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Hillsong UNITED's 'Zion' recognized with RIAA gold certification


Mon, Aug 1st 2016 01:30 pm

'Hillsong - Let Hope Rise - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack' to release on Aug. 12 in advance of film

Hillsong UNITED's 2013 release of "Zion" garnered RIAA gold certification, totaling more than 500,000 in sales. Of the songs found on "Zion" is "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," which spent a record-breaking 45 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's hot Christian songs chart and was the first Christian song to hit Billboard's Hot 100 Chart. Most recently, the platinum-selling song was honored with a 2016 Billboard Music Award for "Top Christian Song."

In July, Hillsong UNITED surprised fans by releasing "Of Dirt And Grace - Live From The Land," a live visual take on songs from their best-selling "EMPIRES," recorded and filmed at Biblically historical locations throughout Israel. Upon its release, the digital album topped the SoundScan praise and worship chart, hitting No. 2 on the Billboard contemporary Christian chart, No. 2 on SoundScan Christian/gospel digital album chart, and top 40 on the Billboard Top 200. Hillsong UNITED will wrap the final leg of their U.S. "EMPIRES" Tour this week at Chicago's United Center.

"Hillsong - Let Hope Rise - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack" will street on Aug. 12 in advance of the upcoming film. Included in the album are some of the most beloved hits from the ministry to date, including "Touch The Sky," "Mighty To Save," "Hosanna" and "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)." The 11-track project features performances from Hillsong UNITED as well as Hillsong Worship and Hillsong Young & Free. The movie "Hillsong LET HOPE RISE" will release Sept. 16 in partnership with Pureflix. The film follows Hillsong UNITED as they record an album. It explores the history of Hillsong, a 30-year journey from a church in the Sydney suburbs to an international ministry.

The heart of UNITED is to create music that reveals the truth of who Jesus is. In studio and out of the studio, on tour or at home, Hillsong UNITED is committed to writing songs that speak truth, create a unique sound, connects with churches, individuals and, ultimately, connects people everywhere with God. Fronted by worship leaders Taya Smith, Joel Houston, Jad Gillies, JD and Matt Crocker, the team is an evolving collaboration of pastors, worship leaders, musicians and songwriters - all intentional about giving voice to a generation passionate about God.

Everything UNITED does, whether it be from recording or writing songs, to playing them in front of people and all that goes with that, it's an expression of a really extraordinary God doing what only he can do through really ordinary people who love him, want to serve him and to build his church. To simply serve God and allow him to do what only he can do has always been the team's desire.

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