Billboard has named SHINEDOWN as the top artist/group on their ‘Greatest Of All Time Mainstream Rock Artists’ listing, finishing ahead of acts like THREE DAYS GRACE and DISTURBED, as well as iconic bands such as VAN HALEN and TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS.
Billboard’s Mainstream Rock music chart ranks the most-played songs on mainstream rock radio stations in the United States, a category that combines the formats of active rock and heritage rock.
SHINEDOWN issued the following statement: “There are no words to describe how this feels… To the fans/family, we say thank you. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again… we only have one boss… It’s everyone in the audience…
“Thank you, Billboard, for this incredible acknowledgment. Thank you, Atlantic Records, promotion and In De Goot Entertainment for always believing in us, and allowing us to not only be an artist, but to be ourselves. We LOVE YOU… And to ALL of terrestrial radio, thank you for being there from the beginning… We are just getting started. Onward and upwards we RISE together.”
SHINEDOWN guitarist Zach Myers adds: “As you know, around here we don’t celebrate the accolades of this business to often… It’s kinda like monopoly money… fun to walk around with… but what’s it worth? Today I’ll celebrate this… then tomorrow, me and my three best friends will try and figure out what’s next. Forever grateful for y’all… What a ride, man…”
In a recent interview with Billboard correspondent Bobby Olivier, SHINEDOWN vocalist Brent Smith said: “We write songs because it’s cheaper than therapy. I’ve never been afraid to say how I feel. Even if I’m talking about dark subject matter, I’m always trying to empower the listener — to say that it may be difficult, you may have to struggle, but you can hold on to hope and understand that life is never going to be perfect. It’s not meant to be perfect.”