Break out the tux! Pop open a bottle of bubbly! Call the parents and prove them wrong! Red Bull Records’ recording artist AWOLNATION is getting a taste of the finer things today as their break out single “Sail” has officially reached platinum status in the United States.
That’s right. The seductive, genre-clashing single (where the hell is that fantastic dub influence coming from?) has sold more than one million units in a little over a year. That’s no small accomplishment these days. Other artists that have reached platinum status via single or album sales in 2012 are Grammy Award winning, household names -- think Drake, Taylor Swift, Adele.
Considering the humble beginnings of “Sail,” it’s nothing shy of endearing to see AWOLNATION hang up a platinum-certified plaque in such good company. This time last year, “Sail” was entered into the airplay rotation of an Austin, Texas’ KROX radio station. For a week, it played without AWOLNATION’s Aaron Bruno even knowing. But in those seven days, the listeners’ reaction spoke for itself. Requests flooded in and “Sail” had started its journey from quickly assembled Ministry-esque banger to platinum-certified single.
"Sail" by AWOLNATION Music Video
Like Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep,” “Sail” took on a life of it’s own, finding its way onto numerous television shows and endorsement deals well as becoming the soundtrack to BASE jumper’s Jeb Corliss’ “Grinding the Crack” video. The exposure helped AWOLNATION’s debut album “Megalithic Symphony” become Billboard’s #1 Heatseekers album of 2011.
While endorsements and soundtracks are all fine and dandy, it’s the fans -- as AWOLNATION’s experience at KROX has proven -- who decide what sticks in the mainstream consciousness and what slips onto the cutting room floor. So, to celebrate the fans that helped make “Sail” platinum, AWOLNATION is giving away downloads of the hit single for the price of nothing more than a ‘like’ at Red Bull Records’ Facebook page.
In correlation with the AWOLNATION’s performances at this years’ Coachella Music & Arts Festival, the band will be co-headlining a spring jaunt through the United States with Neon Trees. Purchase tickets here.
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