

In 2008, the song earned the band their first Grammy nominations. The song was nominated for Best Rock Song, and won the award for Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In addition, the album earned a nomination for Best Rock Album. Channel V Australia named the song as the third biggest hit of 2008. It was voted number one in Triple J Hottest 100 countdown for 2008. Following the success of the follow-up single "Use Somebody" in the United States on pop radio, the track was re-serviced to U.S. pop radio in November. Remixes of both songs were used for the runway soundtrack in the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

The song was written about lead singer Caleb's then-girlfriend (and now-wife), model Lily Aldridge.

Temple (Kings of Leon song)

"Temple" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon, issued as the third single from the band's sixth studio album Mechanical Bull.

Use Somebody

"Use Somebody" is a song by American rock group Kings of Leon. It was the second single from the band's fourth studio album Only by the Night (2008), released on December 8, 2008.The single received heavy airplay in Scandinavia, the Republic of Ireland, Germany, the United Kingdom and Australia, where it was number one on the Official Airplay Chart for six consecutive weeks. It was a huge success in the U.S., where it topped multiple airplay formats and reached number four on the Hot 100 and number one on the Pop Songs chart.The song received positive reviews and won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song, and was also nominated for Song of the Year. Along with "Sex on Fire", the song was one of two from Kings of Leon's Only by the Night to reach the top three in Australian radio station Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2008, coming in at number three.

Wait for Me (Kings of Leon song)

"Wait for Me" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon. The song was released in the United Kingdom on August 6, 2013 as the second single from their sixth studio album Mechanical Bull (2013). On Sunday August 11, it debuted at number 31 in the UK Singles Chart.

Walls (Kings of Leon album)

Walls (stylized as WALLS) is the seventh studio album by American rock band Kings of Leon. It was released on October 14, 2016, by RCA Records. The album title is an acronym for We Are Like Love Songs, which continues the band's unwritten rule of having five-syllable album titles.

Waste a Moment (Kings of Leon song)

"Waste a Moment" is a song by American rock band Kings of Leon. The song was released as a digital download on September 9, 2016 through RCA Records as the lead single from their seventh studio album WALLS (2016). The song was written by Caleb Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Matthew Followill.

Wasted Time (Kings of Leon song)

"Wasted Time" is the third single taken from the Youth and Young Manhood album by the American rock band Kings of Leon. The song reached number 51 on the UK Singles Chart. The version from the Holy Roller Novocaine EP was featured on

"The Boys Are Back in Town", the first episode of the second season of Entourage.

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