Before Hot Chelle Rae "fueled up the Jeep with bubbly elasti-funk and breezy hip-hop swagger" (as Entertainment Weekly put it) with their brand new single "I Like It Like That," the Nashville-based quartet scored a bonafide breakthrough smash hit over the last several months with "Tonight Tonight." Declared "one of the catchiest pop-rock anthems of the summer" by USA Today, "Tonight Tonight" crashed into the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in July like an unruly teenager, shot to No. 1 at Hot AC radio in September, was certified double-platinum in the U.S., and certified platinum in Canada and Australia. Meanwhile, its hilarious video (featuring a cameo by guitarist Nash Overstreet's brother, Glee's Chord Overstreet) has racked up nearly 30 million views online, energizing the group's active, devoted fan base. But it wasn t until Jon Stewart sang a snippet of its chorus on The Daily Show that the band realized just how thoroughly "Tonight Tonight" had penetrated the mainstream.
Hot Chelle Rae began working on WHATEVER at the end 2010, traveling from Nashville to Los Angeles and New York for writing and recording sessions with various collaborators, including Emanuel Kiriakou (Jason Derulo, Selena Gomez), Evan Bogart (Adam Lambert, Rihanna), S*A*M & Sluggo (Boys Like Girls, Cobra Starship, Gym Class Heroes) and rising star production trio Andrew Goldstein, Dan Book, and Alexei Misoul. They emerged with a clutch of fizzy sing-alongs, like the current single "I Like It Like That" (featuring hip-hop duo New Boyz and inspired by memories of crazy nights out in Nashville), quirky break-up song "Honestly," be-yourself anthem "Beautiful Freaks," finger-snapper "Radio," as well as heartfelt tracks like "Keep You With Me" and "Why Don t You Love Me."