Hillsong UNITED Fly The Flag With New Album ‘EMPIRES’

Hillsong UNITED Fly The Flag With New Album EMPIRES

RIAA Platinum-selling group Hillsong UNITED have announced the release of their new album, ‘EMPIRES’, launching the album cover for their new studio project, 95,000 feet from space.

Presenting the cover from the stratosphere on their website and social media channels, ‘EMPIRES’ will be released on 26th May through Hillsong Music/Capitol CMG. This project follows 2013’s ‘ZION’, the group’s most successful and fastest selling album to date.

On releasing the album cover art in space, band leader Joel Houston shared, “We thought if there was ever a place to launch our new album, it should be somewhere we’ve never been before.”

“In this world that desperately strives to reach new heights and searches for new highs, we thought to debut ‘EMPIRES’ album cover as far and as high as we could naturally go. Knowing full well that where it will land, and ultimately what this project and our lives are all about, begins and ends where our knees hit the ground.”

Delving deeper into the album’s theme, Houston continues, “‘EMPIRES’ is the story of two worlds. We wanted to create songs that first seek to listen, then speak the good news of Jesus and His grace into the dichotomy, tension and hopeful-collision of this broken and fragile world we see here and now, and the unshakeable and mysterious reality of the Kingdom we can’t see. Our desire has been to simply create the most honest project we could.”

This release follows the band’s largest growth and international impact in over the last two years. With the 2013 release of ‘ZION’, UNITED’s notoriety increased with their No. 1 single ‘Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)’ as it became a RIAA Platinum certified single. This was the group’s first No.1 radio song, cracking the longest reign on Billboard’s airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Christian Songs chart.

In 2014, UNITED was awarded five GMA Dove Awards including the coveted Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for ‘Oceans’. They were also nominated for their first American Music Award. Hillsong was included in 10 of Billboard’s End of Year charts topping five of the charts: Top Christian Artists, Hot Christian Songs, Hot Christian Songs Artists, Christian Airplay Artists and Christian Digital Songs.

UNITED continues it’s 2015 as the subject of the forthcoming film distributed by Relativity Studios “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” opening in theatres nationwide in May. The film chronicles the journey of the Australian band. Capitol CMG will also be releasing a soundtrack from the film in April prior to the film’s release.

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