THE FIRST ASIAN-AMERICAN GROUP TO LAND ON MAINSTREAM POP CHARTS
DEBUT ALBUM 'FREE WIRED' IN STORES OCTOBER 12th
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Far East Movement (also known as FM) members Kev Nish, Prohgress, J-Splif, and DJ Virman will release their debut album 'Free Wired' on October 12th through Cherry Tree/Interscope Records.
The album's lead single "Like A G6" has been exploding on the country's sales and radio charts, currently #9 at iTunes and #16 on Billboard's Hot 100 making FM the first Asian American group to land on the mainstream pop music charts. The song has consistently grown each week since its release and was the #2 most added song at Top 40 radio the week it went for adds in Top 40 markets. Collectively the song and its accompanying music video have received over 7 million YouTube views and 4.5 million MySpace streams. The music video was also the #1 rated music video on MySpace the week it debuted.
FM, who rock stylish shades, skinny ties, shiny blazers and fresh kicks have come a long way since they interned in the publicity department of Interscope Records, the label they are now signed to through the Cherry Tree Records imprint, home to artists Lady Gaga, Robyn, La Roux and LMFAO.
The quartet have taken their lifestyle and the current Los Angeles club scene global with 'Free Wired,' a movement they coined, that represents everything they do from fashion to technology in addition to describing the music that blends elements of hip-hop, electro and dance.
"'Free Wired' is about 'geekin out' however you feel most comfortable. Whether it's partying at the club, at home online, dressing a certain way, enjoying a certain activity, whatever. To live free and stay connected 25 hours a day, 8 days a week is where it stems," states Kev Nish.
Far East Movement had their breakout year in 2009 when the hit 'Girls On The Dance Floor' rose to #1 at Los Angeles radio. The explosive club banger led to television and film executives to take notice to the 'Free Wired' sound and started featuring their music on hit shows like Entourage, CSI, Gossip Girl and blockbuster movies like Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift and Get Him To The Greek.
The attention they started receiving led to tours with Lady Gaga (Monster's Ball), N*E*R*D (Army Tour), Robyn/Kelis (All Hearts Tour) and LMFAO (Party Rock). They are currently on the road for the 'Up In The Air' tour with 'Cooler That Me' hit maker Mike Posner.
"We've played at every club in southern Cali and thrown parties getting 'Free Wired' at friends lofts and rooftops in downtown LA until the sun came up and want to continue that tradition around the world," states Prohgress.
The group created www.FarEastMovement.com where they interpret the movement and stay connected to fans through daily news postings, FM Satellite Webisodes, restaurant reviews and anything that relates to the 'Free Wired' way of life. The group also hosts weekly radio shows and chat rooms on www.CherryTreeRadio.com.
The 'Free Wired' album is a star-studded affair with appearances from Ryan Tedder (One Republic), Snoop Dogg, Keri Hilson, Lil Jon and production from the Stereotypes (Grammy nominated), Smeezingtons (Bruno Mars and Phil Lawrence), Roger Sanchez (Grammy winning) and Fernando Garibay.
If the Internet has created dozens of overnight success stories, the Far East Movement is a testament to the old model: steady grinding, building a solid hometown fan base and paying dues. – Los Angeles Times