Imagine Dragons, the world renowned American rock band, founded in the year 2008, currently consists of the line-up lead vocalist Dan Reynolds, lead guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist and keyboardist Ben McKee, and drummer Daniel Platzman. With a total of 9 million albums and 27 million singles sold worldwide, Imagine Dragons are the #13 most streamed artist of all time on Spotify. Here are some interesting things to know about the band:
Imagine Dragons was listed as one of "2012's Brightest New Stars,” by Billboard. The next year, they were named as "The Breakout Band of 2013."
Their most popular song "Radioactive" has sold more than five million singles in the United States, spending more than 1 year consecutively on the Billboard Hot 100.
The second promotional single "I'm so sorry," from the album "Smoke + Mirrors," which is about Reynolds' depression struggles, peaked at #14 on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart. Many music critics compared the song to The Black Keys work, like Jon Dolan of Rolling Stone describing the song as a "Black Keys-indebted garage-blues grinder."
In the year 2012, Amazon.com named the band their "Favorite Rock artist of 2012."
The band’s name “Imagine Dragons” is actually an anagram. Only the band members know about the anagram and band refuses to reveal it to the public, with all the hype around it.
Their album "Night Visions" has charted on the Billboard 200 for more than 2 years consecutively and was the No. 4 Album of 2013 in the US and No. 3 Album of 2013 in Canada. The album's first single "Radioactive" was Billboard's No. 1 Hot Rock Song of 2013, No. 1 Alternative Song of 2013, and is the longest-charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 with a total of 87 weeks.
Their famous single "Radioactive" from their debut album “Night Visions” was named the "biggest rock hit of the year" by Rolling Stone.
The band partnered with mtvU to help choose four Fulbright-mtvU Fellowship recipients in the year 2013. They even performed for "Playing It Forward" (S1 E2) to raise $100k for school music programs
The band released a cover of "I Love You All the Time" by Eagles of Death Metal on December 18, 2015, in support of the victims of the November 2015 Paris attacks.
In the year 2013, Imagine Dragons and the family of Tyler Robinson, started a charity named the Tyler Robinson Foundation, which functions with the motto to help young people battling cancer. The next year the first annual Tyler Robinson Foundation Gala was held in Las Vegas.
Imagine Dragons released several songs for different projects including the “Battle Cry” song for the film “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” in June 2014, and "Warriors" for the 2014 League of Legends World Championship, in September 2014.
On December 12, 2014, the band posted a request on various social network to their fans in the US to look around their city for some surprises and post their findings and particularly hinted about two locations in Las Vegas. Shortly, billboards featuring artwork, the band's name, a hashtag ("#smoke+mirrors"), and an additional titles, assumed to be the track names were discovered. "Summer", "Shots", "Polaroid", "I'm So Sorry", and "Gold" were the titles revealed.
In the year 2013, the band was the No. 4 most streamed artist in the United States on Spotify but had the No. 1 most streamed album and track of the year.
In the year 2008, while at Brigham Young University, lead singer Dan Reynolds met drummer Andrew Tolman when they were both students. The duo later added Andrew Beck, Dave Lemke, and Aurora Florence to play guitar, bass, and piano respectively.
Their third album "Evolve's" lead single "Believer," was used as part of the Super Bowl ad for the Nintendo Switch. The single, which peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100, was also used in various movie trailers and television shows.
Their single “Radioactive” is the best-selling rock song on the Nielsen SoundScan running list of best-selling rock songs in digital history.
On October 24, 2013, Imagine Dragons guest starred on an episode of truTV's Impractical Jokers, where losers Joe and Sal had to perform an opening act as "Señora Lanza" at a packed concert in Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. Band members joined Murr and Q on the hijinks.
Since the beginning of the Night Visions Tour, Imagine Dragons had been writing new material for their upcoming album, and had been recording demos as early as the tour started. By the time the band entered the studio, they had amassed 50 demos to work from.
Before the release of their third studio album "Evolve," they started teasing it with a simple tweet "studio," on September 27, 2016. They continued posting cryptic messages for the next four months, which was followed by a series of videos, with morse codes hidden in them.
The band with its original members - Reynolds, Tolman, Beck, Lemke, and Florence released an extended play titled “Speak to Me” in 2008, after which Beck and Florence departed from the band's line-up.
The lead single "Believer," from their album "Evolve," was said to be inspired by Dan Reynolds experiences with ankylosing spondylitis, a type of arthritis. He added that the meaning of the song reflects on specific things that was source of pain in his life, and also the perspective in which he could be appreciative of the pain and make it his greatest strength.
Imagine Dragons performed in Seoul World Cup Stadium, South Korea, at the 2014 League of Legends World Championship and the halftime show at the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In 2013, the band members partnered with Do The Write Thing: National Campaign to Stop Violence for a fundraising event. Two years later, they released the track "I Was Me" for the One4 project with all proceeds going to the UN Refugee Agency to support fleeing refugees, particularly in the Middle East.
It was a year after their formation that Tolman recruited his longtime high school friend Wayne Sermon, who had graduated from Berklee College of Music to play guitar for the band.
They were the No. 4 most Shazammed artist in the United States in the year 2013 but the No. 1 most Shazammed rock artist of the year. Imagine Dragons were the No. 6 most streamed artist in the United Kingdom in 2013 with only one American artist streaming more.
The band's breakthrough "Radioactive" single stayed at #1 on the Hot Rock Songs chart for a record-breaking 23 weeks, ultimately became the genre's biggest hit of 2013.
In the year 2013, Imagine Dragons were named as the "Breakthrough Artist of the Year," by SiriusXM.
Imagine Dragons has two American Music Awards for Favorite Alternative Artist, a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, five Billboard Music Awards, and a World Music Award, to its name.
The band appears on the soundtrack titled "Sucker For Pain," for the film "Suicide Squad." The song also features Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Ty Dolla Sign, and X Ambassadors. On June 24, 2016, the official music video of the soundtrack was uploaded to the Atlantic YouTube channel.
Imagine Dragons is the only artist with two songs in the Top Ten Most Downloaded Songs in Rock History "Radioactive" at #1 and "Demons" at #8.