The first time Australians Nick Littlemore and Luke Steele made a record together as Empire of the Sun, it was as an experimental side project to their day jobs in other bands like Pnau and the Sleepy Jackson, respectively. But 2008's "Walking on a Dream" became a surprise sleeper hit in the United States, catching the interest of A-listers like Jay-Z (who enlisted Steele for guest vocals on 2009's "The Blueprint 3") and taking the band's theatrical live show around the world several times from 2009 through the end of 2011.

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