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Then: The band of three blonde, long-haired brothers from Tulsa, Okla,. hit it big in 1997 with their smash hit ‘MMMBop,’ sending millions of girls into a screaming frenzy and propelling their debut album, ‘Middle of Nowhere,’ to achieve four-times platinum status in the U.S. and sell over 10 million copies worldwide. After releasing the rock-sounding, edgier ‘This Time Around’ in 2000, Hanson left their major label in 2003 due to creative differences with the company (a grueling process they capture in the documentary ‘Strong Enough to Break’). In 2004, after deciding to form their own record label, the band came out with their first independent release, ‘Underneath,’ which peaked at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top Independent Albums chart.
Now: Hanson have continued to make music, infusing soul and their distinct harmonies into their classic pop-rock sound. The band, who have a deeply passionate and dedicated fan base, tour worldwide and participate in one-mile barefoot walks with their fans to raise awareness about poverty and health issues in Africa and around the world. In 2013, Isaac, Taylor and Zac released their ninth studio effort, ‘Anthem,’ and celebrated 21 years as a band by creating their own brand of IPA beer, appropriately titled Mmmhops. And sorry to disappoint, ladies: All three brothers are married with children.
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