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X Ambassadors

X Ambassadors
Background information
Origin Ithaca, New York, United States
Genres Alternative rock, electronic rock, indie rock, rap rock
Years active 2009–present
Labels
Associated acts Alex Da Kid, Eminem, Jamie N Commons, Jay-Z, The Knocks, Imagine Dragons, Zedd
Website xambassadors.com
Members Sam Harris
Casey Harris
Noah Feldshuh
Adam Levin

X Ambassadors is an American alternative rock band from Ithaca, New York.

History

2009–12: Ambassadors EP & Litost

X Ambassadors began as a band titled simply Ambassadors, touring with artists such as LIGHTS. During this time, they self-released their debut EP, Ambassadors EP, creating a music video for its lead single, "Tropisms". Shortly after, the band self-released its debut LP, Litost. The band started a Kickstarter account to shoot a video for the lead single, "Unconsolable," which would be re-recorded later.[1] The LP's titular song, "Litost," would later be used on the soundtrack for The Host and, like "Unconsolable," on the Love Songs Drug Songs EP. Imagine Dragons heard an acoustic version of "Unconsolable" on a local radio station and asked Interscope to sign the band as soon as possible.[2]

2013–14: Love Songs Drug Songs EP & The Reason EP

X Ambassadors released their debut major label EP Love Songs Drug Songs in 2013. The EP included the track "Stranger" co-written by Dan Reynolds.[3] In promotion of the EP they toured supporting Imagine Dragons, Jimmy Eat World, and The Mowglis. In 2014, the band released a second major label EP, The Reason. In promotion of the new EP, X Ambassadors will support Panic! at the Disco and Imagine Dragons on their respective tours.[4] Upon success of their single "Jungle" with Jamie N Commons, Interscope re-released The Reason EP with that track, bringing its new song total to six.

Discography

Albums

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
[5]
VHS TBR

Extended plays

Title Details Peak chart positions
US Heat
[5]
Ambassadors1
  • Released: 2009
  • Label: Ambassadors
  • Format: Digital download
Love Songs Drug Songs 11
The Reason 7
"—" denotes album that did not chart or was not released.

Singles

As lead artist

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
US FRA
[7]
GER
[8]
NL
[9]
UK
2009 "Tropisms"[10]1 N/A
2012 "Unconsolable"[11]1
2013 "Unconsolable" (New version)[12]
2014 "Jungle"
(X Ambassadors & Jamie N Commons feat. Jay Z)[13]
87 55 44 85 18
2015 "Renegades" 69 VHS
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

As featured artist

Year Title Album
2013 "Love of a Life"
(Keljet feat. X Ambassadors)
N/A
"Wicked Ways"
(Eminem feat. X Ambassadors)
The Marshall Mathers LP 2
2014 "Comfortable"
(The Knocks feat. X Ambassadors)
N/A
2015 "Transmission"
(Zedd feat. Logic & X Ambassadors)
True Colors

Other appearances

  • "Unconsolable" is featured in the video game, Need for Speed: Most Wanted.
  • "Shining" featured in the video game Need for Speed Rivals; "Love Songs Drug Songs" was also in the video game's credits but not in the video game itself.
  • "Jungle" is featured in the reveal trailer for the video game Battlefield: Hardline. It is also featured in the Beats By Dre 2014 World Cup commercial "The Game Before The Game".[14] WWE used the song in the commercial for WWE Shop and as the official theme song to the 2014 PPV event WWE Battleground. The song was also used in the film credits for the film Hercules film. A clip of the song was used during Season 1, Episode 16 "Mako Tanida" of NBC's The Blacklist. Further, the song has been used in promotional trailers for season two of Netflix's original series Orange Is the New Black , the film Horrible Bosses 2, the first official trailer for Pitch Perfect 2 and also in the season 4 premiere episode of MTV's original series Teen Wolf. It was also featured in a promo for an episode of Supernatural. It is also played for the Detroit Lions while introducing the starting line up for the 2014 season.
  • "Litost" is featured in the mini-series Missing. The song is also featured in episode 4 of the 9th season of "One Tree Hill".
  • "Renegades"[15] is featured in a March 2015 advertisement[16] for the Jeep Renegade. The ad features the band as prominently as it does the vehicle.
  • They were featured on a track of Zedd's second studio album, True Colors, "Transmission" along with rapper Logic.
  • Previously unreleased song "The Heist" [17] was featured during a flashback sequence on The Blacklist in Season 2, Episode 15 "The Major". Also featured in a 2014 Applebee's TV commercial.[18]
Notes
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References

  1. ^ "Help Ambassadors Make Two Music Videos! by Jacob Albert — Kickstarter". Kickstarter.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  2. ^ "Introducing: X Ambassadors, Brooklyn's Least "Indie" Rock Band | Pigeons & Planes". Pigeonsandplanes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  3. ^ Matt Collar (2013-05-07). "Love Songs Drug Songs - X Ambassadors | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  4. ^ "X Ambassadors hit the road in 2014 - #AltSounds". Hangout.altsounds.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  5. ^ a b "X Ambassadors – Chart History: Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  6. ^ http://www.josepvinaixa.com/blog/x-ambassadors-vhs/
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie X Ambassadors". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie X Ambassadors". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  9. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie X Ambassadors". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  10. ^ "Ambassadors "Tropisms"". YouTube. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  11. ^ "Ambassadors - Unconsolable on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. 2012-10-19. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  12. ^ "X Ambassadors - Unconsolable". YouTube. 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  13. ^ "X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons - Jungle". YouTube. 2014-06-17. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  14. ^ "Beats by Dre Presents The Game Before the Game". Beatsbydre.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23. 
  15. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tu4wWSbnIs
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZWOmz065Uj8
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=726PwwfqZZ4
  18. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHJDoSpCMGc

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