Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Switchfoot in 2007: A Year in Review


Year in Review

What a great year for Switchfoot. It began with the infancy of Oh! Gravity., and ended with a brilliant Fall tour and the release of Jon Foreman’s debut solo ep. It was a year in which a successful band left their label and decided to put out the music on their own, to bridge the gap between fan and band. It turned out to be one of the busiest years for Switchfoot in some time.


January

*Oh! Gravity. Debuts at No. 18 on the Billboard 200, with 63,000 units moved the first week.

*Oh! Gravity. peaks at No. 1 on the iTunes overall Top Albums Chart

*The first single from Oh! Gravity, the title track “Oh! Gravity.” peaks at No. 36 on the Modern Rock Charts

5th:
*Switchfoot plays “Oh! Gravity.” on the David Letterman Late Night Show. 1

23rd:
*Switchfoot plays “Oh! Gravity.” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno

30th:
*Switchfoot covers R&B pop star Beyonce’s smash hit song, Crazy In Love for Yahoo Music. 2

Spring Oh! Gravity. Tour

Switchfoot takes their spring tour to Europe, and returns for a U.S.-Canada road trip. The band records live “bootlegs” and sells 100 copies every night during the North American Leg.

March

*Switchfoot releases “Awakening” as the second single 3

April

10th:
*Switchfoot releases the video for “Awakening” on Youtube, with an emphasis on a more grassroots approach to promotion. 4

May

2nd:
*Switchfoot’s video for “Awakening” added to FUSE TV. 5

18th:
*“Awakening hits No. 1 on FUSE TV’s No. 1 Countdown: Guilty Pleasures. It goes on to retain that position for five consecutive months. 6

June

3rd:
*Switchfoot holds third annual Bro-Am, with their first-ever Dodgeball tourney. 7

11th:
*Switchfoot plays the “Evan Almighty” Premiere at Universal Studios 8
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17th:
*Switchfoot celebrates their 10th anniversary yay!

July (Awakening Month)10

August

9th:
*Switchfoot declares their independence from their major label, Columbia/SonyBMG 11

September

4th:
*Switchfoot’s Christian distributor, Sparrow Records, releases “Head Over Heels (In This Life)” for adds on Christian radio. 12

7th:
*“Head Over Heels (In This Life)” is most added on CHR radio 13

18th:
*Switchfoot takes home “Album of the Year” award at the 17th Annual San Diego Music Awards 14

18th:
*“Awakening” is retired from FUSE TV’s No. 1 Countdown. It retires as the No. 1 video on the Countdown, having retained that spot for nearly 20 weeks straight. 15

*Switchfoot’s song, “Oh! Gravity.” is chosen as the theme song for the MTV reality show, “Life of Ryan” 16

October

16th:
*Switchfoot begins “Appetite for Construction” Tour with Relient K and Ruth. The tour is conducted in support of Habitat For Humanity, with the bands donating a dollar from every ticket sale to Habitat.
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*Switchfoot creates their own record label, Lowercase People Records 20

November

1st:
*Switchfoot releases “Appetite” tour song, “Rebuild,” featuring Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen and Ruth frontman/harmonica-player Dustin Ruth 21

21st:
*Switchfoot releases “Live at Ventura Theatre” DVD exclusively on their online store, Bandfarm 22

27th:
*Jon Foreman releases the first of his four solo, seasonal eps, “Fall” 23

December

3rd:
*“Appetite For Construction” tour ends, with over $100,000 raised for Habitat For Humanity 24

*Jon Foreman’s Fall EP reaches No. 3 on iTunes’ Top Rock Albums, and No. 15 top album overall.

10th:
*Jon Foreman releases “The Cure For Pain” as a free, downloadable “single” on Myspace music. 25


Charts
Albums
“Oh! Gravity.”

No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums Chart
No. 1 Top Internet Albums Overall
No. 1 Top Christian Internet Albums
No. 16 on Billboard 200
Year-end
No. 13 Billboard Top Christian Albums of 2007
Source


“Fall EP” (Jon Foreman)
No. 2 Amazon Top Digital Albums Chart
No. 15 iTunes Top Albums

Singles
“Oh! Gravity.”

No. 36 on Modern Rock/Alternative Charts

“Awakening”
No. 1 on FUSE TV No. 1 Countdown Guilty Pleasures chart
No. 1 on CHR Format Radio Recurrent Chart
No. 3 on CHR Format Radio Charts
No. 16 on Billboard Hot Christian Songs Chart
No. 54 on Hot AC Format Radio
No. 9 on year-end CHR Format Radio Recurrent Chart

Radio And Records Top Christian CHR Artists
#6 Switchfoot

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Oh, 2007. What a year. And 2008 looks to be promising indeed. Let us close this year-in-review with a very appropriate (and very hyper) New Year's greeting from the guys



happy new year Switchfoot. May the new year bring more awesome rock!
(Thanks Cassie, for the amazing graphic!!!)

2 comments:

Chris said...

Hey great entry! So cool to see all the events in one place.

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