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Korn Biography

Korn or KoЯn is an American rock band formed in Bakersfield, California, in 1993. The current band line up includes four members: Jonathan Davis, James "Munky" Shaffer, Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu, and Ray Luzier. The band was formed after L.A.P.D., a band consisting of 3 members that have been with Korn, broke up.

Korn formed in 1993, the same year they released their first demo album, Neidermeyer's Mind. The album featured the two ex-members of Korn, Brian "Head" Welch and David Silveria. Their debut album, Korn was released in 1994, where they featured the same musicians that had performed on Neidermeyer's Mind. The band began recording Life Is Peachy in April 1996, and released it on October 15, 1996. Follow the Leader is recognized as Korn's mainstream breakthrough, peaking #1 on the Billboard 200 in 1998, along with the following album, Issues in 1999. The band released Untouchables on June 11, 2002, and later released Take a Look in the Mirror November 21, 2003, both peaking in the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Their first compilation album, Greatest Hits Vol. 1, peaked #4 on the Billboard 200. See You on the Other Side was released on December 6, 2005, and Korn's untitled album was released nearly 2 years later on July 31, 2007, Korn III – Remember Who You Are, the bands 9th studio album will be released July 13, 2010 via Roadrunner Records. Korn currently has 34 singles and 18 of which have charted. The band has had 6 video albums and 32 music videos.

To date, Korn has sold 16 million albums in the U.S., and selling 32 million albums worldwide as of 2009. while earning six Grammy nominations—two of which they have won (for "Freak on a Leash" and "Here to Stay").

Korn formed after the group L.A.P.D. folded, due to singer Richard Morrill's drug addiction. Musicians Reginald Arvizu, James Shaffer, and David Silveria wanted to continue, and recruited guitarist Brian Welch and started a new band called Creep.

In early 1993, the band took notice of vocalist Jonathan Davis after seeing his band Sexart and attempted to get him to join Creep. Davis initially did not want to join the band, but after consulting a psychic he decided to audition and then joined the band, as mentioned by Jonathan Davis himself in an interview in the DVD Who Then Now?. After Jonathan was recruited, the band decided they needed a new name. After coming up with a few different names, the band decided on "Corn." Jonathan suggested the name during a jam session, and everyone else liked it. One of the band members came up with the idea to spell it as "KoЯn" like a child wrote it, with a "K" instead of "C" and a backwards, upper-case "R".

In April that year, the band began a working relationship with producer Ross Robinson, which led to their first demo tape entitled Neidermeyer's Mind. The band had problems getting signed during its first year due to the 1990s rock scene, which was primarily grunge. After many attempts at a record deal, Paul Pontius from Immortal/Epic Records heard the band in a nightclub and was so impressed, then signed them on the spot. With a producer and a label, Korn started work on their self-titled debut album.

Musically, the album was a mix of heavy metal, grunge, hip hop, and funk the latter elements encompassed in the rhythmic approach to the band's compositions. "Blind" was the first single from the album, which got a decent amount of airplay and attention. Once Korn saw a release on October 11, 1994, the band toured incessantly with no support from radio or video stations. The band relied solely on their intense live shows which created a large cultlike following of dedicated fans. It was the effort of this fanbase that helped push Korn onto the Billboard 200, eventually peaking at #72 in 1996, with "Shoots and Ladders" being their first Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance. On their first large tour, Korn opened for Danzig alongside Marilyn Manson. Other bands Korn opened for in 1995 included Megadeth, 311, Fear Factory, Flotsam and Jetsam, and KMFDM. However, the first tour that widely exposed the band was opening for Ozzy Osbourne alongside Deftones. After opening for lesser-known bands such as Dimestore Hoods, Sugar Ray (at the time), and Life of Agony, Korn returned to the studio to record a second album.


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