Multi-platinum, two-time MTV VMA award-winning Island Records group Fall Out Boy have completed their long-awaited second album for the label, and will premiere the first new single pick, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” in a live performance at the upcoming 34th annual American Music Awards.
The show will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles on Tuesday night, November 21st and will be broadcast on the ABC television network. Island Records will ship the new single to radio that night, in advance of the December 5th impact date at all pop and rock formats.
“For everyone who has followed Fall Out Boy over the years, their success comes as no surprise,” said Antonio ‘L.A.’ Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. “Their dedication to their fans, online and on tour, along with the wittiest, catchiest songs in the business are amazing things to witness. We are extremely excited to get started with the band on their second multi-platinum album for IDJ.”
Fall Out Boy’s new album, scheduled for release on February 6th, but untitled as of this writing, is the follow-up to their Island debut, ‘From Under the Cork Tree’ (released May 2005) – which has sold more than 3 million copies worldwide. The new album reunites the group with longtime A&R Rep. Rob Stevenson, along with Neal Avron, who produced, recorded and mixed Cork Tree. The release also finds Fall Out Boy working with megastar hitmaking R&B producer Babyface for the first time.
After winning the coveted MTV2 Award in 2005 (for their first Island single, “Sugar, We’re Going Down”), Chicago’s Fall Out Boy – Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) – picked up their second consecutive moonman this past September, when the video for their second Island single (“Dance, Dance”) won 2006’s MTV VMA Viewers Choice Award. They also received last year’s Grammy nomination in the highly competitive Best New Artist category.
In all, Fall Out Boy’s single track record is impeccable: On the MTV TRL side, all three video clips – “Sugar, We’re Going Down” (which went to #1), “Dance, Dance,” and “Sixteen Candles” were all “retired” after their requisite 50 week runs. At various radio formats, “Sugar” and “Dance, Dance” were both Top 5 hits. ‘Under the Cork Tree’ spent a total of 72 weeks on the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Formed from Chicago’s hardcore scene in 2000, Fall Out Boy built their loyal fanbase online and on tours such as the annual Vans Warped Tour and Nintendo Fusion package tours. Since headlining their first major market headlining North American arena tour in spring 2006 (with All-American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights and From First To Last), they have appeared on the covers of Spin, Blender, and Alternative Press and have performed on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Late Night with Conan O’Brien, CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, and more.