Twenty One Pilots
Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots’ latest album, opens a new chapter in the Columbus, Ohio-based band’s story. A chapter which finds the duo of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun disinterested in expectation and certainty, instead absorbing themselves in the undefined and breaking new ground as they fearlessly reimagine the possibilities of their music. Blurryface reflects these sentiments, each track lending itself to the idea of candid expression and genuine identity, ultimately revealing a collection of dynamic and diverse songs; linear in arrangement and poignantly honest.
The duo, which initially formed in 2009 and released two albums on their own, began writing the songs while touring extensively on their Fueled By Ramen debut Vessel, which was released in January of 2013. The album landed in the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 15 on the Billboard Top Rock Albums chart, and has sold over 300,000 copies, as well as 1,000,000 singles. To support the album, which was No. 1 on Alternative Press’ 10 Essential Albums of 2013, Twenty One Pilots embarked on a series of headlining tours that took them to over 325 shows worldwide. As they traveled, stopping to perform at festivals like Bonnaroo, Hangout Fest, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Download and Summersonic, and appearing at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards and on Conan and Late Night With Seth Meyers, Josh and Tyler began conceiving ideas for a new album.
Instead of selecting one producer for Blurryface, the band elected to select producers based on what a specific song needed. The duo worked in various studios around Los Angeles with Mike Elizondo, Tim Anderson and Ricky Reed, and went to London to record with Mike Crossey at Livingston Studios. The idea was that each producer would bring in a different set of skills that could best amplify what the music needed.
Numbers don’t lie, and the facts remain that singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo’s success ranks up there with some of the best-selling, radio-dominating pop and urban artists of the day. In the six years since he ascended from his beginnings writing songs for Lil Wayne, Pitbull, Diddy, Sean Kingston, and others, Derulo has sold over 55 million singles worldwide and racked up over two billion views on YouTube and 6 billion plays on Spotify, thanks to his uncanny ability to find new angles to tried-and-true trends. This has led to 11 career-defining platinum singles, including “Want to Want Me,” “Whatcha Say,” "In My Head," "Ridin' Solo," "Don't Wanna Go Home" and "It Girl.” His radio audience is over 17 billion (with 11 of his songs reaching the Top 10 on the Top 40 charts include four #1’s) and he boasts over 20 million social media fans and followers.
Derulo shows no sign of slowing down. In June 2015, he released his fourth studio album Everything is 4 (Warner Bros. Records) that merges his pop, dance, and urban sensibilities and finds him truly hitting his stride as a genre-defying artist. The album's first single, now platinum, is the sunny, ’80s-friendly pop tune “Want To Want Me,” which was produced by Grammy-nominated producer Ian Kirkpatrick and written by Kirkpatrick, Sam Martin, Lindy Robbins, Mitch Allan, and Derulo himself. “Want To Want Me” sets another milestone for the Miami-born singer, becoming the most added track in the history of Top 40 radio, besting the records of pop royalty such as Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Madonna and Katy Perry. Shattering the previous record held by Justin Timberlake at 126, “Want To Want Me” was added to 156 monitored pop stations, making it the biggest Top 40 US radio launch ever.
Conrad Sewell’s voice precedes him. This stunning, show-stopping, and soulful delivery has already become the London-born, Australia-raised, and Los Angeles-based singer and songwriter’s signature. Within less than a year, it drove Kygo’s breakout single “Firestone” to over 300 million Spotify streams-and-counting and 3 million-plus worldwide sales.
It turned heads on Conrad’s solo single “Start Again,” which went double-platinum in Australia, knocked Taylor Swift out of the country’s #1 spot, and earned ARIA Award nominations for “Song of the Year,” “Best Pop Release,” and even “Breakthrough Artist.” It caught the attention of Ed Sheeran who invited Conrad to open his sold out 2015 X Australia tour and industry legend Lyor Cohen who personally signed Conrad to 300 Entertainment.
Now, all eyes and ears will be on Conrad and that voice. “I hope people can connect to my music and become addicted to it,” he leaves off. “It’s about giving them those emotional moments where they feel like crying and those happy moments where they want to dance. That’s the point of singing.”