On the heels of their latest project AWAKE receiving RIAA Gold status in just 10 months, Atlantic/Ardent/INO rockers Skillet are now celebrating the Gold certification (over 500,000 units) of their digital single for the smash hit “Monster.” In addition to being a top 5 Active Mainstream Rock single, “Monster” was also a hit Christian rock single , and was used during the “25th Anniversary of WrestleMania – World Television Premiere” on NBC.
Radio has continued to bring Skillet to the top as well, as they garner another #1 single from AWAKE with “Forgiven” on Christian CHR and Rock, following in the footsteps of the project’s previous #1 Christian singles, “Awake & Alive,” which in just six weeks has already broken top 20 and continues to climb the mainstream active Rock chart as well, and “Hero,” which was a top 12 Active Rock Single and has been used on Sunday Night Football, NFL Weekend Kickoff promos, ESPN College sports, and much more.
As strong album sales continue to keep them in the top 10 of the Christian sales chart, and on the Billboard top 200, impressively, only 14 other acts have been on the chart longer than AWAKE’s consistent 64 weeks. The elite list includes megastars such as Taylor Swift, Daughtry, The Zach Brown Band, Black Eyed Peas and Lady Gaga.
As radio and sales continue to take Skillet to new levels in their career, 2010 has been another year of constant touring for the band, which has meant numerous sold out shows and exciting headlining moments at summer festivals across the country. The band kicked off 2010 touring with labelmates Shinedown, and then co-headlined the very successful “Awake Tonight” tour with TobyMac before heading out on their own capacity crowd tour and hitting the summer festival season. “The 2010 Tour” with Creed led into one of the fall’s most rocking tours as they co-billed with Papa Roach, and last week Skillet once again teamed up with TobyMac on the “Winter Wonder Slam presents The Awake Tonight Tour.” So anticipated is this fall tour that in its third night, the acts’ sold out The Target Center in Minneapolis with over 13,000 fans.
Skillet will kick off 2011 in international style as they launch an AustralAsia tour in support of AWAKE to Australia, New Zealand and Japan (tour dates listed below).
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. RIAA Gold certified in just 10 mos (half the time of the GOLD selling COMATOSE), “AWAKE” was Amazon.com’s best selling Christian CD of 2009. “AWAKE” boasts three Active Rock hits “Monster,” which was also AOL Music’s No. 4 mainstream rock song of 2009, the No. 1 Christian CHR & Rock single, “Hero,” which has been by the NFL in their, Sunday Night Football and NFL Weekend Kickoff promos, and their latest hit and crowd favorite “Awake & Alive.”
Skillet has toured with the likes of mainstream megastars Breaking Benjamin, Three Days Grace, Shinedown, and more, co-headlined with Papa Roach, and headlined a slew of major Christian festivals, all followed by solo tours that ranked within Pollstar’s Concert Pulse Top 50 Tours. With cumulative sales approaching 2 million, the two-time Grammy®-nominated alternative rockers also scored seven consecutive number one Christian radio singles, a 2008 GMA Dove Award for “Rock Song of the Year,” a 2009 nomination for Artist of the Year, a trio of singles on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock charts, and a pair of BMI Songwriting awards.
SKILLET 2011 INTERNATIONAL TOUR
Jan 21 2011
METRO THEATRE Sydney, NSW, AUSTRALIA
Jan 22 2011
The Hi Fi – 18+ Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Jan 23 2011
The Hi Fi – Under 18 Melbourne, Victoria, AUSTRALIA
Jan 26 2011
Tivoli Theatre Brisbane, QLD, AUSTRALIA
Jan 29 2011
Parachute Music Arts Trust Auckland, NZ, NEW ZEALAND
Feb 1 2011
Club Quattro Osaka, JP, JAPAN
Feb 2 2011
Duo Tokyo, JP, JAPAN