‘Heat Waves’ by UK band Glass Animals was first release in June 2020 ahead of their third album ‘Dreamland’ later that summer. An instant hit with the established fan base, ‘Heat Waves’ MK1 paved the way for the album, but this new version with a feature from US rap star Iann Dior is MK2 and ascribes the tipping point of a song that has been on a serious journey of growth these last 8 months.
Since its initial release, ‘Heat Waves’ has experienced a global rise in support that shows no signs of stopping. Having originally resonated with their fans word quickly spread and the track started getting healthy traction at radio globally. Next came a sync placement on FIFA which opened up a whole new audience and helped the track begin to climb charts all over the world. ‘Heat Waves’ most notably was then crowned number 1 on Triple J’s Hot 100 – an accolade not given to a UK band since 2009 with previous winners including Kendrick Lamar and Billie Eilish. A third surge in attention came more recently with an organic Minecraft affiliation whereby the YouTuber LoverFella (2.1M subscribers) rebuilt a Glass Animals fan’s base and surprised her with a meet and greet with the band who were waiting inside. Watch back here.
Currently ‘Heat Waves’ holds the #1 spot on the singles chart in Australia for the fourth consecutive week (the second longest no.1 in 2021 for Australia after Olivia Rodrigo) and is holding strong in Spotify’s Global Top 50. It has over 1.6 million global adjusted single sales and 252 million combined streams (150M on Spotify / 65M in the US). To date, ‘Heat Waves’ peaked at 1.76million daily streams and has received 12 million views of the video on YouTube. Glass Animals recently hit a new Spotify monthly listener peak of 15.5 million, surpassing the likes of Tame Impala, Gorillaz, The 1975 and The Strokes.
Bursting with all the wonderful tricks that we have come to expect from Glass Animals’ enigmatic frontman and producer Dave Bayley, ‘Heat Waves’ is a scorching, bass-heavy pop-trip hit and the addition of Iann Dior brings a refreshing new dynamic to the track.
Iann Dior was born in Puerto Rico and raised in Texas and found instant success with the first song he ever wrote. In early 2019 he signed a deal with Elliot Grainge’s 10K Projects and established himself as a lo-fi hip hop artist to watch with early songs like ‘cutthroat’ and ‘emotions’. Iann went on to release ‘gone girl’ featuring fellow 10K Projects signee Trippie Redd which provided a perfect lead up to his debut album ‘Industry Plant’. In mid-2020 Iann Dior featured on 24KGoldn’s ‘Mood’ and the single immediately began to climb the charts, becoming both 24KGoldn and Iann Dior’s first #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Glass Animals’ album ‘Dreamland’ entered UK charts on its opening week at #2 (their highest ever scoring chart position, a massive 21 spots above their last album, Mercury Prize nominated ‘How To Be A Human Being’) and charted inside the top 10 in Australia, New Zealand and Ireland. The album clocked up 100 million streams in its first week of release.
November 2021 rescheduled tour dates:
08/11 – Barrowlands, Glasgow
10/11 – O2 Academy, Birmingham
11/11 – O2 Victoria Warehouse, Manchester
13/11 – Centre, Brighton
14/11 – Guildhall, Portsmouth
15/11 – Rock City, Nottingham
17/11 – O2 Academy, Leeds
18/11 – O2 Academy, Bristol
19/11 – Alexandra Palace, London