Published On: Tue, Jul 26th, 2016

NEEDTOBREATHE Debuts At Number One With H A R D L O V E

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.”

Need to Breathe Hard Love album cover“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 here https://youtu.be/xSWnSFPrPI4. 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 atcrackerbarrel.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 upNovember 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).

For additional news and information, please visit NEEDTOBREATHE.com,facebook.com/NEEDTOBREATHE, twitter.com/NEEDTOBREATHE (@NEEDTOBREATHE),instagram.com/needtobreathe, tourdecompadres.com, and www.atlanticrecords.com.

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

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
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
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
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
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