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Matchbox Twenty (originally spelled officially as Matchbox 20 aka MB20) is a rock music band initiated in Orlando, Floridamarker. Matchbox Twenty has sold over 45 million albums worldwide from the releases of Yourself or Someone Like You, Mad Season, and More Than You Think You Are. They released their latest album, Exile on Mainstream, on October 2, 2007. The current members of the band are Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Brian Yale, and Kyle Cook. Rhythm guitarist Adam Gaynor left the band during 2005, after performing on their first three studio albums. Rob Thomas is the main songwriter and main singer. Rob Thomas created a well-established solo career for himself after releasing the album, …Something to Be and its follow-up album, Cradlesong.


Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, and Paul Doucette were part of the band Tabitha's Secret which originated in Orlando, Floridamarker, with fellow members John Stanley and John Goff, before dividing to start a new band (what was to become Matchbox Twenty). After recruiting Adam Gaynor from Criteria Recording Studiosmarker in Miami and Kyle Cook from the Atlanta Institute of Music, the team was complete and ready to begin. Being in the Southern states helped Matchbox 20 win a recording contract with Atlantic Records.

Yourself or Someone Like You (1997–2000)

Matchbox Twenty released their debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You, during 1996. While their first single, "Long Day", was a rock radio-only success, the album soon spun off several Top 40 singles throughout 1997 and 1998, including "Push", "3 A.M.", "Real World", and "Back 2 Good". "Push" and "3 A.M." did not score on the Billboard Hot 100 chart due to the rule in effect prior to 1998 that required a song to be released as a single in order to appear on the Hot 100. The songs were released as album-only tracks and most likely would have scored very well on the Hot 100 chart had the rule not been in effect. "Real World" and "Back 2 Good" proved to be the band's first entries into the Billboard Hot 100 after the rule was terminated. The album eventually sold more than 12 million copies in the U.S. alone, earning diamond status. That same year, Matchbox Twenty recorded a live version of their Top-40 hit "3 A.M." for release on the charity album Live in the X Lounge, benefiting autism research.

Before recording their second album, Rob Thomas collaborated with Itaal Shur on a song called "Smooth" for Carlos Santana's comeback album, Supernatural. The song had a Latin beat and became an example of Thomas' lyrical talents. Thomas was supposed to act as a mere songwriter for "Smooth", but Carlos Santana had him sing for it after hearing the song's demonstration version. "Smooth" was the album's lead single and became successful during 1999; Thomas earned four Grammys for writing and performing on "Smooth", Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Vocal Performance, Male, and Best Popular Music Collaboration with Vocals.

Mad Season (2000–2002)

During 2000, Matchbox 20 renamed themselves Matchbox Twenty and released their second album, Mad Season. The album spun off several sucessful singles, including "Bent" (which scored #1 on the Hot 100 chart) and "If You're Gone". The video for "Bent" made fun of singer Thomas' increased fame from "Smooth" by showing the other band members assaulting him. The evocatively arranged ballad "If You're Gone" became successful, especially on adult contemporary formats. The band's next two singles, "Mad Season" and "Last Beautiful Girl" were not as successful.

More Than You Think You Are and band hiatus (2002–2007)

For their third album, More Than You Think You Are, the band revived more of a rock music sound. Thomas shared the songwriting efforts with the other band members on several songs. The album contained successful singles "Disease written with Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones]", "Unwell", and "Bright Lights". Although it was not as successful commercially as the band's two earlier efforts and received mixed reveiws, it had an enormous radio presence for well over a year.

During 2003 the band released a small album including only six songs, EP. The album had never before released live and acoustic versions of former songs like "Push" and "If You're Gone", and also a new track, "Suffer Me". The albums were mostly intended as a special treat for the fans and to get popular versions of songs available.

During May 2004, the band released a live concert DVD, Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty, filmed in Atlanta and featuring 20 songs, including all of their successful singles.

During February 2005, rhythm guitarist Gaynor officially left the group, which had been on hiatus to allow other members to pursue side projects. Rob Thomas went on to release a solo album, …Something to Be, which became the U.S.marker Billboard 200 #1 album the first week of its release. The album featured four successful singles: "Lonely No More", "This Is How a Heart Breaks", "Ever the Same", and "Streetcorner Symphony".

During January 2007, Rob Thomas released a single, "Little Wonders", which he wrote for the Disney movie Meet the Robinsons.

Exile on Mainstream and the future (2007-present)

The group began performing again during 2007, with the release of their 'retrospective' album Exile on Mainstream on October 2, 2007. "How Far We've Come" was the first single from the new album, which was followed by the second single, "These Hard Times". "Exile on Mainstream" includes four other new songs and a complete collection of all eleven of their previously released singles. The album was also released in the new MVI (Music Video Interactive) format, which includes two video interviews discussing the six new songs and eleven greatest hits, plus extras including a retrospective photo gallery, U-MYX (to remix "How Far We've Come"), buddy icons, wallpapers, and more. "How Far We've Come" was released on the band's MySpace page during July, with the video released on September 6, 2007.

Matchbox Twenty toured during early 2008 with special guest Alanis Morissette and opener Mute Math. The band began their US tour on January 25, 2008, in Hollywood, FL, and concluded in Las Vegas, NV, on March 18, 2008 before heading to Australia and New Zealand, where Australian band Thirsty Merc was the supporting act, for the month of April. Following Australia, Matchbox Twenty visited the UK for the first time in five years to play six concerts in Cardiff, Wembley, Birmingham, Glasgow, and Manchester (which gets the benefit of two shows). Support was provided by Nottingham band, Headway. Matchbox Twenty performed at the 2008 NASCAR Sprint Cup award ceremony.

When the band finished touring later during 2008, Rob Thomas began work and his second solo album, titled Cradlesong. He commented to Billboard that he expected that the other members of the band might begin work on Matchbox Twenty's next album without him.

Band members

Current members


Former members


Awards and nominations

Matchbox Twenty has received nominations at the American Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the MTV Video Music Awards,but has only received an award at the People's Choice Awards.During 2004, the People's Choice Awards gave Matchbox Twenty the award for Favorite Musical Group. At the American Music Awards, the band was nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group twice, during both 1999 and 2003. Matchbox Twenty received a nomination for Best Rock Album twice at the Grammy Awards, for Mad Season in 2001 and More Than You Think You Are during 2004. Overall, Matchbox Twenty has received one award from twelve nominations.

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony created by Dick Clark during 1973.

Yourself Or Someone Like You Favorite Pop/Rock Album
Matchbox Twenty Favorite Pop/Rock New Artist
Matchbox Twenty Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
Matchbox Twenty Favorite Pop/Rock Band/Duo/Group
Fan's Choice Award

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are awarded annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States.

"Push" Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
Mad Season Best Rock Album
"Unwell" Best Pop Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group
More Than You Think You Are Best Rock Album

MTV Video Music Awards

The MTV Video Music Awards is an annual awards ceremony established during 1984 by MTV.

"3 AM" Best Group Video
Viewer's Choice

People's Choice Awards

The People's Choice Awards is an awards show that has been performed annually since 1975.

2004 Matchbox Twenty Favorite Musical Group


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