Critically acclaimed global sensations Glass Animals have broken the record of the longest climb to the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart with their Double Platinum smash hit “Heat Waves.” This week, the single entered the Top 10, a first for the band in their career, after an impressive and record-breaking 42-week streak on the Hot 100 Chart.
This news arrives following recent excitement surrounding Glass Animals’ nominations for two 2021 American Music Awards—“Favorite Pop Duo or Group” and “Favorite Rock Artist.” 2021 has been the band’s biggest year of their career thus far, with “Heat Waves” becoming the UK’s biggest export from a British contemporary band and making Glass Animals the biggest band in the world right now.
The group’s latest single “I Don’t Wanna Talk (I Just Wanna Dance)” has amassed over 23 million global streams to date and entered the Top 10 on the US Alternative Radio Chart this week. Last month, Glass Animals performed the song on The Late Late Show with James Corden—watch the performance and frontman Dave Bayley’s interview with James Corden HERE. Meanwhile, “Heat Waves” shows no signs of stopping with nearly 1.5 billion global streams to date. The global smash hit recently peaked at #4 on Spotify’s Daily Top 200 Chart, #3 on Spotify’s Global Top 50 Chart, and #6 on Spotify’s US Top 50 Chart, as well as #1 on Billboard’s Hot Rock & Alternative Songs Chart. Recently, the song has been back by the likes of Taylor Swift, Will Smith, and Lana Del Rey.
As the band continues the biggest year of their career, they have recently topped several Grammy predictions lists for “Best New Artist” nomination predictions, including Variety, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Hits Daily Double, Gold Derby, and more, with Gold Derby proclaiming, “My best bets are Glass Animals, whose hit ‘Heat Waves’ has become a massive success and keeps rising on the charts.”
This week, Glass Animals begin the UK leg of their 2021 Dreamland Tour, with Financial Times declaring them “pandemic’s pop success story.” They wrapped the US leg with two sold-out shows at the legendary Santa Barbara Bowl last month, and the massive tour included sold-out shows at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Bandshell, Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, and many more, as well as headline sets at Firefly Music Festival, Life Is Beautiful Festival, and Outside Lands Festival. Watch the band’s latest tour diaries video HERE and see their 2022 tour dates below.
Last summer, Glass Animals released “Heat Waves” with a video that was a “love letter to live music and the culture and togetherness surrounding it,” with Dave Bayley asking his East London neighbors to help film a video from their windows during lockdown. Fast forward over a year later, “Heat Waves” has captured the hearts and minds of millions across the world, become a 1 billion-plus streaming global smash hit, and is officially the UK’s biggest global song of the year from a contemporary band, recently re-entering the UK Top 5 and Top 5 on Spotify’s Global Chart. “Heat Waves” flew into Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and has achieved Double-Platinum status in the US, Platinum in the UK, and was crowned #1 on Triple J’s Hot 100 – an accolade not given to a UK band since 2009, with previous winners including Billie Eilish – and was performed at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Good Morning America, and more. Not to mention, “Heat Waves” peaked at #1 on the Alternative Radio Chart for three consecutive weeks and in the Top 15 on the Top 40 Radio Chart, a first for Glass Animals in their career.
The past year has also been a huge time of collaboration for Glass Animals, with Dave Bayley constantly challenging himself and finding new inspiration as a producer and songwriter. Having worked with the likes of 6lack, Flume, FJ Dahi, Joey Bada$$, Khalid, and Daytrip, the band has released “Space Ghost Coast To Coast” featuring Bree Runway, performed an immaculate “Heat Waves” session for La Blogotheque with breakout star of 2021 Holly Humberstone, as well as released a new version of “Tangerine” with BRIT Award winning Arlo Parks. Dave also started the series “Cereal Bars” for his love of finding new talent, and created beats and lyrics inspired by sugary snacks with up-and-coming artists, including Oliver Malcolm, BENEE, and Easy Life. The four-piece has also worked with cult Peanut Butter brand Jackpot to raise money for Music Venues Trust, created a Simlish version of “Heat Waves”, and built a Glass Animals fan base inside Minecraft, surprising a fan with a virtual meet and greet.
Connecting with fans during such a difficult year has been of paramount importance, and Glass Animals have maintained their unique connection by building their own website, named OpenSource, where fans can design artwork and create music based on the world of Dreamland, with Dave Bayley sharing the stems and raw files and giving fans the tools to work together on creative pursuits. The band also put on a “Live In The Internet” concert that sold 25,000 tickets worldwide, and made unique music videos by DIY-shooting solo in Dave’s apartment directed solely over Zoom (“Dreamland”) and inviting fans to take 3-D scans of their heads (“Tangerine”).
Glass Animals recently hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 34 million, surpassing the likes of Lorde, Tyler, the Creator, Charli XCX, Troye Sivan, 6Black, Frank Ocean, Childish Gambino, and Tame Impala. “Heat Waves”’ global success means that Glass Animals have produced the biggest new single export of the year. The British group is only behind heritage acts Fleetwood Mac with “Dreams” and Queen with “Bohemian Rhapsody” for biggest song of the year from a group. During the year where everything changed, Glass Animals have been able to create their own little world in Dreamland, which has been translated globally.
Glass Animals US “Dreamland Tour”
March 4th Phoenix, AZ Arizona Federal Theatre*
March 8th Portland, OR Keller Auditorium*
March 9th Portland, OR Keller Auditorium
March 10th Vancouver, BC Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre
March 11th Seattle, WA WaMu Theater*
March 13th Salt Lake City, UT The Union*
March 14th Denver, CO The Mission Ballroom*
March 16th Madison, WI The Sylvee*
March 17th Minneapolis, MN The Armory*
March 18th Chicago, IL University of Illinois at Chicago – Credit Union 1 Arena
March 20th Milwaukee, WI Miller High Life Theater (Upgraded Venue)
March 21st Indianapolis, IN Old National Centre*
March 22nd Louisville, KY The Louisville Palace Theater*
March 23rd Saint Louis, MO The Factory*
March 28th Asheville, NC Thomas Wolfe Auditorium*
March 29th Washington, DC The Anthem*
April 1st Toronto, ON History*
April 2nd Toronto, ON History*
April 3rd Montreal, QC MTELUS*
April 4th Montreal, QC MTELUS
June 14th Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater*
June 15th Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheater*