February 15, 2011 16:01 ET
Panic! At The Disco Respond to Public Demand; "VICES & VIRTUES" to Be Released on March 22nd; Eagerly Awaited Album Available Now for Pre-Order, as First Single/Video, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa," Scores Heavy Rotation Across the MTV Networks; Critical Acclaim Follows Recent Return to the Stage; Live Performance at L.A.'s The Roxy Theatre Announced for Tuesday, March 1st; Multi-Platinum Band Set for Major TV Performances, Including TBS' Conan and Lopez Tonight
NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - February 15, 2011) - Responding to public demand, Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has moved up the release of their hugely anticipated new album. "VICES & VIRTUES" -- which includes the first single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" -- will now arrive in stores and at all digital retailers on March 22nd.
Pre-orders for the album are available now at iTunes, where it has proven so popular "VICES & VIRTUES" has already reached the top 5 overall on the "Top Albums" chart. In addition, pre-orders are also currently being offered at both Panic! At The Disco's official website (www.panicatthedisco.com) and the Fueled By Ramen webstore (store.fueledbyramen.com). Though the most limited of the deluxe packages, the "Fantastical Bundle" sold out almost instantly, "VICES & VIRTUES" is still being offered in an array of unique bundles, featuring such exciting exclusives as a Limited Edition Box Set that includes a 32 page perfect bound book of art and photos, 4 full color 5x5 photo cards, a foldout poster, a DVD with special new video content, and 4 additional bonus tracks. Additional extras available to those pre-ordering include an iTunes exclusive track, two b-sides, and a limited edition "Black Plague" t-shirt. All pre-orders in the US receive an instant download of "The Ballad of Mona Lisa."
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa" quickly hit #1 on iTunes' "Top Alternative Songs" chart, where it remains a top 10 favorite. What's more, the song's companion video is currently #1 on iTunes' "Top Alternative Music Videos" ranking, having also recently entered into heavy rotation at MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, and Logo's NewNowNext PopLab. "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" -- directed by Shane Drake (who previously collaborated with Panic! At The Disco on the award-winning "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" video, as well as the hugely popular "Nine In The Afternoon" clip) -- received 120,000 streams on MTV.com this past week and is currently approaching 900,000 views on Fueled By Ramen's official YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/user/FueledByRamen), along with a special "Beyond The Video" look at the making of the clip.
Panic! At The Disco will herald "VICES & VIRTUES" with an eagerly anticipated live performance at The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles on March 1st, following their recent series of sold out shows in London, Germany, and New York City. The latter date earned ecstatic critical acclaim from all corners, including MTV News and SPIN, which extolled the band for "blowing through their 13-song set with every ounce of energy that had been bottled up for two whole years." The New York Times hailed Panic! At The Disco's new material for their "manic energy and tunefulness," praising the "tempo shifts, interludes of strings and synthesizer in 'Let's Kill Tonight' and hints of cabaret and tango, switching to power ballad, in 'Nearly Witches.'" The New York Times also applauded frontman Brendon Urie's "flair for drama that's playfully campy," while noting that "all (the band's) flourishes are tucked neatly between choruses that are proudly and insistently pop."
Panic! At The Disco has also slated a pair of upcoming TV appearances to celebrate the release of "VICES & VIRTUES." First up is a visit to TBS' Conan, scheduled for Monday, March 28th. That performance will be followed one week later with a Monday, April 4th appearance on TBS' Lopez Tonight (check local listings).
Produced by Butch Walker (Weezer, Pink) and John Feldmann (Neon Trees, The Used), "VICES & VIRTUES" marks Panic! At The Disco's first new release in three years, as well as their debut outing as a duo comprised of singer/multi-instrumentalist Brendon Urie and drummer Spencer Smith.
Named as one of SPIN's "30 Must-Hear Albums of 2011," "VICES & VIRTUES" follows Panic! At The Disco's acclaimed second album, "PRETTY. ODD.," which debuted at #2 on SoundScan/Billboard 200 album chart upon its 2008 release. The album's remarkable popular success was matched by a wave of critical applause, with NME declaring it "a victory for artistic ambition over cynical careerism, one of the feel-good psych-pop albums of the year."
Released in 2005, Panic! At The Disco's platinum-certified debut, "A FEVER YOU CAN'T SWEAT OUT" remains one of the biggest selling debuts in Fueled By Ramen history. With their visionary pop modernism and bevy of irresistible hooks, singles like the 2x-platinum smash, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies," earned the band international acclamation and a fervent fan following around the globe. What's more, Panic! At The Disco received a number of major honors, including Grammy Award nominations and the prestigious MTV Video Music Awards "Video of the Year" prize for the imaginative companion video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies."
Panic! At The Disco has also proven an unqualified sensation on the live stage, headlining an array of festivals and multi-artist tours (including 2008's Rock Band Live and Honda Civic Tour). In addition, the band has made countless TV appearances -- highlighted by a notable performance on Saturday Night Live -- and has been featured on the cover of such high-profile publications as Rolling Stone, Spin, and multiple issues of Alternative Press.
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