Internationally known rock band and leading Dove Awards nominee, Third Day, who recently performed for more than 15,000 people in its hometown of Atlanta, has reached No. 1 in Australia. Following the band’s tour in January to Australia, its critically acclaimed Grammy and Dove nominated recording, Offerings – A Worship Album, went to No. 1 on the Australian Koorông Top Artist Albums sales chart for the week ending March 31. Reflecting the impact of the tour and Third Day’s music, its current studio recording, Time, also landed at No. 3 on the exclusive chart.
Remarkably for its first tour to Australia and New Zealand, the band performed for more than 32,000 new fans in only four festival appearances. “We are very excited about the reception Third Day received in the Australasian market and what that means for Christian Music worldwide,” says Dan Huisinga, Provident Music Group director of international sales and marketing. “All of the fans as well as our partners in Australia and New Zealand were refreshed by their performance, dedication to their craft and most importantly, their message.”
Currently touring the US, Third Day has logged the most successful tour of its career with 19 sold out concerts to date on its record breaking Winter/Spring 2001 “Offerings” tour. The band’s recent performance on this tour at the HiFi Buys Amphitheater in Atlanta, promoted by House Of Blues, Inc., was the largest event in Third Day’s career history, with over 15,000 people in attendance. The “Offerings” tour began in February at two sold out concerts in the Seattle market and has since logged sellouts in such major markets as Los Angeles, Houston, Portland, Phoenix, Dallas, Birmingham and Indianapolis. This tour brings back from the fall tour special guest Kendall Payne, as well as adds recording artist Lincoln Brewster to the line up. The encore “Offerings” tour’s complete itinerary can be found at www.ThirdDay.com.
With career sales of over 1.6 million and three Grammy nominations, as well as nine Dove nominations this year alone to lead the 2001 nominees, Third Day’s current project, Offerings – A Worship Album, holds the year 2000 title for the longest running No. 1 project from any artist or group as reported by SoundScan on the Top Christian Albums chart. The recording has also held the No. 1 position on the Rock retail sales chart for the last five consecutive weeks. Third Day has further accumulated 14 No. 1 songs, spending fifteen full weeks at No. 1 last year alone.
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