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She's So Mean (Single)

  • The first single released from “North”, the band's fourth studio album after a 10 year hiatus
2012
  • Republican candidate Mitt Romney challenges Democratic incumbent Barack Obama for the Presidency
  • 'The Hunger Games' movie is released grossing over $155 million (US)
  • Final installment of the 'Twilight' movie series to hit theatres later this fall
  • Social media used to raise awareness for Kony 2012 campaign

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Rough and Tumble (Kyle Cook Side Project)

  • John Waites' album "Rough and Tumble" is released. Kyle Cook co-wrote, performed and produced several songs.
2011
  • Steve Jobs & Amy Winehouse pass
  • Bin Laden killed in US raid
  • Arab Spring spreads from Tunisia; regimes fall in Egypt & Libya
  • Charlie Sheen fired from hit sitcom “Two and a Half Men”, the term “winning” becomes a sensation

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Cradlesong (Solo Album)

  • Cradlesong released June 30, 2009; Peaked #3 in the USA on Billboard 200
  • Paul Doucette and Brian Yale win the 2009 BMI Songwriter of the Year award
2009
  • Michael Jackson, Ted Kennedy pass
  • Susan Boyle auditions for Britain's Got Talent and wins over the public
  • "Miracle On The Hudson" pilot safely lands airliner in the Hudson River
  • Angry Birds released for iPhone
  • Convicted Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff gets 150 years

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Exile On Mainstream

These Hard Times (Single)

THE BREAK AND REPAIR METHOD
(PAUL DOUCETTE’S SIDE PROJECT)

  • The Break and Repair Method's (Paul Doucettes side project) releases their debut album "Milk the Bee", touring with Matt Nathanson
2008
  • Barack Obama elected President
  • Facebook officially the most popular social networking website
  • Heath Ledger dies of an accidental prescription drug overdose
  • Sex and the City, The Dark Knight, Wall-E, Iron Man, and High School Musical 3 hit movie theatres
  • True Blood and the Twilight Saga launch the "vampire" fad

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Exile On Mainstream

How Far We've Come (Single)

  • Certified gold in the US. Released exactly 11 years and 1 day from the band's debut album, Yourself or Someone Like You.
  • “How Far We’ve Come” is the band's highest charting single in Australia. The CD single comes with two live covers as B-sides; "Remedy" by The Black Crowes and "Modern Love" by David Bowie.
2007
  • Barry Bonds breaks MLB’s Home Run record
  • Bob Barker retires from the Price is Right
  • Transformers, 300, and The Bourne Ultimatum hit theatres
  • Gieco launches the "it's so easy a caveman could do it" campaign
  • Al Gore wins the Nobel Prize for his fight against Global Warming

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Something to be (Solo Album)

  • Rob Thomas releases his debut solo album "...Something to Be".
  • Debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and features four successful singles: "Lonely No More", "This Is How a Heart Breaks", "Ever the Same", and "Streetcorner Symphony".
  • Paul Doucette wins the Rhode Island Film Festival award for Best Score for the film "Just Pray"
2005
  • Hurricane Katrina causes major damage in the Southeast
  • YouTube, the most popular video sharing website, is founded
  • Harry Potter 4 and Batman Begins hits theatres

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Unwell (single)

  • Nominated for Grammy awards: Best Rock Album (More Than You Think You Are); Best Pop
  • Vocal Performance by a Duo Or Group ("Unwell")
  • Won People's Choice Award for Favorite Musical Group or Band
  • Nominated for 2 Grammys: Best Rock Album and Best Rock Vocal Performance (More Than You Think You Are)
  • A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty (DVD) released
  • Paul Doucette's daughter, Mathilda Plum, is born

Let Go EP (Kyle Cook Side Project)

  • The "Let Go" EP by The New Left is released
2004
  • The DaVinci Code hits bookstores
  • William Hung takes American Idol by storm
  • Dance, Dance, Revolution dominates arcades
  • Super Size Me hits theatres
  • Ken Jennings wins 74 games of Jeopardy in a row

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more than you think you are

bright lights (SINGLE)
unwell (SINGLE)

  • Performs at AMAs after being nominated for Favorite Pop/Rock Band, and Fan's Choice Award
  • According to Thomas, "Bright Lights" may be his favorite song he has recorded
  • "Unwell" lands at #6 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 2003. The music video hits #1 on VH1, with Rob describing the song as a metaphor for humanity
2003
  • Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Carribean, and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King hit theatres
  • Space Shuttle Columbia launches its last flight
  • Arnold Schwazzenager elected Governor of California

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More Than You Think You Are

disease (SINGLE)

  • Album is certified double-Platinum in the US.
  • The first single “Disease” is co-written by Rob Thomas and Mick Jagger
  • Paul Doucette marries Moon Unit Zappa (daughter of rock legend, Frank Zappa)
2002
  • American Idol and the Bachelor premiere on television
  • Signs, Spiderman, Unfaithful, and The Ring hit theatres
  • Yao Ming takes the NBA by storm

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MAD SEASON

MAD SEASON (SINGLE)

  • Nominated for Best Rock Album - Mad Season
  • Mad Season 2011 Tour kicks off in Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center
  • Peaks at #20 on the Billboard Adult
  • Top 40 chart.
2001
  • The first Apple iPod is released
  • Moulin Rouge, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings and Zoolander hit theatres
  • Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, launches on the Internet

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MAD SEASON

BENT (SINGLE)

IF YOU”RE GONE (SINGLE)

  • Album certified 4x Platinum in the US in October 2001, spending 77 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart peaking at #3.
  • "Bent" lands at #9 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 2000 as the first single; currently the band's only #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
  • Rob Thomas never expected the song “If You’re Gone” to be featured on the album, let alone become a huge success. Thomas told Billboard magazine that he wrote the song right after he met his future wife.
  • Kyle Cook marries his wife Sabrina
2000
  • Budwiser launches “wuzzah” commercial campaign
  • Erin Brokovitch, Dude, Where’s My Car?, Castaway, and Gladiator hit theatres
  • Razor scooters become popular
  • TiVo is first released
  • George W Bush elected president

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back 2 good (Single)

  • "Back 2 Good" lands at #49 on Billboard's Year-End Hot 100 Singles of 1999. Nominated for AMA's Favorite Pop/Rock Band, Duo, or Group.
  • Spends 12 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Thomas wins three Grammy Awards for writing and performing on "Smooth": Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Popular Music Collaboration with Vocals.
  • Smooth, a collaboration between Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas, is released
  • Rob Thomas marries his wife Marisol
1999
  • US Women's soccer team are FIFA World Cup champions
  • Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Blair Witch Project, Fight Club, and The Matrix are released
  • Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Premieres
  • The Taco Bell Chihuahua has its first commercial

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Real World (Single)

  • Nominated for 2 AMAs: Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Pop/Rock New Artist for "Yourself or Someone Like You"
  • Nominated for a Grammy - Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group - "Push"
  • Nominated for 2 MTV Video Music Awards: Best Group Video and Viewer's Choice - "3 AM"
  • Rob Thomas' son, Maison, is born
1998
  • First Harry Potter Book released in the US
  • Furbies are must-have toys
  • France beats Brazil 3–0 in the football World Cup final

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3 am (Single)

push (Single)

  • 3 AM was allegedly inspired by Rob Thomas' mother being diagnosed with cancer when he was 12 and the frustration and loneliness he felt during that time.
  • Yourself Or Someone Like You peaks at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart
1997
  • Titanic, Men In Black, and Austin Powers are released
  • Tamagotchi and Beanie Babies are must-have toys
  • Mike Tyson bites Holyfield’s ear

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Long Day (SINGLE)

  • Band forms in Orlando, FL. Rob Thomas, Brian Yale, and Paul Doucette leave Tabitha's Secret to form the band that would become Matchbox Twenty. Adam Gaynor and Kyle Cook join later.
  • Sells over 12 million copies in the US alone, earning Diamond certification. Multi-Platinum in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, spending 118 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart.
1996
  • Bill Clinton elected President
  • Twister, Independence Day, and Jerry Maguire hit theatres
  • Tickle Me Elmo is a must-have toy
  • Macarena dominates the airwaves
  • Tiger Woods begins his career

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