Panic! At the Disco Explode Onto Billboard 200!

Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording group Panic! At The Disco has made a spectacular chart debut with their acclaimed new album, “VICES & VIRTUES.”  The collection – which features the hit single, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” – entered the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #7, while also coming in at #2 on SoundScan’s “Alternative Albums” chart and #5 on the “Digital Albums” ranking.  In addition, “VICES & VIRTUES (DELUXE VERSION)” is currently standing tall in the top 10 of iTunes’ “Alternative Albums” chart having previously entered the main “Pop Albums” tally at #6.  What’s more, “VICES & VIRTUES” is proving an international sensation, making a top 10 album chart debut in Australia, where “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” is currently the #1 alternative single in the country.

“VICES & VIRTUES” has also begun drawing critical praise, including a four-starred rave from Alternative Press, which declared the album “a new start for Panic! At The Disco…(melding) the youthful exuberance of their debut, 2005’s ‘A FEVER YOU CAN’T SWEAT OUT,’ with the restraint and maturity of 2008’s ‘PRETTY. ODD.’”  The review concludes that P!ATD have “tightened the reins while not abandoning the dramatic, theatrical tendencies that made them stars in the first place” and “sound absolutely recharged.”

Elsewhere, Rolling Stone raved that “VICES & VIRTUES” is “the closest emo has come to the sound of old-school pop and rock.”  USA Today praised the album as “engaging,” noting that it “caroms wildly from campy cabaret-style pop to cleverly eclectic rock.”   People hailed Panic! At The Disco’s “knack for hook-filled punk-pop,” whileStar noted that “(the band’s) sound has only gotten bigger and better.”

Currently ascending the airplay charts at Alternative Radio outlets nationwide, “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” was a #1 smash on iTunes’ “Top Alternative Songs” chart, while its companion video peaked at #1 on iTunes’ “Top Alternative Music Videos” ranking, where it remains a top 5 favorite.  “The Ballad of Mona Lisa” – directed by Shane Drake (who previously collaborated with P!ATD on the award-winning “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” video, as well as the hugely popular “Nine In The Afternoon” clip) – has also scored heavy rotation at MTV, MTV2, mtvU, MTV Hits, Fuse, and Logo’s NewNowNext PopLab.  In addition, the clip has received nearly 5 million views at Fueled By Ramen’s official YouTube Channel (www.youtube.com/fueledbyramen).

P!ATD will celebrate the album’s success with an eagerly anticipated North American headline tour.  The dates begin May 22nd at Boston’s House of Blues and then traverse the continent through late June (see attached itinerary).  Joining P!ATD on all dates will be fellow Fueled By Ramen recording group fun., as well as special guests including Foxy Shazam and Funeral Party.  For full details, please see www.panicatthedisco.com or the band’s official fan club, www.northerndownpour.com.

Panic! At The Disco has also booked appearances at an array of upcoming music festivals, including Radio 104.5’s 4th Birthday Show at Philadelphia’s Festival Pier on May 20th.  In addition, a full-scale European itinerary is slated for May, with shows set for Germany, Russia, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.  Panic! At The Disco will return to the UK in late August for appearances at the annual Reading & Leeds Festival 2011.

Panic! At The Disco will mark the release of “VICES & VIRTUES” with an appearance on TBS’ Lopez Tonight, slated for Monday, April 4th, followed on Monday, April 11thwith a live performance on Logo’s NewNowNext Awards and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live on June 20th (check local listings). The appearances follow the multi-platinum band’s recent visits to TBS’ Conan, MTV’s The Seven, and Fuse’s Top Twenty Countdown.

For up-to-the-minute news and information, please visit www.panicatthedisco.comwww.facebook.com/panicatthedisco,  www.myspace.com/panicatthedisco, andwww.twitter.com/panicatthedisco.  Additional info can be accessed at www.fueledbyramen.com and www.decaydance.com.

MAY

20        Philadelphia, PA                  Radio 104.5’s 4th Birthday Show

22        Boston, MA                           House of Blues

24        New York, NY                      Terminal 5

25        Hartford, CT                         Webster Theatre

27        Atlanta, GA                           The Tabernacle

29        Pompano Beach, FL             Pompano Beach Amphitheatre

31        Charlotte, NC                        The Fillmore

JUNE

2          Norfolk, VA                          Norva Theater

3          Pittsburgh, PA                      Stage AE

4          Detroit, MI                             The Fillmore

5          Toronto, ON                         Sound Academy

7          Cleveland, OH                     House of Blues

8          Chicago, IL                            Riviera Theatre

9          Columbus, OH                     LC Pavilion

10        Indianapolis, IN                   Egyptian Room @ Murat Center

11        Minneapolis, MN                 First Avenue

12        Kansas City, MO                  Beaumont Club

15        Houston, TX                         House of Blues

17        Tempe, AZ                            Marquee Theatre

18        Las Vegas, NV                      House of Blues

19        San Diego, CA                      House of Blues

21        Los Angeles, CA                  The Wiltern

22        San Francisco, CA                Warfield Theatre

24        Seattle, WA                           Showbox SoDo

25        Portland, OR                         Roseland Theatre

26        Boise, ID                                Knitting Factory

28        Denver, CO                           Ogden Theatre

29        Omaha, NE                           Sokol Auditorium

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Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John’s University.

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