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.
*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
*Switchfoot plays “Oh! Gravity.” on the David Letterman Late Night Show. 1
*Switchfoot plays “Oh! Gravity.” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
*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.
*Switchfoot releases “Awakening” as the second single 3
*Switchfoot releases the video for “Awakening” on Youtube, with an emphasis on a more grassroots approach to promotion. 4
*Switchfoot’s video for “Awakening” added to FUSE TV. 5
*“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
*Switchfoot holds third annual Bro-Am, with their first-ever Dodgeball tourney. 7
*Switchfoot plays the “Evan Almighty” Premiere at Universal Studios 8
*Switchfoot celebrates their 10th anniversary yay!
July (Awakening Month)10
*Switchfoot declares their independence from their major label, Columbia/SonyBMG 11
*Switchfoot’s Christian distributor, Sparrow Records, releases “Head Over Heels (In This Life)” for adds on Christian radio. 12
*“Head Over Heels (In This Life)” is most added on CHR radio 13
*Switchfoot takes home “Album of the Year” award at the 17th Annual San Diego Music Awards 14
*“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
*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.
*Switchfoot creates their own record label, Lowercase People Records 20
*Switchfoot releases “Appetite” tour song, “Rebuild,” featuring Relient K frontman Matt Thiessen and Ruth frontman/harmonica-player Dustin Ruth 21
*Switchfoot releases “Live at Ventura Theatre” DVD exclusively on their online store, Bandfarm 22
*Jon Foreman releases the first of his four solo, seasonal eps, “Fall” 23
*“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.
*Jon Foreman releases “The Cure For Pain” as a free, downloadable “single” on Myspace music. 25
No. 1 on iTunes Top Albums Chart
No. 1 Top Internet Albums Overall
No. 1 Top Christian Internet Albums
No. 16 on Billboard 200
No. 13 Billboard Top Christian Albums of 2007
“Fall EP” (Jon Foreman)
No. 2 Amazon Top Digital Albums Chart
No. 15 iTunes Top Albums
No. 36 on Modern Rock/Alternative Charts
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
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!!!)