Could Imagine Dragons be responsible for last night’s Miami Heat NBA championship win? Unlikely. But one thing is certain, the band’s breakout single “Radioactive” helped LeBron James, the point leader in last night’s (June 21) game, to get in the proper headspace needed to take home the win for Miami.
James, who anointed himself the team’s DJ, explained in a behind the scenes video from the band that “Radioactive” was one of the key songs used in getting him in the mood to hit the court.
“The music instills the drive that I have every day to prepare,” said James.
The band’s frontman Dan Reynolds, who is an avid basketball fan, said, “I actually followed LeBron from the very beginning…I’ve always found inspiration of people who were pushing the boundaries of human capabilities. I think it’s pretty incredible that LeBron and the team have taken an interest in ‘Radioactive.'”
James his teammates aren’t the only ones finding inspiration in the tune. With a whopping 42 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the uplifting song has ascending this week to No. 4, up from No. 6 last week.
“It’s a great song to listen to,” said James. “It puts me in that mode when I’m going out there on the court and then hearing it out in the arena, during the game, after the game, it’s just something that’s like ‘waking up.’”
The band will spend the remainder of 2013 bouncing between individual theater shows in the U.S. and Europe, as well as playing festivals like Reading-Leeds and Philadelphia’s Made In America.