2017 will mark ten years since Fall Out Boy's third studio album Infinity on High made its way to music fans. The record hit shelves on Feb. 6, 2007 and officially marked Fall Out Boy's move from being a pop-punk outfit to a more mainstream pop-rock group, with singles including the creatively named "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" which you can revisit by using the media player included with this article.
But would audiences respond to the new direction? The answer was yes, as Infinity on High made its debut atop the Billboard 200 and gave Fall Out Boy their first number one record. By Mar. 12, just over a month after its release, the album had shipped over one million copies within the United States and thus became certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. It also helped Fall Out Boy break through on the international market, going double Platinum in Australia and Platinum in New Zealand and Canada.
"This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" was Fall Out Boy's first single to register on any international charts and with its 162,000 digital downloads in its first week of release, became the highest debuting single in all of 2007. Another single from Infinity on High was "Thnks fr th Mmrs" which featured Kim Kardashian in its music video and was also used during CBS's coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. While it wasn't as commercially successful as its predecessor, it's since gone on to become one of the band's best known songs and a Fall Out Boy concert wouldn't be complete without it.
The record moved Fall Out Boy closer to the mainstream and listeners followed, as demonstrated by the record's commercial success. In the ten years since its release Fall Out Boy have continued to be a staple on the charts and in pop culture with their songs heard in Disney movies ("Immortals") and performing at the 2016 MLB All-Star Game in San Diego. Thanks to Infinity on High, they went from pop-punk to pure pop and from an upstart act to a full-blown hitmaking group and have never looked back since. Their most recent single "Irresistible" features Demi Lovato and while they have yet to announcing touring plans for 2017, chances are they'll be packing venues all over again, with some of these now-classic songs on the set list.
Infinity on High is available for download on iTunes.
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