8th grade band signs $1.7M record deal

8th grade band signs $1.7M record deal

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An 8th grade metal band inks a $1.7 million record deal with Sony. (Source: CNN) An 8th grade metal band inks a $1.7 million record deal with Sony. (Source: CNN)

NEW YORK (CNN) - What were you doing in eighth grade?

A trio of middle-scholars in New York just signed their first million-dollar record contract.

Sony just sealed a $1.7 million deal with the boy the rock band Unlocking the Truth.

Its members are Malcom Brickhouse, 13, Jared Dawkins, 13, and Alec Atkins, 12 - all of Brooklyn.

They got their big break two years ago in an amateur night competition at the famous Apollo Theater.

Since then, they've had a few viral videos on YouTube, and even opened for Guns n' Roses.

Sony says it will pay for tutors so the band members can keep up on their studies while touring.

You can see them next month in Canada when they open for Metallica.

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