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  • Duran Duran are an English new wave/synthpop band formed in Birmingham in 1978


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  • The band grew from alternative sensations in 1982 to mainstream pop stars by 1984
  • By the end of the decade, membership changes and lost popularity pushed the band to near obscurity before a resurgence in the early 1990s as a soft rock act
  • The group were a leading band in the MTV-driven "Second British Invasion" of the US
  • They have placed 14 singles in the Top 10 of the UK Singles Chart and 21 in the Billboard Hot 100, and have sold over 100 million records
  • When they first emerged, they were generally considered part of the New Romantic scene, along with bands such as Spandau Ballet
  • Soon they would shed this image, using fashion and marketing to build a more refined and elegant presentation
  • The band has won a number of awards throughout their career: two Brit Awards including the 2004 award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, two Grammy Awards, and an MTV Video Music Award for Lifetime Achievement
  • They were also awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
  • The video age catapulted Duran Duran into the mainstream with the introduction of the 24-hour music channel MTV
  • Many of their videos were shot on 35 mm film, which gave a much more polished look than was standard at the time

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