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NEWS: Hillsong UNITED’s New Album EMPIRES Available for Pre-Order

By March 25, 2015News


NASHVILLE, TENN. (March 24, 2015) – Hillsong UNITED recently announced that their new studio album EMPIRES will be releasing on May 26 (Hillsong Music/Capitol CMG). UNITED’s forthcoming album is available for pre-order now, which includes the brand new single “Touch the Sky” as an instant download. Click here to pre-order EMPIRES, which is already charting in the Top 10 on the overall iTunes Albums chart and No.1 on the Christian & Gospel chart.

The debut single can also be streamed on Spotify here. This week “Touch the Sky” will also be premiering at radio. Click below to watch the lyric video for the single.

In addition, the brand new trailer for the upcoming film “Hillsong – Let Hope Rise” from Relativity Studios is premiering today. The exclusive trailer premiere is now live at Apple – click here to view.

Joel Houston, UNITED’s lead shares about the upcoming album’s theme, “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 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 Bowl).


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