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Game Changers 2014: Alex Turner

Long a mainstay atop the U.K. charts, the Arctic Monkeys, led by front man Alex Turner, have at last broken through to American audiences.
Alasdair McLellan

Every Arctic Monkeys album has hit No. 1 in the U.K., but 2014’s AM is their first taste of similar success with U.S. audiences. “It’s very rare for a band to come out so big, then have another massive moment,” says Laurence Bell, co-founder of Domino Records. “It reminds me of the Stones.” In a speech at the 2014 Brit Awards, where the band picked up the award for best album, Turner even delivered a swaggering defense of rock ’n’ roll. At the end he quipped, “Invoice me for the microphone if you need to,” then dropped it, like a badass.

As long as one of the biggest names in the industry doesn’t give a crap about the industry, rock ’n’ roll is alive and well. 

FIT FACT: “Sometimes you just wish it were the 1970s and you could have a beer belly,” Turner told BBC Newsnight. “But now you’ve got to go to the gym and stuff.”

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