No one could touch the year that Yungblud has had.
Yungblud is Artist Of The Year at this year's Rock Sound Awards, and that's with good reason. It's been a hell of a 2019 for Dom Harrison, which has seen him smash expectations and build a community of fans that is unrivalled. So, here are all of the reasons that he deserves such a huge accolade.
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HE STARTED THE YEAR ON THE COVER OF ROCK SOUND
In the same way that we're seeing the year out with him on the cover, we kicked off 2019 with Dom plastered across the front of the magazine as well. Detailing the story of how one lad from Donny went about plotting his conquest for world domination alongside some of the most energetic looking photos you're ever likely to see, we knew it was going to be a pretty big year from the get-go.
HE BROKE DOWN BOUNDARIES WITH HIS COLLABORATIONS
Starting the year with the beautifully emotional ’11 Minutes’ alongside Halsey and Travis Barker and seeing it out with the rousing ‘Tongue Tied’ with Marshmello and blackbear, it’s been 365 days littered with experimentation and expansion for Dom. Not forgetting the pop-punk sensibility of ‘I Think I’m Okay’ with Machine Gun Kelly and radio-bothering ‘Original Me’ starring Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, you have four songs that are totally unique yet united by one common thread; that thirst for the unconventional which Yungblud was built on.
HE'S CONQUERED STAGES ALL OVER THE WORLD
From Moscow to Minneapolis, Berlin to Brixton, everywhere that Dom has played this year has transcended into pure chaos. With a live show bursting with energy and a collection of songs engrained in the hearts and minds of the fans that are standing before him, the community that Yungblud comments on so often came out in full force at every single stop on his jet-setting adventure across the planet in 2019. Trust us, we’ve seen it.
HE'S EXPERIMENTED AND EXCELLED IN DIFFERENT FORMS OF MEDIA
Not just content with creating music that ensnares the senses, Dom has branched out into several different sorts of media to show just what he's made of. Turn your attention to the array of music videos he's put out this year, most notably ‘Hope For The Underrated Youth’ where with the help of director Andrew Sandler he built up a whole visual narrative for his music and his community to exist in. Then think of the graphic novel ‘The Twisted Tales Of The Ritalin Club’ which expands that universe even more through the form of artwork. There really is no limit to where his inspiration can take him at this point.
HE'S CATAPULTED THE ROCK WORLD INTO THE MAINSTREAM LIGHT
Every so often an artist takes all the things that make the rock scene so brilliant and shows it off to people who may not be as familiar. In 2019 that was Yungblud. From appearances at the iHeart Music Awards and on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to stealing the show at the BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards, it’s been a year chock full of shattering expectations and blending cultures on his own terms.
HE'S LITERALLY STOPPED TRAFFIC
There aren’t many people who could completely change and disrupt the flow of people filtering in and out of Time’s Squre in New York City, but Yungblud isn’t like many people. At the peak of the launch of the video for ‘Original Me’, the Black Hearts Club came out in force, flooded one of the world’s most famous and frantic tourist spots and subsequently closed it fooking down. There were enough people there for Dom to indulge in a bit of crowdsurfing too. It truly has to be seen to actually be believed.
HE'S MADE SOME ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE STATEMENTS
It was at the height of the summer where Dom took over London’s Southbank and once again brought the community he's built together in a really noticeable way. The biggest of statement of them all was projecting a vibrant purple message straight onto the Houses of Parliament. ‘THERE’S HOPE FOR THE UNDERRATED YOUTH’ read the projection, and based on this showing it really isn’t far from the truth.
HE’S EVEN BEEN ON GOGGLEBOX
Gogglebox is a pretty big deal in the UK, serving as a look into the watching habits of the British public in a wholesome and hilarious manner. What’s not to love? Anyway our Dom appeared alongside Radio 1’s Jack Saunders on a special celebrity edition of the show back in October and stole everybody’s hearts in the process all while wearing a Korn hoody. We have no choice but to stan.
HE’S ALREADY PLANNING ON MAKING 2020 EVEN BIGGER
So here’s what has happened. After headlining a sold out Brixton Academy Dom announced that he will be taking over the Kentish Town Forum for 3 nights at the end of May. They sold out instantly. SO he has added 2 more. Be honest, how many artists could actually pull off a 5 night residency of a venue in such a manner as this? Not many at all. That's true Artist Of The Year behavior.
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