NEWS SOURCE: Merge PR March 16, 2015
NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 16, 2015) - RIAA Platinum-selling group Hillsong UNITED
has revealed the album cover for their new studio project, EMPIRES,
95,000 feet from space. Presenting the cover from the stratosphere on
their website and social media channels, EMPIRES will release May 26
with Hillsong Music/Capitol CMG. This project follows 2013's ZION, the
group's most successful and fastest selling album to date.
Over the past week, UNITED has taken to their social media channels,
which are one of the highest followed in their genre, to slowly reveal
the album cover and title, creating a buzz around the title of the
project. Fans have gravitated to Facebook and Instagram deciphering the
clues and photos posted, picking up on the project's artwork, messages
"We thought if there was ever a place to launch our new album, it should
be somewhere we've never been before," explains Joel Houston, UNITED's
lead. "In this world that desperately strives to reach new heights and
searches for new highs, we thought to debut the EMPIRES album cover as
far and as high as we could naturally go. Knowing full well that where
it will land, and ultimately what this project and our lives are all
about, begins and ends where our knees hit the ground."
Delving deeper into the album's theme, Houston continues, "EMPIRES is
the story of two worlds. We wanted to create songs that first seek to
listen, then speak the good news of Jesus and His grace into the
dichotomy, tension and hopeful-collision of this broken and fragile
world we see here and now, and the unshakeable and mysterious reality of
the Kingdom we can't see. Our desire has been to simply create the most
honest project we could."
This release follows the band's largest growth and international impact
in over the last two years. With the 2013 release of ZION, UNITED's
notoriety increased with their No. 1 single "Oceans (Where Feet May
Fail)" as it became a RIAA Platinum certified single. This was the
group's first No.1 radio song, cracking the longest reign on Billboard's
airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Christian Songs chart.
In 2014, UNITED was award five GMA Dove Awards including the coveted
Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "Oceans." They were also
nominated for their first American Music Award. Hillsong was included in
10 of Billboard's End of Year charts topping five of the charts: Top
Christian Artists, Hot Christian Songs, Hot Christian Songs Artists,
Christian Airplay Artists and Christian Digital Songs.
UNITED continues it's 2015 as the subject of the forthcoming film
distributed by Relativity Studios "Hillsong - Let Hope Rise" opening in
theaters nationwide in May. The film chronicles the journey of the
Australian band. Capitol CMG will also be releasing a soundtrack from
the film in April prior to the film's release.
About UNITED: UNITED is a worship band that originally
rose out of the youth ministry of Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia.
This progressive worship band is a global recording and touring entity
sent out to share the ever-evolving worship music of Hillsong Church to
an international audience through live performances and records.
Releasing their first album in 1999, UNITED has toured six continents
and more than 40 nations since 2006. The touring entity of UNITED has
made a huge wave in the United States as they became the first Christian
artist to ever sell out Los Angeles' Staples Center. In addition to the
Staples Center, UNITED has also sold out major venues in Seattle
(ShoWare Center), New York (Radio City Music Hall - Hillsong
Conference), Denver (Red Rocks Amphitheatre) and Los Angeles (Hollywood