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.
Slightly Obsessed #192: Heaven Is Calling: Consider Jesus
Some days we can barely hear it. Other days it drives us to our knees. But it’s always there; that persistent tug in our souls. Whether we trudge through our days or chase the stars of fame and fortune, we can’t drown out the cry that sounds silently in the pit of our being, jarring us with its urgency and moving us with its tears.
No matter what you may be going through in life, I want you to know that God's grace is sufficient for you. You may have messed up, you may have failed, you may have gone the wrong direction, you may have gossiped, or much worse, but God wants you to know that it does not define who you are. He does. He and His grace is much more powerful than anything you might have said or done. Grace always shocks. It always amazes, and it always stuns. Grace is what we all need. It's what everyone groping around lost in the darkness needs to know.
Slightly Obsessed #191: You Can Give Others the Gift of Courage
My father lay propped up in the hospital bed, his face ashen against the white sheets. My step-mother and I huddled around him in the cramped space of the progressive care unit in which he was recuperating. He had suffered three heart attacks in the space of one month. None of us had gotten much sleep in the last few days. So far, we had seen little of either the hospitalist in charge of his care or the cardiologist on staff.
Slightly Obsessed #190: A Warbird’s Lesson
On a recent hot July day, we took in an air show in our town. Vintage planes, including a couple of impressive old warbirds, sat majestically on the tarmac for inspection as we darted from wing to wing to find relief from the withering heat.
These planes are still operable, so although some of them were open for people to walk through, the cockpits were off-limits for obvious reasons. No one wanted a tragedy to happen because an unauthorized person tampered with the controls. People who don’t know what they’re doing shouldn’t be in control.
Slightly Obsessed #189: The Calling
The sound must have been a maddening echo that haunted him at first, tormented by the rooster’s crow that mocked his empty proclamation of loyalty. For three days, his faith lay in the grave with the Savior’s body, darkened by the memory of his public desertion.
Slightly Obsessed #188: Freedom
He was shouting “Freedom” as he plowed his car at twenty-one miles an hour into the granite monument engraved with the Ten Commandments.
A video posted on the suspect’s Facebook page depicted the man in his car facing the monument as a women’s voice, presumably on a car radio, asked, “Where do you go when you’re faced with adversity and trials and challenges?”
Release Date: July 28, 2017 Reviewer: Andrew Funderburk Rating: 4 stars
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