Virtual : Stuart "2D" TusspotMurdoc Niccals "Noodle" Russel Hobbs
Gorillaz is a British virtual musical group, formed in 1998 by Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett, and consists of four fictional animated members (2D, Murdoc, Russel, and Noodle). In reality, music is a collaboration between many musicians, but permanently involves Damon Albarn. Their style represents several musical genres including rock, alternative music>, Britpop>, trip hop>, hip-hop>, electronica, indie rock, dub, reggae, pop >>> and rap. Although several other fake bands, whether animated or with real actors, had already been successful, they were only parodies of a particular genre (Spinal Tap, A Mighty Wind) or were designed for an audience young, or very young (The Archies, Alvin & the Chipmunks). Gorillaz is neither parody nor intended for children and its success is as much due to the characters invented by Albarn and Hewlett as to their music.
The group's first album, Gorillaz , published in 2001, has sold more than seven million copies. Their second album, Demon Days , released in 2005, is certified five times platinum in the United Kingdom> platinum double platinum in the United States >, is nominated five times for the Grammy Award in 2006>, and wins the prize for best pop collaboration with vocal parts>. The band has also been recognized several times, including two MTV Video Music Awards, one NME Award, three MTV Europe Music Awards, and is named nine times at the Brit Awards >>>. Total album sales Gorillaz and Demon Days exceed 15 million copies sold in 2007>. The third album of the band, "Plastic Beach" , was released in March 2010. Their next album, The Fall , is released free in December 2010, initially reserved for members of the fan club, then published in the markets in April 2011. The 5> album, Humanz, was released in April 2017. Nominated for 10 BRIT Awards, Gorillaz won the Best English Group Award at the BRIT Awards 2018. The 6th album, The Now Now, was released in June of that year.
Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett meet for the first time in 1990: Graham Coxon is a fan of Hewlett's work and asks him to come and interview Blur, the britpop band that Albarn and Coxon have just formed>. The interview is published in the Deadline magazine, which also publishes Tank Girl. Hewlett regarded Albarn as a "asshole, a wanker" , and although he was an acquaintance of the group, he could not get along with them, especially since he was dating Coxon's ex-girlfriend, Jane Olliver>. Despite this, Albarn and Hewlett become roommates at London's Westbourne Grove in 1997, Hewlett recently separated from Jane Olliver, and Albarn of Elastica's Justine Frischmann.