Korn Biography

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KornKorn is a popular Nu Metal band hailing from Bakersfield, California. The band is credited to have popularized the Nu Metal genre and inspired other upcoming bands to follow suit. Korn has been able to sell over 30 million albums all over the world, making them one of the best selling Nu Metal acts in the last fifteen years.

Korn formed when another group, the LAPD, decided to fold with its frontman leaving to take care of his addiction to drugs. The remaining members, guitarist James "Munky" Shaffer, guitarist Brian "Head" Welch, bassist Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, drummer David Silveria decided to continue on as a band and searched for a new vocalist. They found one when they saw Jonathan Davis singing with his band Sexart at a local bar. Davis later on agreed to become part of the new band and they became Korn in 1993.

The band had a difficult time getting signed with a label because of their new style of music- heavy metal influenced musical style with hip hop tones. The band at first did not fit right into the prevailing grunge rock scene. But 1994 saw them being signed by Imortal/Epic Records. The band went on to create and release their self-titled debut album on the same year.

The band then went on to tour heavily on the live circuit in order to promote their first album. The relied on their live shows since MTV or FM radios seem to have no place for their type of music on their play lists. Through their live performances, Korn began to amass a cult of fans that grew with every performance. Their effort paid off as the band was able to land on the top spot of the Billboard Heatseekers Charts in 1995.

Their second album saw them coming out with a different sound than their previous one. Life is Peachy was released in 1996 contained a number of diverse songs which saw them develop their unique style. Korn tried promoting their album in the newest venue available, the Internet. It paid off since it allowed the album to sell over a hundred thousand copies in its first week and reach the number three spot on the Billboard 200 Charts. A single from the album was even nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy’s.

1998 saw the band coming up with their third album Follow the Leader which allowed the band to further get into mainstream popularity. The album was a commercial success and became number one in the US with such singles as "Freak on a Leash", "Got the Life". It was likewise successful worldwide as it charted in the top ten in several countries. The single "Freak on a Leash" won for the band its first Grammy for Best Video Short Form. They followed their success with a highly successful tour that also featured other bands. 1999 saw the band performing at Woodstock ’99. Other albums followed that also enjoyed considerable success.

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