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Gorillaz is an English virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett. This band is fronted by four animated members: 2D (lead vocals, keyboard, and melodica), Murdoc Niccals (bass guitar and drum machine), Noodle (guitar, keyboard, and backing vocals) and Russel Hobbs (drums and percussion). These members are completely fictional and are not personas of any "real life" musicians involved in the project. Their fictional universe is explored through the band's website and music videos, as well as a number of other media, such as short cartoons. The music is a collaboration between various musicians, with Albarn being the only permanent musical contributor. Their style is an amalgamation of genres, with influences including alternative, trip hop, hip hop, electronica, dub, reggae and pop.

The band's 2001 debut album Gorillaz sold over seven million copies and earned them an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the Most Successful Virtual Band. It was nominated for the Mercury Prize in 2001, but the nomination was later withdrawn at the band's request. Their second studio album, Demon Days, released in 2005, went five times platinum in the UK, double platinum in the United States, earned five Grammy Award nominations for 2006 and won one of them in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category. The band has won numerous other awards, including two MTV Video Music Awards, an NME Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards, and have been nominated for nine Brit Awards. The combined sales of the Gorillaz and Demon Days albums had exceeded 15 million by 2007. The band's third studio album, Plastic Beach, was released in March 2010. Their latest album, The Fall, was released in December 2010 as a free download for fan club members, then in April 2011 as a physical release.

The future of the project was once under speculation due to the status of Albarn and Hewlett's friendship; however, both have sorted their differences and stated that the project will continue at some point in the future.

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Gorillaz unveil new track 'Whirlwind' – listen

Gorillaz unveil new track 'Whirlwind' – listen

Unreleased song was recorded for 'Plastic Beach' sessions

  • Oct 7, 2013

Damon Albarn hints at Gorillaz album without Jamie Hewlett

Blur and Gorillaz frontman says project could exist without Murdoc cartoon

  • May 3, 2012

Blur's Damon Albarn says new Gorillaz material is 'unlikely'

Is the end of the cartoon band?

  • Apr 9, 2012

Gorillaz unveil video for new track 'DoYaThing' - watch

Jamie Hewlett directed promo for Converse collaboration

  • Feb 29, 2012

Extended version of Gorillaz's new single 'DoYaThing' appears online - audio

Head to NME.COM now to hear the new cut

  • Feb 25, 2012

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Phoner To Arizona

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Doncamatic (feat. Daley)

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Gorillaz: Journey to Plastic Beach

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On Melancholy Hill

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Stylo (feat. Mos Def and Bobby Womack)

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Gorillaz Reviews

Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre 3000 - 'DoYaThing'

Gorillaz, James Murphy and Andre 3000 - 'DoYaThing'

Specially commissioned Converse track

  • Feb 23, 2012

Gorillaz, James Murphy, Andre 3000 - 'DoYaThing'

Failing at ‘normal people’ jazz, but they do their thing so well

  • Feb 21, 2012

Album Review: Gorillaz - The Fall (Parlophone)

Damon ditches the celeb mates and takes up the iPad for his best cartoon hip-hop album to date

  • Jan 17, 2011

Live review: Gorillaz, Madison Square Garden, New York

Friday, October 8

  • Oct 14, 2010

10 Tracks You Have To Hear This Week (01/02/10)

Gorillaz, Marina, Joanna Newsom

  • Feb 1, 2010

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