H A R D L O V E, the latest release from Atlantic recording group NEEDTOBREATHE is the top selling album in the country, entering the Soundscan/Billboard “Top Current Albums” chart at #1 with sales exceeding 46,000 units. The GRAMMY®-nominated rock band’s highly anticipated album also topped Billboard’s “Top Albums”, “Top Current Rock Albums”, “Current Alternative Albums”, “Current Digital Albums”, and “Overall Digital Albums” charts, and entered the Billboard 200 at #2. Additionally, the album scored international success topping Canada’s “Top Digital Albums” chart, as well as debuting at #3 on Canada’s “Top Albums” chart. The news follows last week’s national television debut performance of the album’s lead single “HAPPINESS.” People magazine recently selected H A R D L O V E as one of their “Picks,” writing, “[NEEDTOBREATHE] adds synths and infectious pop melodies to their signature Southern rock…It’s easy to love.”
“HAPPINESS” hit the Top 5 on the Christian Hot AC chart and has amassed over 4 million streams on Spotify. The band recently unveiled the official music video for “HAPPINESS”– which can be seen just below. The single is also currently featured in Microsoft’s new ad campaign, broadcasting both on television and online. The next single, “TESTIFY” has been released to Christian radio.
In related news, NEEDTOBREATHE is the latest artist to release a special edition album under Cracker Barrel Old Country Store’s Spotlight Music Program. This special edition of H A R D L O V E includes two additional tracks exclusively for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store – “WHEN I SING (Mountain House Version)” and “LET’S STAY HOME TONIGHT (Original Demo)” – and is available at Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores nationwide and online at crackerbarrel.com.
NEEDTOBREATHE will kick off their epic US headlining tour, “TOUR DE COMPADRES 2016,” on August 17th at Raleigh, NC’s Red Hat Amphitheater. The 50+ city run wraps up November 12th at Lynchburg, VA’s Liberty University (see attached itinerary). The second annual “TOUR DE COMPADRES” sees NEEDTOBREATHE bringing along some of their closest musical friends as support, including special guests Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan (Leg 1 only), Parachute (Leg 2 only), and Welshly Arms. Highlights include a massive hometown concert at Charleston, SC’s 10,000+ capacity Volvo Car Stadium on August 19th as well as performances at such legendary venues as Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre (September 10th), Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre (September 15th), Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom (October 30th), and New York City’s Beacon Theatre (November 2nd). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.tourdecompadres.com.
Co-produced by NEEDTOBREATHE and recorded at their very own Plantation Studios in Charleston, SC, H A R D L O V E follows the band’s 2014 album Rivers In the Wasteland, which topped Billboard’s Christian Albums chart. The album also earned NEEDTOBREATHE their first ever GRAMMY® Award nomination and a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations, while its breakout single, “Brother (Feat. Gavin DeGraw),” proved to be the highest charting single of their career to date. The RIAA-certified Gold hit song soared up the charts, landing at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Christian Songs and Christian Digital Songs charts.
NEEDTOBREATHE is: Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar) and Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals), and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals).
NEEDTOBREATHE “TOUR DE COMPADRES” 2016 w/Special Guests Mat Kearney, John Mark McMillan (8/17-9/25), Parachute (10/12-11/12), and Welshly Arms
AUGUST 17 Raleigh, NC Red Hat Amphitheater 18 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre 19 Charleston, SC Volvo Car Stadium @ Family Circle Tennis Center 20 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 22 Vienna, VA Wolf Trap 23 Gilford, NH Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion 25 Columbus, OH Columbus Commons 26 Cincinnati, OH PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center 27 Indianapolis, IN Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park 28 Rochester Hills, MI Meadow Brook 31 Missoula, MT Ogren Park @ Allegiance Field
SEPTEMBER 1 Redmond, WA Marymoor Park 2 Portland, OR Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre 3 Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphitheater 6 Boise, ID Idaho Botanical Garden 8 San Jose, CA City National Civic Center 9 Paso Robles, CA Vina Robles Amphitheatre 10 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre 11 San Diego, CA Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre 13 Salt Lake City, UT Red Butte Garden 15 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre 16 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cove @ Harrah’s Casino 17 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre 18 Southaven, MS Landers Center 20 Shreveport, LA Shreveport Municipal Auditorium 22 Tuscaloosa, AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 23 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater 24 LaGrange, GA The Sweetland Amphitheatre @ Boyd Park 25 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Coliseum
OCTOBER 12 Tampa, FL USF Sun Dome 13 St. Augustine, FL St. Augustine Amphitheatre 14 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheatre 15 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live 17 New Orleans, LA Sanger Theatre 18 Houston, TX Revention Music Center 20 Lubbock, TX United Supermarkets Arena 21 Abilene, TX Taylor County Expo Center 22 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre 23 Austin, TX Statesman Skyline Theater at the Long Center 25 Oklahoma City, OK Criterion Theater 27 St. Paul, MN Roy Wilkins Auditorium 28 Madison, WI Veterans Memorial Coliseum @ Alliant Energy Center 29 St. Louis, MO Chaifetz Arena @ St. Louis University 30 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom
NOVEMBER 2 New York, NY Beacon Theatre 4 Boston, MA Agganis Arena 5 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory 6 Huntington, WV Big Sandy Superstore Arena 7 Grand Rapids, MI DeltaPlex 9 Lexington, KY Rupp Arena @ Lexington Center 10 Chattanooga, TN Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium 11 Greenville, SC Bon Secours Wellness Arena 12 Lynchburg, VA Liberty University Vines Center