ALICE IN CHAINS Strikes Gold With 'Black Gives Way To Blue'

"Black Gives Way To Blue" (Virgin/EMI), the new album from ALICE IN CHAINS, has been certified gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for shipments in excess of 500,000 copies. The CD has shifted 431,000 units in the United States since its September 2009 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The gold certification is the latest in a long line of success stories surrounding the band and "Black Gives Way To Blue" dating back to last October, when the record entered The Billboard 200 at No. 5 with first-week sales exceeding 125,000 copies.

Lead single "Check My Brain" set the album' s pace by blanketing rock and alternative radio and rocketing straight to No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart and No. 1 on the R&R Rock chart. The band maintained chart domination with second single "Your Decision", which also hit No. 1 on Billboard's Rock Songs chart and stayed there for eight weeks. "Your Decision" also became the 12th top ten mainstream rock hit of ALICE IN CHAINS' illustrious career. The track' s debauchery-filled video, inspired in part by the film "Eyes Wide Shut", was also the Most Played Video on MTV2.

Both fans and critics alike have responded to the Nick Raskulinecz-produced (FOO FIGHTERS, DEFTONES, RUSH) album with rave reviews: Playboy gave it four stars, calling it "ALICE IN CHAINS' 'Back In Black'." The Boston Globe wrote "ALICE IN CHAINS is back in business and business is good," Metal Hammer said, "ALICE IN CHAINS are back and every bit as exciting and heavy," a Guitar World magazine readers' poll voted "Black Gives Way To Blue" "Rock Album of the Year" and at the recent Revolver Golden Gods Awards show, the band walked away with both the "Album of the Year" and "Comeback of the Year" honors.

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In addition to national television performances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "The Tonight Show", the quartet (guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, guitarist/vocalist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) has supported the record with a string of sold-out international tours and recently announced that they'll be headlining BlackDiamondSkye, a monolithic triple bill featuring guest stars DEFTONES and MASTODON. The tour, produced by Live Nation, launches September 16 at the Charter One Pavilion in Chicago, Illinois.

Over the course of its remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, wrote and recorded 12 top 10 hit singles and had two No. 1 records on The Billboard 200 chart.

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