Def Leppard Is Awarded Pandora’s “Billionaire Plaque” For Streaming Milestone

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The Press Release:
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame®-inducted icons and rock music legends Def Leppard have surpassed yet another benchmark. The band was awarded Pandora’s Billionaire plaque tallying over 2.5 billion total plays and counting on the platform to date. The band is currently featured on Pandora’s ‘Hard Rock Billionaires’ station, which is composed of all the billion-streaming hard rock artists in Pandora history. Executives from Pandora and SiriusXM surprised the group backstage at their recent exclusive club show at The Whiskey in Los Angeles, where they presented the band with the incredible honor.

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The UK quintet unleashed their chart-dominating twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos [UMe] to global praise. The album notably bowed at #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Chart. The album also scored a Top 10 debut on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, marking the band’s eighth Top 10 album of their career. Billboard raved, “Def Leppard keep the rock rolling along with Diamond Star Halos, their 12th studio album,” and American Songwriter hailed it as “a requiem of Def Leppard’s music past, and present.” Classic Rock rated it “4-out-of-5 stars” and proclaimed, “Def Leppard have just released their best album in 30 years.”

This summer, Def Leppard are co-headlining the massive 36 city The Stadium Tour with Mötley Crüe joined by special guests Poison and Joan Jett. It’s rolling across North America now!

2022 is the year of Def Leppard. Check out the full tracklisting for Diamond Star Halos below.

1. Take What You Want
2. Kick
3. Fire It Up
4. This Guitar [feat. Alison Krauss]
5. SOS Emergency
6. Liquid Dust
7. U Rok Mi
8. Goodbye For Good This Time
9. All We Need
10. Open Your Eyes
11. Gimme A Kiss
12. Angels (Can’t Help You Now)
13. Lifeless [feat. Alison Krauss]
14. Unbreakable
15. From Here To Eternity

7/12: Hershey, PA @ Hersheypark Stadium
7/14: Cleveland, OH @ FirstEnergy Stadium
7/15: Cincinnati, OH @ Great American Ball Park
7/17: Milwaukee, WI @ American Family Field
7/19: Kansas City, MO @ Kauffman Stadium
7/21: Denver, CO @ Coors Field
8/5: Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
8/6: Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
8/8: Toronto, ON @ Roger’s Centre
8/10: Orchard Park, NY @ Highmark Stadium
8/12: Pittsburgh, PA @ PNC Park
8/14: Minneapolis, MN @ U.S. Bank Stadium
8/16: Indianapolis, IN @ Lucas Oil Stadium
8/19: Houston, TX @ Minute Maid Park
8/21: San Antonio, TX @ Alamodome
8/22: Arlington, TX @ Global Life Field
8/25: Glendale, AZ @ State Farm Stadium
8/27: Inglewood, CA @ SoFi Stadium
8/28: San Diego, CA @ Petco Park
8/31: Seattle, WA @ T-Mobile Park
9/2: Vancouver, BC @ BC Place
9/4: Edmonton, AB @ Commonwealth Stadium
9/7: San Francisco, CA @ Oracle Park
9/9: Las Vegas, NV @ Allegiant Stadium

About Def Leppard:
With more than 110 million albums sold worldwide and two prestigious Diamond Awards in the U.S., 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame® inductees Def Leppard – Joe Elliott (vocals), Phil Collen (guitar), Rick Savage (bass), Vivian Campbell (guitar) and Rick Allen (drums) — continue to be one of the most important forces in rock music. Over the course of their career the band has produced a series of classic ground-breaking albums that set the bar for generations of music fans and artists alike. The group’s spectacular live shows and arsenal of hits have become synonymous with their name, leading Def Leppard to be heralded as the world’s greatest live rock band. Def Leppard’s influential career includes numerous hit singles and ground-breaking multi-platinum albums—including two of the best-selling albums of all time, Pyromania and Hysteria, capturing the group’s legendary tracks, bringing together classic Leppard hits such as “Rock of Ages,” “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Foolin.” For the first time, in January 2018 Def Leppard debuted their full recording catalog worldwide via streaming and download platforms. As they did with the original release of their records, Def Leppard dominated the worldwide charts again. Chart stats saw their albums charting in the iTunes Top 10 in more than 30 countries, including Hysteria at #3 in the US, and #5 in the UK. Def Leppard had the #1, #2 and #3 records on the US catalog albums chart. The band have amassed a staggering 5.5 billion streams since 2018, reaching a younger 18-44 demographic that now represents 58% of their fanbase. Additionally, the band have garnered an impressive 15 million followers across their social media platforms. Def Leppard released their twelfth studio album Diamond Star Halos in May 2022. The album debuted at #1 on the Apple and Amazon Music charts. The album also scored a Top 10 debut on the Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, marking the band’s eighth Top 10 album of their career, and also a #1 debut on Billboard’s Hard Rock chart. Following the close of their historic 2018 co-headline stadium and arena run in North America, Def Leppard sold a staggering 1,000,000 tickets and the tour grossed over $100,000,000.00, a massive feat in today’s touring world. Def Leppard will top that number yet again with another sold out North American stadium run in 2022 which is set to kick off the rest of the world. As always, the group keep pushing the boundaries with their electrifying live shows.

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PiercingMetal Thoughts: Congratulations to Def Leppard on this great honor. Personally speaking, I’ve not accessed my Pandora account in quite some time so I need to do that and help along my favorite artists. I am more of a fan of Spotify myself but I digress. The Metal Media High Command was recently in attendance for “The Stadium Tour” when they made a stop at Citi Field and it was a fun filled night of classics and new material from Def Leppard with mostly the greatest hits being played by Motley Crue, Poison and Joan Jett. If this show has not hit your city yet you are going to want to be a part of it and if you are a Metal and Hard Rock fan of a certain age you might want to bring the significant other and the kids since my friends and I saw a lot of families at our show. The family that rocks together etc. etc. etc. See you next time my friends and if you feel like chiming in on this new announcement you may do so down below in the comments section and remember to please stay safe out there. Ciao.


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