Twenty One Pilots has notched the first million-selling album of its career, as the duo’s Blurryface sold another 49,000 copies in the last two weeks to bring its total sales to just over one million. The disc debuted at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart 62 weeks ago and has been selling strongly ever since.
Drummer Josh Dun told us that he and singer Tyler Joseph always knew they had something special in Twenty One Pilots: [“I’ve believed in this thing since the beginning and Tyler and I both kind of believed in what it is and what it stands for. And then really cool people have got on board and made this sort of their own thing, and started to kind of share it with their friends and family, and it’s kind of grown into what it is because of the community around it.”] SOUNDCUE (:16 OC: . . . community around it.)
- Blurryface is Twenty One Pilots’ fourth and biggest album to date. It features the Number One modern rock hits “Stressed Out” and “Ride.”
- The pair are currently winding down their biggest trek yet, the Emotional Roadshow tour. The sold-out summer arena jaunt will close out with a two-night stand on August 10th and 11th at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
- Twenty One Pilots will hit Europe in the fall then return for a second North American leg early next year, starting on January 17th, 2017 in Providence, Rhode Island.
SIDE NOTES: Twenty One Pilots’ previous release, 2013’s Vessel, has sold 569,000 copies to date. Their second disc, Regional At Best, came out in 2011 and only sold 3,000 copies before going out of print in 2012, while their 2009 self-titled debut has moved 115,000 copies.
- Are you surprised by how big this band has become?
- What do you think it is about them that has inspired such a large and loyal following?
- Do you think they have that special “something” to last for a long time and become superstars?