BAD WOLVES have officially achieved platinum status for their intergenerational, global smash debut single, "Zombie". The RIAA certification marks a major milestone for BAD WOLVES, making them the sole rock band to obtain a platinum certification for a 2018 release. The platinum plaque was presented to BAD WOLVES by their co-manager, Zoltan Bathory of FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, Eleven Seven Label Group CEO Allen Kovac, and promoters Larry and Fred Frank of Frank Productions/Live Nation prior to their set at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey (August 15). Another presentation took place during the concert (see video below).
BAD WOLVES vocalist Tommy Vext states: "We are deeply humbled and overwhelmed by the continued success of our rendition of 'Zombie'. For many artists, reaching platinum status in and of itself is a dream come true. But the greater story here is YOU. All the fans on every single continent — without your passion and enthusiasm, none of this would be possible."
Vext continues: "This year, the global rock community came together to support our efforts to turn a tragic loss into something hopeful. This resounding effect with music fans around the world for the better part of a year now is a strong testament of Dolores's timeless songwriting and the message of the song being as relevant today as it's ever been. We are truly grateful.”
Bathory says: "Without getting too far into tree-hugger territory, I believe there is a pattern to the universe and a pattern to success. When I put on my 'manager hat' — that's what I'm looking for, and that's what I saw in BAD WOLVES. You have to have the right personas, the right songs, the right sound, the right work ethic and endless determination."
"'Zombie' is a timeless song that has now had global success twice. From a tragedy, a wonderful outcome. Thank you, Dolores O'Riordan," says Eleven Seven Label Group CEO Allen Kovac, who managed THE CRANBERRIES during the original release of "Zombie".
BAD WOLVES released "Zombie" earlier this year as a tribute to Dolores O'Riordan, the late frontwoman for THE CRANBERRIES, who was set to record and reprise her iconic vocals on the track the day she tragically passed away. On June 19, the band presented her kids with a $250,000 check, donating their proceeds from the massively successful and incredibly resonant track.
"Zombie" is not only a definitive moment for BAD WOLVES, but it has also proven to be the breakout rock song (and story) of 2018. The single also previously reached platinum status in Canada and gold in Australia. To date, BAD WOLVES' official music video for "Zombie" has racked up over 165 million views via Facebook and YouTube. The track hit No. 1 on Spotify's viral chart in over 40 countries, went to No. 1 on the iTunes overall songs chart and iTunes rock and metal charts, and reigned atop the U.S. rock radio chart for three straight weeks. The unprecedented success of "Zombie" lead to BAD WOLVES' debut album, "Disobey", achieving the No. 22 spot on the Billboard Top 200, No. 2 on the Hard Rock chart, No. 4 on Rock and No. 8 on the Top Current Albums Chart.
BAD WOLVES are currently on the road with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN and NOTHING MORE as part of the biggest, most successful U.S. summer outdoor amphitheater tour of 2018. The band will continue to tour extensively throughout the end of the year, including a trek across Europe with THREE DAYS GRACE, then rejoining FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, BREAKING BENJAMIN and FROM ASHES TO NEW as their U.S. tour expands to arenas in the fall, as well as an additional arena tour through Canada in winter with THREE DAYS GRACE and NOTHING MORE.