The Fun Might Be Over for fun.

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Posted February 6, 2015 by J Matthew Cobb in News
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The fun and games may be over for this super indie band

Rihanna and Adele weren’t the only hot artists that were relatively quiet in 2014. Indie pop band and Grammy’s New Artist of the Year for 2013 fun. deserved to be on that short list. But recent news may be pointing to the group’s coming demise. Various reports claim that there’s trouble brewing inside the group; Billboard published that the band members (Nate Ruess, 32, Jack Antonoff, 30, and Andrew Dost, 31) aren’t even on speaking terms. The music industry publication also noted that “clash of egos” could be the reason behind the struggle.

It is true that fans are anxiously awaiting a follow-up to 2012’s Some Nights — the album that yielded strong radio hits as “We Are Young” and “Carry On,” but a joint press release has revealed that group members are now focused on working on solo projects, but that they aren’t exactly pulling the plug on the band.

hi guys!

A lot of you have been asking us for an update on when to expect new music from fun. As you know, we like to give you guys news and updates when they are ready, but there has been a lot of recent chatter and we hear you and wanted to speak to you directly to explain a few things.
so here goes-

first and foremost to answer the question that has been raised most often: fun is not breaking up.

The group goes on to state what is most obvious:

 the 3 of us have always followed inspiration wherever it leads us. sometimes that inspiration leads to fun music, sometimes it leads to musical endeavors outside of fun. we see all of it as part of the ecosystem that makes fun, fun.

Yup, solo projects are in the pipeline.

Although this may be shocking news for some ears, it didn’t phase us. Nate Ruess, the band’s frontman, has already jumped into the territory of solo ventures, even pulling off a No. 1 hit with P!nk on the Song of The Year Grammy nominee “Just Give Me a Reason.” He followed up that effort with a collaborative effort on the Eminem song “Headlights,” which stalled at number 45 on the pop charts.

His next move will be a solo project produced by Jeff Bhasker, who was responsible for the sound on Some Nights.

Antonoff has been a bit busy lately, dropping a solo album under the name of Bleachers last year. Bleachers is signed to RCA and has even received songwriting credits on Taylor Swift’s best-selling album 1989.

Dost’s most recent work includes work on the motion picture soundtrack for The D Train, a movie starring Jack Black and James Marsden.

Although they refrained from giving a timeline on a forthcoming .fun album, the solo projects may mean that fun. won’t be regrouping for at least two years, especially if those solo projects are proven to be successful and if super egos continue to grow (Nate, we’re looking at you). And if there’s no inspiration behind the idea of regrouping, the wait might be indefinite. You see what happened to ABBA.

To read the complete press release from the group, click here.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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