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The Drop: Daron Malakian

Straight off the release of Dictator, out July 20th,  the GRAMMY Museum will welcome GRAMMY-winning artist Daron Malakian to the Clive Davis Theater for an intimate performance and conversation, hosted by Scott Goldman. Rolling Stone recently spotlighted “Lives,” a new song from Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway, by featuring the track on “The Playlist.” “Malakian helped pioneer genre-mashing political metal as the guitarist/vocalist for System Of A Down,” they wrote. “Here he keeps that mutant vision alive, kicking butt in 10 directions.” Wait till they hear the rest of Dictator, the long-awaited new album from Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway. Dictator sees Malakian write, produce, and play every instrument—including all vocals—which he did over the course of a 10-day recording session. “I’ve been sitting on these songs for years,” says Malakian. “I’m excited to finally get this record out there and share it with the world.”

The album follows Daron Malakian and Scars On Broadway’s critically lauded debut, which earned a four-star review from The Guardian. Entertainment Weekly hailed its “gloriously over-the-top heaviosity,” and Guitar World described it as “deliciously hooky pop with a minor-key melody worthy of The Kinks or The Zombies.” As a member of System Of A Down, Malakian was a driving force behind 5 studio albums, which sold over 31 million copies worldwide, had three No. 1 debuts on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums Chart, garnered a GRAMMY win, and amassed a global following whose members number in the tens of millions. Together with SOAD, he’s written and recorded 7 top 10 radio hits, 2 of which were chart-topping No. 1's (2002's "Aerials" and 2005's "Hypnotize"). In 2005, the group released both Mezmerize and Hypnotize in two installments as a dual album in a single year. Each debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 and on charts around the world, achieving the rare feat of having two No. 1 albums in the same calendar year. “B.Y.O.B.” (Bring Your Own Bombs) was the first single released from Mezmerize and earned the band a GRAMMY for Best Hard Rock Performance.