Goo Goo Dolls’ classic love ballad Iris tops one million UK sales in time for Valentine’s Day
Band kick off UK tour in Glasgow 19th February
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The Official Charts Company announced yesterday that Goo Goo Dolls’ classic love song “Iris” has achieved a rare million-seller status here in the UK. Joining songs like Celine Dion’s Think Twice, Aerosmith’s I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, and of course, Whitney’s I Will Always Love You.
“Iris” has now topped one million pure sales in the UK via 1.003 million downloads and physical CD sales, it’s a rare feat to achieve in 2020, when the preference is often to stream music.
Iris’s million-seller status is the latest feat in the song’s particularly unique journey. While it was a big hit in the US, Iris missed the Top 40 on the Official UK Singles Chart when it was first released in 1998, debuting at Number 50 in July. A re-release the following year saw it enter the Top 40 for just one week, landing at Number 26.
Iris saw its biggest resurgence in 2011, when it was a popular choice of audition song on The X Factor, notably by finalist Frankie Cocozza, whose rendition during the show’s Bootcamp stage sent Iris to Number 3 on the Official Singles Chart the following week.
Over the past year alone in the UK, it has been downloaded an average of 148 times a week and streamed around 410,000 times weekly, while its music video gets 95,000 plays per week on average. See Goo Goo Dolls full Official Chart history, click on ‘Chart Facts’ to see the stats and week by week chart positions for Iris.
Goo Goo Dolls frontman John Rzeznik told OfficialCharts.com: “I’m so happy that this song has had such a long life in the UK. Thank you to everyone who gave us this amazing gift.”
“Iris” – the title of which was inspired by a country singer named Iris DeMent – has, 22 years on, slowly-but-surely earned its place in the love ballads hall of fame. Its unreservedly romantic lyrics have made it an extremely popular choice for one particular occasion: never underestimate the power of a wedding song!
The band are set to tour the UK starting on 19th Feb in Glasgow, full dates below.
2020 UK TOUR
Feb 19 – Glasgow, O2 Academy
Feb 21 – Manchester, Albert Hall (SOLD OUT)
Feb 22 – Leeds, O2 Academy
Feb 24 – Nottingham, Rock City
Feb 25 – Birmingham, O2 Institute
Feb 27 – London, Roundhouse (SOLD OUT)
ABOUT GOO GOO DOLLS:
Formed in Buffalo, NY during 1986 by John Rzeznik and Robby Takac, Goo Goo Dolls quietly broke records, contributed a string of staples to the American songbook, connected to millions of fans, and indelibly impacted popular music for three-plus decades. Beyond selling 12 million records worldwide, the group garnered four GRAMMY® Award nominations and seized a page in the history books by achieving 14 number one and Top 10 hits at Hot AC—“the most of any artist.” As a result, they hold the all-time radio record for “Most Top 10 Singles.” Among a string of hits, “Iris” clutched #1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and would be named “#1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years.”Thus far, A Boy Named Goo  went double-platinum, Dizzy Up The Girlwent quadruple-platinum, and Gutterflower  and Let Love In  both went gold as Something for the Rest of Us  and Magnetic  bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Top 200. 2016’s Boxes attracted the praise of People and Huffington Post as Noisey, Consequence of Sound, and more featured them. Their music has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Leona Lewis. Among many accolades, John received the prestigious “Hal David Starlight Award” in 2008 as well.
Following a sold-out 2018 twentieth anniversary tour in celebration of Dizzy Up The Girl, Goo Goo Dolls wrote and recorded their twelfth full-length album, Miracle Pill [Warner Records]—ignited by the first single and title track “Miracle Pill” and kicking off a bold and bright new era in the process. Miracle Pill arrived on September 13th, 2019 via Warner Records.
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