Goo Goo Dolls ‘Iris’ eclipses one billion Spotify streams

NewsAugust 16, 2022The Music Universe

Band recently released 13th studio album

Fresh off the release of their new 13th studio album, Chaos in Bloom, Goo Goo Dolls have reached a new milestone in their nearly four decade career as their indelible smash hit “Iris” has officially eclipsed one billion streams on Spotify. The song, which recently achieved 7x platinum status and has been covered by everyone from Taylor Swift to Phoebe Bridgers, Maggie Rogers, Snail Mail and more in recent years, has been an unwavering staple not only in alt rock music, but pop culture as a whole since its release in 1998. Originally featured on the band’s sixth record Dizzy Up The Girl, “Iris” clutched No. 1 on the Hot 100 for 18 straight weeks and was later named “No. 1 Top 40 Song of the Last 20 Years,” serving as a testament to the timelessness of Goo Goo Dolls’ illustrious catalog.

With over 35 years together as a band, Goo Goo Dolls’ new record Chaos in Bloom finds the band continuing to evolve just as they have throughout their entire career. Consisting of 10 tracks including the standouts “Yeah, I Like You,” “You Are The Answer” and “Going Crazy,” Chaos in Bloom is an album of biting sarcasm, stadium-ready choruses, and the type of spear-sharp songwriting that’s led them to becoming one of the most influential alternative rock outfits of all time.

While Chaos in Bloom isn’t necessarily an album borne out by the pandemic, many of the tracks reflect on all of the things in daily life that became amplified while everyone was isolated from one another and sequestered at home. To record the album, Rzeznik and Takac retreated to Dreamland Studios just outside Woodstock, New York during the pandemic. An environment as remote as it is rich with historic rock music roots, the location proved to be the perfect setting for clearing the noise and creating such a record, which carries a true live quality that the band captured by blending vintage instruments and gear with new-age recording processes and techniques. To celebrate the album release this week, Spotify has dedicated their coveted Times Square billboard in New York City to Goo Goo Dolls and the arrival of Chaos in Bloom.

Last week, the band also announced the second leg of their nationwide Chaos in Bloom Tour, adding to their sprawling headlining tour this summer in which they’re playing at iconic outdoor venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, and Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, NY. The newly announced tour dates will kick off on October 28th in Eau Claire, WI, and will serve as an intimate theater tour that will see the band playing new songs, deep cuts and the hits from their illustrious catalog. American Express Card Members can purchase tickets in select markets before the general public beginning Wednesday, August 17th at 10 am local time through Thursday, August 18th at 10 pm local time, and general on sale tickets will be available beginning Friday, August 19th at 10 am local time via Ticketmaster.

The Chaos in Bloom Tour will see the band performing multiple songs from the brand new record for the first time ever including “Yeah, I Like You,” “Going Crazy,” and “War,” along with other tracks from their complete discography. Blue October will provide support for the entire summer run and Whitehall will provide support for the newly announced dates.