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Kings of Leon (formed 2000) are an American rock band, consisting of three brothers (Caleb, Nathan and Jared) and their cousin (Matthew), all of whom have the last name Followill, best known for their single 'Sex on Fire'.

Formation: Kings of Leon chose to name themselves after Caleb, Nathan and Jared's father and grandfather who were both named Leon. The brothers had spent their childhood traveling around the Southern states of the US because their father was a United Pentecostal Church preacher. The brothers moved to Nashville in 1998, before forming the band with their cousin in 2000. 

Career: Kings of Leon signed to RCA Records, who put them under the guidance of Angelo Petraglia. The band had a grounded history in Country Music up until this point, and Petraglia began indroducing them to more rock 'n' roll oriented material. Kings of Leon released their 'Holy Roller Novocaine' EP on 18th February 2003. This was followed almost immediately by the 'What I Saw' EP, which was released on 26th May 2003. 

Kings of Leon released their debut studio album, 'Youth & Young Manhood', on 7th July 2003, receiving rather high praise from critics. The album shot to the number three spot in the UK charts, although it failed to perform as well in the US. 'Aha Shake Heartbreak', Kings of Leon's second studio album, was released on 1st November 2004. The album received more consistent praise, yet failed to be recognised as much as their previous effort. 

In June 2006, Kings of Leon released a limited edition EP entitled 'Day Old Belgian Blues', which was soon followed by their third studio album. 'Because of the Times' was released on 30th March 2007 in Australia (as the country had proved to provide the best sales for the band), before opening in the US and UK in early April. The album received glowing reviews from critics, and topped the charts in the UK, New Zealand and Ireland. Within a matter of days from releasing the album, the band were already working on their fourth studio album. 

Kings of Leon released 'Only By the Night' on 19th September 2008. The album saw moderate success with mixed reviews from critics. The band's fifth studio album, 'Come Around Sundown', was released on 15th October 2010. The album debuted at the number one spot in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Switzerland and the United Kingdom's charts. It became the band's highest charting album in the US, with it reaching the number two spot on Billboard's 200 list. Despite this, the album received very mixed and moderate results, receiving an average score of around 3/5. 

The band bounced back on 20th September 2013, with the release of 'Mechanical Bull'. The album received far more praise from critics, yet fared worse on the albums charts. It still topped the UK charts and came second on Billboard's 200, yet the number one spot was only reached in four countries, as opposed to eight with the previous album.



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Kings Of Leon And Duran Duran Lead Gibraltar Music Festival 2015 Line-Up


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The first wave of artists have now been announced for the 2015 Gibraltar Music Festival, which is set to take place at the British Overseas Territory in September. Leading this year's particularly exciting line-up are headliners Kings Of Leon and Duran Duran.

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This year's bill is set to be the biggest yet for the family-friendly Gibraltar Music Festival, with Kings Of Leon and Duran Duran being joined by more stellar names including British chart sensation Tom Odell, up and coming singer-songwriter Rae Morris, Brit nominated power pop band The Feeling and four-piece Lawson.

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Taylor Swift Helps Throw A Memorable Party For Her Best Friend


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Yet again, Taylor Swift proved that she’s pretty much the coolest person in the world, this time by throwing a huge birthday party over the Easter weekend for her best friend. The pop star attended a surprise 25th party for her BFF Abigail Anderson in Nashville on Saturday night that included a specially arranged guest appearance.

Swift had organised an impromptu performance by Chris Carrabba of Dashboard Confessional, which happens to be Anderson’s favourite band! Paramore’s Haley Williams was also in attendance, and the two of them broke out an acoustic performance of Dashboard’s 2002 hit ‘Hands Down’.

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Swift had a busy Easter weekend, attending parties and going Easter Egg hunting

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Jennifer Lawrence & Chris Martin Appear "Like A Couple In Love" At Kings Of Leon Concert


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Jennifer Lawrence was there to support her new boyfriend, Coldplay front man Chris Martin, as he made a guest appearance at the Kings of Leon concert at the Hollywood Bowl on Friday (3rd October).

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Jennifer Lawrence at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

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Kings Of Leon Haven't Cancelled ALL August Tour Dates. They're Playing Made In America


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Finally some good news from Kings of Leon – the alt-rock foursome are to play their first gig since drummer Nathan Followill went under for a rib injury. They’re making their return a big event, playing the second night of Jay Z and Budweiser’s Made in America Festival in Philly. The band are in good company, after Kanye West and Steve Aoki headlined the fest’s opening night on Saturday.

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The alt-rockers will reunite onstage during the final night of Made in America, Philly edition.

Kings Of Leon will go onstage in the evening on August 31, following a recent update from frontman Caleb Followill on his brother’s improving condition. On Friday, the elder brother explained that Nathan was “doing well” after his injury. Despite not being fully recovered, Nathan will take the necessary precautions to perform at Made in America.

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Kings of Leon Return After Drummer's Injury


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Good news for Kings of Leon fans! The family rock band from Nashville, Tennesee are set to perform their first gig since their drummer Nathan Followill broke his ribs at the beginning of the month.

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Questlove Is Kings of Leon's New Drummer (Sort of)


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Kings of Leon have been forced to axe nine concerts following a tour bus crash in Boston, Massachusetts, but they duly honoured their booking on the Jimmy Fallon show Tuesday night (August 12, 2014). Following the hospitalization of drummer Nathan Followill, who suffered broken ribs in the crash, the band drafted in an emergency replacement for the TV spot.

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Filling in on percussion was Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer and bandleader of the 'Tonight Show' house-band, The Roots.

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Kings Of Leon Cancel All August Tour Dates Due To Drummer Nathan Followill's Broken Ribs


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Fans who are hoping to watch Kings of Leon live this month have been left utterly disappointed, but there is a very good reason for this. The American rock group will be heading home for the remainder of this August and wait for drummer Nathan Followill to recover after breaking his rib.

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Nathan Followill broke a rib in a tour bus incident 

As previously reported, KoL were forced to postpone their Aug 10th concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, after Nathan sustained the rather severe injury. The drummer broke his rib when the band's tour bus had to suddenly swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

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Kings of Leon Drummer Suffers Broken Ribs in Tour Bus Crash


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Nathan Followill, the drummer with Kings on Leon, was being treated for broken ribs on Saturday night (August 9, 2014) after the band's tour bus was involved in a crash en route to their hotel following a show in Boston. The band announced the news on Facebook, noting Followill was recovering well.

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"The band was en route to their hotel after their show in Boston when a pedestrian jumped in front of their tour bus, causing the bus to stop short, injuring Nathan Followill" the statement read. The accident forced the band to postpone their in Saratoga Springs, New York on Sunday (August 10, 2014) until further notice. Refunds will be available to ticket holders.

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Kings Of Leon Drummer Nathan Followill Injured In Tour Bus Incident, Concert Cancelled


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Fans of American rock group Kings of Leon were left disappointed after they were forced to postpone their Sunday (Aug 10th) concert in Saratoga Springs, New York, due to a member of the band suffering a serious injury.

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Nathan Followill sustained broken ribs when their tour bus avoided hitting a pedestrian

Nathan Followill, the band’s drummer, was unable to perform the show because he was being treated for broken ribs, which he sustained after the Kings Of Leon’s tour bus had to suddenly swerve to avoid hitting a pedestrian.

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Dancing In Denver! Budweiser Made In America Explore Colorado's Exciting Music Scene


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Budweiser Made in America

We explore the diverse Denver music scene as Budweiser unveil the latest in their series of documentaries ahead of the fast-approaching Budweiser Made in America festival.

When Jay-Z embarked on his Budweiser Made in America project, the ethos he wanted to represent was simple; bringing together bands and artists of all genres to celebrate the rich variation that has become the US musical community. And where better to enjoy this multi-genre theme than Denver, Colorado, home to the likes of everyone from gentle folk rock crooners The Lumineers to industrial Goth collective Velvet Acid Christ?

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Iggy Azalea Set To Perform At Jay-Z's Made In America Festival, Joining The Likes Of Kanye West and John Mayer


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Iggy Azalea will be joining the likes of Kanye West, Rita Ora, Kings Of Leon and John Mayer at the Made in America Festival at the end of August. The festival, produced by Jay-Z, will celebrate its third anniversary in Philadelphia and the first time it has also been held in Los Angeles over the last weekend in August. 

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Iggy Azalea will appear at the Made in America Festival at the end of August.

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Made In Minnesota: Budweiser Made in America Documents The Best City Music Of The States


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Budweiser Made In America Press Conference at Los Angeles City Hall on April 16, 2014 in Los Angeles, California - Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Budweiser

Budweiser Made in America festival is on its way and, to celebrate, the beer brand unveil a series of music documentaries in different States: this week we explore Minnesota!

Being such a huge part of the world, America has always borne a massively diverse music ethos. In almost every part of the country you can come across a different musical culture and it's with this idea in mind that world famous rap star Jay-Z decided to create Budweiser Made in America festival. It's sole purpose is to bring together a choice selection of both up-and-coming and well-established artists spanning all genres including rock, hip hop, R&B, electronic, punk... the list goes on.

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Isle of Wight Festival 2014 Review


If there's something to take away from this year's Isle of Wight Festival, it's probably sunburn. Unlike the mud bath of two years ago, 2014 will be remembered for serving up one of the hottest weekends I can remember for a festival, along with some crowd-pleasing performances. While not every act managed to capture their moment in the sun, all the major names delivered in spades.

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But it wasn't just the music that made the weekend for many; a real sense of celebration seemed to erupt across the site. Partly fuelled by anticipation over the World Cup and partly because of the good weather, thousands of smiling faces could be seen everywhere. Sunflowers seemed to be an essential festival accessory and many opted for as few clothes as possible with t-shirts looking like they'd gone out of fashion altogether. I've even had to make a note in my diary that it's international flip-flop day on June 20th, just one of the many things I learnt around Seaclose Park this year.

The highlight of Friday afternoon should have really been local boy Tom Odell on the main stage. But his piano led ballads took some time to win the crowd over despite his number 1 album 'Long Way Down'. By the time he'd finished though, the reaction showed that he'd justified his place on the main stage billing.

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Isle Of Wight Festival Set To Be A Scorcher [Pictures]


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The Isle of Wight Festival 2014 is underway and it’s looking like it’s set to be a scorcher of a weekend! The Met Office has forecasted dry and sunny weather with temperatures reaching 22°C.  British festival-goers will have their fingers crossed that this unusual weather carries on for the rest of festival season, although that may be seriously wishful thinking.  With Glastonbury right around the corner we can only hope that the typical torrential rain of festival season doesn't start to set in.

Isle of Wight Festival 2014 The party has been kicking off at the Isle of Wight Festival, with festival-goers enjoying the hot British weather [Photo: Getty Images, Credit: Ben A. Pruchnie]

Scheduled to appear tonight at the Isle of Wight Festival are big name acts Biffy Clyro, Calvin Harris, Rudimental, Tom Odell, Starsailer and Lawson, with Katy B appearing at the Big Top. The rest of the weekend is jam-packed acts including the eagerly awaited Red Hot Chili Peppers, who will take to the main stage on Saturday night. Saturday also belongs to Cher Lloyd, Dappy and The Pretty Reckless among other acts.

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Your Guide To The Isle of Wight Festival 2014


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The annual Isle of Wight Festival kicks off tomorrow (June 12th), beginning a British summertime so filled with awesome music events you might even forget about that whole football thing that’s also happening. This year the festival boasts an impressive line up featuring acts such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kings Of Leon and Fall Out Boy. So if you’re one of the lucky ones packing your bag to head off to Seaclose park, or if you’ll just be following the action from the comfort of your own home, here’s our handy guide to enjoying the Isle of Wight Festival 2014.

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The festival season kicks off June 12th on the Isle of Wight, where Red Hot Chili Peppers will perform

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