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Foreigner Biography

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Birth Place: New York City, New York
Years Active: 1976–present
Genres: Rock, Hard Rock

Foreigner are a British-American rock band formed in New York City in 1976 by veteran English musicians Mick Jones and Ian McDonald, and American vocalist Lou Gramm.

Since then, Foreigner has released nine studio albums, seven of which has reached the top 30 of the Billboard 200 chart. "4" was the band's only chart-topper in the U.S., while "Agent Provocateur" was their only album to achieved the same feat in the UK Albums Chart. In spite of "4" being Foreigner's only chart-topper in the U.S., their best-selling albums are "Double Vision" and the compilation "Records," which were certified seven times Platinum by the RIAA for shipments of over seven million copies. Overall, Foreigner's albums has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide, almost 40 million of them in the United States alone.

Among the 39 singles released by the band, 14 of them became top 20 hits in the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including the number-one song "I Want to Know What Love Is" and the number-two "Waiting for a Girl Like You", which spent a record-setting 10 weeks at the #2 position of the chart without ever reaching the top. Four of these singles were certified Gold by the RIAA for shipments of over a million copies, all of them which peaked within the top 3 ("Hot Blooded", "Double Vision", "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want to Know What Love Is").

In spite of its British roots, the band achieved a much more moderate success in the UK Singles Chart, with only two of their songs, "Waiting for a Girl Like You" and "I Want to Know What Love Is", peaking within the top 20.