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Kings of Leon is an American rock band that formed in Nashville, Tennessee, United States in 1999, consisting of brothers Anthony Caleb Followill (lead vocals, rhythm guitar), Ivan Nathan Followill (drums, percussion, backing vocals) and Michael Jared Followill (bass guitar, backing vocals), with their cousin Cameron Matthew Followill (lead guitar, backing vocals). Each member of the family group is known by his middle name (second given name) as opposed to his first given name. Kings of Leon band's early music was an upbeat blend of southern rock and blues influences but the band has gradually expanded their sound to include a variety of genres and a more alternative rock or arena rock sound. Kings of Leon achieved initial success in the United Kingdom with nine Top 40 singles, two BRIT Awards in 2008, and all three of the band's albums at the time peaking in the top five of the UK Albums Chart. Their third album Because of the Times also reached the #1 spot. After the release of Only by the Night in September 2008 they finally achieved chart success in their native United States. The singles "Sex on Fire", "Use Somebody" and "Notion" all peaked at #1 on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks. The album itself was their first ever platinum-selling album in the United States. It was the best selling album of 2008 in Australia, being certified 9x Platinum. While the album was commercially successful, it has been dismissed by critics and the band's older fanbase.

About Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon band released its first DVD, Live at the O2 London, England, on November 10, 2009. It was later released on Blu-ray Disc on November 24, 2009.

The footage was filmed in London's O2 Arena on June 30, 2009, when the band performed a 22-song set in front of a sold-out crowd of over 18,000 fans. In an interview with Billboard.com drummer Nathan stated, "England is really the first place we broke. We figured what better place to make a live DVD than where the fans have been the craziest for the longest?" The show featured songs from all four of the band's albums, and Nathan continued by saying "we just put the cameras in the back of our minds and acted like they weren't even there."

A remix album has also been announced by the band, which apparently came to life after Kings of Leon learned that other artists had started working on revisions of the band's songs. Mark Ronson, Kenna, Justin Timberlake, Lykke Li with her cover of "Knocked Up", Pharrel Williams and Linkin Park among others, have been recruited by Kings of Leon and will be contributing to the album.

Furthermore, Rolling Stone has reported that the band has also been sound-checking eight to ten new songs recently, and tentatively announced in an interview with NME that they will be releasing their follow up to Only by the Night later in 2010. The band have an unreleased song, dubbed "The Devil's Song", "Lucifer", "Newcastle Devil's Song" or simply "New Song" by fans, which is often performed live.

On January 31st 2010, Kings of Leon took home the Grammy award for Record of the Year, Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal and Best Rock Song for "Use Somebody" at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. In an interview with BBC Radio 1, Jared Followill stated that the band would probably start recording in March. He also hinted that they were looking at recording studio in New York City, and would probably be playing shows this summer. They have confirmed they will be playing in Hyde Park, London, for one night on the 30th June 2010. This will be the Kings of Leon's first UK gig since Leeds festival 2009.

It was announced on the 1st March 2010, that Kings of Leon will be headlining the V Festival on the 21st August 2010 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford and the next day (Sunday 22nd August) in Weston Park Staffordshire, on the main stage (the V stage) as part of the festival weekend. Other artists that will be performing over the weekend include; Kasabian, The Sugababes, The Prodigy, Stereophonics, David Guetta, Faithless, Cheryl Cole and Florence and the Machine. Also, Kings of Leon will be featured on Drakes' debut album Thank Me Later on the track "Fireworks".