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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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Ashley Newton Named New Capitol/universal Boss


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The former Columbia Records president has also been named executive vice president of creative/special projects at Universal.

Newton will manage the label's day-to-day operations and work on film, television and music projects, according to Billboard.com.

The music boss has also worked with D'Angelo, Daft Punk, Foo Fighters, Haim and Pharrell Williams.

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Caleb Followill Can't Wait To Ring In 2016 With A Drink


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The Sex on Fire stars will headline Thursday night's (31Dec15) Nashville's Bash on Broadway event, and Caleb confesses he will be among the first people to grab a drink as soon as the clock strikes midnight.

"So I decided I am not going to have a drink until next year," he tells The Associated Press. "So I am patiently waiting.

"We'll do our set and they will have the big fireworks and then we'll come back and do another half hour or so. And that last half hour, we'll probably be a little fuzzy cause as soon as we do the countdown, I am starting to drink."

Continue reading: Caleb Followill Can't Wait To Ring In 2016 With A Drink

Florence + The Machine Join Eagles Of Death Metal Drive


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The U.S. rockers launched the Play it Forward initiative to raise money for the victims of last month's (Nov15) terror attacks in Paris, France following the massacre at their gig which killed nearly 90 revellers.

The campaign urges musicians to record and release a new version of their track I Love You All the Time, and Florence Welch's band is the latest big name act to contribute a cover.

The group's recording, which also features British rockers The Maccabees, has been released on iTunes and it joins offerings from Kings Of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World, and My Morning Jacket.

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Kings Of Leon Star Confirms Eagle Of Death Metal Bandmates Escaped Hostage Horror


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The Sex on Fire hitmaker took to Twitter.com shortly after a hostage stand-off at the venue had ended and assured fans the bandmates were safe.

"Sending good vibes to Paris," he wrote. "A very dear friend plays for Eagles Of Death Metal. I've been pacing around my hotel room. What a terrible day."

He later added, "I'm nauseated watching the news coming out of the theatre right now. This isn't supposed to happen."

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Lily Aldridge Planning 'Wedding Fund' For Two-year-old Daughter


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The Victoria's Secret star, who is married to Kings Of Leon frontman Caleb Followill, regrets not letting her mum be a bigger part of her 2011 nuptials in California - and she doesn't want to be cut out of her own daughter's wedding plans.

Aldridge tells Net-a-Porter’s The Edit magazine, "Being a mom makes me respect my mom so much and feel bad for all the times that I was mean to her. I was a good kid, but still, you’re gonna have fights with your mom.

"I should’ve let her do more at my wedding... Oh my God, if Dixie doesn’t let me plan her wedding...

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Lily Aldridge Praises Supportive Best Friend Taylor Swift


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Lily Aldridge says Taylor Swift is a great friend because she always has her ''back''.

The Victoria's Secret Angel and the pop superstar are BFFs and are part of a bigger group of pals that includes Selena Gomez, Lena Dunham, Karlie Kloss, Gigi Hadid and Cara Delevingne.

Lily feels very lucky to have such a ''close-knit group'' of female friends who are all supportive of each other and earn their livings in similar ways.

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Martha Hunt 'really Looks Up' To Lily Aldridge


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Martha Hunt ''really looks up'' to fellow Victoria's Secret model Lily Aldridge.

The 26-year-old model has confessed her 29-year-old friend is her role model, as she manages to juggle her career and being a mother to three-year-old Dixie Pearl Followill - who she parents with her Kings Of Leon frontman husband Caleb Followill.

Martha said: ''I really look up to her; she's a good role model for me. She's a mom and this super- successful model, and she also has this great sense of style. Also, she's really kind. Every time I hang out with her I like her more.

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Kings Of Leon Announce Free New Year's Eve Gig


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The group's drummer Nathan Followill took to Twitter.com to tease the news before announcing to his followers that they could see the group free of charge.

He writes, "I have a surprise that I will share in the next 30 minutes. Stay tuned... Book your rooms now. Why? Because we are playing a free New Years Eve show in downtown Nashville, that's why. #party"

Kings Of Leon are currently embarking on a European tour, which concludes in Gibraltar in September (15).

Kings Of Leon Start Work On New Album


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Kings Of Leon have started work on their seventh album.

The rockers have been writing new songs at home for the follow-up to 2013 LP 'Mechanical Bull' and intend to have the tracks finished by the end of this year.

In an interview with SiriusXM radio show Alt Nation, drummer Nathan Followill revealed: ''We've been at home writing, trying to get some new stuff going. We kind of had to put it on hold because we have festivals coming up, but we have big enough breaks in between most of them to where I think we're gonna be able to get the album written by the end of the year.''

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Kings Of Leon Cancel Festival Set Due To Storms


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The Use Somebody hitmakers' performance was pushed forward by 45 minutes in a bid to avoid the bad weather, but moments before the rockers were due to take to the stage in Dover, Delaware, fans were ordered to leave the grounds due to a lightning storm and heavy rain.

Drummer Nathan Followill wrote on Twitter.com, "So sorry Firefly. Mother Nature apparently was not given VIP passes and decided to be a b**tard. I was ready to melt multiple faces."

His brother and bandmate Jared also wrote, "We have the worst luck. Flew up to Delaware. Did press. Meet and greets. The only thing I was looking forward to was playing the show... Thanks to @LiveAtFirefly for being such a cool festival. So bummed we got rained out. Hopefully we can be back soon."

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BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend

Kings Of Leon - BBC Radio 1's Big Weekend at Glasgow Green - Day 3 - Glasgow, United Kingdom - Sunday 25th May 2014

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FOX Sports 1 Super Bash

Kings Of Leon - Time Warner Cable presents the FOX Sports 1 Thursday Night Super Bash at Time Warner Cable Studios - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 30th January 2014

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NY Premiere Of August: Osage County - Arrivals

Kings Of Leon, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill, Jared Followill and Caleb Followill - The New York premiere of August: Osage County held at the Ziegfeld Theatre - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Thursday 12th December 2013

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20th MTV Europe Music Awards - Arrivals

Kings Of Leon and Ron Burgundy - 20th MTV Europe Music Awards held at Ziggo Dome - Arrivals - Amsterdam, Netherlands - Sunday 10th November 2013

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V Festival 2013 Held At Highlands Park

Caleb Followill and Kings Of Leon - V Festival 2013 held at Highlands Park - Performances - Day Two - Chelmsford, United Kingdom - Sunday 18th August 2013

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