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Kings Of Leon Turned Down Glee!

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Oh, whatever, boys!

You guys sold out segued shamelessly into mainstream with Only By The Night, don't act like you're so 'above' popular culture now!

Kings Of Leon's frontman Caleb Folowill revealed that he and the band rejected opportunities for their music to be performed on Glee, as well as Ugly Betty (R.I.P.) and various movie trailers!

He says:

"We had some people call us up wanting to know if we'd allow Use Somebody to appear in the trailer for their next movie, and we turned them down. Next day, they called back and tried to put us through to the star of the movie — I won't name names, but he's an incredibly famous actor — to let him try and convince us to agree to do it. I was like, 'Man, don't even waste your energy'."

Oh, wow! You guys are sooooo cool!


We sincerely hope they aren't going to take the MGMT and M.I.A. route and shit all over all of their fans, because they'd rather be nonconformist and 'above' mainstream instead of focusing on making decent music!

So lame!


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76 comments to “Kings Of Leon Turned Down Glee!”

  1. 1

    I say Good for Them! Use Somebody got played too much on the radio and to hear it on tv/movie would be wayy too much. Also, they have a right to protect their music. Glee?! Ugly Betty? EWW!

  2. 2

    It's called not being a whore asshole. You should learn when to NOT to open your big fucking mouth FATSO!

  3. 3

    I don't understand why this band is popular.

  4. 4

    Just because lame, untalented Britney, who can't sing live at all wants her shit sold to them, and GaGa is a sell out, doesn't mean they want their music on some corny, high school show that turns on gay men.

  5. 5

    they can decide for themselves perfectly if they dont want their music to be used for crap. its not even about coolness. perez you need to grow up.perez, you are sooo cooool!!! i bet you wouldnt say all the shit you write about people to their faces. ur to scared to be a man (if thats even what you are)

  6. 6

    The Kings of Leon weren't so full of integrity when they allowed Gossip Girl to use three of their songs. I understand not wanting your songs in a particular show if you don't like the show but don't act all high and mighty about it when you sold songs to freaking Gossip Girl. Bit of hypocrisy there.

  7. 7

    I really couldn't believe he said "Man, don't even waste your energy". Well I say, man, you guys are overrated…

  8. 8

    They are already making mainstream music. But that doesn't mean they want to be like Lady Gaga and appear in every tv series and commercials. Nothing wrong with that.

  9. 9

    People aren't as desperate as you Perez and will do anything to get on a television show. Have you ever thought that maybe some of the members of the band didn't want to be on tv? Kings of Leon are an amazing band, with good guys. Quit being an ass.

  10. 10

    Um…wasn't M.I.A. "Paper Planes" in what seemed like every movie or movie trailer 2 years ago? Just because someone doesn't want to jump on the GLEE bandwagon and whore out their music (Madonna), it doesn't mean they're trying to be cool. I don't even like this band, and I agree with them.

  11. 11

    I'm proud of them, as being a 7 year fan of their music, they made the correct choice, they've already become too mainstream.

  12. 12

    Re: No.Talent Blogger – Hahaha you nailed this. I never comment on this crap before but this merited it.

    KOL, like MGMT or MIA, don't hire songwriters and musicians - they create their songs themselves. Who can use it and where is up to them. As a longtime KOL fan it disappoints me to see fans at their shows who know only the lyrics to Sex on Fire and nothing else but I'm glad for their well-deserved success, and even more glad they're not selling out to Glee and other Hollywood products that are helmed for originality and creativity but are actually just another pop world rip off (LADY GAGA).

  13. 13

    I can't even believe they would invite them really… Their last album was garbage. All the songs sound like they should be good, but are not.

  14. 14

    I don't see the big deal. I love Kings of Leon but can't really blame them for not wanting them to play Use Somebody. That song is so over played that I actually cringe when I hear it now.

  15. 15

    Perez, you are such a fucking tool. Everyone knows you'd whore yourself out to any and every thing that comes along. These guys finally have the recognition they've worked tirelessly for and, like another commenter pointed out, want to preserve the integrity of their work. They've loaned their work to projects in the past and, who knows, maybe they learned a few things along the way. I say good for them for using their best judgement. Besides, Glee sucks.

  16. 16

    from what I understand (I'm not a fan of the band but I'll give credit where it's due) they never tried to become mainstream - the song just caught on. If I recall correctly, another song was released (sex on fire or something) but hardly got any radio play (hey, I liked it). Basically, they aren't trying to be mainstream famewhore's like the person who runs this shit site…….
    No Talent Blogger said it best - integrity.

  17. 17

    Oh, Grow up ! Just because their last album did well, it doesn't mean they have to let everyone use their music ! I'm glad they turned down Glee etc. I was actually pissed when Sex on fire was on Gossip Girl…

  18. 18

    Ew who the fuck do they think they are?? whatever they only got like 1 good song anyway they're 15 minutes r almost up once they set out a new single that sucks

  19. 19

    These guys make Rock music, glee is a pop musical, it makes perfect sense that they don't want to be on the show

  20. 20

    Glee is a horrible show anyways

  21. 21

    This website has become a total joke (it always was) and ill be glad for the day when perez drops dead of some eating disorder or drug overdose because he truly is the biggest scumbag in hollywood

  22. 22

    it's called ARTISTIC INTEGRITY… not everyone in the US is ruled by the $$$! Good going, Kings of LEON!!! xo

  23. 23

    And wern;t you just promoting some gay black singer just because he was gay and you thought everyopne needed to see it? the site was nothing but ads for him for days, and now where is he? a month later and noone even remembers hsi name, so don't say others are whoring themselves out, your site is run purely off profits for advertisements, you are the biggest whore of them all, and you're ugly as sin, kill yourself

  24. 24

    They will not do Glee, but allowed a shit load of their songs to be used in a Gossip Girl episode? Come on now KOL.

  25. t9008 says – reply to this


    perez you really are a dumb fuck sometimes. i'm a big Kings fan and have been since before their big break with "Use Somebody". so you're all pissy because they're not sellouts? please forgive them for actually caring about their music and not wanting to be like everybody else. go back to worshiping gaga, because god knows she isn't a sellout or anything…

  26. 26

    It's their music. They can license it to whomever they'd like. Why do you care? And, no comparison to skanky MIA…

  27. 27

    My question is - who will really like them to be in the show, if GLEE can attracts almost all famous artists/singers all over the world? I guess, good for them. if they truly have popular musics in states. But I´m here in Europe and never heard of them. Sorry! If I´m Ryan Murphy. I rather invite STEVIE WONDER or reminiscing all BEE GEES famous songs. How about Michael Jackson, PRINCE, ELVIS PRESLEY, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatras songs. These songs are epic!

  28. 28

    kings of leon is really starting to disappoint me. they were my fave band for EVER for years before they hit it big, i've seen them in concert 4 times. but between the pigeon shit incident, (honestly your fucking rock and roll, swallow the shit and push forward with the show don't leave your fans hanging after 2 songs) and the SHITEOUS only by the night, i've really changed my opinion on them.

    and that's funny KOL because i remember your song "the bucket" playing during an episode of LAGUNA BEACH several years back.

    don't forget where you fucking came from.

  29. 29

    Re: Poindexter-X – clearly you don't know anything about good music!

  30. 30

    Avalen2010 - you are full of it if you claim you are in Europe and never heard of them. Regardless, it's their music, it's their choice. REAL KOL fans were fans before the last album and support this decision. There is some great talent and music on their first albums. KOL rocks, but I don't want those kids on Glee destroying their music. Sorry, I cannot imagine that girl lead doing one of their songs…hurts my ears thinking about it.

  31. 31

    perez honestly what is so bad about their decision to not be on glee. thank god your not a real journalist writing about real news as your articles would be biased and subject to your overwhelming emotions

  32. 32

    Oh well, THEIR LOSS…=p

  33. 33

    Super glad Kings of Leon aren't doing Glee and other crap like that!! That show is barferific and I don't understand why anyone likes it. Also, I am glad they just don't let just anyone use their music.
    Good for Kings of Leon.

  34. 34

    I am glad they are turning this kind of stuff down. I mean these so called "fans" that became fans only because of their new album can go and fuck themselves. KOL had 3 damn albums out before that and they are just now getting popular in the states? It makes me sick to think of the horrible taste americans have in music. So glad these guys are turning down this type of shit. I have been a fan since day 1 of these guys and I hate going to shows and seeing fair weather fans getting pissed cuz they are not playing stuff off the new album and don't even get me started on the soccer moms at their shows!

  35. 35

    Jesus the people that like this group are miserable emo hipsters. You all annoy me with your words… If they didnt want their music out there they wouldnt allow people on American Idol to sing it. They pick and choose and they look like douche bags in the process… It's not selling out if our music is ALREADY mainstream. And not just one little single… 2 BIG SONGS. So all you fucktards relax.

  36. 36


  37. 37

    Re: April 20th – Sex on Fire didn't get much radio play?! It's one of the most overplayed songs on the radio here and is played at least once at pretty much every mainstream club night.

    Why does everyone whinge on that they loved KOL before they got famous? Nobody cares. Yes, it pisses me off when someone claims to be a massive fan and they can only name one song, but for goodness sake, rise above it.

    And it's their music, they can do what they want. I'd rather see Britney on Glee than KOL anyway.

  38. 38

    Glee = suck Kings of Leon = suck.

    Suck + Suck anything worth watching

  39. 39

    Once again, Perez, who has no idea what music is, mean, looks like, makes a statement. Naturally, the whole world laughs.

  40. 40

    LOL i cant think of one song by these clowsn LOL. Hope they be gone soon.

  41. 41

    When is Glee going to be GONE. Put that fucked up 'i had a dream' brit bitch on their. You all can wank off to her.

  42. 42

    Re: dmc8503 – Wow. TWO big songs? GTFOH, They had THREE albums out before "Only By the Night", And they're all really good albums. And you don't have to be " a miserable emo hipster" to like their music. Get your fucking facts straight. KOL is not even clost to emo. And YOUR calling them douchebags? Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. I've been a fan since their first album , And I dont think they sold out. It just means that a lot more people know what all of their fans from the beginning know. They're fucking awesome!!! So STFU. YOUR annoying ME!!

  43. 43

    There is a new kind of poseur out there: people who love to hate Kings of Leon

    What's the REAL fuss though about this? Caleb is always acting like a self-righteous prick in interviews and he admits to it. Not sayin that it's right, but the most important thing thing is: their music is damn good. And where they want to share it and who they want to be associated with is up to them. Period.

  44. 44

    Re: ceerod00 – I totally agree with you on the fans who only know the lyrics to "Sex On Fire", it bugged me too. They are probably the only concert I have been to where I know EVERY. SINGLE. SONG. :) )) They put on an amazing show.

  45. 45

    1. kings of leon is terrible. 2. There are only a few ways for bands to survive in the music industry today - Touring, Merch and LICENSING YOUR SONGS. Idiots. Stay relevant and earn some money before you get put in the has been section.

  46. 46

    Kings of Leon!!! you guys are too good for Glee, love them sooooooo much,m they are one of the best rock bands! so original…. Yess peres, they are TOO cool for Glee, deal with that

  47. 47

    and for those who disses KOL, have no taste in music.

  48. 48

    I'm so glad they turned glee down. They are too good for it. Yes, seriously.

  49. 49

    good for them they don't need lame ass shows to play thier music!!! i'm sure their real fans could care less about their music being in the mainstream or not

  50. 50

    Re: BritReader – well, where my "here" is, it was hardly played…….."use somebody" was every other song on every other station……i can only speak from experience

  51. 51

    It would've been lame if they had accepted!!!
    Enough of all this cross over to teenhood bullshit!!
    GROWNUPS NEED ENTERTAINMENT TOO, not this teenage bullshit shows.

  52. 52


  53. 53

    I lost respect for these whimps when they backed out at the show becasue of Bird Poop. Glee seems like a perfect show for these talentless hacks! Piss on em! May bird poop fly up their noses!

  54. 54

    Re: April 20th – Sorry, I've just realised I came across wrong, I wasn't arguing, just surprised. Use Somebody was big in the UK but Sex on Fire became one of the biggest songs of the last few years, it keeps re-entering our charts.

  55. 55

    Re: vermilionskin – so i assume you think Kings of Leon is better than Queen? or Kiss? or how about the Beatles/Sir Paul McCartney? you're so right! this band is so much better than these legends!

  56. 56

    I love them but they have gotten pretty cocky this summer. I think success has gone to their talented little heads.

  57. 57

    Well for one thing I understand why Kings Of Leon wouldn't want to let Use Somebody be used for t.v and movies.Last year when I went to their concert Caleb asked for no one to sing along to Use Somebody or Sex on Fire because L.A had ruined those songs for them,and I totally agree.There is just so much more to them than their CD Only By The Night,but Caleb's gotta stop acting like a diva as well.He should at least appreciate that everyone can really relate to the song Use Somebody,but I still say that it is fine for them not to let their songs be used on Glee or for movies.

    I think you're just mad cause they said no to Glee.

  58. 58

    You are such an idiot..as well as anyone who calls them sell outs. If you really liked this band, you would be happy for how well they have done the past year. They have always been an amazing band, just not quite in the limelight like they are now. They are really down to earth guys.

  59. 59

    Glee is awful. Thank god KOL didnt accept. KOL rock

  60. 60

    Re: kaykay85 – so cool :D its awesome to meet another KOL fan

    I remember going to their shows back in the Aha Shake Heartbreak days on the very very rare show they'd come to Canada, playing these small venues. and the last small venue show just as Only By The Night was coming out. they were humble, down-home rock guys then, and even in the two stadium shows I've seen them since (Lollapalooza 2009, and then in September in my hometown in Canada) they were still the same, humble, down home rock guys, with Caleb stopping at one point to describe how he watched us come in fbefore the show and the unreal feeling it gave him that we all came in this foreign town he'd never been in before to come see "this little band me and my brothers and cousin put on".

    Unlike the Perez-worshipped Gaga, and Madonna, and BritBrit, KOL don't use any special effects, costume changes, video reels, pyrotechnics, laser shows, insane staging or any other gimmicks (and good god, no lip synching or audiotune!). Their music brings music back to the days where it should have remained: good old fashioned rock shows with raw, original music by the band and not hired hands, with shows about the music itself and not elaborate pop displays and twenty designer costume changes.

  61. 61

    Re: Kassie1 – You really do make me curious what this band did that makes them popular. I must admit that I´m not a rock advocate, that´s probably the reason why their name just passed by without knowing them. For the past 31 yrs being a dane living in Denmark, I never heard KOL´s name or maybe because I´m not that interested to remember the bands name. But you do attract my attention and made me listen to their songs. After doing so, I came to a conlusion, I´d rather listen to Steve Tyler, Kiss, Axl Rose or Bon Jovi. Honestly not everyone like that kind of music but if you do believe their musics contribute a great deal in the music business, no one stopping you!

  62. 62

    hahaha! Hail Kings of Leon! Just because some big shot wants to use there music…and they say NO…that makes them assholes? how so… Spoiled ass celebrities dont always get what they want. deal with it. the word is NO!

  63. 63

    OKAY, they already sold out. Turning down glee wouldn't grant them brownie points from everyone who liked them BEFORE Use Somebody and that entire horrible album. If they wanted to keep their "integrity" they wouldn't have allowed Use Somebody to show up on every other promo and master produced compilation cd. Turning down glee isn't selling out but appearing on NOW #1Million isn't?? Really?

  64. 64

    Re: ceerod00 – Agreed %100. I saw them at Sasquatch! in 2009 and just last month at The Gorge. I will catch every show of theirs within 2 states of me LOL. I die for this band.

  65. 65

    probably to stop it becoming as overplayed as sex on fire

  66. 66

    Wait - so any music that isn't "mainstream" & is "nonconformist" sucks? Oh man I shouldn't be surprised by such a comment from you judging by the crap you try to pass off as music. KOL don't need any help when it comes to promoting. Their music speaks for itself. They are amazing live too. So refreshing to see a band with integrity these days. Makes me love them more.

  67. 67

    ughhh i use to like glee now i hate it….people act like its such and awesome show…..not evry artist has to like glee

  68. 68

    Actually I would argue that if KOL went the route of MGMT it would be better for their TRUE fans. I actually believe that MGMT's new album is better than their last. So what if it doesn't have any commercial radio hits like Electric Feel? Does that honestly matter? If you are a true fan you'll still be listening. As for KOL their early music was the best, Only By the Night was mediocre at best it was cliche after cliche. I hope they avoid that.

  69. 69

    I'm not surprised, They are ungrateful punks. I went to their concert and sat in the pouring rain all night and they didn't say one word to their fans. They are just too cool, now.

  70. 70

    Perez, you clearly know nothing about MGMT. If you took time off from kissing certain celebrities asses, you would realize that they make amazing music. They are by no means trying to be condescending with their music. They are also incredibly great with their fans. It's a rare thing that a band will take time to hang out with their fans, sign autographs, and respond to fan questions.

    Just because a band releases something creative, fresh, and progressive doesn't mean they're arrogant. I'm sorry you're too close-minded to realize that. So before bashing someone next time, get a fucking clue.

  71. 71

    offf nothing works for you people….what is wrong in following your heart and having integrity -living it in your own terms..i just don't get it..if they had put their music in the movie everybody would had bashed them and calling them names if don't you say they sound pretentious and stuck up.,,live art be man they are not in nobody possesion.!you don't own them!

  72. Lulz says – reply to this


    Let KOL do whatever the fuck they want. I've been a KOL fan since they were playing crappy little clubs, and I want them to remain a band about the music, not about shitty pandering to 13 year old girls. So they can continue to make records that are good, and I'll continue to buy them, even if I no longer want to see them in arenas.

  73. 73

    THANK FUCKING GOD THEY TURNED DOWN GLEE. I would've hit someone in the head with a brick if they didn't. Perez, you're an idiot. Stop talking bad about GOOD music.

  74. 74

    WOW! They're soo cool for one crappy-hit.

    p.s.- they all need new do's. they look pathetic with the whole trashy scene..their hair is just…ew?!

  75. 75

    You guys sound like a bunch of high school kids. I don't think the Kings of Leon would really give two shits about what you think. Their music speaks for itself, and doesn't need to be promoted by corny bullshit shows. Then again, I guess thats why you all watch crappy sitcoms and poke at people who have more talent in their finger than you have in your entire bodies. Go listen to some more Justin Bieber and fuck yourselves with some water bottles.

  76. 76

    eww sooo many haters! they should of done it!.they're called entertainers for a reason… to entertain. they failed at their job.