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“AWAKE,” the acclaimed new album from Atlantic recording group Skillet, has made a blockbuster chart debut, entering the SoundScan/Billboard 200 at #2, with sales in excess of 67,000.

The album is also shaping up as a digital phenomenon, with the Deluxe Version reaching the #1 spot on the iTunes Store’s “Top Albums” chart and “Top Rock Chart” within 24 hours of its release.  The “AWAKE” Deluxe Version is currently #3 on iTunes’ “Top Rock Albums” chart.

Produced by Howard Benson (Daughtry, Flyleaf), “AWAKE” is highlighted by the electrifying new single, “Monster.”  The track is currently approaching the top 20 at Active Rock outlets nationwide, while a companion video will premiere today on AOL’s Noise Creep.  Album listening parties are also currently featured on AOL and MSN.

In addition, “Monster” will be heard as the official theme song each week during the upcoming ACC College Football season, as well as on the soundtrack to MTV’s new hit series, Bully Beatdown. NBC recently aired the song during The 25th Anniversary of WrestleMania special, and along with “Hero,” will be a part of the video game, WWE® SmackDown® vs. Raw® 2010.

What’s more, “Hero” is featured in the promotional campaign heralding the new season of NBC Sunday Night Football.  A companion video for “Hero” is also in production, with a premiere date to be announced soon.

One of America’s hardest working live acts, Skillet will celebrate the breakthrough success of “AWAKE” with the 50-city “Awake & Alive Tour,” set to launch on September 24th at Fort Wayne, Indiana’s Embassy Theater (see attached itinerary).  The headline tour will then travel the country through early December.  Skillet’s special guests on the “Awake & Alive” tour will be Hawk Nelson, Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black.

Skillet frontman John Cooper and producer Brian Howes recently collected two BMI Music Awards for “The Last Night” and “The Older I Get,” both featured on 2006’s Grammy Award-nominated “COMATOSE.”  That album proved Skillet’s most popular work to date, with sales now approaching RIAA gold certification.  “COMATOSE” followed the band’s 2003 label debut, “COLLIDE,” which launched Skillet into the mainstream while also garnering their first Grammy Award nomination.

Check out a video and a nice article on Skillet from our friends at noisecreep: http://www.noisecreep.com/2009/09/02/skillet-monster-video-premiere/

For up-to-the-minute news and information, visit www.skillet.com or www.myspace.com/skilletmusic.


SKILLET

“AWAKE & ALIVE TOUR 2009”

All Dates w/Special Guests Hawk Nelson,

Decyfer Down, and The Letter Black

SEPTEMBER
24      Fort Wayne, IN          Embassy Theater
25      Columbus, OH            Grace Brethren Church
26      Leesburg, VA            Awakening Music Festival
27      Atlanta, GA                     The Tabernacle
29      Johnson City, TN                Freedom Hall
OCTOBER
1       Albany, NY                      Washington Avenue Armory
2       New York, NY            Manhattan Center Studios
3       Worcester, PA           The Palladium
4       Philadelphia, PA                The Electric Factory
6       Salem, VA                       Salem Civic Center
8       Memphis, TN             Minglewood Hall
9       Little Rock, AR         Riverfest Amphitheater
10      Cullman, AL                     Youthquake @ Cullman County Fairgrounds
11      Mobile, AL                      Mobile Civic Center
15      Tulsa, OK                       Spirit Bank Event Center
16      Lubbock, TX                     South Plains Fair Coliseum
17      El Paso, TX                     Abraham Chavez Theater
18      Albuquerque, NM         Kiva Theater
20      Farmington, NM          McGee Park-Memorial Coliseum
22      Phoenix, AZ                     Celebrity Theater
23      Los Angeles, CA         Club Nokia
24      Bakersfield, CA         Fox Theater
25      Fresno, CA                      Warnors Theater
27      Redding, CA                     Redding Convention Center Auditorium
29      Central Point, OR               Medford Armory
30      Salem, OR                       OSF Pavilion
31      Seattle, WA                     SPU Gym/Showare Center
NOVEMBER
1       Spokane, WA             INB PAC
3       Kennewick, WA           Toyota Center
5       Boise, ID                       Qwest Arena
6       Salt Lake City, UT              The Great Salt Air
7       Denver, CO                      Paramount Theater
10      Casper, WY                      Casper Events Center
12      Kansas City, MO         The Midland by AMC
13      Ames, IA                        Stephens Auditorium – ISU
14      Minneapolis, MN         Convention Center Auditorium
15      Chicago, IL                     House of Blues
17      St. Louis, MO           The Pageant
19      Longview, TX            Maude Cobb Center
20      Dallas, TX                      Palladium Ballroom
21      Cypress, TX                     The Berry Center
22      Abilene, TX                     Abilene Civic Center
27      Springfield, MO         Remingtons
28      Davenport, IA           Adler Theater
29      Duluth, MN                      Duluth Entertainment Convention Center

DECEMBER
3       Chattanooga, TN         Memorial Auditorium
4       Troy, OH                        Hobart Arena
5       Cleveland, OH           Agora Theater
6       Grand Rapids, MI                Deltaplex