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Skillet Is the First Christian Music Act to Top Mainstream Rock Songs Chart

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With "Feel Invincible," the band reigns for the first time, dating to its debut on the chart in 2004.

Skillet crowns Billboard's Mainstream Rock Songs radio airplay chart for the first time, as "Feel Invincible" rises 2-1 on the chart dated Nov. 19. The song also makes Skillet the first Christian music act to rule in the history of the chart, which launched in 1981.

"Feel," Skillet's 12th charted title on Mainstream Rock Songs, hits the pinnacle 12-and-a-half years after the band's first visit to the tally, with "Savior," on the May 22, 2004-dated chart. Despite the act's lengthy wait for a first No. 1, Ozzy Osbourne holds the record for the longest, one that lasted more than twice as long as Skillet's: more than 26 years between the debut of "Crazy Train" (April 18, 1981) and the coronation of "I Don't Wanna Stop" (July 7, 2007).

Skillet also becomes the first Christian music act to lead Mainstream Rock Songs. "Feel" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the sales/streaming/airplay-based Hot Christian Songs in June (although it has not appeared on a Christian airplay chart).

"Feel" additionally rises 20-19 on Rock Airplay (3.6 million audience impressions, up 6 percent, according to Nielsen Music), and 16-14 on Hot Rock Songs.

"Feel" is the first single from Skillet's 10th studio album, Unleashed, which debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 (Aug. 27) with 62,000 equivalent album units, 58,000 of which were pure album sales. It arrived as Skillet's second No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums and third leader on Top Christian Albums.