NEEDTOBREATHE scores their highest charting album with their latest release H A R D L O V E. The album debuts at # 2 on next week's Billboard 200 albums chart. According to industry forecasters, the set could earn between 45,000 to 50,000 equivalent album units in the week ending July 21.
If Hard Love launches at No. 2, it will secure the group its highest charting album ever, surpassing the No. 3 debut and peak of 2014's Rivers in the Wasteland.NeedToBreathe will likely play runner-up to the current chart champ, Drake's Views. It could score another 80,000 to 90,000 units for the week and secure an 11th nonconsecutive frame at No. 1.
The band recently unveiled the official music video for "HAPPINESS." 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.
Additionally, 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 in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores nationwide and online atcrackerbarrel.com. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store has released albums with a wide variety of artists, some of which have debuted in top spots on a range of Billboard charts. Recent Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Spotlight Music partners include the brand's first pop albums with a cappella group Pentatonix and "Fight Song" singer Rachel Platten, its first R&B album with Anthony Hamilton, as well as recent albums from Cole Swindell and Blake Shelton.
Following a high profile performance with OneRepublic at this year's MLB All-Star Weekend, 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 blockbuster album Rivers In the Wasteland, which topped Billboard's Christian Albums chart and earned NEEDTOBREATHE their first ever GRAMMY® Award nomination and a pair of Billboard Music Award nominations.
The album's breakout single, "Brother (Feat. Gavin DeGraw)," proved to be the highest charting single of their career. The RIAA-certified Gold hit soared up the charts, landing at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Christian Songs and Digital Songs chart.
NEEDTOBREATHE is: Bear Rinehart (vocals, guitar), Bo Rinehart (guitar, vocals), Seth Bolt (bass, vocals) and Josh Lovelace (keys, vocals).