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Fun.'s Nate Ruess on sports, amazing year

December, 28, 2012
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Nate RuessImeh Akpanudosen/Getty ImagesNate Ruess of Fun. said 2012 was a double-edged sword: Great success and great stress.
When you have one single -- "We Are Young" -- that sold more than 5 million copies in the United States and a second single -- "Some Nights" -- that sold 3.5 million copies, you'd think it's been a great year.

But success is a double-edged sword for the New York City band Fun., which was formed three years ago.

"I suppose it's been a successful year and easily our best year of music," lead singer Nate Ruess said. "But it's also our most challenging year, too. With good comes the bad. We had no time off and it's been a real strain on our relationships and our families."

Ruess, formerly of The Format, formed Fun. with Andrew Dost and Jack Antonoff. Their debut was "Aim and Ignite" in 2009, but they hit it big in 2012 with the February release of the album "Some Nights."

Three weeks ago, the band was nominated for six Grammy Awards, including record, song and album of the year, best new artist, best pop duo/group performance for "We Are Young" and best pop vocal album.

"From an accolade standpoint, I hope this isn't the biggest year we'll have," Ruess said. "I still have some depressive moments but it's been an amazing time."

On Jan. 1, Fun. will perform a free concert in New Orleans at the Allstate Fan Fest (a two-day event affiliated with the Sugar Bowl). The event will be live-streamed on the web on the Allstate site.

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