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Damon Albarn

An English singer,songwriter and record producer.

He has been involved in many high profile projects and collaborations throughout his career.

Albarn came to prominence as the frontman and primary songwriter of Britpop rock band Blur, but is also known internationally for his work with popular virtual band Gorillaz, within which he serves as the principal songwriter and, under the alias "2D", lead vocalist.

He attended the George Tomlinson Primary School, and studied piano, guitar, and violin, and became friends with Graham Coxon when he was aged 12, both being students at the Stanway Comprehensive School at the time.

Subsequent projects have included The Good, the Bad & the Queen, Monkey: Journey to the West and Mali Music.

His first band was the synth pop group Two's a Crowd. Other pre-Blur bands that he was involved with were The Aftermath and Real Lives.

Blur were an English alternative rock band. Formed in London in 1989 as Seymour, the group consists of singer Damon Albarn, guitarist Graham Coxon, bassist Alex James and drummer Dave Rowntree.

Albarn released Mali Music in 2002, recorded in Mali, during a trip he made to support Oxfam in 2000. He has also visited Nigeria to record music with African drummer Tony Allen. Albarn says he would like to produce a Blur album in Baghdad as he "likes the Iraqi style of music".

In September 2009, Albarn appeared on stage during Massive Attack's first date at London's Brixton Academy to sing a track.

"Gorillaz" is a virtual band created in 1998 by Damon Albarn of Britpop band Blur, and Jamie Hewlett, co-creator of the comic book Tank Girl. The band is composed of four animated band members: 2D (vocals, keyboard), Murdoc (bass guitar), Noodle (lead guitar and occasional vocals) and Russel (drums and percussion).

The Good, the Bad and the Queen:

In May 2006, NME reported that Albarn was working with Danger Mouse on his first solo album, tentatively titled The Good, the Bad and the Queen. However, in July 2006, NME reported that those plans had been switched to the formation of a new band titled The Good, the Bad and the Queen.

The group's line-up is composed of Albarn: former Clash bassist Paul Simonon, The Verve/Gorillaz guitarist Simon Tong, and drummer Tony Allen of Fela Kuti's band, Africa 70. Danger Mouse produced the album and decided on the final track listing.

In 2006, Albarn was awarded an honorary Master of Arts degree from the University of East London.

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