KINGS OF LEON
Rising Star 2010
Kings of Leon is a Grammy winning American rock band that originated in Talihina, OK and formed in Nashville, TN in 1999. The band is composed of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill, Ivan Nathan Followill and Jared Followill, with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill, The group is named for their grandfather, Leon, from Talihina, OK.
The band’s early music was an upbeat blend of southern rock and Blues influences, but it has gradually expanded throughout the years to include a variety of genres and a more alternative rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the UK albums chart. Their third album, Because of 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.