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Left to Right: Dan Platzman, Ben McKee, Dan Reynolds, and Wayne Sermon.
|Origin||Las Vegas, Nevada, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, indie rock, electronic rock|
|Associated acts||Egyptian, Alex Da Kid|
Wayne "Wing" Sermon
|Past members||Andrew Tolman
Imagine Dragons is an American alternative rock band from Las Vegas, Nevada. The band gained exposure following the September 2012 release of their debut studio album, Night Visions, which peaked at number 2 on the weekly Billboard 200 chart. Following the release of Night Visions, Imagine Dragons embarked on a world tour, and performed on major late night shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Late Show with David Letterman and Conan. Billboard named Imagine Dragons "The Breakthrough Band of 2013," and Rolling Stone named their single "Radioactive" "the biggest rock hit of the year."
Imagine Dragons' line up includes vocalist Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne "Wing" Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman. Former members include Andrew Tolman (drums), and Brittany Tolman (keys).
The band's debut album,Night Visions is currently certified at Platinum in the United States, Austria, Canada, Portugal, and Sweden, having sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album is also certified gold in multiple countries, including Australia, Britain, Germany, New Zealand, Philippines, and Switzerland. Imagine Dragons has released multiple EPs, including 2009's Imagine Dragons, 2010's Hell and Silence, 2011's It's Time, and 2012's Continued Silence and Hear Me. The band released a live album, Live at Independent Records, in April 2013.
Imagine Dragons' "It's Time" was nominated for the Best Rock Video award during the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. “Radioactive” was nominated for the same award during the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. “Radioactive” won the 2013 Teen Choice Awards Choice Rock Song award. The band was nominated for three awards at the 2013 American Music Awards including New Artist of the Year, Favorite Band, Duo or Group - Pop/Rock. Imagine Dragons won Favorite Artist - Alternative Rock.
Early years (2008–2010)
In 2008, lead singer Dan Reynolds met drummer Andrew Tolman at Brigham Young University, where they were both students. Tolman recruited longtime high school friend Daniel Wayne "Wing" Sermon, who had graduated from the Berklee College of Music. Tolman later recruited his wife, Brittany Tolman, to sing backup and play keys. Sermon then recruited another Berklee music student, Ben McKee, to join the band, to complete the lineup. The band garnered a large following in their hometown of Provo, Utah before the members moved to Las Vegas, the hometown of Dan Reynolds, where the band recorded and released their first three EPs.
The band released two EPs titled Imagine Dragons EP and Hell and Silence EP in 2010, both recorded at Battle Born Studios, in Las Vegas. They returned to the studio in 2011. Another EP, It's Time, was made before they signed a record deal.
They got their first big break when Train's frontman fell sick just prior to the Bite of Las Vegas Festival 2009. Imagine Dragons were called to fill in and performed to a crowd of more than 26,000 people. Local accolades including "Best CD of 2011" (Las Vegas SEVEN Magazine), "Best Local Indie Band 2010" (Las Vegas Weekly), "Las Vegas' Newest Must See Live Act" (Las Vegas CityLife), Vegas Music Summit Headliner 2010, and more sent the band on a positive trajectory. In November 2011 they signed with Interscope Records and began working with Grammy winning producer Alex da Kid.
International success and Night Visions (2011–present)
Early members Andrew Tolman and Brittany Tolman left the band in July 2011 and were replaced by current drummer Daniel Platzman and Theresa Flaminio (she left the band in January 2012). Imagine Dragons was signed to major label Interscope Records in November 2011. They worked closely with producer Alex Da Kid with whom they recorded their first major label release at Westlake Recording Studios in West Hollywood, California. An EP entitled Continued Silence was released on Valentine's Day (February 14, 2012) digitally and peaked at No. 40 on the Billboard 200.
Shortly after, "It's Time" was released as a single and peaked at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100. It holds the record for the longest run on the 2012 Alternative Top 10 charts. The music video debuted on April 17, 2012 on all MTV affiliates and subsequently nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the "Best Rock Video" category. "It's Time" was certified a double platinum single by the RIAA.
The band finished recording its debut album Night Visions in the summer of 2012 at Studio X inside Palms Casino Resort and released the album in the United States on the day after Labor Day (September 4, 2012). It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales in excess of 83,000 copies, the highest charting for a debut rock album since 2006. The album also reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Album charts as well as the top ten on the Australian, Austrian, Canadian, Dutch, German, Irish, Norwegian, Portuguese, Scottish, Spanish, and United Kingdom Albums charts. Night Visions is certified platinum by the RIAA as well as in Canada, Portugal, and the UK. It is certified gold in Australia, Austria, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Sweden, and Switzerland. To date, the album has produced three tracks charting in the Billboard Top 40, four tracks charting in the UK Top 40, and four tracks in the ARIA Top 50.
Second single "Radioactive" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs, Billboard Rock Songs, and Swedish Singles charts and has sold more than six million singles in the United States, spending more than 1 year consecutively on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at No. 3 becoming their first top ten single in the United States and broke the record for the longest run into the top five. It is the fifth best-selling rock song on the Nielsen SoundScan running list of best-selling rock songs in digital history. Rolling Stone called it "the biggest rock hit of the year." It is also the most streamed song of 2013 on Spotify in the United States. The music video was also nominated for an MTV Video Music Award in the "Best Rock Video" category.
Imagine Dragons has performed "It's Time" live on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2012) and Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2012) and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2012), and Conan (2013). They performed "Radioactive" live on Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2012), The Late Show with David Letterman (2013), The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (2013), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (2013), and the MTV Europe Music Awards (2013). They also performed on Good Morning America (2013). The band performed an exclusive show for the sixth season finale of the TV series Live from the Artists Den (2013). On Sunday, November 24, 2013 the band performed at the American Music Awards Show.
In 2013, Imagine Dragons returned to Europe and North America with the Night Visions Tour. The band announced 13 additional U.S. summer tour dates which also sold out. The band then announced a North America Amphitheatre tour. The band also confirmed that they were unable to fulfill the request of acting as support for Muse. Pollstar listed the band in their Top 20 Concert Tours list by average box office gross despite their average ticket price being the third lowest on the list.
In 2013, along with the family of Tyler Robinson, they started a charity named The Tyler Robinson Foundation, helping young people battling cancer (tylerrobinsonfoundation.com). In 2013, the band partnered with mtvU to help choose four Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship recipients. In 2013, the band partnered with Do The Write Thing: National Campaign to Stop Violence for a special meet and greet.
Dan Reynolds cites Arcade Fire, Muse, The Beatles, Paul Simon, and Harry Nilsson as some of his and the band's artistic influences. In terms of success, Reynolds credits bands like Mumford & Sons for bringing alternative pop music to a new level of commercial success in recent years.
- Studio albums
- Night Visions (2012)
- Extended plays
- Imagine Dragons (2009)
- Hell and Silence (2010)
- It's Time (2011)
- Continued Silence (2012)
- Hear Me (2012)
- The Archive (2013)
- iTunes Session (2013)
Awards and nominations
Imagine Dragons were the No. 4 most streamed artist (U.S.) on Spotify in 2013 but had the No. 1 most streamed album and track in 2013. Imagine Dragons were the No. 4 most shazammed artist (U.S.) on Shazam in 2013 but the No.1 most shazammed rock artist of the year.
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