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Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends is a rock project lead by vocalist Ivan Knight. This project is known for being one of the first Flex Entertainment rock groups.

Overview[]

Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends is a musical project lead by singer and producer, Ivan Knight. In this project, Ivan plays around with storytelling and world building through songwriting, while also collaborating with other artists and finding ways to work in those collaborations with the world that he has established.

Ivan was signed with Flex Entertainment less than 24 hours after his debut album came out. Being an album produced by Ivan before signing with Flex, the album has a more serious tone as well as a more rock oriented sound. The album features no guest vocalists. Now signed to Flex, Ivan has started work on a new album with a more upbeat tone, and plans to collaborate with other artists as he expands his character library outside of his current protagonist of "The Frog".

Ivan contributed to two songs on the label's third compilation album Flex Gang, Vol. 3: "Big Baller B Stole My Girlfriend" featuring Big Baller B and uncredited appearances from WT and Depp Gibbs, and "Covered in Blood" with Lil Squeaky. Both songs went on to be two of the most popular songs from the album, with "Big Baller B Stole My Girlfriend" infamously receiving a brief reaction from famed music reviewer Anthony Fantano, and "Covered in Blood" becoming one of the most highly praised songs on the album, with famed Flex artist CRZFawkz calling it "maybe the best Flex song of all time" and named it his song of the year so far.

Characters[]

Before Ivan formed the imaginary friends, he always liked to come up with characters (some of which he plans to explore and impersonate in future projects). When writing the first album however, Ivan had just come out of a terrible writer's block and was struggling at first to come up with a central character with their own backstory. Ivan decided to focus on coming up with an image, and after watching an old home VHS of him and his family at a Skydiving event back in 2001, he witnessed his older brother (who has four at the time) look into the camera and say "Frogs Rock!". While Ivan didn't understand the reference, that phrase stuck with him and he decided that painting his face in green paint to make him appear like a frog or an animal was a brilliant idea. Ivan felt that by covering the most expressive part of his face, he could remove himself from the music and anyone who listened to it could step in his place.

Within the lore of the first two albums (which are meant to be seen as a two part story) Frogg dies between both albums, resulting in the latter album "Moving Forward" to have a different sound. During the production of the album however, Frogg was resurrected by an ancient god Xayacatyl, who agrees to leave the body of Frogg once he has finished the album, resulting not only in the titular song, but the album having a cathartic tone to it as Frogg is finishing the album to finish off the monster inside of him.

When Ivan released his PJ EP in February of 2022, a new character has been emerging in the form of an eccentric rock star called "PJ". On an Instagram post, Ivan stated that PJ's favourite artists included "Dreams Come true, Crush 40, Julien K, Cash Cash, Bowling For Soup and Hoobastank". PJ is often seen wearing sunglasses and a pink beret hat. With the mixed reception of Ivan's singles at the time, Ivan announced that his third album "1958" would be the last album under the banner of "The Imaginary Friends". Ivan plans to continue his future projects in a more serious tone with less characters and worldbuilding.

Ivan as "The Frog"

Discography[]

Albums[]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
BMP
Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends
  • Released: December 26, 2020
  • Label: Flex Entertainment
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
24
  • US: 180,000
Moving Forward 18
  • US: 400,000
  • FLEX: Gold
1958 10
  • US: 220,000

EPs[]

Title Details Peak chart positions Sales Certifications
BMP
My World
The King
P.J.
  • Released: February 18, 2022
  • Label: Flex Entertainment
  • Formats: Digital download, streaming
19
  • US: 600,000

Singles[]

List of singles
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
BMP SC YT SP
"Fool In The Fire" 2019 non-album single
"Romantic Space" 2020 The King
"A Trip To The Sea" 76 93 61 Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends
"Heaven" 44 86 35
"Buddy Don't Go" 93
"Generation Z" 2021 56 87 39 80 non-album single
"Shut Down!" 25 81 15 Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends
"I Am One" 4 47 3 9
  • FLEX: 2x Platinum
Moving Forward
"Sleep" 7 37 52 6 19
  • FLEX: Gold
"Princess of the Moon" 3 40 2 18
  • FLEX: Gold
"Power Plant Mind" 14 65 13 38
  • FLEX: Gold
"Xayacatyl
(feat. Lil Mosquito Disease)"
13 48 12 32
  • FLEX: Platinum
"Like A Bird" 6 32 5 21
  • FLEX: Gold
"Warrior"
(feat. xofilo)"
60 42 41 59 1958
"The Underground" 2022 37 78 25 72
"The Same Old Game"
(feat. Suzannah Valentino)
28 11 22 15 18
  • BMP: Gold
  • FLEX: 2x Platinum
P.J.
"Memory Lane" 53 87 41 1958
"Select Your Character"
(feat. xofilo)"
16 28 13 25 72
  • FLEX: Platinum

Promotional Singles[]

List of features
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
BMP SC YT SP
"Big Baller B Stole My Girlfriend"
(featuring Big Baller B)
2021 5 6 3 10
  • FLEX: 3x Platinum
Flex Gang, Vol. 3
"Covered in Blood"
(with Lil Squeaky)
7 30 7 14 6
  • FLEX: 2x Platinum
  • YLS: Platinum
"Bounce Man" 18 15 N/A

Features[]

List of features
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
SC YT SP
"Good Fire"
(Voda Wake featuring Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends)
2020 65 48 TBA

Other Charted Songs[]

List of features
Title Year Charts Certification Album
Hot
100
SC YT SP
"Welcome To My World" 2020 16 80 9
  • FLEX: Gold
Ivan Knight and the Imaginary Friends
"All Hail The King" 40 23
"Dance Or Die" 43 24
"Volcanic Love" 51 28
"Defeated By Defeated" 2021 9 42 8 24
  • FLEX: Gold
Moving Forward
"Serious Eyes
(feat. WT)"
11 58 10 23
  • FLEX: Gold
"Bats" 5 33 4 16
  • FLEX: Gold
"Samaritan
(feat. Lil Pinecone)"
10 37 9 36
  • FLEX: Gold
"Growing Up And Moving Forward
(feat. Voda Wake)"
8 38 7 37
  • FLEX: Gold
"Roy Batty" 2022 53 27 P.J.
"A Kid For A Day" 54 28
"Gospel Woman" 51 29
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