While Jamiroquai was growing in popularity in the UK and Western Europe, they remained relatively unknown to U.S and other international audiences. The band's international breakthrough came with the third album, Travelling Without Moving in 1996, which yielded two big hits, "Virtual Insanity" and "Cosmic Girl". The success of "Virtual Insanity" was due in part to its Jonathan Glazer-directed video, which featured Kay's dance moves and some gravity-defying images. At the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, the creative videoclip for "Virtual Insanity" won four awards, including Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Cinematography, and Breakthrough Video.
In 2003 Jamiroquai compiled and mixed a DJ mix album for the Late Night Tales series for Azuli Records. The track selection shows some of the band's funk, soul and disco influences, including tracks from The Pointer Sisters, The Commodores, Johnny "Hammond" Smith and Marvin Gaye.
The acid jazz flavours and ethnic influences of the first three albums continued with the release of Synkronized in 1999. Jay Kay's interest in funk and disco music were shifting the band's directions towards such. By their fifth album, A Funk Odyssey (2001), they had evolved so drastically, that some critics and listeners would remark they lost the 'Jamiroquai sound'. With the departure of more and more original band members, including Wallis Buchanan and his didgeridoo, Jamiroquai had become a very different band than that of 1992. In spite of the changes, the fifth album's first single, "Little L", reached #1 in many charts worldwide.
Their sixth album, titled Dynamite was released on June 20, 2005. It reached #3 on the UK charts. The first single, "Feels Just Like It Should" was released early in June, the second, "Seven Days in Sunny June" released on August 15th, 2005, followed by the third, "(Don't) Give Hate A Chance" on November 7, 2005.
Jamiroquai released a greatest hits collection, High Times: Singles 1992-2006 in November 2006. The release of this album marked the end of Kay’s eight-album contract with Sony. The album reached the number 1 spot in the UK album chart after its first week of release. The album featured two new tracks, "Runaway" and "Radio". On September 18, 2006, "Runaway" was given its first play by UK radio stations. It was released as a single on October 30, 2006. Kay remarked that compilation was released purely out of contractual obligation: "2006, they're out of the fucking picture."
In March 2006, Jamiroquai announced their switch to Columbia Records. Future releases will appear under the Columbia imprint.
After leaving Sony, the band began work on their seventh project, and several collaborations and side-projects. In a very short mid-2007 interview with Jamirotalk, drummer Derrick McKenzie expressed his satisfaction with leaving Sony as the beginning of a period in which the band will have more creative control over their own work, together with plenty of room for experimentation and lack of pressure from a record company.
On January 11, 2008, Jason himself posted a news item in which he thanked everyone who wished him the best for his birthday, and announced that the writing process for the new album has just begun. Only a day earlier, drummer Derrick McKenzie posted an article on his MySpace weblog that the recording process for the same record has also begun.
On January 15, 2008, the band confirmed that the recording process has begun. According to the news item, eleven tracks have already been written for the new album, with more to come. As of now, none of the tracks' names are known.
On February 13, 2008, the band announced from their website that it will perform at the World Stage of the Rock in Rio - Madrid festival, being held in Arganda del Rey, Madrid with others artists who have yet to be announced.
On February 28, 2008, Jamiroquai performed at the Khodynka Arena in Moscow, Russia at the launch of the new Audi A4 car.
On June 22, 2008, Jamiroquai performed at the Wianki Festival in Kraków, Poland.
On July 4, 2008, the band performed in front of a 75.000 people audience in the Rock in Rio Madrid festival.
|Year||Album||U.K. Albums Chart||U.S. Pop Albums||U.S. Electronic||AUS||SWI||AUT||FRA||NETH||SWE|
|1993||Emergency on Planet Earth||1||-||-||21||5||11||101||15||13|
|1994||The Return of the Space Cowboy||2||-||-||42||9||22||119||37||17|
|1996||Travelling Without Moving||2||24||-||6||3||9||2||16||4|
|2001||A Funk Odyssey||1||44||1||1||1||4||1||4||13|
|2006||High Times: Singles 1992-2006||1||-||-||11||1||23||-||31||-|
LOST IN AMERICA ...BUT MAYBE ECLECTIC ENGLISH BAND JAMIROQUAI FINALLY HAS COUNTRY'S EAR.(Entertainment/ Weekend/ Spotlight)
May 20, 1997; Byline: Michael Mehle Rocky Mountain News Popular Music Writer The image Americans have of Jamiroquai can be confusing....