Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

 

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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]

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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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Kali Uchis' Debut Album 'Isolation' to Feature Tame Impala, Damon Albarn, Thundercat & More
  –  March 23, 2018
Kali Uchis is releasing her debut album, Isolation, in a couple weeks, and early this morning she revealed its tracklist and stacked list of collaborators. As Pitchfork reports, the album features contributions from Tame Impala, Damon Albarn, Thundercat ...
Tame Impala, Damon Albarn, Tyler The Creator and more feature on Kali Uchis’ debut album
  –  March 23, 2018
Kali Uchis has unveiled the tracklist for her debut album, revealing that the likes of Tame Impala‘s Kevin Parker, Blur’s Damon Albarn and Odd Future rapper Tyler, The Creator will feature on the LP. Colombia-born, Virginia-raised Uchis will release ...
Kali Uchis Gets Damon Albarn, Jorja Smith, Tyler, the Creator for 'Isolation' LP
  –  March 23, 2018
After sharing her BADBADNOTGOOD-produced single "After the Storm" earlier this year, Kali Uchis has now revealed the track to be a part of her debut full-length album. Isolation also features contributions from Tame Impala's Kevin Parker ("Tomorrow ...
Kali Uchis details debut album Isolation, featuring Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker, Damon Albarn, Tyler, the Creator, and more
  –  March 23, 2018
Colombia-born R&B singer Kali Uchis has detailed her forthcoming debut album. It’s titled Isolation, due out April 6th via Interscope/Virgin EMI, and boasts quite an impressive list of special guests.
Damon Albarn At 50: His Greatest Moments
  –  March 22, 2018
The Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind celebrates his 50th birthday on 23 March. Let’s look back at some of his classic songs. 1991: Blur - There's No Other Way Look at the bowl cut! When Blur were being pitched as a baggy band, they made this surreal ...
Damon Albarn to record with Noel Gallagher
  –  March 17, 2018
Damon Albarn will feature on Noel Gallagher's next solo album. The two men's former groups, Blur and Oasis, were bitter rivals in the 1990s, but the pair have buried the hatchet in recent years, and after Noel recorded backing vocals on 'We Got The Power ...
Damon Albarn to record with Noel Gallagher
  –  March 17, 2018
The two men's former groups, Blur and Oasis, were bitter rivals in the 1990s, but the pair have buried the hatchet in recent years, and after Noel recorded backing vocals on 'We Got The Power', a 2017 track by Damon's virtual band Gorillaz, they are ...
M.anifest talks 'simple love', upcoming projects and making music in Ghana
  –  March 13, 2018
With this attitude, the Accra, Ghana-based rapper holds true to his name and has been able to bring both his energy and work into studios around the world, working with the likes of Tony Allen, Erykah Badu, Damon Albarn and more. Yet M.anifest’s overseas ...
Hear Vince Staples' Ferocious New Song 'Get the F--k Off My Dick'
  –  March 9, 2018
Credit: Kyle Gustafson/Getty Watch Vince Staples Team With Roots, Damon Albarn, More on 'Fallon' Watch Vince Staples Wander Desert in 'Rain Come Down' Video Vince Staples Previews New LP With Striking 'Big Fish' Video All Stories Vince Staples defends his ...
AlexaChung Debuts ‘Virginia’ Collection
  –  March 2, 2018
BOOKISH TYPES: After delving into the Brit Pop era and paying homage to the likes of Jarvis Cocker, Damon Albarn and Justine Frischmann with her Fantastic collection, launched earlier this year, Alexa Chung took a more romantic turn for spring, looking to ...
'Is it the 90s again?' Damon Albarn divides fans with slurred anti-Brexit speech... while a performance by his old Britpop rival Liam Gallagher gives fans BRIT Awards nostalgia
  –  February 21, 2018
A simple acceptance speech turned into a rambling anti-Brexit rant as Damon Albarn took to the stage at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday evening - and fans couldn't get enough. The Blur front-man, 49, was accepting the Best British Band award on behalf of ...

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