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Casting Crowns' "East to West" Achieves Gold Status
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CBN.com (NASHVILLE, Tenn.) — Multi-platinum, AMA, GRAMMY and Dove award-winning artist Casting Crowns garners its third RIAA certified Gold digital single surpassing more than 500,000 units with “East to West,” from the group’s 2007 platinum release The Altar and the Door. The occasion marks Casting Crowns' third Gold digital single in a year and adds to the positive momentum seen on its well-attended spring 2012 “Come to the Well” tour.
Preceded by Gold hits “Who Am I” (certified July, 2011) and "Praise You In This Storm" (certified September, 2011), this latest Gold digital single brings Casting Crowns’ tally to three. Currently, Casting Crowns holds a distinction of being one of only nine Contemporary Christian artists to recieve Gold digital single certification. The group is currently tied with Switchfoot as having the most career Gold digital singles. There have only been 15 total digital Gold singles in the history of contemporary Christian music.
Casting Crowns recently released its new music video, “Jesus, Friend of Sinners”, which debuted to more than 500,000 via GodTube. View the music video:
News of the band’s latest Gold digital single comes as Casting Crowns forges ahead on its wildly popular “Come to the Well” tour. Following a hugely successful fall run, the spring leg, featuring Matthew West, Lindsay McCaul and Royal Tailor, kicked off Feb. 9 in Florence, S.C. With 44 scheduled shows, the spring jaunt has sold out 17 of its first 26 dates, already seeing attendance exceeding 132,000.
The tour takes its name from Casting Crowns’ newest studio project, Come to the Well. The week of its release, Come to the Well sold 99,138 copies, making it the highest debut on Billboard's Top 200 at No. 2. The album additionally topped the Billboard Contemporary Christian Overall chart, while also claiming No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Albums chart and No. 3 on its Overall Albums chart. Lead radio single “Courageous” landed at No. 1 on the iTunes Christian Songs chart and peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard National Christian Audience chart in just 10 weeks.
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