Soundgarden is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1984 by singer and rhythm guitarist Chris Cornell, lead guitarist Kim Thavil and bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Matt Cameron became the bands full-time drummer in 1986, while bassist Ben Shepherd became a permanent replacement for Yamamoto in 1990.

Soundgarden achieved its biggest success with 1994 album Superunknown, which debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and yielded the Grammy Award-winning singles Black Hole Sun and Spoonman. The band split in1997 due to internal strife over its creative direction but reunited in 2010. A new album King Animal will be released on November 13.

As of 2012, Soundgarden had sold over 10.5 million records in the US and an estimated 22.5 million worldwide.





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