A sense of mystery or a question unanswered is always beneficial. Take Imagine Dragons. The name is actually an anagram that's only known to band members. Some anagram guesses have included "Adorning Images," "A Roaming Design" and "Radioman Egg Sin" - that's got to be it!
The Las Vegas group produced three EPs ("Imagine Dragons," "Hell And Silence" and "It's Time") before they were signed by Interscope Records in late '11. Their first effort for the label was yet another EP, "Continued Silence," which was released on Valentine's Day, '12.
"It's Time" was released as a single and reached the Top 5 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock charts and was a certified platinum single.
Imagine Dragon's full-length debut, "Night Visions," peaked at #2 on the Billboard 200 chart with first week sales in excess of 83,000 copies and went to #1 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Album charts.
Amazon.com named the group their "Favorite Rock Artist of 2012" and Billboard called them "The Breakout Band of 2013."
"Night Visions" was later certified double platinum in the U.S. while lead single "Radioactive" sold more than nine million copies. At the '14 Grammy Awards, "Radioactive" took home the Best Rock Performance honor.
While preparing for their final tour in support of the "Night Visions" album, Imagine Dragons contributed "Who We Are," to "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" soundtrack.
They performed "I Bet My Life," the lead single from "Smoke + Mirrors," at the '14 American Music Awards. And for the second consecutive year they received the Favorite Artist — Alternative Rock trophy.
"I Bet My Life," a song referencing Reynolds' relationship with his parents, peaked at a lowly #53 on the Billboard 200, but went Top 5 on the Hot Rock Songs, Rock Airplay, Adult Alternative Songs and Alternative Songs charts.
Before the album dropped, Imagine Dragons contributed "Battle Cry" to the film Transformers: Age of Extinction. They also came up with "Warriors" for the 2014 League of Legends World Championship and performed at the World Championship in Seoul, South Korea.
"We embraced a lot of Hip-Hop influences with 'Night Visions'," stated vocalist Dan Reynolds. "But I think the next record will be more Rock-driven."
"Smoke + Mirrors," a '15 release, was produced by band members with English Hip Hop producer Alex Da Kid. Selling 195,000 copies in its debut week the album went to #1 on the Billboard 200.
From the album, the track "I'm So Sorry" was heard in the trailer promoting the third season of the Netflix show 'Orange Is The New Black'.
2012 Night Visions
2015 Smoke + Mirrors
2010 Imagine Dragons
2010 Hell And Silence
2011 It's Time
2012 Continued Silence
2012 Hear Me