Warner Chappell Music (WCM) has signed a global administration deal with GRAMMY Award-winning pop rock band Imagine Dragons. Over the last decade, Imagine Dragons has established themselves as one of the most admired and compelling rock groups in the world. With a long list of No. 1 tracks, including the RIAA multi-diamond singles “Radioactive,” “Believer,” “Demons,” and “Thunder,” Imagine Dragons has sold 74 million album equivalents, landed 19 Billboard Hot 100 hits, and reached more than 160 billion streams. Recently, “Thunder” also surpassed two billion views on YouTube.
On signing with Warner Chappell Music, Imagine Dragons frontman, Dan Reynolds, shared: “Songwriting has always been at the heart of everything we do as a band. We're excited to have great partners with our friends at Warner Chappell as we move into this next chapter.”
WCM Co-Chair and CEO, Guy Moot, and Co-Chair and COO, Carianne Marshall said: “For more than ten years, Imagine Dragons has not only reached but maintained global stardom and connected with fans on a universal level. The band is the perfect example of what happens when you successfully work across genres and mediums to create a wide range of crossover hits. We’re lucky to be on this ride with them and excited for the journey ahead.”
WCM Vice President, A&R, Jon Chen, added: “Imagine Dragons is in a league of their own when it comes to their songwriting instincts and skills. They’ve successfully built a diverse catalog that has defined an entire era of pop and alt-rock. We’re so proud that they’ve chosen us as their publishing partners and know there’s many more No. 1 hits to come.”
About Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons continue to redefine rock in the 21st century. Filling stadiums, crafting cloud-rattling anthems, and breaking records at every turn, diamond-certified GRAMMY Award-winning Las Vegas quartet Imagine Dragons occupy rarified air as one of the biggest rock bands in the world. Tallying cumulative sales of 74 million album equivalents, 65 million digital songs, and over 160 billion streams, they stand out as “the only band in history to earn four RIAA Diamond singles,” namely “Radioactive” (14x-platinum), “Believer” (10x-platinum), “Demons” (10x-platinum), and “Thunder” (10x-platinum). Since emerging in 2009, they’ve scored five consecutive Top 10 debuts on the Billboard Top 200 with Night Visions  (7x-platinum) (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), Smoke + Mirrors  (platinum) (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), Evolve  (triple-platinum) (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), Origins  (platinum) (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope), and Mercury – Act 1  (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope).
With the release of Mercury – Act 2 (KIDinaKORNER/Interscope) in 2022, they completed their first double-album opus produced by the legendary Rick Rubin. The hit single “Bones,” featured on Mercury Act 2, recently went to number one at Alternative Radio and remains in the Global Top 50 on Spotify. The band’s hit collaboration with East Atlanta-based rapper J.I.D, “Enemy,” has racked up billions of global streams and landed at No. 6 on the IFPI Global Singles Chart for 2022. Dominating radio, they remain “one of only four bands to ever achieve simultaneous Top 5 singles at Alternative radio, and the only band to repeat this feat.” Meanwhile, Imagine Dragons’ music videos for hits “Thunder” and “Believer” have garnered an astounding two billion YouTube views, while videos for “Radioactive” and “Demons” have surpassed over one billion views. They’ve collaborated with everyone from Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, and Wiz Khalifa to Avicii and film composer Hans Zimmer.
Giving back, they’ve raised millions for various causes, including their pediatric cancer charity the Tyler Robinson Foundation, and frontman Dan Reynolds' LOVELOUD Foundation and festival in support of LGBTQ+ youth. In 2022, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky named them ambassadors for UNITED 24, which benefits humanitarian aid in Ukraine. Most recently, Imagine Dragons earned an impressive four nominations for the 2022 American Music Awards including “Favorite Pop Duo or Group,” “Favorite Rock Artist,” “Favorite Rock Album,” and “Favorite Rock Song.” The band was also nominated for “Group of 2022” for the 2022 People’s Choice Awards.
(L-R): Ryan Press (President, North America, WCM), Dan Reynolds, Jon Chen (VP, A&R, WCM), Greg Sowders (SVP, A&R and Catalog, WCM)
Photo Credit: Courtesy of WCM