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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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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.   Half Mast
  13.   Country
  14.   To Her Door
  15.   Swordfish Hotkiss Night
  16.   Disarm
  17.   Friends
  18.   Two Vines
  19.   There's No Need
  20.   Concert Pitch
  21.   Without You
  22.   Welcome to My Life [
  23.   Lend Me Some Light
  24.   Digital Life
  25.   Ride
  26.   Celebrate
  27.   Surround Sound
  28.   Awakening
  29.   Ice on the Dune
  30.   Romance To Me
  31.   We Are the People (Sub Focus Remix) (Edit)
  32.   Breakdown
  33.   Keystone
  34.   ZZZ
  35.   First Crush
  36.   Celebrate
  37.   Old Flavours
  38.   Lux
  39.   Girl
  40.   Keep a Watch
  41.   Etude
  42.   Before
  43.   Delta Bay
  44.   The World

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