Blurryface By twenty one pilots Is Officially The Biggest Rock Album Of The Decade
Fighting off tough competition in the form of Mumford & Sons, Imagine Dragons and, er, Guardians Of The Galaxy, twenty one pilots have hit Number One on Billboard’s ranking of the biggest rock albums of the decade.
The Ohio superstars’ world-conquering fourth album Blurryface has spent a total of 234 weeks in the chart since its 2015 release, also ranking first for nine of them. The thoroughly-deserved title from Billboard follows July’s news that Blurryface is also the most-streamed album by a group of all time, surpassing a whopping 3.5 billion streams on Spotify. It’s kind of no surprise, then, that it also ended up being the most successful record of the 2010s, eh?
While twenty one pilots are very much used to these sorts of mind-blowing statistics these days, the duo – Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun – are ever-conscious about not letting fame get to their heads.
“When you get to a level of this magnitude, you want to make sure that you never start to believe that everything revolves around you, and to be very healthily aware that you’re just a tiny little slither of reality – not the full thing,” Tyler told Kerrang! last year. “It’s very encouraging, and it takes a lot of pressure off, as well; when you start to truly believe that you’re the most important thing in your life, then you start to deteriorate.”
He also admitted that, while millions of fans look up to them, both he and Josh still doubt themselves.
“There’s certain things that you work through, as a human,” continued Tyler. “Obviously, there’s things where it’s like, ‘Are we good enough to play music for a living? Are we good enough to write songs and show people what we’re made of?’ As things got bigger, there was some confidence instilled in us – like, ‘You know what? Actually we can do this…’ But there are also a lot of aspects of doubt and insecurity that the level of success doesn’t even affect. And, partially, I’m glad, because I don’t necessarily want that external reward to solve some sort of internal issue. I think that Josh and I will take every stage with a bit of needing to overcome something, and wanting to work through something. We never want to feel completely comfortable; we want people to see us working through something, and for us to struggle, and see a bit of turmoil and chaos.”
On October 5, 2018, twenty one pilots unveiled their breathtaking fifth album, Trench. And as Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun revealed to Kerrang! in this cover story at the time, it was their most ambitious and important release yet…
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