Artist of the week - Panic! At The Disco

Artist name: Panic! At The Disco

No. of albums: 6

No. of singles: 15

No. of UK number 1s: 0 (a fact that still baffles me to this day)

My current favourite album: A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

My current top 5 songs (no particular order):

Lying Is The Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off

Ready To Go (Get Me Out Of My Mind)

Roaring 20s

Miss Jackson (feat. LOLO)

Crazy = Genius

Song that most people would recognise: I write sins not tragedies

Song that I believe deserves more recognition: Folkin' Around

Panic! At The Disco is an American band who's line up currently features Brendon Urie, Dan Pawlovich, Nichole Row and Mike Naran. The band was formed in 2004 and originally featured Brendon Urie, Ryan Riss, Brent Wilson and Spencer Smith. The band has seen many changes in its line up over the past 16 years, as well as changes in its sound from album to album.

The band's first album was "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" (2005). It peaked at number 17 in the UK album charts. The band would go on to release 5 more albums, the most recent of which being "Pray For The Wicked" (2018) which reached number 2 in the album charts and paved the way for a sell-out world tour.

The band are often praised for the quality of their live performances, with lead singer Brendon Urie (the only remaining original member of the band) tweaking songs in various ways to give audiences an individual experience, from comedic adlibs to added high notes.

Brendon is quite open with his opinion on political and social issues, including drawing attention to the validity and importance of the LGBTQ+ community.

Brendon himself is openly pansexual. 2018 saw the launch of the "Highest Hopes Foundation", "created to support the efforts of non-profit organizations that lead, develop and advocate support for human rights. This is dedicated to all people + communities who are subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation + gender identity."

Brendon Urie announced in his most recent Twitch live stream that he was "currently in the process of redirecting the funds from 'Highest Hopes Foundation' to benefit bail funds nationwide".

The bands most recent work musically is releasing the official cover of "Into The Unknown" for the Frozen 2 soundtrack.

The sensational combination of the quality of their music and their moves in circles of social justice is why this group are my artist of the week.