State of Play #015 "Skillet Tops Modern Rock Charts in Breakthrough For Christian Music" by James Armitage on 2016-12-06 10:12:36
Christian rock band Skillet has had a very successful 2016. They released their tenth studio album, Unleashed, which debuted at number three on the Billboard Physical Albums chart, and toured this past fall across the United States with Devour the Day. Perhaps most exciting, their song "Feel Invincible" became the first Christian song to top the Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs chart.
Skillet has charted before on the Mainstream Rock Songs list, 12 times, actually, but "Feel Invincible" is their first song to make it to the very top. The band first charted with "Savior" in May 2004.
"Feel Invincible" is definitely shaping up to become one of Skillet's biggest hit. Since the premiere of the song's music video on YouTube this past June, it has amassed over 20 million views. The crowds went crazy for the track on their recent tour, which brought the band across the United States, from large cities like D.C., Chicago, and Detroit, to smaller ones such as Turtle Lake, Wis. and Stroudsburg, Pa. In December, Skillet will be heading overseas for more shows on their Unleashed Tour, visiting cities including Vienna, Budapest, and Zurich.
This impressive year has not been lost on the band. After the debut of Unleashed at number three on the Billboard Physical Albums charts, vocalist John Cooper expressed his utmost gratitude.
"I am so blown away by the loyalty of our fans once again. It is such a huge honor to keep making music that people resonate with. This week was more than we hoped for," Cooper said.
That resonance Cooper talks about is likely a big reason why Skillet continues to be so successful, ten albums into their career. By making music that is geared towards a Christian audience, the band can show their support for a demographic that might feel neglected by mainstream music in terms of message. Additionally, by creating songs that have enough crossover potential to make it onto the top of non-Christian music charts, Skillet can perhaps help convert fans to their faith in a way that they might have not anticipated. It just goes to show that a little faith can go a long way when it comes to success in the music, or for that matter, any industry. Also, it is very appropriate that Skillet named this song "Feel Invincible", because, after a very successful 2016, that's probably how they're feeling right now.
In the gray dawn of another day, I am spent. I can pray no more. There are no more words I can say, no entreaty with which to reach my Master. As the night shadows fade before the rising sun, I open my Bible. In the space between darkness and light, I need to hear His voice.
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