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Skillet garners third RIAA certified platinum single as 'Awake & Alive' sells over 1 million digital copies

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Wed, Sep 2nd 2015 03:15 pm

Band begins recording 2016 release amid headlining western leg of Winter Jam Tour Spectacular

Multi-platinum Grammy-nominated rockers Skillet recently garnered yet another hit as their No. 1 active rock single "Awake & Alive" has received RIAA platinum certification having sold more than 1 million digital copies. The Billboard Music Award winners have sold over 11 million albums and singles in the U.S. alone.

As the band begins recording its 2016 release in L.A. this fall, it also will headline the western leg of the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular, one of the largest annual tours in the world. Skillet also headlined the winter/spring leg of the tour while it made history earlier this year with more than 600,000 people at a total of 47 shows across the country. The tour will conclude an unprecedented year with stops in nine additional West Coast cities in November.

"Good to be Alive," also off Skillet's latest album "RISE," garnered a nomination in the "Rock Song of the Year" category at the 46th Annual Dove Awards.

"RISE" debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard rock and Christian charts, which led to four consecutive No. 1 radio hits. "RISE" also gave Skillet their late night television debut on "Conan." It follows the band's 2009 platinum blockbuster, "Awake," which garnered three Billboard Music Awards and spawned four multi-format hit singles, including the platinum singles "Awake & Alive" and "Monster," whose companion video has generated more than 69 million YouTube views.

Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve RIAA platinum certification in 2012.

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