Damon Albarn is an English singer, composer, song writer and record producer. He is known for being a lead singer of a rock band ‘Blur’ and virtual band ‘Gorillaz’. His music is a meeting point of several genres like alternative rock, hip hop, reggae and electronica.
His tours of US also influenced his music. His celebrity status in England is reinforced by his honouring by British Government with Officer of Order of British Empire in the year 2016 for his contribution to music. Here are the complete details about his career, earnings, and net worth in 2019.
Damon Albarn was born on 23rd March 1988 at White Chapel, London to Keith Albarn and Hazel. Damon Albarn and his elder sister Jessica were raised in the Quaker religion. Their upbringing was liberal.
Damon Albarn went to George Tomlinson Primary School and at a later age went to Stanway Comprehensive School. Not a very bright child academically he was more interested in music. He studied violin and piano and dabbled in drama. He participated in school drama events and soon became a known face in the school circle as an actor. One of his music compositions in his school days won a heat in a nationwide young composer of the year competition.
In the year 1988 Damon Albarn joined a music course at London’s Goldsmith College and started a Band called Seymour with fellow student Alex James and Graham Coxon. Food Records a music company signed them after renaming the band as ‘Blur’.
In October 1990 the debut single of the band ‘She is so high’ reached no. 48 in UK singles chart. Their next single ‘There is no other way’ became a hit peaking at no. 8. His band ‘Blur’ then became a success in London circles and became well known. Their debut Album ‘Leisure’(1991) hit no. 7 on UK Albums chart.
Damon Albarn’s band ‘Blur’ toured US in the year 1992 in an effort to earn more to repay their debts, but the band was not happy in US. They returned home to release their second album ‘Modern life is rubbish’ which peaked at no.15 on the British Charts but did not cut into US Bill Board 200 Charts.
Damon Albarn next Album ‘Park life’ became a real success for the band. It stayed at No.1 on the British Charts for about two years. With it the band members achieved celebrity status. In October 2000 the Album ‘Blur: The Best of’ was released. It sold 300,000 copies. Next came ‘Think Tank’ in May 2003 which was without Coxon who left the band. It topped UK charts and did well is US also. Damon Albarn collaborated with Jamie Hewlett to produce their hugely successful Album ‘Gorillaz’ which made an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as most successful virtual band. Many other hits Albums came from them including ‘Humanz’ in April 2017.
Awards and achievements
In the year 2014 Mercury Prize nominated Damon Albarn’s ‘Every Day Robots’ as Album of the year.
In the year 2013 Damon Albarn was nominated by Brit Awards as ‘British Producer of the year’.
In the year 2015 Damon Albarn was nominated by Brit Awards as ‘British Male Solo Artist’.
His ‘Good Song’ won Best Video by British Animation Awards in the year 2004.
In the year 2008 The Daily Telegraph ranked Damon Albarn no. 18 in the list of 100 most powerful people in the British culture.
Net worth of Damon Albarn
Damon Albarn’s net worth is estimated as $50 million. His income came from his prolific music output. He has released seven studio albums and many solo songs. He has also acted in some movies and has performed US and world tours all adding to his net worth.
Damon Albarn though not academically strong in his studies had an inborn talent for music and song writing. Right from his school days he composed music and nurtured his talent gradually and consistently to form a very fruitful collaboration of likeminded musicians and singers. He became an internationally acclaimed singer and song writer and composer and is counted among the top in Britain.