The RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) has confirmed that the hit single "Bring Me To Life" from the Grammy Award-winning band EVANESCENCE has been certified platinum for sales in excess of one million copies. The single, which was released on July 18, 2006, is from the band's debut album for Wind-up Records, "Fallen". Released in April 2003, the album went on to sell over 15 million copies worldwide. EVANESCENCE received two Grammy Awards that year for "Best New Artist" and "Best Hard Rock Performance" for "Bring Me To Life".
EVANESCENCE entered the studio on February 22 in New York City with famed U2 producer Steve Lillywhite to begin recording its third album for a late 2010 release. Singer Amy Lee has been writing the record with an old friend named Will Hunt, a drummer and producer who coincidentally shares the same name as EVANESCENCE's touring drummer of the last few years. Lee tells RollingStone.com about the collaboration, "I went through a phase where I didn't know if it was solo time, or go write score music, or what. And then once we wrote together, I realized this is totally EVANESCENCE."
According to Lee, the new EVANESCENCE album will incorporate influences from dance-rock and electronic acts like DEPECHE MODE, MASSIVE ATTACK, MGMT and PORTISHEAD. "A lot of bands I've always been inspired by are just coming into play a little more," she says. "There's a lot of stuff that doesn't sound like EVANESCENCE, but the heart of the band of still there. This is a really, really, rhythmically driven record. So there's tons of drum-programming fused with live drums."
Hunt will also play drums on the record, although the other Will Hunt — the touring drummer — might return as well. Still with the band are guitarist Terry Balsamo and bassist Tim McCord, while touring guitarist Troy McLawhorn may come back if his schedule with SEETHER permits.