Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn



Damon Albarn, OBE (/ˈdmən ˈælbɑːrn/; born 23 March 1968) is an English musician, singer, songwriter, composer and record producer. He is the lead singer of the British rock band Blur and co-founder, vocalist, instrumentalist, and principal songwriter of the virtual band Gorillaz. Albarn is also part of two supergroups, one usually known as The Good, the Bad & the Queen, although it is stated that they are officially unnamed, and another named Rocket Juice & the Moon.

Raised in Leytonstone, East London and around Colchester, Essex, Albarn attended the Stanway School, where he met Graham Coxon and eventually formed Blur, whose debut album Leisure was released in 1991 to mixed reviews. After spending long periods of time touring the US, Albarn's songwriting became increasingly influenced by British bands from the 1960s. The result of these influences came in the form of Modern Life Is Rubbish (1993), Parklife (1994) and The Great Escape (1995). All three albums received critical acclaim while Blur gained mass popularity in the UK, aided by a Britpop rivalry with Oasis. Subsequent albums such as Blur (1997), 13 (1999), Think Tank (2003) and The Magic Whip (2015) contained influences from lo-fi, electronic and hip hop music.

Along with Tank Girl creator Jamie Hewlett, Albarn formed the "virtual band" Gorillaz in 1998. Drawing influences from alternative rock, trip hop,[1] hip hop, electronica, dub, reggae and pop music,[2][3] the band released their self-titled debut album in 2001 to worldwide success. Although Albarn is the only permanent musical contributor, the albums feature collaborations from a wide range of artists. Gorillaz are cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the "Most Successful Virtual Band". Other projects include working with African musicians in aid of the charity Oxfam, writing and performing lead vocals on The Good, the Bad & the Queen as part of an unnamed supergroup and composing film soundtracks. He has also ventured into the world of opera with Dr Dee and Monkey: Journey to the West. His debut solo studio album Everyday Robots—co-produced by XL Recordings CEO Richard Russell—was released on 28 April 2014 and featured collaborations with Brian Eno, Natasha Khan and the Leytonstone City Pentecostal Mission Church Choir as well as sampling several rants by Lord Buckley.

In 2008, The Daily Telegraph ranked Albarn number 18 in their list of the "100 most powerful people in British culture".[4] In a 2010 UK poll for Q magazine Albarn was voted the fourth-greatest frontman of all time.[5] In 2016 Albarn received the Ivor Novello Award for Lifetime Achievement from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors.[6] He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2016 New Year Honours for services to music.[7]



Everyday Robots
Everyday Robots is the debut solo studio album by British musician Damon Albarn, best known as the frontman of Blur and Gorillaz.
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XL's Everything Is Recorded Unveils Debut LP with Peter Gabriel, Damon Albarn, Sampha
  –  January 18, 2018
After sharing a pair of collaborations from his Everything Is Recorded artist project last year, XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell has lifted the curtain on a debut full-length album from his new musical endeavour. The 12-track Everything Is ...
Everything Is Recorded announces debut album and shares "Bloodshot Red Eyes" video
  –  January 18, 2018
Damon Albarn, Rachel Zeffira, Peter Gabriel and Owen Pallett! The record announcement comes along with a new track called "Bloodshot Red Eyes" featuring Infinite and Green Gartside. Take a listen to it above in the Nick Walker-directed music video.
Sampha, Syd, Ibeyi, and more to appear on Everything Is Recorded album
  –  January 18, 2018
Instrumental contributions on the album come from Kamasi Washington, Damon Albarn, Peter Gabriel, Warren Ellis, and Owen Pallett. "Bloodshot Red Eyes" featuring Infinite (son of Ghostface Killah) and Green Gartside is streaming below. The first ever ...
BBC Culture’s best albums of 2017
  –  January 18, 2018
Damon Albarn’s cartoon quartet have been a vivid, shape-shifting musical force since 2001; on this fifth album, the band and their various collaborators dream up a giddying vision of a topsy-turvy real world (Albarn’s opening gambit to everyone ...
Jamie Hewlett on Damon Albarn and the housemates who inspired Tank Girl
  –  January 17, 2018
Known best for his work as the illustrator half of the band Gorillaz, Jamie Hewlett has published a book on his life’s work. The artist’s first monograph includes hundreds of artworks, from the Tank Girl comic era of the late 80s through Gorillaz, and ...
Fufanu Premieres 'Tokyo' Video; 'Sports' Out Now on One Little Indian
  –  January 17, 2018
The follow-up album reflects their experiences during a hurricane two years, in which they rocketed from making a big splash at the 2014 Iceland Airwaves festival in Reykjavik, to touring the UK with The Vaccines, to playing with Fufanu fan Damon Albarn at ...
Three’s never a crowd for Kitty, Daisy & Lewis
  –  January 16, 2018
Damon Albarn’s evolving, genre-hopping collective are in the midst of their most successful tour — billed as “a party for the end of the world” — and their show at Makuhari Messe Event Hall in June is unmissable. For the poptimists, a One ...
Brit awards nominations 2018: Dua Lipa gets five, beating Ed Sheeran
  –  January 16, 2018
Five acts are vying for the British group award: Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s cartoon band Gorillaz, mournful trios London Grammar and the xx, arena-filling hard rock duo Royal Blood, and female-fronted quartet Wolf Alice, on whose UK tour Michael ...
Jamie Hewlett Draws BBC Radio 4 Front Row’s Stig Abel
  –  January 15, 2018
He talks about the appeal of the ordinary man as hero. Jamie Hewlett is best known for his artwork for the comic strip Tank Girls, the group Gorillaz, and Damon Albarn’s Chinese opera Monkey: Journey to the West. With the publication of a new monograph ...
Dua Lipa leads Brit nominations with Stormzy and Ed Sheeran up for gongs
  –  January 13, 2018
In the best British band category, the return of Damon Albarn’s Gorillaz sees the animated outfit nominated alongside London Grammar, Wolf Alice, The xx and Royal Blood. Foo Fighters – who will perform at the 38th Brits next month – are nominated for ...
'I'm still a bag of nerves!' He's spent 40 years interviewing the world's biggest brains and most famous artists, so why DOES Melvyn Bragg still hide in the loo before each ...
  –  January 13, 2018
For young artists from less privileged backgrounds, watching The South Bank Show has often been an education, as Damon Albarn of Blur and the film director Amma Asante say in the new documentary. But the number of arts programmes being made elsewhere has ...
Brit Awards: Dua Lipa scores five nominations with Stormzy and Ed Sheeran also up for gongs
  –  January 13, 2018
In the best British band category, the return of Damon Albarn's Gorillaz sees the animated outfit nominated alongside London Grammar, Wolf Alice, The xx and Royal Blood. Foo Fighters - who will perform at the 38th Brits next month - are nominated for best ...
Ed Sheeran and Liam Gallagher among Brit nominees
  –  January 13, 2018
Damon Albarn's animated outfit Gorillaz are nominated for best British group alongside London Grammar, Royal Blood, Wolf Alice and The xx. In the British breakthrough act category, Mercury Prize-winner Sampha will compete with Dua Lipa and a trio of ...
Most anticipated albums of 2018 – II
  –  January 13, 2018
Fans won’t have to wait seven years this time for a new Gorillaz album. After a much-publicized fall-out led to a long break for the British group, Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett eventually reunited their virtual band to create 2017’s Humanz.
  –  January 12, 2018
With the release of her debut album imminent, Uchis’ reach has exploded via a string of further collaborations. Damon Albarn tapped the singer for Gorillaz’s latest album Humanz, producing a breathy, lustful ode to irresistible attraction. Taken from ...
“My dad didn’t like me doing music, he arrested me when i started facing music, but everything changed after Dami Duro — Davido
  –  January 10, 2018
The 21st century has seen collaborative projects such as Africa Express: launched by British musician Damon Albarn, it has connected artists from Mali, Congo, Senegal, the UK and the US. But recent years have also seen the mainstream focus on “afrobeats ...
Parklife by Blur
  –  January 7, 2018
Also, Damon Albarn’s vocals could sound a lot like the Beatles at times (especially on “To The End”). But with this, their magnificent third album, Blur managed to whip up something that would appeal to both screaming teenage girls and hard-rock fans ...
The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s new album is coming this year, says producer Tony Visconti
  –  January 6, 2018
Even as Damon Albarn spent 2017 with Gorillaz supporting their latest album, Humanz, he continually teased his work with another band. Albarn first said he was planning The Good, The Bad & The Queen’s long-awaited sophomore album back in April ...
Sinkane talking at Rockwood, playing a museum, touring with Son Lux
  –  January 5, 2018
In addition to his own blend of indie-rock, world music, funk and Kraut, Sinkane has worked with the likes of David Byrne, Yeasayer and Damon Albarn. Sinkane will sit for a lively interfaith conversation with Dan and Mike and offer a special DJ mix of ...
The 10 best rap albums of 2017
  –  December 21, 2017
with assists from the likes of Flume (“Yeah Right”) and Gorillaz’ Damon Albarn (“Love Can Be…”), the bracing set only needed 36 minutes to push hip-hop’s sonic boundaries more than any other 2017 release. As synths skronk and drums clatter ...
Gorillaz Are Already Planning A New Album And It Is Expected In 2018
  –  December 19, 2017
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett’s animated rock band Gorillaz has hardly been prolific in nature since its debut album in 2001. The duo usually spends many years between releases, with the notable exception coming with their 2010 offering The Fall ...


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