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BIOGRAPHY - Foreigner


Foreigner is universally hailed as one of the most popular rock acts in the world, racking up scores of smash hits, multi-platinum albums, and sold out concert tours. From Cold As Ice to Hot Blooded, Urgent to Jukebox Hero, Waiting For A Girl Like You to the chart topper I Want To Know What Love Is, Foreigner's thrilling mix of blustery blues and impeccably crafted pop continues to captivate generation after generation of music fans. Today, over 70 million albums later, Foreigner is an ensemble of talented musicians each adding their individual credentials to the mix to make the band stronger and more powerful than ever. Foreigner is ending the 3rd quarter at a significant milestone. Their latest album, Feels Like The First Time, entered the Top 50 in the USA on a date that coincided with the re-entry of their previous release, Extended Versions II, in the same chart (Nielsen SoundScan 9/18/11).  This marks the first time in over twenty years that any Classic Rock artist has had its two most recent albums in the chart at the same time.  That same week, the Foreigner catalog was #1 in sales among the Top 15 Classic Rock radio chart artists. The Foreigner/Journey tour continues to storm across America, playing to packed audiences every night.  The tour broke the house record at the Gexa  Energy Pavilion in Dallas on Saturday, September 24th by selling well over 20,000 tickets. Foreigner’s recent national TV appearances have included closing the Fox & Friends 15th anniversary show on September 19th, and multiple PBS broadcasts as part of the network’s summer pledge week.  They appear on the popular CBS daytime show The Talk on October 11th.

Over the last year or so, Foreigner songs have been featured in movies and TV shows as diverse as Happy Feet 2, Valentines Day, The Chipmunks, Hot Tub Time Machine, Sex And The City 2, Raising Hope, The Good Guys, Dancing With The Stars, Wipeout, Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Protector and Ellen DeGeneres Show; radio and TV commercials for major brands including Coors Lite, Bosch, Stouffers, Motorola and Volkswagen; and some of the biggest video games such as DJ Hero, Guitar Hero 6 and Rock Band 3. Frequent video game uses comprise a key factor in Foreigner’s renewed popularity with the younger demographic. The band is consistently in the Top 15 at Classic Rock Radio. As a result of the depth of the catalogue, the band gets more airplay at this important format than, Tom Petty, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Fleetwood Mac, Def Leppard, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and most of its peers. Foreigner '4' spent more weeks on the Billboard chart at No. 1 than any album by AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, U2, The Who, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Phil Collins, Eric Clapton and any artist in Atlantic Records' 60 year history. Foreigner has 9 Top 10 hits (that's just one less than The Eagles, as many as Fleetwood Mac, and more than Journey, Crosby, Stills and Nash, ZZ Top, Bad Company, The Steve Miller Band, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Def Leppard, David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Robert Plant and a whole lot more). Their hit single, 'Waiting For A Girl Like You' was No. 2 on the singles chart for a total of 14 weeks. This is a record in the history of Billboard magazine. It helped drive Foreigner to No. 49 on Billboard's Hot 100 All Time Top Artists Chart. To put that in perspective, The Eagles are No. 54, Fleetwood Mac are No. 73 and Aerosmith are No. 90. Foreigner's leader and founder, Mick Jones, wrote the band's No. 1 worldwide hit 'I Want To Know What Love Is', which was the first single released from Mariah Carey's latest album. He also wrote or co-wrote every Foreigner song and produced or co-produced every album. He produced Billy Joel's 'Storm Front' and Van Halen's '5150', the career best selling albums of both artists, and he has written songs with artists as diverse as Ozzy Osbourne and Eric Clapton, with whom he wrote 'Bad Love'. Eric received a Grammy for that one! Foreigner music has been performed in concert and recorded by artists that cover the whole spectrum of popular music. Phish, Daughtry, Julio Iglesias, Mariah Carey and Wynonna Judd have all played Foreigner songs for their legions of fans.

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