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Metro Station is a powerpop band that formed in Los Angeles, California, in 2006. They signed to Columbia/Red Ink Records and are perhaps best known for their single "Shake It" off their self-titled debut album. Popularized mainly by their co-frontman Trace Cyrus, this music act has experienced a recent boom in their record sales.
In 2007 Trace Cyrus and Mason Musso were introduced by their mothers on the set of Hannah Montana, in which Mason's brother Mitchel and Trace's sister Miley star in together.
Sharing musical interests, they decided to form a band. Shortly thereafter, Cyrus recruited Blake Healy from Synthetic Joy as a keyboardist, synthesist, and bassist. Trace remained the singer and the lead guitarist. Mason is the main singer and guitarist, along with Trace. He sang the track "Seventeen Forever", which they released on their MySpace Music website. The track gained the attention of percussionist Anthony Improgo, who was soon added as the band's drummer. Their popularity on MySpace Music grew, topping the MySpace Music Unsigned Band's charts. An intern in Columbia Records' Walking Eye program discovered the band while looking through the MySpace Music charts, and they were signed shortly thereafter.
In the July 2007 issue of music magazine Alternative Press, Metro Station was listed as one of the "22 Best Underground Bands (That Likely Won't Stay Underground for Long)".
Metro Station released their self-titled debut studio album in September 2007, the album had two singles released, "Kelsey" and "Control" both failed to chart, although with higher sales of the album both became more popular. It wasn't until mid-2008 when the release of the single "Shake It" grabbed the band a significant amount of commercial exposure, peaking in the top-ten of three US charts. The song has peaked at #3 on Hot Digital Songs, #9 in the Pop 100, #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and also at #20 in the Hot Dance Airplay chart. The success of the song also affected album sales, the album charting nine months later in 2008 at #43 in the Billboard 200, #1 Top Electronic Albums and #2 in the Top Heatseekers. The band has toured with numerous bands such as We The Kings, Boys Like Girls, Valencia, Cobra Starship and Good Charlotte. This summer they are touring with Boys Like Girls, Good Charlotte and The Maine for the Soundtrack of Your Summer Tour 2008 and opening for bands such as Simple Plan.
Trace Cyrus and his manufactured image is often noted as one of the key reasons for the band's success.
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