**Atlantic/Ardent/INO rock outfit SKILLET has slammed into 2010 following an incredibly successful 2009 with their best selling project, AWAKE:

-Already over 300k in scans in just 20 weeks (more than double that of the GOLD selling COMATOSE),
AWAKE now boasts the No. 4 mainstream Active Rock single in the country with “Monster,” which was also AOL Music’s No. 4 mainstream rock song of last year.

-“Monster” has proven to be just that for Skillet, with fans purchasing so many digital copies over the holiday, their sales increased almost 300%.

In addition to all the success “Monster” is having,  “Hero,” has been creating a great buzz as well:

    • -‘Hero” will be used in the upcoming trailers and promos for the new
      Twentieth Century Fox film, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief,” which stars Pierce Brosnan and Uma Thurman and is based on the best-selling book by Rick Riordan.

      -“Hero” has been used all season long by the NFL in their, Sunday Night Football and NFL Weekend Kickoff promos.

-The WWE will use the song once again as the official theme song
for WWE’s Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View on January 31st. “Hero” was
also a featured as part of the soundtrack to the WWE’s Tribute To
The Troops TV Special, which aired just before Christmas on NBC.
Skillet was promoted alongside other contributing artists including
Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, and Nickelback. WWE programming reaches
nearly 16 million people per week in the U.S., and WWE.com
currently averages 14 million unique visitors worldwide monthly,
providing more than 28 million video streams.

In follow up to their fall AWAKE & ALIVE tour, which, due to
numerous sell out shows made Pollstar’s Concert Pulse’s Top 50 tours
for the fall, Skillet will hit the road with rockers
Shinedown and Puddle of Mudd for the Sound of
Madness 2010 tour beginning January 21st in Providence, RI.

    • – In March and April Skillet will co-headline the AWAKE TONIGHT tour with TobyMac.  Tour dates will be announced soon.

For tour dates go to http://www.skillet.com.

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Skillet’s latest, AWAKE, continues to propel the incredible momentum the rock outfit has going for them with a blockbuster debut at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, selling over 67,000 units and peaking at No. 1 on iTune’s “Top Albums” chart and “Top Rock” chart within 24 hours of its release. Since 2006’s breakthrough RIAA Gold certified project “Comatose,” Skillet has toured with the likes of megastars Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Seether and Flyleaf, and headlined a slew of major festivals, all followed by solo tours that ranked within Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Top 50 Tours.  Along the way, the two-time Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers also scored a 2008 GMA Dove Award for “Rock Song of the Year,” and a 2009 nomination for Artist of the Year. Along with a trio of singles on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts, and a pair of BMI Songwriting Awards, they also released their first ever concert CD/DVD combo pack “Comatose Comes Alive.”

For more information on Skillet, go to: www.skillet.com and/or www.myspace.com/skilletmusic

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