GLASS ANIMALS SHARE NEW SINGLE “I DON’T WANNA TALK (I JUST WANNA DANCE)”
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GLOBAL AND DOUBLE-PLATINUM SELLING HIT “HEAT WAVES” REACHES OVER ONE BILLION STREAMS AND BECOMES THE UK’S BIGGEST EXPORT FROM A BRITISH CONTEMPORARY BAND
“HEAT WAVES” COMPLETES RECORD SETTING 60-WEEK RUN TO #1 ON BILLBOARD HOT ROCK & ALTERNATIVE SONGS CHART
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“Talking is great, don’t get me wrong. But this pandemic has made so many of us look inwards in a way we maybe haven’t before. The uncertainty in the world and the inability to go out and create new memories makes you dig deep into the past. It really fed people’s deepest insecurities and rattled our foundations in so many ways. Relationships changed, friendships altered, and self-confidence was warped. I spent a lot of time talking to my dog, but even more time talking to myself in my head, which was keeping me up all night, and my friends and family were doing the same.
It felt like we were all put in a pressure cooker, but there was no way to let out the steam. That’s what this track is about – that pressure cooker exposing and expanding so many cracks, but struggling to fill them in and decompress. I want people to switch their devices off, put this song on, close their eyes, and have that release for a moment.” – Songwriter and producer Dave Bayley on “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)”
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 10TH, 2021 – Today, critically acclaimed, global-hit sensations Glass Animals release their brand new single, “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)”, the first new music following their colossal 1.6 billion global streaming album Dreamland, that encapsulates the electrifying mood of the year that changed everything for the Oxford four-piece. The video, directed by Drew Kirsch who has worked with the likes of Taylor Swift, Shakira and John Legend, captures the power of dance, in a post-lockdown world.
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Last summer, Glass Animals released “Heat Waves”, with a video that was a “love letter to live music and the culture and togetherness surrounding it,” with frontman Dave Bayley asking his East London neighbors to help film a video from their windows during lockdown. Fast forward a year, “Heat Waves” has captured the hearts and minds of millions across the world, become a 1 billion streaming global smash hit, and is officially the UK’s biggest global song of the year from a contemporary band, recently re-entering the UK Top 20 and Top 20 on Spotify’s Global Chart. Not to mention, this week, the song completed a record setting 60-week run to #1 on Billboard Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart.
“Heat Waves” flew into Top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has achieved Double-Platinum status in the US, Platinum in the UK, and was crowned #1 on Triple J’s Hot 100 – an accolade not given to a UK band since 2009, with previous winners including Billie Eilish – and was performed at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, and more, having just been nominated at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards for “Best Alternative”. Not to mention, “Heat Waves” peaked at #1 on the Alternative Radio Chart for three consecutive weeks and in the Top 15 on the Top 40 Radio Chart, a first for Glass Animals in their career. It’s no surprise that reserved frontman Dave Bayley has spent the past year in disbelief, as he and his bandmates are currently on their biggest ever North American tour, selling 135,000 tickets in three days and playing two sold-out shows at The Santa Barbara Bowl and two sold-out shows at the infamous Red Rocks Amphitheatre—see full list of upcoming dates below. Returning to the stage with millions of fans, new single “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)” conjures up the escapist mood of life post-lockdown, with Glass Animals now able to rewrite their love letter to the culture and togetherness IRL.
The past year has also been a huge time of collaboration for Glass Animals, with Dave Bayley constantly challenging himself and finding new inspiration as a producer and songwriter. Having worked with the likes of 6lack, Flume, FJ Dahi, Joey Bada$$, Khalid, and Daytrip, the band has released “Space Ghost Coast To Coast” featuring Bree Runway, performed an immaculate “Heat Waves” session for La Blogotheque with breakout star of 2021 Holly Humberstone, as well as released a new version of “Tangerine” with BRIT Award winning Arlo Parks. Dave also started the series “Cereal Bars” for his love of finding new talent, and created beats and lyrics inspired by sugary snacks with up-and-coming artists, including Oliver Malcolm, BENEE, and Easy Life. The four-piece has also worked with cult Peanut Butter brand Jackpot to raise money for Music Venues Trust, created a Simlish version of “Heat Waves”, and built a Glass Animals fan base inside Minecraft, surprising a fan with a virtual meet and greet.
Connecting with fans during such a difficult year has been of paramount importance, and Glass Animals have maintained their unique connection by building their own website, named OpenSource, where fans can design artwork and create music based on the world of Dreamland, with Dave Bayley sharing the stems and raw files and giving fans the tools to work together on creative pursuits. The band also put on a “Live In The Internet” concert that sold 25,000 tickets worldwide, and made unique music videos by DIY-shooting solo in Dave’s apartment directed solely over Zoom (“Dreamland”) and inviting fans to take 3-D scans of their heads (“Tangerine”).
With Dreamland now surpassing 1.6 billion streams, Glass Animals even made history as “the first UK band to capture #1 on Triple J’s Hottest 100 since 2009” with “Heat Waves” down under in Australia, leading to the longest run at #1 in 2021 on the ARIA Official Singles Chart, and hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 22.5 million, surpassing the likes of Lorde, Tyler, the Creator, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, 6Black, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala. With “Heat Waves” Spending 36 consecutive weeks on the Spotify Top 200, 33 consecutive weeks in the Top 100, and now over 12 consecutive weeks in the Top 50, “Heat Waves”’ global success means that Glass Animals have produced the biggest new single export of the year. The British group is only behind heritage acts Fleetwood Mac with “Dreams” and Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody” for biggest song of the year from a group. During the year where everything changed, Glass Animals have been able to create their own little world in Dreamland, which has been translated globally, paving the way for the next phase of Glass Animals with “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)”.
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September 10, 2021 3:27pm ET by Republic Records