I'm 10: Panic! at the Disco, VICES & VIRTUES
Panic! at the Disco face an entirely new challenge when it came to the band's third studio album, Vices & Virtues: have of the group departed, including songwriter Ryan Ross alongside bassist Jon Walker. Their abrupt departure thrust singer Brendon Urie into the driver's seat.
Urie more than rose to the occasion, co-writing all ten of the album's main tracks, as well as a slew of non-LP b-sides. Lead single "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" arrived in February 2011, making a little noise on the Hot 100 with a peak showing of #89 a couple of weeks later.
"The Ballad of Mona Lisa" was all the fans needed to hear; when Vices & Virtues arrived on March 22, 2011, they snapped up enough copies for the record to debut at #7 on the Billboard 200 for the week of April 9, 2011.
"You know, I guess a lot of it was just scenery changing," Urie told Pop Matters that same year about the inspiration behind the effort. "Spencer [Smith] and I had just moved to California at the beginning of everything a couple of years ago and we were just kind of figuring out where we wanted to plant our feet and make this record. That was a process and fun to discover, just being in a new place, having new places to go, and people to meet. I guess a lot of it was was just me personally having to take responsibility for the lyrical duties and being able to convey a message the way I wanted to, which I found difficult. That was a little leap for me to do, but it was cool. It ended up being really good and I'm very proud of what we did and it's just going to to keep continuing for us. We're just going to keep pushing ourselves to do something new every time."