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Empire of the Sun

Taking their name from the J.G. Ballard novel that became a 1987 Steven Spielberg film, Australia's larger-than-life electro-glam-pop duo Empire of the Sun feature the Sleepy Jackson's Luke Steele and Pnau's Nick Littlemore. Steele had previously worked with Pnau on "With You Forever," a track from the band's 2007 self-titled third album, and the pair enjoyed collaborating so much that they started their own project, drawing inspiration from the likes of Phoenix and Daft Punk. In fall 2008, Empire of the Sun released their debut album, Walking on a Dream, which the musicians described as "a spiritual road movie." Featuring songs co-written by Pnau's other half, Peter Mayes, the album went platinum in Australia and the title track became a hit single across the globe. After time spent touring, and a period when Littlemore went AWOL to write music for Cirque du Soleil, the duo regrouped in the studio to work on their second album. The unguardedly disco pop Ice on the Dune was released in early summer of 2013, after which the band toured the world. In late 2014, two new songs, "Tonight" and "Wandering Star," appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Dumb and Dumber To. They spent a large chunk of the next year writing and recording their third album in Los Angeles and Hawaii, welcoming guests like Lindsey Buckingham, members of David Bowie's band from the Blackstar sessions, and Wendy Malvoin from Prince & the Revolution. Before the album was released, their 2008 song "Walking on a Dream" was featured in a car commercial, then subsequently ended up reaching the top of the Billboard Dance Club Songs chart. Two Vines was issued in October of 2016. ~ Heather Phares
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Stations Featuring
Empire of the Sun

    Alternative Party

    Alternative Party
    2 songs

    Top Indie

    Top Indie
    4 songs

    Indie Rock Mix

    Indie Rock Mix
    4 songs

    Indie Party

    Indie Party
    4 songs

    Top Alternative

    1 song

    Alternative Mix

    1 song

    Pop Rock

    1 song

    Pop Remixes

    1 song

    Dance Pop

    1 song


    1 song


    2 songs

    '00s Indie

    2 songs

    Late Night Mix

    1 song

    Relax Trax

    2 songs

Albums by
Empire of the Sun

Top Songs by
Empire of the Sun

  1.   Song
  2.   Walking on a Dream
  3.   We Are the People
  4.   High and Low
  5.   Alive
  6.   DNA
  7.   Celebrate
  8.   Tiger by My Side
  9.   Standing on the Shore
  10.   Way to Go
  11.   I'll Be Around
  12.   To Her Door
  13.   Half Mast
  14.   Two Vines
  15.   Country
  16.   Swordfish Hotkiss Night
  17.   First Crush
  18.   Concert Pitch
  19.   Welcome to My Life [
  20.   There's No Need
  21.   Disarm
  22.   Before
  23.   Digital Life
  24.   Without You
  25.   ZZZ
  26.   Celebrate
  27.   Surround Sound
  28.   Girl
  29.   Awakening
  30.   Ride
  31.   Friends
  32.   Celebrate
  33.   Old Flavours
  34.   Ice on the Dune
  35.   Keystone
  36.   The World
  37.   Lend Me Some Light
  38.   Keep a Watch
  39.   Lux
  40.   Etude
  41.   Romance To Me
  42.   We Are the People (Sub Focus Remix) (Edit)
  43.   Breakdown
  44.   Delta Bay
  45.   Half Mist
  46.   Empire Of The Sun
  47.   Suo Gan
  48.   Cadillac of the Skies
  49.   Jim's New Life
  50.   Lost In the Crowd
  51.   Imaginary Air Battle
  52.   The Return To the City
  53.   Liberation: Exsultate Justi
  54.   The British Grenadiers
  55.   Toy Planes, Home And Hearth (Chopin Mazurka Opus 17, No. 4)
  56.   The Streets Of Shanghai
  57.   The Pheasant Hunt
  58.   No Road Home/Seeing the Bomb
  59.   Exsultate Justi
  60.   Half Mast We are the People
  61.   Swordfish Hitkiss Night

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