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Billboard Music Awards: Top contender Imagine Dragons talk second album

Their smash hit “Radioactive” topped the charts and dominated radio airwaves throughout the year, but Imagine Dragons are already preparing for their second album and are hoping for similar success. In an interview with on Saturday, frontman Dan Reynolds talked about the group’s next album and their current success that may be capped off Sunday night as they are contenders for 12 Billboard Music Awards, including top artist, top duo/group, top rock artist and top rock album.

Recoording artist Imagine Dragons attends the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on May 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (
Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

The group’s debut album, “Night Visions,” had many hit singles, but “Radioactive” really elevated the Grammy award-winning group to an even higher level of popularity. The single broke the record for the most weeks ever on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and even sparked a remixed version performed with rapper Kendrick Lamar that continued the song’s momentum.

Reynolds told Billboard that they are still not burned out from the song. “I don’t think any of us expected it to have any life like that. It just kept going. Playing life, honestly, we didn’t burn out on it because…we don’t really listen to our music unless we’re on a stage playing it. If you do that, it keeps it fresh for you.”

But what does the group have for a follow up? They are currently working on their second full-length album. Reynolds revealed that many of the songs on the new album were written while they were touring behind the “Night Visions” album.

He says in the interview with Billboard, “There are a lot of road songs and all the emotions that come with that. I think it will be a special record because it really encapsulated the whole process of going from being a small nothing band to actually playing arenas.”

Reynolds and the band are excited to see how the album turns out and so are fans. But the new album is just one project Imagine Dragons has in the works. The band has written the song “Battle Cry” for the upcoming Michael Bay film, Transformers: Age of Extinction.” Bay said in a statement that he was drawn to the emotion of the band’s other hit song, “Demons,” and wanted to instill some of that passion and energy into his movie. As for now Imagine Dragons will be performing Sunday night at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

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