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Korn Biography

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Birth Place: Bakersfield, California, USA
Years Active: 1993–present
Genres: Nu Metal, Alternative Metal

Korn (often stylized as KoЯn) is an American nu metal band from Bakersfield, California, formed in 1993. The current band lineup includes four members, Jonathan Davis, James “Munky” Shaffer, Reginald “Fieldy” Arvizu, and Ray Luzier.

The band released their first demo album, “Neidermeyer's Mind, in 1993. 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 in October 1996. It reached #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart. Their next album, “Follow the Leader,” was released in1998 and is recognized as Korn's mainstream breakthrough, peaking at #1 on the Billboard 200.

The following album, “Issues,” was released in 1999 and became their second straight #1 record. The band released the #2 peaking “Untouchables” in June 2002, and later released “Take a Look in the Mirror” which reached #9 in November 2003.

Their first compilation album, “Greatest Hits Vol. 1,” was released in October 2004. The #3 peaking, “See You on the Other Side” was released in December 2005. Korn's untitled album was released in July 2007 and went to #2. “Korn III: Remember Who You Are,” the band's ninth studio album, was released in July 2010 via Roadrunner Records, also topping out at #2.

Korn has sold 16.5 million albums in the U.S. and over 30 million worldwide. Ten of the band's official releases have peaked in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200, eight of which have peaked in the Top 5. Eight of those releases are certified platinum or multi-platinum by the RIAA. Korn has earned two Grammy Awards out of seven nominations.