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Atlantic recording group Skillet wrapped up an extraordinary year by being named among 2011’s biggest mainstream rock acts according to year-end charts published by  Billboard  and  Mediabase.

The two-time Grammy-nominated band were among the highest ranking artists featured in  Billboard‘s annual The Year In Music” issue, with their RIAA gold certified album, AWAKE,” approaching 900,000 in sales and included among the year’s top 20 Rock Albums,” top 15 Alternative Albums,” as well as the overall Top Billboard 200.”   The album’s chart-topping single, Awake and Alive,” came in at #3 on the Active Rock Songs” tally, with Skillet also named among the top 10 Active Rock Artists.”   In addition, the band was ranked among the upper half of the total Billboard 200 Artists” ranking, having spent 120 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart with only a handful of other acts.  Mediabase, which monitors radio activity in the U.S. and Canada, declared Skillet to be the past year’s eighth Most Played Artist” at Active Rock outlets nationwide, with Awake and Alive” coming in as the format’s #3 biggest hit.


AWAKE”  has proven a true sensation, with digital single sales from the album now exceeding 2.4 million.   Produced by Howard Benson (Three Days Grace, Daughtry, Flyleaf), the collection reached the #1 spot on the iTunes Store’s Top Albums” chart within 24 hours of its August 2009 release, while simultaneously exploding into the #2 spot on the SoundScan/Billboard 200.   Fueled by three RIAA gold certified and four top 10 Active Rock hits in Awake and Alive,” It’s Not Me It’s You,” Hero,” and Monster,” AWAKE” was among the top 10 on  Billboard‘s 2010 Top Alternative Albums” chart, with Skillet coming in at the year’s #7 Top Alternative Album Artist.”     Hero,” has also been used by the NFL in their Sunday Night Football and NFL Weekend Kickoff promos,  and  a remix of their  No. 1 active rock hit Awake & Alive,” was featured on the TRANSFORMERS: Dark of the Moon soundtrack.

One of America’s hardest working live acts, Skillet has consistently been ranked among  Pollstar’s Concert Pulse   Top 50 Tours.”   The band spent much of the past two years on the road, touring alongside Atlantic labelmates Shinedown as well as headlining their own sold-out Alive & Awake Tour.”   Having recently returned from a major European tour (including dates in Russia, Germany, Finland, Norway, and the Ukraine), Skillet are back on tour in the U.S.

In addition to cumulative album sales in excess of 2 million, Skillet has racked up a wide range of honors throughout their extraordinary career. Frontman John Cooper and producer Brian Howes received two BMI Music Awards for The Last Night” and The Older I Get,” both featured on 2006’s Grammy Award-nominated COMATOSE.”   That album proved Skillet’s popular breakthrough, achieving RIAA gold certification.   COMATOSE” followed the band’s 2003 label debut, COLLIDE,” which launched Skillet into the mainstream while also garnering their first Grammy Award nomination.

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