By: Mariana Ortega
Releasing their fifth album, Death of a Bachelor, Panic! At the Disco has been grabbing teenagers attention. Panic! At the Disco has released five albums since 2004.
Panic! At the disco formed in Las Vega,Nevada by Ryan Ross,that played the guitar and sang with his friend, Spencer Smith who played the drums. They invited Brent Wilson,who played the bass and Brendon Urie, to try out the guitar. This became a rock band,Panic! At the Disco.
The Band produced three demo albums,"Time to Dance," "Nails for Breakfast, Tacks for Snacks" and "Camisado".They sent link to Pete Wentz the bassist for Fall Out Boys about about the demos. Pete Wentz signed them on his Fueled by Ramen imprint label Decaydance Records.
Later on September 27,2005, Panic! At the Disco released their first album, “A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out.”
It debuted at No. 112 on the Billboard 200 album chart, No. 6 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, and No. 1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, with nearly 10,000 albums sold in the first week of release. Within a span of four months, Panic! would see the video for their first single, "I Write Sins Not Tragedies", rocket up the Billboard Hot 100 as sales of Fever passed the 500,000 mark. By August, their debut record was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the music video for "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" won Video of the Year at the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards.
In 2006, the bassist of Panic! At the Disco, Brent Wilson was kicked out of the band. “We made the decision based on Brent’s lack of responsibility and the fact that he wasn’t progressing musically with the band,” Spencer Smith, the drummer player for Panic! AT the Disco said. “Brent did not write any of his bass parts on the record. Brent did not record one note of bass on the record. Brendon and Ryan wrote all of the bass parts and Brendon recorded all of the bass parts. We had to simplify some of the bass parts that were recorded because Brent could not play them live.” Instead Jon Walker became the new bassist for Panic! At the Disco.
In March 2008, Panic!At the Disco released their second album, “Pretty Odd.” To get their inspiration they went to a cabin in Mount Charleston,Nevada to begin the writing process.The record debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, with in first-day sales of 54,000, and first-week sales of 139,000 copies in the United States.Those figures marked the band's biggest sales week to that date, beating a previous record held by “A Fever You Can't Sweat Out” (which sold 45,000 during the winter of 2006). The record also debuted at "Current Alternative Albums" chart and No. 2 on the "Digital Albums" chart, the latter of which accounted for 26 percent of the disc's overall sales.
In 2009, two members of the band decides to leave the band, Jon Walker and Ryan Ross. Ross said the split was largely due to creative differences between him and Panic! frontman Brendon Urie. Seems Urie wanted the band to explore a more polished pop sound , while Ross and Walker was interested in making retro-inspired rock. “Brendon’s more of a Peter Gabriel fan, and I’m more of a Ray Davies fan.” said Ryan Ross.“Brendon has always been a fan of pop music, but that’s such a broad term, because I guess I would say I would be too, but in a different way. Jon and I are still very much influenced by the Beatles and Beach Boys stuff and the Kinks and stuff like that,” Ross said. “And so that’s the stuff we were writing at my house … that’s the stuff we’re going to make now. I haven’t heard any of Brendon(singer and guitarist) and Spencer’s (drummer) stuff, to be honest.” Former guitarist of pop rock band The Cab, Ian Crawford and Dallon Weekes entered the Panic! At the Disco.
In March 2011, Panic! At the Disco Released their third album, “Vices & Virtues.”Upon release, the album received generally mixed to positive reviews. Critics praised the album's wide variety of musical stylings, while citing compositional simplicity and Urie's verbose lyricism as detractors. The lead single, "The Ballad of Mona Lisa", the album debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 selling 56,000 copies within its first week. As of October 2013, it has sold 192,000 copies.
In 2012, Ian Crawford left panic because he wanted to make real genuine music. ”Sorry, but I want to bring back real, genuine music. I don’t wanna get rich or die trying,” Said IAn Crawford,ex-guitarist for Panic!At the Disco.
In October 2013,Panic! At the Disco released their fourth album, “Too Weird Too Live, Too Rare to Die.” It debuted at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, earning the band their second career number two.
Spencer Smith wrote an open letter to fans regarding his abuse of alcohol and prescription medications since the recording of “Pretty. Odd.” Although Smith joined the band for the first handful of dates, he left the tour to continue fighting addiction. Since Spencer's leave of absence, Dan Pawlovich of the band Valencia has filled in.They added lead guitarist Kenneth "Kenny" Harris.
On April 2, 2015 Spencer Smith announced that he had officially left the band.
In January 2016, Panic! AT the Disco released their fifth and current album, “Death of a Bachelor.” “Death of a Bachelor” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with 190,000 album units, earning the band its best sales week and first number one album.
Why People started to listen to Panic! At the Disco
Karina Orellana : Started listening to Panic! At the Disco during Winter break 2015
“They're so good”
“My favorite song is Death of a Bachelor because it has a nice beat to it and it’s really tweakable.“
Celeste Duran:Started listening to Panic! At the Disco a year ago
“I started listening to them because people were talking about them I have to see what’s up with them”
“My favorite song is Death of Bachelor, I like the tune and the music video”
Briana Gonzalez: “In middle school, I started listening to Panic! At the DIsco because My friends recommended it to me. I still I listen them,they have good music”
“My favorite songs is I Write Sins Not Tragedies”
Anissa Hernandez :” I started listen at Panic!At the disco in 2014 because my sister listen to them.”
“My Favorite song is Girls Girls Boys”
Dante Torres: Started listening to Panic!At the Disco a half year sgo,
“My favorite song is Emperor’s New Clothes, it’s just catchy and it got in my head”
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