Skillet’s ‘Rise’ Album Storms Billboard Charts

Skillet Rise Album Storms Billboard Charts

Two-time GRAMMY-nominated Rock band Skillet entered Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart at No. 4 and iTunes Rock Album Chart at No. 1 with their critically acclaimed new album ‘RISE’ (Atlantic/Word).

The album’s explosive start was fueled by the success of a four-song rollout at iTunes which saw the first two tracks, ‘Sick Of It’ and ‘American Noise,’ both hit No. 1 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart (at one point, No. 1 and 2 on the chart), while the third and fourth-released songs, ‘Rise’ and ‘Not Gonna Die,’ each shot to No. 2. The band has also been building momentum with radio promotion, a social media blitz and explosive summer festival performances.

“Skillet has become increasingly deft at straddling the tricky line between faith-based idealism and secular universality,” wrote Billboard. “Rise takes the balance a step further, mixing new sonic flavors into the group’s hard-rock bombast.” USA Today gave the album 3 out of 4 stars, People praised the band for “taking their hard rock to higher ground,” and About.com called RISE “THE album of 2013.”

Following recent performances at several major Christian and mainstream festivals, including Creation, Rock On The Range, Alive and Rocklahoma, Skillet (vocalist/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer/vocalist Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison) are gearing up to hit the road with Shinedown on the upcoming Carnival Of Madness Tour. Kicking off August 13th at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, the tour will also feature the touted prodigy band of John Cooper, We As Human. They’ll follow by heading overseas for their first-ever tour with Nickelback, a month-long jaunt that will see Skillet playing Milan, Paris, Vienna, London, and many more.

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