American pop rock band Imagine Dragons have a new song, “Waves” off their sixth studio album, “Mercury – Act 2.”
Mercury – Act 2 was released on July 1, 2022, through Kidinakorner and Interscope Records. The album serves as a sequel to the band’s 2021 album Mercury – Act 1.
As with its predecessor, the album was executive produced by Rick Rubin. Coinciding with its release, the album was packaged with Mercury – Act 1 and released as a compilation album titled Mercury – Acts 1 & 2.
Imagine Dragons released their fifth studio album Mercury – Act 1 on September 3, 2021. Upon its release, the band confirmed that they would be releasing a sequel album.The band stated that Rick Rubin would executive produce the album.
In January 2022, frontman Dan Reynolds claimed the album was “almost done” and would likely be released following the first leg of the Mercury Tour.
In an interview released through Apple Music in late March, Reynolds stated that the album was different sonically than their previous albums and said it was influenced by hip hop.
“Bones” was released as the lead single to Mercury – Act 2 on March 11, 2022. The song was used to promote the upcoming third season of the Amazon Prime Video series The Boys. The release of the song’s music video on April 6 coincided with the pre-order of the album.
Mercury – Acts 1 & 2 is a compilation album comprising Mercury – Act 1 and Mercury – Act 2, released on July 1, 2022. The double album includes the single “Enemy” as part of Mercury – Act 1, where it appears as an additional track on the digital reissue of the album.
Consisting of lead singer Dan Reynolds, guitarist Wayne Sermon, bassist Ben McKee and drummer Daniel Platzman, the band first gained exposure with the release of their single “It’s Time”.
The band released their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions in 2012. The album resulted in the chart-topping singles “Radioactive” and “Demons”.
Rolling Stone named “Radioactive”, which held the record for most weeks charted on the Billboard Hot 100, the “biggest rock hit of the year”.
MTV called them “the year’s biggest breakout band”, and Billboard named them their “Breakthrough Band of 2013” and “Biggest Band of 2017”, and placed them at the top of their “Year in Rock” rankings for 2013, 2017, and 2018.
Imagine Dragons topped the Billboard Year-End “Top Artists – Duo/Group” category in 2018.
The band’s second studio album Smoke + Mirrors (2015) reached number one in the US, Canada and the UK. This was followed by their third studio album Evolve (2017), which resulted in three chart-topping singles, “Believer”, “Thunder”, and “Whatever It Takes”, also making them the artist with the most weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot Rock Songs chart.
The album reached the top five in many countries. The band’s fourth studio album Origins (2018) featured the single “Natural”, which became their fifth song to top the Hot Rock Songs chart.
Although all four albums were commercially successful, critical reception was mixed. The band released their fifth studio album Mercury – Act 1 on September 3, 2021 and its follow-up Mercury – Act 2 on July 1, 2022.
Imagine Dragons has won three American Music Awards, nine Billboard Music Awards, one Grammy Award, one MTV Video Music Award, and one World Music Award.
In May 2014, the band was nominated for 14 Billboard Music Awards, including Top Artist of the Year and a Milestone Award, which recognizes innovation and creativity of artists across different genres. In April 2018, the band was nominated 11 more times for Billboard Music Awards.
Imagine Dragons has sold more than 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling music artists. They were the most streamed group of 2018 on Spotify and are the first rock act to have four songs, “Radioactive”, “Demons”, “Believer”, and “Thunder”, to surpass one billion streams each.
According to Billboard, “Believer”, “Thunder”, and “Radioactive” were the three best performing rock songs of the 2010s.