The song features American singer Janelle Monáe. It is the first single from the bands second studio album Some Nights 20th September 2011. The song is an indie pop power ballad with some elements of alternative rock and power pop. Most music critics noted that the song was a breakthrough for the indie genre and praised the song's catchiness. "We Are Young" has attained commercial success worldwide and is already one of the biggest hits of 2012. Initially the song had only gained viral attention, but was soon covered by the Glee Cast. After the Glee version recieved chart success, the song was licensed for the Chevrolet Sonic promo that aired during Super Bowl XLVI. The single soon propelled the band into mainstream success. This caused it peak at number one on Billboard’s Hot 100, topping the chart for six weeks straight. It is also the first song to log seven weeks of 300,000 or more in digital sales. "We Are Young" has been certified five-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, and is Fun and Monáe's first charting single as well as it being their first No. 1 single. The song also topped the Hot 100 Airplay chart with 120 million impressions in seven weeks (this hasn’t been achieved since 2001). The music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld at David Sukonick Concert Hall in L.A. and features the group performing on a stage at a bar where a riot breaks out. The song was performed at the 2011 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, on Conan (TV show), and was used as the opening song at the 2012 MTV Movie Awards.
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