It’s been 99 weeks since Skillet released Awake, the RIAA-Gold certified project that remains a best seller on the Billboard Top 200 with nearly 800,000 scans, and now the band has garnered their third consecutive RIAA Gold certified single with the No. 1 Active Rock and Christian radio hit, “Awake & Alive.” In addition, Skillet continues to pound the touring circuit. With countless major market dates under their belt, this fall they will hit secondary markets as they headline their Awake & Alive Tour with Disciple and special guests Tooth & Nail rockers Manafest and Atlantic Records’ labelmates We As Human. This tour hits following two solid years of heavy touring, including two successful AWAKE TONIGHT tours with TobyMac, numerous headline appearances at festivals, and tours with Shinedown, Papa Roach, Creed, the mainstream rock tour AVALANCHE, and more. The Skillet fan club pre-sale begins Tuesday, Aug 9th and the national on-sale starts Saturday, Aug 13th (see tour dates below).
With their latest single “It’s Not Me It’s You” just starting to impact Active Rock radio, and “Awake & Alive” currently featured on the TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon soundtrack, the band has spent much of the summer headlining top music festivals in both the Christian and mainstream markets including Rockfest, Creation East and West, Sonshine, Kingdom Bound, Carolina Rebellion, Rocklahoma, XFest and Alive. This fall they will be featured on KROQ Los Angeles’ Epicenter Rock Festival.
The RIAA Gold certified Awake continues to garner recognition for the GRAMMY® nominated Skillet as they were honored with their first Billboard Music Award Sunday night for “Top Christian Album.” The 2011 Billboard Music Awards were televised live from Las Vegas, Sunday, March 22nd on ABC.
In addition, the band has landed a coveted spot on the upcoming TRANSFORMERS 3 DARK OF THE MOON Soundtrack (June 14). More details about the soundtrack will be announced soon.
Along with Awake being certified gold in just 10 months (with scans currently approaching 750,000), the record thus far has boasted three active rock hits, including their first No. 1 at mainstream active rock with “Awake & Alive,” and was Billboard’s No. 2 “Top Christian Album” and No. 9 “Top Alternative Album” of 2010. After an incredible 90 weeks of release Awake continues to be a top seller, placing top 5 on the Current Contemporary Christian SoundScan chart last week as well as holding steadfast on the Billboard Top 200.
Skillet is a finalist in two categories in this year’s Billboard Music Awards. Their latest album Awake is up for Top Christian Album alongside tobyMac’s Tonight, MercyMe’s The Generous Mr. Lovewell, Chris Tomlin’s And If Our God Is For Us, and this year’s WOW Hits compilation. Also, the band itself is a finalist for Top Christian Artist among the previously mentioned artists and Casting Crowns.
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards will air Sunday night, May 22nd at 8-11pm ET/PT on ABC. Tune in to see if Skillet wins!