Metro Station (band)

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Metro Station
Metro Station.jpg
Metro Station in 2007
Background information
Origin Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Genres Alternative rock, Pop, Pop Punk, Electronica, Pop Rock, Scene Pop, Dance-Pop, Dance-Rock
Years active 2006-present
Labels Columbia, RED Ink
Associated acts Forever the Sickest Kids, The Secret Handshake, Powerspace, Boys Like Girls
Website http://www.metrostationmusic.com/
Members Mason Musso
Trace Cyrus
Past members Blake Healy
Anthony Improgo
Kenny Bozich

Metro Station is an American pop rock band that was formed in Los Angeles by Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso. In late 2006, the band signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and RED Ink Records.[1] They are best known for their Top 10 Billboard hit single "Shake It"[2] from their self-titled debut album. In 2010, tension between Cyrus and Musso caused the band to go on hiatus. In 2011 the band returned, however it was announced that Cyrus was no longer a part of the group and Musso had bought the rights to the name. An EP entitled Middle of the Night was released in 2013, which was led by the single "Every Time I Touch You". In 2014 Cyrus returned to the band and a new single entitled "Love & War" was released.

History[edit]

Beginnings[edit]

In 2006, Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus agreed to meet on the set of Hannah Montana, which starred Mason's brother, Mitchel, and Trace's sister, Miley. Sharing musical interests, they decided to form a band.[1] Shortly thereafter, Cyrus recruited Blake Healy from Synthetic Joy as a keyboardist, synthesist, and bassist. Cyrus remained the singer and the lead guitarist. Musso became the group's main singer and rhythm guitarist.

Metro Station soon gained the attention of drummer Anthony Improgo, who was added as the band's drummer after the group released the song "Seventeen Forever" on their MySpace Music website. Musso sang lead on the track, The group's popularity on MySpace Music grew, and the band eventually topped the MySpace Music Unsigned Band's charts.[citation needed]

Metro Station was discovered by an intern working for Columbia Records' Walking Eye program, while looking through the MySpace Music charts, and the group was signed shortly thereafter.[3]

In the July 2007 issue of music magazine Alternative Press, Metro Station was listed as one of the "22 Best Underground Bands (That Likely Won't Stay Underground for Long)."[4]

Metro Station (2007-2009)[edit]

Metro Station released their self-titled debut studio album in September 2007. The album had two singles released, "Kelsey" and "Control". Although both singles failed to make the charts, with higher sales of the album both became more popular. It wasn't until mid-2008, after the release of the single "Shake It," that the band received a significant amount of commercial exposure, and the song peaked in the top-ten of three US charts. The song peaked at No. 3 on Hot Digital Songs, No. 9 in the Pop 100, No. 10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked at No. 20 in the Hot Dance Airplay chart.[2] The success of the song also affected album sales, the album charting nine months later in 2008 at No. 39 in the Billboard 200, No. 1 Top Electronic Albums and No. 2 in the Top Heatseekers.[5]

In 2009 Metro Station toured in the Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour which with Hey Monday, All Time Low, Cobra Starship and Fall Out Boy.

The band also contributed a song to the Alice In Wonderland soundtrack Almost Alice titled "Where's My Angel".

Internal Disputes and Hiatus (2010)[edit]

In March 2010, after a number of personal disputes between band members Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus in the studio, Metro Station went into indefinite hiatus as Musso and Cyrus split to pursue solo projects, putting Metro Station on a back-burner until they felt they could record together again.[6] Musso retained his connections to the Metro Station name, while Cyrus began a solo project he named Ashland High.

Middle of the Night EP (2011-2013)[edit]

On May 31, 2011, Musso released a new song, "Ain't So High", on his YouTube page, metrostation2011. Musso regained rights to the Metro Station name and used the band's name without Cyrus. On July 20, Musso announced on Twitter that he was working on the new Metro Station record with help from Anthony Improgo and Blake Healy. On September 25, Musso released a new song "Closer and Closer", produced by Blake Healy. On November 20, Mason Musso, Anthony Improgo, and Ryan Daly performed at the American Music Awards Red Carpet. In May 2013, Musso released the five-track EP "Middle of the Night" through an Indiegogo campaign.

Return of Trace Cyrus and new single (2014-present)[edit]

On August 13, 2014, Cyrus returned to the band, four years after previously leaving. The band also released a new single, entitled "Love & War" and announced their inclusion on The Outsiders Tour, which consists of The Ready Set, The Downtown Fiction, and Against The Current.

Band members[edit]

Current members
Former members

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
[7]
US Elec
[8]
US Rock
[9]
AUS
[10]
AUT
[11]
GER
[12]
IRE
[13]
NL
[14]
NZ
[15]
UK
[16]
Metro Station 39 1 15 17 29 27 36 100 39 35

Extended plays[edit]

Title Details
The Questions We Ask at Night
  • Release date: 2006
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download
Kelsey — EP
  • Release date: 2009
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
Middle of the Night — EP
  • Release date: 2013
  • Label: self-released
  • Formats: CD, music download

Singles[edit]

Single Year Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
Album
US
[18]
US Pop
[19]
AUS
[20]
CAN
[21]
AUT
[22]
GER
[23]
IRE
[13]
JPN
[24]
NZ
[25]
UK
[16]
"Kelsey" 2007 25 Metro Station
"Control"
"Shake It" 2008 10 4 2 4 9 9 4 8 9 6
"Seventeen Forever" 42 26 43 74 57 61 89
"Japanese Girl" 2009 non-album single
"Time to Play"
"Where's My Angel" 2010 Almost Alice
"Ain't So High" 2011 non-album single
"Closer and Closer"
"Every Time I Touch You" 2013 Middle of the Night
"I Don't Know You"
"Love & War" 2014 "—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
2007 "Kelsey" Dean Cain[29]
"Control" Josh Forbes[30][31][32]
2008 "Shake It"
"Seventeen Forever"
2009 "Wish We Were Older"
"Kelsey" (UK version)
"Last Christmas"
2014 "Love & War"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
2008 Australian Kids' Choice Awards Favourite Song — "Shake It" Won

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "Metro Station Singles Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Biography – Metro Station". billboard.com. Retrieved October 1, 2007. 
  4. ^ "Metro Station Complete Debut Album". Altpress.com. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Metro Station Albums Chart History". Billboard.com. Retrieved July 15, 2008. 
  6. ^ Satvir Bhamra (March 26, 2010). "Metro Station split up! - Amplified". Amplified.tv. Retrieved April 23, 2013. 
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  8. ^ "Metro Station Album & Song Chart History - Dance/Electronic Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Metro Station Album & Song Chart History - Rock Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
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  11. ^ "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  12. ^ "German Music Charts - Albums". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b "irishcharts.com - Discography Metro Station". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  14. ^ "dutchchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  15. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b "Chart Stats - Metro Station". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on January 2, 2013. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  17. ^ a b "Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA): Gold & Platinum - April 2009". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Metro Station Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Metro Station Album & Song Chart History - Pop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  20. ^ "australian-charts.com - Australian charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  21. ^ "Metro Station Album & Song Chart History - Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  22. ^ "austraiancharts.at - Austria Top 40". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  23. ^ "German Music Charts - Singles". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  24. ^ "Metro Station Album & Song Chart History - Japan Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  25. ^ "charts.org.nz - New Zealand charts portal". Hung Medien. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  26. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2009 Singles". ARIA Charts. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  27. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 28, 2011: "Shake It" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  28. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum - January 28, 2011: "Seventeen Forever" certified awards". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved January 28, 2011. 
  29. ^ "'Kelsey' Music Video". MTV.Viacom. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  30. ^ "'Shake It' Music Video". MTV. Viacom. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  31. ^ "'Seventeen Forever' Music Video". MTV.Viacom. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 
  32. ^ "'Shake It' Music Video". MTV. Retrieved December 12, 2009. 

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