AJR (band)

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AJR
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(From left to right) Ryan, Jack, and Adam Met
Background information
OriginManhattan, New York City, U.S.
Genres
Years active2005–present
Labels
Websiteajrbrothers.com
Members
  • Adam Met
  • Jack Met
  • Ryan Met

AJR is an American pop band composed of multi-instrumentalist brothers Adam, Jack, and Ryan Met. The band is a pop group who write, produce and mix their material in the living room of their apartment. Their most successful songs are "I'm Ready", "Weak", "100 Bad Days" and "Burn the House Down".[1] In 2019, their third album Neotheater debuted at number 8 on the Billboard 200,[2] and hit number 1 on the Top Rock Albums chart.[3]

The band name "AJR" comes from the first initials of the three brothers, Adam, Jack, and Ryan.[1] Their musical style has been described as "electric", combining elements of pop, doo-wop, electronic, and dubstep.[4]

Career[edit]

2005–2013: Formation and debut album[edit]

The Met brothers initially began writing, producing and mixing their own material in the living room of their Chelsea apartment in Manhattan, New York, focusing on DIY indie pop music. They began performing around 2006, busking in Central Park and Washington Square Park. They began their musical talents when Jack played the harmonica, Ryan played the piano, and Adam played the bass. However, currently they play various different instruments. They began by performing covers,[5] but now compose original music influenced by musicians such as the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Vampire Weekend, Jon Bellion, Imagine Dragons, The Beatles,[notes 1] Kanye West, Macklemore, Twenty One Pilots, and Fun.[6]

In November 2012, AJR's Ryan Met tweeted a link to a video of their song "I'm Ready" to about 80 celebrities, including Australian singer Sia Furler.[5] Furler told her manager about the song, and he contacted Steve Greenberg, former president of Columbia Records and current CEO and Founder of S-Curve Records.[7] He acts as their co-manager.[5] AJR's debut single, "I'm Ready", which features a sample of SpongeBob SquarePants repeatedly singing his catchphrase, "I'm ready", from the eponymous animated series' premiere episode, was commercially released on August 22, 2013.[8] The song was placed in regular rotation on Sirius XM Radio's Top 20 on 20 and Hits 1 stations,[7] and they performed the song on Good Day New York and VH1's Big Morning Buzz.[9] The official music video for "I'm Ready" premiered on VEVO on October 15, 2013.[5][10]

AJR released their debut EP, 6foot1 (later renamed I'm Ready after the band signed to Warner Music Group), on December 20, 2013. They were named Clear Channel's "Artist on the Rise" for the month of October 2013. By 2014, the band was already named IHeartRadio's Artist of the Month for Top 40 in January,[11] and a Myspace "One to Watch" in February,[12] while "I'm Ready" officially impacted pop radio in April. There are now over 29 million YouTube views for "I'm Ready", many thousands of singles sold each week, features in Billboard and the New York Post, while climbing the Top 40 chart. "I'm Ready" hit #1 on Next Big Sound's chart in May 2014. The band performed the song on Today on July 29, 2014. "I'm Ready" has been certified Platinum, in Canada and Platinum in Australia.

2014–2015: Infinity and Living Room[edit]

The band's second EP, Infinity, was released September 23, 2014. It contains 5 tracks, including the lead single "Infinity".[13] They released a lyric video for the single. A majority of the work for the video was done by AJR, including directing and producing.[14] The EP was released instead of their debut album, Living Room, which was pushed back to a release date of March 3, 2015. The band expressed that the delay in their debut album was because they wanted to add some of their newer music to the project.[citation needed]

2016–2018: The Click[edit]

The brothers released their third EP, titled What Everyone's Thinking, on September 16, 2016, which features the lead single "Weak". The lead single was written by the band in a day, within a few hours, without any idea of the future success the single would have.[15] "Weak" has been certified Platinum in the U.S., Canada, Norway, Netherlands and Belgium, and Gold in Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Australia. It has over 320 million streams on Spotify.

The band released its second studio album, The Click, on June 9, 2017, featuring the singles "Weak", "Drama" and "Sober Up", which features frontman Rivers Cuomo from Weezer, who co-wrote the track. This song reached number one on the Mediabase Alternative Singles chart in 2018. The band's 2018 tour in support of the album, The Click Tour, featured Hundred Handed, Grizfolk, Ocean Park Standoff, and MAX as openers.[16]

An extended version of The Click was released on September 21, 2018. The Click (Deluxe) included new tracks such as "Role Models", "Normal" and "Burn The House Down", the latter which the band released in March, 2018 as a single and reached number two on the Mediabase Alternative Singles chart. Also included was "Pretender - Acoustic", an acoustic version of "Pretender", which was a collaboration between AJR, EDM artist Steve Aoki and American rapper Lil Yachty.

Album artwork for AJR's album Neotheater

2019: Neotheater[edit]

On January 30, 2019, AJR released "100 Bad Days", the first single for their then-unannounced album Neotheater.[17] A music video was released on March 8. The song was included on Taylor Swift's Apple Music playlist, "Playlist by ME!" in May, 2019. The lyrics, "maybe a hundred bad days made a hundred good stories, a hundred good stories make me interesting at parties," are used in Taylor's description of this playlist of songs she loves and appreciates. On March 5, the band teased the second single, "Birthday Party."[18] On March 11, the band announced their third studio album, Neotheater, which was to be released on April 26.[19] “100 Bad Days”, was performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on March 11.[20] On March 11 , the second single, "Birthday Party" was released.[21] The third single, "Dear Winter," was teased on April 1,[22] and released on April 5, with a music video being released later that same day.[23] The album debuted on April 26 at #1 on Billboard's Top Alternative Albums, #1 on Billboard's Top Rock Albums, and #8 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums.

Tours[edit]

  • I'm Ready Tour (2014)
  • Infinity Tour (2014)
  • Living Room Tour (2015)
  • What Everyone's Thinking Tour (2017)
  • What Everyone's Thinking Tour Part 2 (2017)
  • The Click Tour (2018)
  • The Click Tour Part 2 (2018)
  • Neotheater World Tour (2019)

AJR has opened for Hoodie Allen, [24] Train, Fitz & the Tantrums, Andy Grammer, We the Kings, Demi Lovato, Ingrid Michaelson, American Authors, and Melanie Martinez.

Band members[edit]

  • Adam Met – vocals, bass guitar, programming, samples, percussion
  • Jack Met – lead vocals, guitar, melodica, ukulele, drums, percussion, keyboards, synthesizers, samples, programming, trumpet
  • Ryan Met – vocals, programming, keyboards, ukulele, trumpet

The 3 brothers were born and raised in Chelsea New York. They began street performing at Washington Square Park when Jack was only 8 years old in 2005. They saved enough money to buy pro tools, then put out their first album. They self produce all their music from their living room, which is why their first album is titled Living Room. The brothers are also ambassadors for Barack Obama‘s It’s On Us campaign, launched in 2014 with the aim of eliminating sexual assault in college campuses across the country.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[25]
US
Heat

[26]
BEL
(FL)

[27]
CAN
[28]
Living Room
  • Released: March 3, 2015
  • Label: Liberator Music, AJR Productions, Warner Bros. Records
  • Formats: Digital download
20
The Click
  • Released: June 9, 2017
  • Label: AJR Productions
61 170
Neotheater
  • Release: April 26, 2019
  • Label: AJR Productions
8 95
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

EPs[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US
[25]
US Heat
Born and Bred
  • Released: March 20, 2010
  • Label: LARJ Productions
Venture
  • Released: September 12, 2010
  • Label: LARJ Productions
AJR
  • Released: 2012
  • Label: AJR
I'm Ready
  • Released: December 20, 2013
  • Label: AJR Productions, Liberator Music
  • Formats: Digital download
32[26]
Infinity
  • Released: September 23, 2014
  • Label: AJR Productions, Warner Bros. Records
36[26]
What Everyone's Thinking
  • Released: September 16, 2016
164
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Singles[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
US
[29]
AUS
[30]
BEL (FL)
[27]
CAN
[31]
ITA
[32]
NLD
[33]
NOR
[34]
SWE
[35]
SWI
[36]
UK
[37]
"Go On Take a Chance" 2010 Born and Bred
"212" Venture
"50 States Away"
"Let It Snow" Non-album single
"Snowglobe" 2011 AJR
"More Than Friends" 2012
"The Night Before" Help! The Beatles Complete On Ukulele
"I'm Ready" 2012 65 5 Living Room
"Infinity" 2014
"Let the Games Begin" 2015 Non-album single
"Call My Dad" The Click
"I'm Not Famous" 2016
"Weak" 73 7 78 62 8 8 23 62 58
  • RIAA: 2× Platinum[39]
  • ARIA: Gold
  • BEA: Platinum
  • MC: 2× Platinum[40]
"The Lotto"
(with Ingrid Michaelson)
Non-album singles
"It's on Us" 2017
"Drama" The Click
"Sober Up"[41]
(featuring Rivers Cuomo)
[A]
"Burn the House Down" 2018 100 99 The Click (Deluxe Edition)
"100 Bad Days" 2019 Neotheater
"Birthday Party"
"Dear Winter"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released.

Notes

  1. ^ "Sober Up" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number seven on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.[42]

As featured artist[edit]

Title Year Album
"Celebrate"
(Ingrid Michaelson featuring AJR)
2016 It Doesn't Have To Make Sense
"Darlin"
(Mike Love featuring AJR)
2017 Unleash The Love
"Pretender"
(Steve Aoki featuring Lil Yachty and AJR)
2018 Neon Future III

Music videos[edit]

List of music videos, showing year released and directors
Title Year Director(s)
"Go On Take A Chance" 2011 Unknown
"Snowglobe" 2012
"More Than Friends"
"The World Is A Marble Heart"
"We The Cool Kids"
"I'm Ready" AJR
"I'm Ready" 2013 Or Paz and Tom Trager
"Infinity" 2015 Jason Merrin
"Overture (Living Room)" AJR
"Woody Allen"
"Thirsty"
"Call My Dad" AJR, Leon Wu and Nels Lindquist
"Let the Games Begin" 2016 Jason Merrin
"I'm Not Famous"
"Weak" 2017 Shane Drake
"Overture (The Click)" Robert Quaintance
"Sober Up" 2018 Aaron A
"Come Hang Out" Ron Peters
"Burn the House Down" The Mitchells & Spencer Hord
"Role Models"
"100 Bad Days" 2019 Tim Nackashi
"Dear Winter" AJR

Awards and nominations[edit]

iHeartRadio Music Awards
Year Nominee Award Result
2018 AJR Best new boy band Nominated
2019 AJR Best new Rock/Alternative Rock artist Nominated

Teen Choice Awards

Year Nominee Award Result
2019 AJR Choice Rock Artist Nominated
2019 AJR Choice rock song: 100 bad days Nominated

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Said by Ryan Met at the Neotheatre World Tour concert in San Francisco, September 28, 2019, while explaining their song production process.

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "AJR Scores First Top Rock Albums No. 1 With 'Neotheater'". Billboard.
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  13. ^ Frometa, RJ. "AJR move release of debut album "Living Room" to Feb. 2105, "Infinity" EP due 9/23". Vents. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 October 2014.
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  17. ^ AJR (2019-01-29). "Our new single 100 Bad Days is now available for you. Definitely don't tag your friends in the comments. We don't want them to know about it". @AJRBrothers. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  18. ^ AJR (2019-03-04). "pic.twitter.com/wb00BCdNEX". @AJRBrothers. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
  19. ^ AJR (2019-03-10). "NEOTHEATER - 4/26 (ALBUM TRAILER)pic.twitter.com/Ntx3cjzGmY". @AJRBrothers. Retrieved 2019-04-14.
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  21. ^ @AJRBrothers (2019-03-11). "NEW SONG 'BIRTHDAY PARTY' AND NEOTHEATER ALBUM PREORDER IS AVAILABLE NOW. ajr.ffm.to/neotheater pic.twitter.com/ORl5mj18Q9" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  22. ^ @AJRBrothers (2019-04-01). "DEAR WINTER. Thursday Night. (It's not about the season.)pic.twitter.com/cuB0quxoyg" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  23. ^ @AJRBrothers (2019-04-04). "'DEAR WINTER' OUT NOW. Hope it means as much to you as it does to us. ajr.ffm.to/neotheater pic.twitter.com/stm3jQWPlh" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  39. ^ "American single certifications – AJR – Weak". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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  45. ^ "Canadian certifications – AJR – Burn the House Down". Music Canada. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  46. ^ "AJR - BURN THE HOUSE DOWN". RIAA.

External links[edit]

Official website