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Young The Giant Scores Top 10 Debut With "MIND OVER MATTER"; Southern California Band's Acclaimed Sophomore Album Enters SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #7 as First Hit Single, "It's About Time," Rockets Up the Top 10 at Alternative Radio; North American Tour

NEW YORK, NY -- (Marketwired) -- 01/29/14 -- "MIND OVER MATTER," the acclaimed new album from Fueled By Ramen recording group Young The Giant, has made a spectacular debut upon the SoundScan/Billboard 200, entering the chart at #7. With sales in excess of 33,500, the album also came in at a remarkable #2 on the "Rock Album" chart (surpassed only by Lorde who performed and won at Sunday's GRAMMY Awards).

"MIND OVER MATTER" is highlighted by the hit single, "It's About Time," which is currently ascending the top 10 at Alternative radio outlets nationwide, climbing to #6 this week. In addition, the track's companion video -- directed by acclaimed visual artist David Vincent Wolf -- is fast approaching 1 million views on YouTube at www.youtube.com/watch?v=DO6LJUyNA0M.

Young The Giant will celebrate "MIND OVER MATTER" with an epic North American tour, set to get underway February 4th at Ventura, California's Ventura Theatre and then travel through mid-April (see below itinerary). Accompanying Young The Giant on the trek will be special guests Cayucas (February 4th-28th) and F-Stop/Atlantic recording artist Vance Joy (March 1st-April 10th). For up to the minute news and ticket availability, please visit www.youngthegiant.com/tour.

Young The Giant -- who has also just been announced among the line-up for the Firefly Music Festival, slated for June 19th -- recently heralded "MIND OVER MATTER" with a number of high-profile TV appearances including TBS' Conan and an electrifying live performance on the famed outdoor stage of ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! The set, which includes stellar renditions of both "It's About Time" and the "MIND OVER MATTER" album track, "Crystallized," can be viewed now at www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLPOVSQSnwvdd9KK6zBkEkDXqrVsyUdbs6&v=jIB3oOXtbAU.

Produced by Justin Meldal Johnsen (Paramore, M83, Tegan & Sara), "MIND OVER MATTER" has already earned a range of critical applause, with USA Today noting in a three-out-of-four starred rave that Young The Giant's "...twin-guitar lines, buzzy synths and wide-open melodies fit together in a way that makes perfect sense." Entertainment Weekly awarded the album a B+ rating, while Relix commended the album's "dazzlingly immersive textures and eclectic songcraft," further decreeing, "'MIND OVER MATTER' is a major creative leap."

Young The Giant has quickly established itself as one of the most exciting new bands in recent memory. Buoyed by hit singles including "Apartment" and the RIAA-gold certified smashes, "My Body" and "Cough Syrup," the Southern California-based quintet's 2010 full length debut "YOUNG THE GIANT" was a breakthrough success earning widespread acclaim from the likes of SPIN, The New Yorker, and the Wall Street Journal, which hailed the album as "a pop masterpiece with well-crafted songs, surprising arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies."

Young The Giant spent much of 2011 and 2012 traveling the globe, with sold out headline tours, top-billing on mtvU's inaugural "Woodies Tour," and show-stopping appearances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and Lollapalooza. A dynamic and distinctive live act, the band also made a series of major TV performances, spanning ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and NBC's TODAY and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno to 2011's MTV Video Music Awards and their own edition of MTV Unplugged.

For more, please visit www.youngthegiant.com, www.facebook.com/youngthegiant, www.twitter.com/youngthegiant, www.instagram.com/youngthegiant, and www.fueledbyramen.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

                               Young The Giant
                                  Tour 2014
                w/Special Guests Cayucas (February 4th-28th)
                      Vance Joy (March 1st-April 10th)
FEBRUARY
4       Ventura, CA          The Ventura Theatre
6       Oakland, CA          Fox Theater
7       Los Angeles, CA      Hollywood Palladium
9       San Diego, CA        SOMA
11      Tucson, AZ           Rialto Theatre
12      Phoenix, AZ          Comerica Theatre
14      Dallas, TX           South Side Ballroom
15      Austin, TX           Austin Music Hall
16      Houston, TX          Bayou Music Center
18      St. Petersburg, FL   Jannus Live
19      Jacksonville, FL     Maverick's at The Landing
21      Charlotte, NC        The Fillmore Charlotte
22      Atlanta, GA          The Tabernacle
23      Silver Spring, MD    The Fillmore Silver Spring
25      Baltimore, MD        Rams Head Live
26      Philadelphia, PA     Tower Theater
28      New York, NY         Hammerstein Ballroom

MARCH
1       New York, NY         Hammerstein Ballroom
2       Boston, MA           House of Blues
4       Wallingford, CT      The Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
6       Montreal, QC         Metropolis
7       Toronto, ON          Kool Haus
8       Detroit, MI          The Fillmore Detroit
10      Indianapolis, IN     Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11      Nashville, TN        Ryman Auditorium
12      Cleveland, OH        House of Blues
17      Columbus, OH         LC Pavilion
19      Kansas City, MO      The Midland
21      St. Louis, MO        The Pageant
22      Chicago, IL          Riviera Theatre
23      Milwaukee, WI        The Rave
25      Minneapolis, MN      First Avenue
27      Winnipeg, MB         Garrick Centre
28      Saskatoon, SK        O'Brians Event Centre
29      Calgary, AB          MacEwan Hall
31      Edmonton, AB         Winspear Centre

APRIL
2       Vancouver, BC        Commodore Ballroom
3       Vancouver, BC        Commodore Ballroom
5       Seattle, WA          Showbox Market
6       Seattle, WA          Showbox Market
8       Eugene, OR           McDonald Theatre
10      Salt Lake City, UT   The Complex
11      Las Vegas, NV        Boulevard Pool at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

JUNE
19      Dover, DE            Firefly Music Festival

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