Skillet’s “Awake” Certified Platinum; Only Active Rock Band To Go Platinum in 2012

Gil ShalowitzFeb 28, 2013 11:53 AM EST

Skillet has been on fire lately. Along with Mumford & Sons, and Black Keys, Skillet is one of 3 rock bands to go platinum in 2012. The two-time Grammy nominated rockers were in the studio finishing their upcoming record when they heard their most recent release, Awake (Atlantic/Ardent/INO) had just been certified platinum, selling over 1 million units in the U.S. (Check out our Skillet photo gallery:

"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."

Skillet is currently working on their highly anticipated album due out this spring. The band is teaming up with producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, Motorhead, All American Rejects), and recording in Los Angeles.

Of the new album, lead singer John Cooper says, "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."

Skillet's new album was also featured in Guitar World with a 2-page spread. CCM Magazine delved a little further with their "In the Studio" and "Gear Guide" features.

Awake debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart and #1 on Billboard's Modern Rock/Alternative Albums chart. The video for hit single, "Monster", generated over 47 million views on YouTube.

Awake followed the band's gold-selling album Comatose (2006).

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