Fake band Daisy Jones & The Six makes music history in a very real way

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The band may be fake, but the fans are real.

Daisy Jones & The Six became the first fictional band to top the iTunes charts with the release of their first album, “Aurora.”

The band was brought to life by Riley Keough, Sam Claflin, Suki Waterhouse, Will Harrison, Josh Whitehouse and Sebastian Chacon for the self-titled Amazon Prime Video show, an adaptation of the book of the same name.

Written by Taylor Jenkins Reid, “Daisy Jones & The Six” follows the rise and fall of a Fleetwood Mac-esque band as they become embroiled in sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll in 1970s Los Angeles.

The novel quickly became one #BookTok sensation – and popular outside of the social media app – after it was released in 2019.

It was immediately posted on Reese Witherspoon’s book club list and picked up by the actress’ production company, Hello Sunshine.

Sam Claflin and Riley Keough star as the band’s singers, Billy Dunne and Daisy Jones, and have hinted that they’re taking “Aurora” on tour.
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“Aurora” topped the iTunes charts when it was released on March 2 – a day before the series premiered the first three episodes.

‘We finally have Aurora. A stunning, nostalgic, timeless album that captures the drama, pathos and yearning for the band’s highs and lows in one,” author Reid announced in a statement.

“A snapshot, intoxicating and dangerous. That sweet moment you know can’t last,” Reid continued. “Daisy Jones and The Six are real. And they are better than my wildest dreams.”

Of course, Daisy Jones and The Six aren’t the only fake act to top the list.

The Partridge Family — starring Shirley Jones and her stepson, David Cassidy, and based on the 1970s family sitcom — topped the Billboard Hot 100 with “I Think I Love You” in 1970.


This image released by Amazon shows Sam Claflin in a scene from "Daisy Jones and the Six." (Lacey Terrell/Amazon via AP)
The album was created for the television series Amazon Prime, which is based on the best-selling book ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’.
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And “The Monkees” – a 1966 to 1968 comedy starring Davy Jones Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith – formed a real bond with the foursome.

Their self-titled debut album at the top of the charts in 1966 and the group scored three number 1 Billboard hits.

In the book ‘Daisy Jones’, the band’s seminal record is described by the character Nick Harris, a rock critic, as ‘an album you can play at a party. It’s an album that will get you high. It’s an album you can play while you’re hurtling down the highway.”

“For every moment of your life, in 1978, ‘Aurora’ could play in the background,” Reid wrote in the novel. “And from the moment it was released, it was a juggernaut,”

The book contained song titles and some lyrics for the songs from the fake album, but it didn’t come to life until acclaimed songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills along with other famous musicians including Phoebe Bridgers, Marcus Mumford and Jackson Browne.


This image released by Amazon shows Riley Keough in a scene from "Daisy Jones and the Six."
The music was created by Blake Mills and other well-known musicians before the show’s actors underwent an 18-month band camp to bring the fictional group to life.
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Mills has previously collaborated with Bob Dylan, Fiona Apple, Alabama Shakes, John Legend, Perfume Genius and more.

They took the lyrics from the book as inspiration to create the 11 songs released on “Aurora”, as well as others played throughout the show.

But once the music was created, the second achievement was training the show’s actors to perform the tunes.

Claflin and Keough — the latter being Elvis Presley’s granddaughter and Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter — play the band’s lead singers, but both have confessed to never singing professionally and joined their fellow mock bandmates in an 18-month band camp. are placed to prepare.

“We talked to her and after half an hour we thought, ‘Yes, she was [born to play the part]!’” series co-creator and co-showrunner Scott Neustadter recently told The Post. ‘But even with her [family] background, she told us, ‘I have to be honest with you and tell you that I’ve never sung before. I sometimes sing in the shower. I don’t think it’s good.’ So that was a wild card for us.”

The actors spent hours every day practicing their instruments, learning the music, perfecting their stage presence and hanging out like a real band.

“Our feeling was that no matter how great the sets look or how well the scene is written, if we can’t convince you that Daisy Jones & The Six are a real band, we’ve got nothing,” Neustadter recently told the Los Angeles Times.

Single stars — including Keough – have even suggested taking “Aurora” on tour.

The popular limited series is currently ending after the 10th episode is released.



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