Multi-platinum hard rock titans GODSMACKcontinue to receive awards and accolades for WHEN LEGENDS RISE (BMG) with the album’s first single and #1 rock track “Bulletproof” receiving a Platinum Digital Single Award as of September 24, 2020.
“Bulletproof” was released February 28, 2018 as the first single from WHEN LEGENDS RISE; the track was previously certified Gold in the U.S. and was also the most-played song at rock radio in 2018. The song shows the band–Sully Erna [vocals, guitar], Tony Rombola [guitar], Robbie Merrill [bass], and Shannon Larkin [drums]–doubling down on their combination of tightly wound riffs, rhythmic fury, naked emotions and pushed-to-the-edge vocals, all fired up with melodic precision and tight songcraft.
“The plan from the beginning of this cycle was to try and step outside our comfort zone and explore new sounds and melodies in hopes of reaching new fans, without alienating our core audience,” SULLY ERNA says. “‘Bulletproof’ really set the tone and paved the way for how well that vision has been executed!”
“Thanks first and foremost to our fans for making this song a smash!” SHANNON LARKIN adds. “That it was received so well motivates us and makes us super proud. Hitting platinum in this day and age is a big deal to us, and a ray of light in this otherwise dreary year of pandemic. Thanks also to Paul [Geary, their manager] and everyone at Shelter Music, all the folks at BMG, John Branigan at WME, and our producer Erik Ron. The team is strong, the future is bright.”
“It is indisputable that Godsmack is one of the few truly great core artists at rock radio,” says Nick Attaway, VP of Radio Promotion/BMG. “Earning four consecutive #1 singles from their latest release WHEN LEGENDS RISE proves that they are on top of their game. Not only did the first single ‘Bulletproof’ go platinum, but it will forever be the most played song at rock radio for 2018.”
Originally released April 27, 2018 via BMG (their debut on the label), WHEN LEGENDS RISE marked GODSMACK‘s first album in four years. The smash album earned career milestones for the group: four #1 rock tracks (an accomplishment that makes GODSMACK one of only four rock acts to achieve this), and a record 11th #1 singles in the band’s career with the album’s fourth single “Unforgettable.”
“Unforgettable” follows three previous #1 singles from GODSMACK‘s critically acclaimed and seventh studio album WHEN LEGENDS RISE: “Under Your Scars,” and “When Legends Rise” plus “Bulletproof.” WHEN LEGENDS RISE entered the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the top ten (#8), with four #1 placements on other charts: Top Rock Albums, Top Hard Music Albums, Top Independent Albums and Top Alternative Albums.