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Panic! At The Disco Launches Human Rights Organization Called Highest Hopes Foundation



Brendon Urie and Panic! At The Disco are giving back. The alternative rock band has launched a non-profit organization that advocates for human rights.

In a post on Facebook, the singer-songwriter announced Highest Hopes Foundation, which is named after a track from their new album Pray for the Wicked.

Panic! At The Disco Launches Highest Hopes Foundation

"Every single day, all of you show me strength, courage, and motivation, and as a result, it felt important to create something to show you that I see all of the wonderful things you're doing out there in the world," Urie wrote. "With that being said, I want to join in on the fight for those who cannot fight for themselves."

The goal of the new non-profit is to "lead, develop, and advocate support for human rights." This includes helping victims of discrimination and/or abuse based on gender, sexual orientation or identity, race, and religion.

Fans can help make a difference in the lives of other people by simply purchasing tickets to the North American leg of the Pray for the Wicked tour this year. For each ticket sold, Panic! At The Disco will be donating $1 to the Highest Hopes Foundation. Fans also have the option to donate by texting GIVE to 50555.

Not much information is available about the foundation, but it was launched in preparation for the upcoming Pray for the Wicked tour that will kick off at the Target Center in Minneapolis on July 11. The band will also perform in venues in Indianapolis, Detroit, Columbus, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Uniondale, and more in the next couple of weeks.

Hayley Kiyoko and A R I Z O N A have signed up for the major tour as supporting acts.

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Pray for the Wicked, the band's fourth studio album was released last week, June 22. It is the follow-up to 2016's Death of a Bachelor, which earned a nomination at the Grammy Awards for Best Rock Album.

Panic! At The Disco previously released three singles from the new album, namely "Say Amen (Saturday Night)," "High Hopes" and "Hey Look ma, I Made It." A music video for the latter track features a cameo from Dillon Francis (who also produced the single).

In an interview with Variety, Urie said that Pray for the Wicked is a reflection of how he remains in the spotlight more than a decade after the band released their first big hit "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies."

"How did I get here? Why am I still here? It can't be just me," he said. "Being eight-years-old and making cardboard cutouts of guitars and putting yarn around it and standing in front of the mirror just singing whatever songs at the time — dreaming of it — to being here now. A lot of it touches on that."


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