Sunday, January 28, 2018

Chris Pratt Uses Zach Williams Song in Facebook Video

Zach Williams received some publicity recently when Chris Pratt used Zach's single "Chain Breaker" in a video:
 

Best known for his roles in Guardians of the Galaxy, Parks and Recreation, and Jurassic World, Pratt has historically been very vocal about his faith, going against the grain of Hollywood stereotypes. Despite his stardom, Pratt also enjoys the simple things in life, sharing a video montage of himself and his five-year-old son, Jack, living what Chris calls "#farmlife." The video features Chris and Jack feeding sheep and petting goats, with Williams' music as the soundtrack. Pratt ended the video with a slide of Psalm 126:2 which says, "Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'"

Pratt wrote, "Missing home, missing the farm, missing the boy, missing the island. So I'm sharing this video as a way to express my gratitude for all the blessings in my life and to entice any of you watching this who may feel unease or anxiety with the state of our world to just breathe, slow down, go outside, find something not man made and give it a good look. A leaf. A bug. A cloud. A sheep. As William Cullen Bryant says, 'Seek communion with her visible form....go forth under the open sky and list to nature's teachings.' What a beautiful creation over which we've been given the responsibility of stewardship."

Pratt gave a shoutout to Zach Williams and credited the song to him. He admitted, "I didn't get his permission to use it. Hope that's alright. Big fan Zach." Then added jokingly, "Please don't sue me for all my sheep."

Monday, January 22, 2018

NF Is Taking Over the World


NF's breakout single, "Let You Down," earning RIAA platinum certification for total consumption in excess of 1 million singles sold-combining equivalent traditional sales and on-demand audio and video streams. The song has more than 500 million worldwide streams.


2017 saw a seven-year upward success story pay off in a big way for Michigan rapper NF, punctuating his unassuming rise to becoming one of hip-hop's household names. The rapper just surpassed one billion total streams across his career, including more than 700 worldwide streams for his latest album, Perception. "Let You Down" staked out a spot in the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100, signaling another first for the artist. It simultaneously hit #2 on Shazam's Top 10 as well.

Next up, NF takes Perception on the road with the 2018 Perception World Tour beginning January 23. 36 of the 44 dates have already sold out, with remaining tickets going fast. Fans can visit nfrealmusic.com for the Perception World Tour tickets.

"Let You Down" has served as a gateway for countless new fans to experience NF's third full-length album, Perception, which bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Upon arrival, it sent shockwaves throughout the culture at large as chronicled by Forbes, Billboard, New York Times, Rolling Stone, and many more. The song has reached platinum status in the United States, Sweden (3x Platinum), The Netherlands (2x Platinum), New Zealand (2x Platinum), Ireland (2x Platinum), Canada, Australia and Italy.

In addition, five album tracks have already exceeded 7 million Spotify streams each as he regularly averages over 20 million monthly listeners and emerges among the "Top 60 Most Listened To Artists in the World" currently on the platform.

As part of his quiet culture infiltration, NF (a.k.a. Nathan Feuerstein) has fast become a streaming phenomenon due to overwhelming fan support. Thanks in part to that same fan movement, NF's third studio album, Perception, exceeded expectations to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, marking not only the rapper's first chart topping release, but also his first release to debut in the Top 10 and cementing Perception's accomplishment as a genuine underdog victory. With more than 35 career syncs to date, including looks on ESPN, FOX, Monday Night Football, VH1 and more, NF and his Real Music movement are here to stay.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Switchfoot Disbanding?

Switchfoot recently celebrated 20 years together as a band this year, and now the guys are announcing "For the first time in twenty years, we are taking an extended break...As this year ends, we're entering into a new season, a season of home." Drummer Chad Butler wrote in a blog entry on the band's website this week.

The band posted a handwritten copy of the blog post announcement on their Facebook page. "It has been an honor to be YOUR band. These are YOUR songs, not just our own. Thank you. Truly. You have no idea how much you've inspired us through the years."

"We are brothers, sons, husbands, fathers, and for now, we are home. We're embracing this new season with open arms and excitement, strengthening the roots that have made us who we are. We do have a few shows already scheduled for next year that we will play but beyond that we will be off the road for the foreseeable future...this hiatus is a celebration of where we've been together. Thank you for being such a huge part of our journey."
 

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Skillet's Feel Invincible Certifiable Gold

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Skillet’s album Awake was recently certified double platinum by the RIAA, one of only two Christian artists to receive this distinction in the last decade. That album spawned the double-platinum single “Monster” and that song earned the distinction of being the most-streamed rock song of 2015. The videos from the Awake are collectively approaching a HALF OF A BILLION views on YouTube.

Skillet will hit the road on twelve-week arena tour starting January 5, 2018 headlining the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular.
2017 has been a landmark year for SkilletThe band dominated the Billboard Year End charts for 2017 landing at #1 on the Christian Streaming Songs Artists (have held the #1 spot since the charts inception in 2014); #1, #4, #6, and #10 on the Christian Streaming Songs (have held the #1 spot since the charts inception in 2014), #7 Rock Streaming Artist, and #11 Rock Streaming Songs as well as numerous others.

The debut single from Unleashed, “Feel Invincible,” was recently certified gold by the RIAA. The song went to #1 on the Active Rock charts and the video for the song has been viewed over 67 million times on YouTube. The WWE, NFL, MLB, World Cup Of Hockey, Nickelodeon Kid’s Choice Sports Awards and Rock Band 4 also used the song in various promotions.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Peter Furler and Phil Joel to Rejoin Newsboys for Tour

Next year Newsboys will welcome back to the stage former bandmates Peter Furler and Phil Joel for the “Newsboys United Tour,” showcasing “all the hits…under one roof…for one tour.”





Along with a headlining set led by frontman Michael Tait and longtime members Duncan Phillips, Jeff Frankenstein and Jody Davis, Newsboys United will see Furler and Joel join the group for many of the most popular hits of the band’s three-decade career. The “Newsboys United Tour” will also feature special guest Word Worship recording artist Zealand, which is founded and fronted by Joel.


Hitting more than 40 cities in the spring—including Los Angeles, Houston, Minneapolis, Dallas and Orlando, Florida—tickets for the “Newsboys United Tour” will be available tomorrow, December 14, via an exclusive Spotify presale campaign. Regular presales are slated to begin December 15, with general ticket sales on December 18. For a complete list of “Newsboys United Tour” cities and dates, visit newsboys.com.

“We’re so excited for Peter and Phil to join us on the road next year,” said Newsboys’ Michael Tait. “Taking the stage with two men who indelibly shaped the history of this band will be an unforgettable experience for us all. We can’t wait to share these special moments with our fans as well.”

“I’m stoked to reunite with the Newsboys,” said Peter Furler. “It’s going to be brilliant to jam with the lads once again.”

“We’re so excited for Peter and Phil to join us on the road next year,” said Newsboys’ Michael Tait. “Taking the stage with two men who indelibly shaped the history of this band will be an unforgettable experience for us all. We can’t wait to share these special moments with our fans as well.”



One of the most influential bands in Christian music history, Newsboys have sold more than 8 million units and amassed eight Gold® certifications, 33 #1 radio hits, four GRAMMY® nominations, two American Music Award nominations and multiple Dove Awards. Comprised of Michael Tait (lead vocals), Jody Davis (guitar), Jeff Frankenstein (keys) and Duncan Phillips (drums), Newsboys’ current signature songs include “We Believe,” “He Reigns,” “Miracles” “Born Again” and their Platinum®-certified mega hit, “God’s Not Dead.” The latter inspired one of the most popular Christian film franchises of all time, PureFlix’s God’s Not Dead and God’s Not Dead 2, both of which included appearances by the band.