SOURCE: Atlantic Records

April 01, 2011 13:12 ET

Panic! At The Disco Explode Onto Billboard 200; "VICES & VIRTUES" Makes Top 10 Debut; North American Tour Begins May 22nd; Support Includes fun., Foxy Shazam, and Funeral Party; Multi-Platinum Band Set to Appear Live on TBS' Lopez Tonight, Logo's NewNowNext Awards and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - April 1, 2011) - Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has made a spectacular chart debut with their acclaimed new album, "VICES & VIRTUES." The collection -- which features the hit single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" -- entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #7, while also coming in at #2 on SoundScan's "Alternative Albums" chart and #5 on the "Digital Albums" ranking. In addition, "VICES & VIRTUES (DELUXE VERSION)" is currently standing tall in the top 10 of iTunes' "Alternative Albums" chart having previously entered the main "Pop Albums" tally at #6. What's more, "VICES & VIRTUES" is proving an international sensation, making a top 10 album chart debut in Australia, where "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" is currently the #1 alternative single in the country.

"VICES & VIRTUES" has also begun drawing critical praise, including a four-starred rave from Alternative Press, which declared the album "a new start for Panic! At The Disco... (melding) the youthful exuberance of their debut, 2005's 'A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT,' with the restraint and maturity of 2008's 'PRETTY. ODD.'" The review concludes that P!ATD have "tightened the reins while not abandoning the dramatic, theatrical tendencies that made them stars in the first place" and "sound absolutely recharged."

Elsewhere, Rolling Stone raved that "VICES & VIRTUES" is "the closest emo has come to the sound of old-school pop and rock." USA Today praised the album as "engaging," noting that it "caroms wildly from campy cabaret-style pop to cleverly eclectic rock." People hailed Panic! At The Disco's "knack for hook-filled punk-pop," while Star noted that "(the band's) sound has only gotten bigger and better."

Currently ascending the airplay charts at Alternative Radio outlets nationwide, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" was a #1 smash on iTunes' "Top Alternative Songs" chart, while its companion video peaked at #1 on iTunes' "Top Alternative Music Videos" ranking, where it remains a top 5 favorite. "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" -- directed by Shane Drake (who previously collaborated with P!ATD on the award-winning "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" video, as well as the hugely popular "Nine In The Afternoon" clip) -- has also scored heavy rotation at MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, Fuse, and Logo's NewNowNext PopLab. In addition, the clip has received nearly 5 million views at Fueled By Ramen's official YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/fueledbyramen).

P!ATD will celebrate the album's success with an eagerly anticipated North American headline tour. The dates begin May 22nd at Boston's House of Blues and then traverse the continent through late June (see itinerary below). Joining P!ATD on all dates will be fellow Fueled By Ramen recording group fun., as well as special guests including Foxy Shazam and Funeral Party. For full details, please see www.panicatthedisco.com or the band's official fan club, www.northerndownpour.com.

Panic! At The Disco has also booked appearances at an array of upcoming music festivals, including Radio 104.5's 4th Birthday Show at Philadelphia's Festival Pier on May 20th. In addition, a full-scale European itinerary is slated for May, with shows set for Germany, Russia, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom. Panic! At The Disco will return to the UK in late August for appearances at the annual Reading & Leeds Festival 2011.

Panic! At The Disco will mark the release of "VICES & VIRTUES" with an appearance on TBS' Lopez Tonight, slated for Monday, April 4th, followed on Monday, April 11th with a live performance on Logo's NewNowNext Awards and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 20th (check local listings). The appearances follow the multi-platinum band's recent visits to TBS' Conan, MTV's The Seven, and Fuse's Top Twenty Countdown.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.panicatthedisco.com, www.facebook.com/panicatthediscowww.myspace.com/panicatthedisco, and www.twitter.com/panicatthedisco. Additional info can be accessed at www.fueledbyramen.com and www.decaydance.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

PANIC! AT THE DISCO
North American Tour 2011
5/22 - 6/7 w/Special Guests fun. & Foxy Shazam
 6/9 - 6/29 w/Special Guests fun. & Funeral Party

MAY    
20 Philadelphia, PA Radio 104.5's 4th Birthday Show
22 Boston, MA House of Blues
24 New York, NY Terminal 5
25 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
27 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle
29 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre
31 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore
     
JUNE    
2 Norfolk, VA Norva Theater
3 Pittsburgh, PA Stage AE
4 Detroit, MI The Fillmore
5 Toronto, ON Sound Academy
7 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
8 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
9 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion
10 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room @ Murat Center
11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
12 Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club
15 Houston, TX House of Blues
17 Tempe, AZ Marquee Theatre
18 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
19 San Diego, CA House of Blues
21 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
22 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
24 Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo
25 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
26 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
28 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
29 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium

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