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Metro Station was an American pop rock band that formed in Los Angeles by Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus. In late 2006, the band signed a recording contract with Columbia Records and RED Ink Records. They are best known for their Top 10 Billboard hit single "Shake It" from their self-titled debut album. The group officially disbanded on March 23, 2010, though Musso is currently launching a solo career under the name Metro Station.

History

In 2006, Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus agreed to meet on the set of Hannah Montana, which stars Mason's brother, Mitchel, and Trace's sister, Miley. Sharing musical interests, they decided to form a band. Shortly thereafter, Cyrus recruited Blake Healy from Synthetic Joy as a keyboardist, synthesist, and bassist. Cyrus remained the singer and the lead guitarist. Musso became the group's main singer and rhythm guitarist.

Metro Station soon gained the attention of drummer Anthony Improgo, who was added as the band's drummer after the group released the song "Seventeen Forever" on their MySpace Music website. Musso sang lead on the track, The group's popularity on MySpace Music grew, and the band eventually topped the MySpace Music Unsigned Band's charts.

Metro Station was discovered by an intern working for Columbia Records' Walking Eye program, while looking through the MySpace Music charts, and the group was 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". Although both singles failed to make the charts, with higher sales of the album both became more popular. It wasn't until mid-2008, after the release of the single "Shake It," that the band received a significant amount of commercial exposure, and the song peaked in the top-ten of three US charts. The song peaked at #3 on Hot Digital Songs, #9 in the Pop 100, #10 in the Billboard Hot 100 and peaked 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.

In 2009 Metro Station toured in the Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour which with Hey Monday, All Time Low, Cobra Starship and Fall Out Boy.

The band also contributed a song to the Alice In Wonderland soundtrack Almost Alice titled "Where's My Angel".

Breakup:

In March 2010, after a number of personal disputes between band members Mason Musso and Trace Cyrus in the studio, Metro Station went into indefinite hiatus as Musso and Cyrus split to pursue solo projects, putting Metro Station on a back-burner until they felt they could record together again. Musso has retained his connections to the Metro Station name, meanwhile Cyrus began a solo project he named ASHLAND HIGH.

Return:

On May 31, 2011, Musso released a new song, "Ain't So High", on his new YouTube page, metrostation2011. Musso has regained rights to the Metro Station name, and is currently using the band's name, without Cyrus. On July 20, Musso announced on Twitter that he was working on the new Metro Station record with help from Anthony Improgo and Blake Healy. On September 25, Musso released a new song "Closer and Closer", produced by Blake Healy. On November 20, Mason Musso, Anthony Improgo, and Ryan Daly performed at the American Music Awards Red Carpet.

Band members

Current members

Mason Musso - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2006-2010; 2011-present),

Past members

Trace Cyrus - lead guitar, backing vocals (2006-2010),

Kenny Bozich - bass guitar, drums (2009-2010),

Blake Healy - bass guitar, synthesizers ( 2006-2009),

Anthony Improgo - drums, percussion (2006-2009)


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