Duran Duran (English rock band)

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Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978. They were a successful band of the 1980s and a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US. Since the 1980s, they have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and have sold over 70 million records.

While they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet, when they first emerged, the band later shed this image. The band worked with fashion designers to build a sharp and elegant image. The band has won a number of awards throughout their career: two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The band's controversial videos, which included partial nudity and suggestions of sexuality, became popular in the early 1980s on the then-new music video channel, MTV. Duran Duran were among the first bands to have their videos shot by professional directors with 35 mm film movie cameras, which gave their videos a much more polished look than was standard at the time. In 1984, the band were early innovators with video technology in their live stadium shows.

The group was formed by keyboardist Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor, with the later addition of drummer Roger Taylor, and after numerous personnel changes, guitarist Andy Taylor and lead singer Simon Le Bon. These five members featured in their most commercially successful line-up. The group has never disbanded, but after separation of Andy Taylor in 1986, the line-up has changed to include former Missing Persons guitarist Warren Cuccurullo from 1989 to 2001 and drummer Sterling Campbell from 1989 to 1991. The reunion of the original five members in the early 2000s created a stir among the band's fans and music media. Andy Taylor left the band once again in mid-2006, and guitarist Dom Brown has since been working with the band as a session player and touring member.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1987 James Bond Filmmusik Various Artists 1
1988 James Bond: The Themes From All 15 Bond Films Various Artists 5 1
1993 Decadance Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1995 Encomium: A Tribute to Led Zeppelin Various Artists 3.35 3
1998 Hölle, Hölle, Hölle: Der Party Wahnsinn Various Artists 1
2000 Love Ring Best Various Artists 1
2002 Pop Various Artists 1
2002 Twogether Love Various Artists 1
2004 The Funk Rocker Jason Nevins 1
2007 Make Some Noise: The Amnesty International Campaign to Save Darfur Various Artists 2
2008 Pure Summer Various Artists 1
2009 Guitar Hero 5 Various Artists 1
2009 Headed 2 Da Movies (80's Edition)(Nano Remix) Various Artists 1
2009 Revisited Rock Various Artists 1
2010 OKEJ - Tidern VI Aldrig Glömmer Various Artists 1
2012 James Bond Themes (2012) Various Artists 2
2013 Daqui Por Diante Kiara Rocks 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1981 1981... Rocks On Various Artists 1
1982 Chart Attack Various Artists 1
1983 Now That’s What I Call Music! (UK) Various Artists 2.5 3
1984 Now That's What I Call Music! 2 (UK) Various Artists 2.5 3
1984 Now That’s What I Call Music! 3 (UK) Various Artists 2 4
1984 Now That′s What I Call Music! 4 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1984 Now 3 Various Artists 1
1985 Now That’s What I Call Music! 5 (UK) Various Artists 2.5 3
1985 Now That's What I Call Music! 3 (South Africa) Various Artists 1
1985 Wow That's What I Call Music 2 Various Artists 1
1986 Absolute Music 1 Various Artists 3 1
1986 Now That’s What I Call Music! 8 (UK) Various Artists 2 3
1986 Formel Eins: Special Various Artists 1
1986 Hit Mix '86 Various Artists 1
1986 International Pop Gold Various Artists 5 1
1987 Now That’s What I Call Music! Smash Hits Various Artists 2
1987 Festivalbar ’87 Various Artists 1
1987 The Secret Policeman's Third Ball (The Music) Various Artists 2
1988 Now That’s What I Call Music! 13 (UK) Various Artists 3 3
1988 Disconet Program Service, Volume 11: Program 2 (disc 1) Various Artists 1
1989 Now That’s What I Call Music! 14 (UK) Various Artists 2.5 3
1989 Die internationalen Top Hits aus den Hitparaden 1989 März - April Various Artists 1
1989 The 80's: The Album of the Decade Various Artists 1
1989 Ljuva 80‐tal Various Artists 1
1989 25 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 5: ’81–’84 Various Artists 1
1989 After the Hurricane - Songs for Montserrat Various Artists 2
1989 Story of the 80's Various Artists 1
1990 The Best of 1980-1990 Various Artists 5 1
1990 Formel Eins: Cool Fun! Various Artists 1
1990 Hit History, Volume 30: 1984 Various Artists 1
1990 Rock of the 80's, Volume 1 Various Artists 2
1990 The Best of 1980-1990, Volume 2 Various Artists 4 1
1990 The Best of 1980-1990, Volume 3 Various Artists 2

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