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On the Verge: AJR gets ‘Ready’ for the big time

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They’re ready: AJR is riding a SpongeBob SquarePants sample up the charts this summer. One of the Nickelodeon cartoon character’s catchphrases is featured prominently in the sibling trio’s ebullient breakout hit, I’m Ready. Now No. 30 on USA TODAY’s top 40 airplay chart, I’m Ready has sold close to 350,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan — not bad for a song that Ryan Met started writing in his Columbia University dorm, then finished and recorded with his brothers in the living room of their home. Soon after, the brothers licensed the sample from Nickelodeon. “They probably didn’t think it was going to be a huge hit,” Ryan says. “So we got a pretty good deal.”

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