Lukas Graham is a Danish soul pop band consisting of Lukas Graham Forchhammer (vocals), Mark "Lovestick" Falgren (drums), Magnus "Magnúm" Larsson (bass) and Kasper Daugaard (keyboard). Launching their debut album in 2012 on Copenhagen Records, Lukas Graham quickly became the most popular live act in Denmark. That success translated to the rest of Europe and caught the attention of Warner Bros. Records who co-signed them in 2013. The band's music was first introduced worldwide with the release of their two singles "7 Years" and "Mama Said" in October 2015. "7 Years" resonated with many listeners and quickly made its way up numerous Spotify Top 50 Viral and Country charts. Their second album is expected to be released in 2016.
2011–12: Career beginnings
The band started its career in Denmark in late 2011 when it released two homemade YouTube videos of the band performing Criminal Mind and Drunk in the Morning, recorded in Lukas' home. The videos were shared on Facebook among friends, and soon they had several hundred thousand views. The band's soulful and funky sound quickly spread in the Copenhagen underground and through online postings, which led Copenhagen Records to sign them. Lukas Graham achieved commercial success in October 2011 with the release of its debut single. Its first Danish tour sold over 30,000 concert tickets, even though its album had not been released yet.
2012–14: Debut album
In 2012 the band launched their self-titled first full-length album, which went quadruple-platinum in Denmark and yielded three smashes—"Drunk in the Morning" and "Better Than Yourself (Criminal Mind Pt 2)" went to number 1 and "Ordinary Things" peaked at 2.
That success translated to the rest of Europe. In Germany, "Drunk in the Morning" became a staple and reached number 1 on iTunes. "Happy Home" would give him his third number one in Denmark in 2014 and went multi-platinum in Norway and Sweden. Also known for a phenomenal live show, Lukas Graham went on to play countless sold out shows and earn festival main stage spots becoming the most popular live act in Denmark.
2015–present: Lukas Graham (Blue Album) & Lukas Graham
In 2015, the band released their follow-up album Lukas Graham (Blue Album) with three of its tracks making it to number 1 on the Danish singles chart: "Mama Said", "Strip No More" and "7 Years", with the latter a veritable international hit that also topped the Swedish Singles Chart. The song recently debuted at number 96 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the bands first hit there. On 28 January 2016 the band announced on Facebook that they would release Lukas Graham as their first worldwide studio album and will include the singles "Mama Said", "Strip No More" and "7 Years".