Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band from Leyton in east London, formed in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. Since their inception, the band’s discography has grown to include a collective total of thirty-six albums: fifteen studio albums; eleven live albums; four EPs; and six compilations.Pioneers of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal, Iron Maiden achieved success during the early 1980s. After several line-up changes, the band went on to release a series of platinum and gold albums. These include the US platinum-selling albums The Number of the Beast in 1982, Piece of Mind in 1983, Powerslave in 1984, the live album Live After Death in 1985, Somewhere in Time in 1986, and Seventh Son of a Seventh Son in 1988. Their 2006 album A Matter of Life and Death peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 and at number four in the UK. Their newest album, The Final Frontier, was released on 16 August 2010 in some countries, and worldwide on 16–17 August 2010, peaking at number one in 40 different countries. At the 53rd Grammy Awards, the second song of the album, “El Dorado”, won the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance. Considered one of the most successful heavy metal bands in history, Iron Maiden have sold over 100 million records worldwide with little radio or television support. The band won the Ivor Novello Award for international achievement in 2002, and were also inducted into the Hollywood RockWalk in Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, California during their United States tour in 2005. As of October 2009, the band has played over 2000 live shows during their career.
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