April 24th, 2012
02:50 PM ET

CNN Music: the band FUN.

By Jonathan Binder, CNN

(CNN) - The band, FUN, or "fun." as they like to stylize themselves, debuted their first album, "Aim & Ignite," in 2009. But for singer Nate Ruess, it was actually a new beginning.

Before there was FUN. there was The Format, a band which Ruess co-founded. But when the success of The Format went sour, he panicked.

“In music, you feel like you only get really one chance to do it, especially in my position because I felt like the band was doing really well,” Ruess recently told CNN. “So just to uproot and start over? I was freaking out.”

For Ruess’s second chance, he knew exactly who to call: Jack Antonoff, guitar player and Steel Train's front man, and Andrew Dost, piano player and former member of Anathallo.

The three musicians first met when their former bands ended up on tour together. And when it came time to start collaborating on music, Ruess felt like he was on the “dream team.”

Now two albums strong, FUN. released "Some Nights" in February. The single “We Are Young,” featuring Janelle Monae, topped Billboard's Hot 100 and the Digital Songs chart for multiple weeks.

Before their recent show at Center Stage in Atlanta, the FUN. trio sat down with CNN to talk about the inception of their music careers, hip-hop’s influence on their latest album, and their sudden success on the hit TV show, “Glee.”

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