AVENGED SEVENFOLD's 'Hail To The King' single certified triple platinum
AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s “Hail To The King” single was certified triple platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) on August 23 for accumulating three million certified units. According to the RIAA, one equivalent song unit is equal to a single digital song sale, or 150 on-demand audio and/or video streams.
“Hail To The King” was previously certified double platinum in May 2021.
Elsewhere, AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s “This Means War” track, which is also taken from 2013’s “Hail To The King” album, was certified gold on August 23 for accumulating half a million certified units.
When it first came out in August 2013, the “Hail To The King” album sold 159,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. The band’s fifth album, “Nightmare”, also landed at the top of the chart after selling 162,500 units back in August 2010.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s self-titled fourth album registered a first-week tally of 94,000 copies in November 2007, nearly three times what its 2005 effort, “City Of Evil”, sold in its biggest week on the chart.
“Hail To The King” was AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s first full album written and recorded without drummer and charter member James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009 during the early stages of writing for “Nightmare”.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s latest album, “Life Is But A Dream…”, reportedly sold 36,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at position No. 13 on the Billboard 200 chart. AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s previous LP, “The Stage”, debuted at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 album chart in November 2016. The surprise release of “The Stage” earned the lowest sales of an AVENGED SEVENFOLD album in eleven years. It sold 76,000 copies in its first week, less than half the tally of its previous two efforts.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD recently completed the first part of its “Life Is But A Dream…” North American tour. As was the case with AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s concerts in Los Angeles and New York in June, the group’s 16-song set included five songs from AVENGED SEVENFOLD‘s latest album, “Life Is But A Dream…”: “Game Over”, “Mattel”, “We Love You”, “Nobody” and the three-track run of “G”, “(O)rdinary” and “(D)eath”. The latter has been described in one review as by far the most left-field sounding part of the LP, ranging in style from metal/country (“G”), to full-blown DAFT PUNK impersonation (“(O)rdinary”) to lounge jazz (“(D)eath”).
Written and recorded over the span of four years, “Life Is But A Dream…” was produced by Joe Barresi and AVENGED SEVENFOLD in Los Angeles and mixed by Andy Wallace in the Poconos, Pennsylvania.
AVENGED SEVENFOLD has recently released a new song called “We Love You”. The track came with an innovative 360 VR music video. The band’s eighth album, “Life Is But a Dream…” , drops June 2 via Warner.
Watch “We Love You” below.
“More power, more pace, more money, more taste,” singer M. Shadows delivers the unforgettable lyrics that relate to what keeps us pushing and being the motivators and destroyers of our self and reality. The song depicts the forced feeling our society pushes on us to consume, push, stretch and empty everything we can, if not halted result in possibly our own downfall. AVENGED SEVENFOLD are masters at dynamic transitions over the course of one song, and this is no exception.
The music video for “We Love You” is no less ambitious. Artist Ryan McKinnon, using Unreal Engine, has crafted an enveloping, innovative visual experience which has been optimized for Oculus in VR and 360 on YouTube. The visualizer begins in the peaceful natural world, before the pressure of society takes over and the world starts building at a crazy pace.
Watch the previously released “Nobody” video directed by award-winning director Chris Hopewell below.
The sprawling sound of “Nobody” is reflective of “Life Is But A Dream…” . Written and recorded over the span of four years, “Life Is But a Dream…” was inspired by the writing and philosophy of Albert Camus. Accordingly, the lyrics are rooted in existentialism and absurdism. Always on the cutting edge of music and technology, AVENGED SEVENFOLD has partnered with Berify to include an NFC tag with bonus content on all CDs, vinyl, cassettes and official merchandise sold on A7XWorld.com. Additionally, the cover art and packaging are by renowned artist Wes Lang. Bold and multi-layered, the band’s new album promises to be their most daring.
To date, AVENGED SEVENFOLD has sold over 10 million albums worldwide and earned two consecutive No. 1 albums on Billboard‘s Top 200 Albums chart (2010’s “Nightmare” and 2013’s “Hail To The King”) to go along with over a billion video views and a billion-plus Spotify streams, as well as multiple No. 1 singles on rock radio. The band is equally known for their spectacular live shows, selling out arenas and headlining the world’s most prestigious rock festivals.