Fall Out Boy’s from Under The Cork Tree Major Label Debut Album Scans Nearly 68,000, Enters Chart at #9

Music News | May 11th, 2005

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NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–May 11, 2005–Island Def Jam

— “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” is First Single from Chicago Quartet’s Island Label Debut, Produced by Neal Avron

— Headlining Vans Warped Tour This Summer

— Band’s Island Debut is the #1 Tower Online Pre-Sale of All Time

— Fall Out Boy Made National Television Debut on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, May 10th

Island recording group Fall Out Boy’s major label debut album FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE (5 stars Alternative Press), in-stores May 3rd, detonates the Soundscan chart with first week sales of close to 68,000 units to enter the Billboard 200 albums chart at #9. Prior to its release, the album was named Tower Records’ #1 online pre-sale title of all time, besting Depeche Mode, A Perfect Circle, Train, and others. To celebrate their success, Fall Out Boy – named one of the “10 Artists To Watch” by Rolling Stone – made their national television debut last night, May 10th, on NBC’s Late Night with Conan O’Brien.

“It’s absolutely mind-blowing to see the diehard Fall Out Boy fans come out to support this band in every way, driving the sales to a Top 10 debut.” said Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. “Their grassroots following across the U.S. and Canada has continued this incredible momentum, and will only help push the band toward greater heights. We are committed on all levels to maintain and elevate the band’s presence online, at radio, video and retail, to take them where they belong – the top.”

FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE was produced, recorded and mixed by Neal Avron (New Found Glory, Everclear, Wallflowers). The first single, “Sugar, We’re Goin’ Down” (mixed by Tom Lord-Alge), is one of the highlights on the album that includes such catchy titles as “Nobody Puts Baby In the Corner,” “A Little Less Sixteen Candles, A Little More ‘Touch Me’,” “Sophomore Slump Or Comeback Of the Year,” “I’ve Got a Dark Alley And A Bad Idea That Says You Should Shut Your Mouth,” and the album’s showpiece, “I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy And All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me.”

The cable network Fuse has been influential in Fall Out Boy’s success. The Fuse show “Seventh Avenue Drop” has aired multiple times since its premiere on April 26th. MTV has also shown its support of Fall Out Boy through MTVU and MTV2. Yesterday MTV2 “Unleashed” the video for “Sugar We’re Goin’ Down” with an all day video premiere.

The new album follows-up Fall Out Boy’s 2003 release, Take This To Your Grave on the Florida-based indie label Fueled By Ramen. That CD has sold over 200,000 copies to date and yielded back-to-back #1’s on FUSE’s Ovenfresh, “Dead On Arrival” and “Saturday.” In the process of becoming an industry phenom, the album held the #1 spot on the influential AP Reader’s Chart for months. The magazine subsequently voted Fall Out Boy the #2 most under-rated band of 2003, and one of “100 Bands You Need To Know For 2004,” before putting them on the cover of last August’s issue.

In addition to marking the release of FROM UNDER THE CORK TREE, last week also marked the end of Fall Out Boy’s sold-out headlining tour with Gym Class Heroes and The Academy Is… (The 8-week, 42-city marathon cross-country tour also featured Midtown and Silverstein on select dates.) After a well-earned break, Fall Out Boy joins this year’s Vans Warped Tour as a headliner, starting June 18th at the Germain Amphitheatre in Columbus, Ohio. The 49-city North American itinerary concludes 2 months later in Northampton, Mass., at Three County Fairgrounds. (Please see tour dates attached.)

Straight from Chicago’s North Shore, Fall Out Boy – Patrick Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe Trohman (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) – “captures the very essence of what every teenage boy wants to be and every teenage girl wants to know,” wrote the New York Daily News, “combining bitterly sarcastic lyrics with elements of rock, punk and hardcore.” USA Today praised their “…razor-blade wit that slices with the vein rather than against it. Likewise, the music conveys both emo’s earnestness and punk-pop’s giddy, glorious hooks…” And Newsweek called Fall Out Boy “a Chicago quartet for the next generation of Green Day fans,” saying that the album “offers a sugar rush of skate punk-pop, with high-energy hooks.”

VAN’S WARPED TOUR

June 18 Columbus, OH Germain Amphitheatre
June 19 Milwaukee, WI Marcus Amphitheatre
June 21 Maryland Heights, MO UMB Bank Pavilion
June 22 Bonner Springs, KS Verizon Wireless
June 24 Dallas, TX Smirnoff Amphitheatre
June 25 Houston, TX Reliant Center
June 26 San Antonio, TX Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
June 28 Las Cruces, NM NMSU Practice Field
June 29 Phoenix, AZ Peoria Sports Complex
June 30 San Diego, CA Coors Amphitheater
July 1 Long Beach, CA Cal State Long Beach
July 2 San Francisco, CA Pier 30/32
July 3 Ventura, CA Seaside Park
July 4 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
July 6 Pomona, CA Pomona Fairplex
July 7 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 8 Boise, ID Idaho Center
July 9 Quincy, WA Gorge Amphitheatre
July 10 St. Helens, OR Columbia Meadows
July 12 Vancouver, BC Thunderbird Stadium
July 14 Calgary Race City Speedway
July 15 Bozeman, MT Valley Ice Garden
July 16 Salt Lake City, UT Utah State Fair
July 17 Denver, CO Invesco Field
July 19 Omaha, NE TBD
July 20 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 21 Cleveland, OH Tower City Amphitheatre
July 22 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Amphitheatre
July 23 Chicago, IL Tweeter Center
July 24 Minneapolis, MN Metrodome
July 26 Darian Center, NY Darien Lake P.A.C.
July 28 Quebec City Colisee Pepsi Arena
July 29 Montreal TBD
July 30 Barrie Molson Park
July 31 Detroit, MI Pontiac Silverdome
Aug. 1 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
Aug. 3 Atlanta, CA Hi Fi Buys Amphitheater
Aug. 4 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville Fairgrounds
Aug. 5 St. Petersburg, FL Vinoy Park
Aug. 6 Miami, FL Pompano Amphitheater
Aug. 7 Orlando, FL Tinker Field
Aug. 8 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 9 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug. 10 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
Aug. 11 Scranton, PA Montage Mountain
Aug. 12 Camden, NJ Tweeter Center
Aug. 13 New York, NY Randall’s Island
Aug. 14 Englishtown, NJ Old Bridge Township Raceway
Aug. 15 Northampton, MA Three County Fairgrounds