Asia is an English rock band that formed in 1981. They were considered a supergroup with former members of Yes, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake
& Palmer and The Buggles. The band now features John Payne. Supporting members are Jay Schellen, Erik Norlander, and Mitch Perry.
Asia released Omega, which is the fourth studio album from the original lineup, in 2010. It is the second studio album after the reunion of all four original members in 2006.
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Asia's eponymous debut album enjoyed considerable commercial success, spending nine weeks at number one in the U.S. album chart. The singles "Only Time Will Tell" and "Heat of the Moment" became huge Top 40 hits, with the latter cracking the Top Five and remaining a stadium favourite at U.S. sporting events. The Asia album has been the most popular in the band's career.
The tracks from the Asia debut have stood the test of time and are played on classic rock stations throughout the world today. The Asia debut has become legendary in the genre of classic rock. "Sole Survivor" also received heavy air play on rock stations across the U.S.
Asia's second album, Alpha, was released in 1983. The power ballad "Don't Cry" entered the Top Ten in 1983, while "The Smile Has Left Your Eyes", a fan favourite for John Wetton vocal performance, charted inside of Billboard's top 40. Alpha was not as popular as the band's debut Asia, however, many Asia fans favour Alpha over the debut. The tracks "Eye To Eye" and "My Own Time" became huge fan favourites. "Open Your Eyes" and "The Heat Goes On" became concert staples. Alpha attained platinum status and reached #6 on the U.S. Billboard album chart.