Two-time Grammy®-nominated rock band Skillet's most recent release, "Awake" has been certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies in the US. Skillet was the only active rock band to achieve platinum certification in 2012, and were one of only three rock bands (the other two being Mumford & Sons and the Black Keys) to strike platinum in 2012.
“We are so proud of Skillet for this crowning achievement,” stated Craig Kallman, Chairman/CEO of Atlantic Records and Julie Greenwald, Chairman/COO of Atlantic Records. “The band is hard at work finishing up their incredible new album which we can’t wait for the world to hear this Spring.”
Currently Skillet is putting the finishing touches on their highly anticipated new album, which is set for release in spring 2013 on Atlantic/Word (album title TBA). The band (singer/bassist John Cooper, guitarist/keyboardist Korey Cooper, drummer Jen Ledger and guitarist Seth Morrison) is recording in Los Angeles, where they've re-teamed with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Motorhead, All American Rejects), who helmed 2009's platinum-selling album, "Awake" (Atlantic/Ardent/INO).
Giving a bit of a sneak peak into what the record is sounding like, lead vocalist John Cooper says that "Musically, this record feels like a roller coaster ride. Several tracks are aggressive with dirtier and edgier guitars. Korey's keyboards are extremely unique and Jen's great vocals are showcased throughout the album. There are some powerful anthems and what our fans tend to love, the "signature Skillet" songs: symphonic, classical rock duets."
Also previewing the album this month is Guitar World, with an exclusive 2-page feature (see attached photos) and photo shoot as well as CCM Magazine with their "In the Studio" and "Gear Guide" features.
"Awake" was a blockbuster release for Skillet, debuting at No. 2 on Billboard's Top 200 Album Chart and No. 1 on the magazine's Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums Chart. In addition, the record hit No. 1 on iTunes' Top Album Chart, garnered 3 Billboard Music Awards and spawned four hit singles including the No. 1 Active Rock smash “Awake & Alive,” as well as "Hero," "It's Not Me It's You" and "Monster." "Monster" lived up to its name, selling more than a million copies and hitting Top 5 at Active Rock radio, while its companion video has generated over 47 million YouTube views.