Sum 41’s 13 Voices goes gold in Europe!
Sum 41’s 13 Voices, their debut record for Hopeless Records, has officially been certified Gold in Europe by the IMPALA Sales Awards. The band and the European Hopeless Records team received the awards on August 31st, 2018, the fitting end for an impressive two-year album cycle.
13 Voices had landed at the top of the European charts a week after its release on October 7th, 2016 as well as #9 on the “Billboard Top Albums” chart. The record was the Canadian band’s first album after 2011’s Screaming Bloody Murder, and their first for independent powerhouse Hopeless Records. It also marked the return of guitar player & founding member Dave ‘Brownsound’ Baksh, and the arrival of new drummer Frank Zummo.
The two years following the release took Sum 41 to all main European festivals and on multiple extensive tours of the continent (their headlining tour in early 2017 saw them play 40 shows across the UK and mainland Europe). The record is available on Spotify and all other platforms, and singles Fake My Own Death, War & Goddamn, I’m Dead Again are still going strong on YouTube. The band is slated to release a new album in the coming year.
IMPALA acknowledges and certifies record sales in Europe, and Sum 41 now join the company of other award-winning artists such as Adele, Arctic Monkeys, Tom Waits, Andrea Bocelli, The Offspring and more.
The award coincides with Hopeless Records’ 25th anniversary celebration. The independent label, responsible for breaking bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, All Time Low, The Wonder Years, Neck Deep & many more, is led by founder Louis Posen, who says on the milestone: “Hopeless is a story that’s much more than a personal dream come true. It is an example that our challenges help us stumble upon our strengths. It shows that putting principles before profit results in profit, and it shows that a long-term commitment to artist development works. From being dared to release a 7 inch, 25 years ago, to many top five records, Hopeless has been an amazing journey of learning, laughing, and loving. I am truly lucky, honored, and privileged to be on this journey with such an incredible artist roster, team of people, and wonderful music community.”