Fueled by Ramen

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Fueled by Ramen, LLC
Parent companyWarner Music Group
Founded1996; 27 years ago (1996)
Country of originUnited States
LocationNew York City
Official websiteelektra.com/fueledbyramen

Fueled by Ramen, LLC is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group and distributed by 300 Elektra Entertainment. The label, founded in Gainesville, Florida in 1996, is now based in New York City.


John Janick conceived of the label while attending high school, but it was not until he enrolled at the University of Florida in Gainesville and teamed up with Less Than Jake drummer-lyricist Vinnie Fiorello that Fueled By Ramen became a reality.[1][2] The name of the label was inspired by only being able to afford a diet of inexpensive instant ramen at the time, due to having invested most of their money into making records.

Ramen's first major success came in 1998 with the self-titled EP from Jimmy Eat World, which enabled the label to buy its first office space in Tampa.[3]

Ramen early on partnered with the independent distribution arm of Warner, ADA; Warner's Lyor Cohen finally making a deal for Ramen that led Janick to say "We operate like an indie label that's very small and nimble and can do their own thing, but we have the resources of a major company."[4]

In 2004, Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz introduced Fueled By Ramen to fellow Chicago pop-rock outfit The Academy Is..., who released their debut album Almost Here, the following year. Soon thereafter, Janick joined forces with Wentz to create Decaydance Records and released a series of albums from a disparate-sounding group of acts ranging from the alternative hip hop of Gym Class Heroes to the indie-pop combo The Hush Sound. In September 2005, Decaydance and Fueled By Ramen released A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, the RIAA triple-platinum-certified debut album from Las Vegas' Panic! at the Disco.

In 2006, Vinnie Fiorello left the label, citing disagreements in the direction of future signees and loss of passion in the music the label was investing itself in.[5]

In 2007, the label opened an office in midtown Manhattan, and that same year Paramore's album Riot! debuted in the top 20 of the U.S. Billboard 200, was certified gold and a year later gained platinum status. Panic! at the Disco's second studio album Pretty. Odd. achieved similar success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 charts, selling over 139,000 copies in its first week, and gaining platinum success. Later in 2016, Panic! at the Disco's fifth studio album Death of a Bachelor debuted at number 1, selling 196,000 copies in its first week, making it the fastest-selling album in the label's history.

In 2012, Fueled By Ramen signed musical duo Twenty One Pilots. They released their label debut album Vessel in 2013, which included songs, "Ode to Sleep", "Holding on to You", "House of Gold", and "Car Radio". In 2015, they released their breakthrough studio album Blurryface, which included singles, "Tear in My Heart", "Fairly Local", "Stressed Out", "Heavydirtysoul" and "Ride". The album peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Top 200 charts, and was certified quintuple platinum after selling over 5 million copies in the U.S. alone. "Stressed Out" is the most viewed music video on Fueled by Ramen's YouTube channel, accumulating over 2.6 billion views as of April 2023.

In June 2018, Warner Music Group announced that Fueled by Ramen, amongst other labels, would be included in a new parent label, Elektra Music Group.[6] It officially launched on October 1, 2018.[7] In June 2022, Elektra Music Group, and subsequently Fueled by Ramen, was merged into the new umbrella label group 300 Elektra Entertainment.[8][9]

Award certifications[edit]

Twelve albums released by Fueled By Ramen have been certified Platinum (some multiple times) by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales of one million units or more:

Blurryface, the label's highest selling-album, was certified quintuple platinum for sales of at least five million units; Some Nights, A Fever You Can't Sweat Out, and Riot! were certified triple platinum for sales of at least three million units; and Death of a Bachelor and Vessel were certified double platinum for sales of at least two million units.[10]

Artists signed to Fueled by Ramen[edit]

This list was compiled based on information found on the Elektra Music webpage for Fueled by Ramen[11] and the label's discography.

Active artists[edit]


Inactive artists[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official Fueled By Ramen Biography" (PDF). FueledByRamen.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 17, 2018. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  2. ^ "Kimbel Bouwman, Interview with John Janick". HitQuarters. September 18, 2006. Archived from the original on March 29, 2012. Retrieved December 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Luke Winkie (March 1, 2015). "How Fueled By Ramen Has Stayed Relevant For 20 Years". BuzzFeed. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  4. ^ Ragogna, Mike (December 6, 2017). "Fueled By Ramen's First Fifteen Years: A Conversation With Label Co-Founder John Janick, Plus FBR Band Tributes". HuffPost. Retrieved October 6, 2018.
  5. ^ Paul, Aubin (2006-12-22). "Vinnie talks about his departure from Fueled By Ramen". Punknews.org. Retrieved May 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Aswad, Jem (June 18, 2018). "Warner to Launch Elektra Music Group as Standalone Company". Variety. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  7. ^ "Elektra Music Group To Be Launched Oct. 1st, Headed By Mike Easterlin And Gregg Nadel". AllAccess.com. All Access Music Group. June 18, 2018. Retrieved October 5, 2018.
  8. ^ "WMG 300 Elektra Entertainment – 3EE – Arrives, Led by Chairman & CEO Kevin Liles". WMG Official Website. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  9. ^ "Warner Music Group". Variety. Retrieved 2022-06-23.
  10. ^ a b "Gold & Platinum - RIAA: Fueled by Ramen". RIAA. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Fueled By Ramen – Official Site". Elektra Music Group. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  12. ^ "Chloe Moriondo signs with Fueled by Ramen; premieres new video". 25 August 2020. Retrieved February 1, 2021 – via thatsgodenoughforme.com.
  13. ^ Kaufman, Gil (14 May 2019). "Lights Signs to Fueled By Ramen, Announces 'Skin&Earth Acoustic' Album & Debuts First Track: Exclusive". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2019.
  14. ^ "Los Angeles Singer-Songwriter THE BLSSM Signs with Fueled By Ramen, Unleashes New Single "DIZZY": Exclusive". 16 February 2022. Retrieved February 16, 2021.
  15. ^ Sharp, Tyler (10 November 2015). "Cobra Starship break up". Alternative Press. Retrieved 10 November 2015.

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