Shawn McDonald has a lot to smile about these days. RIPEN, the critically acclaimed second studio record from the Seattle resident, is reaping the benefits of years spent building a musical dialogue with fans while offering a unique approach to touring, recording and all things creative. The end result reads like a laundry list of successes for an artist who spent six years touring as an independent artist and includes a notable spot at #2 on Billboard Heatseekers Chart, #116 on Billboard’s Top 200, #1 at Christian retail and #2 overall Christian/Gospel Digital Album Chart.
McDonald’s significant numbers quadruple the first week sales of his first effort, Simply Nothing, and support critical opinion that Shawn’s musical integrity has a substantial impact on current musical culture. RIPEN’s success can also be attributed to McDonald’s truly grassroots approach to engaging his fans. Whether it is on tour or through MySpace.com, McDonald has added over 10,000 new “friends” since the beginning of 2006. Shawn McDonald is currently celebrating with those friends on his first headlining tour of the US, which includes sell out crowds in his home state of Washington.
RIPEN – Shawn McDonald
More than 9,000 units sold during debut week (released on March 7)
Quadrupled the first week sales of Simply Nothing
#2 Billboard Heatseekers
#116 Billboard Top 200
#1 Christian Retail chart
#3 Overall Christian chart
#2 on the overall Christian/Gospel Digital Albums Chart
#33 on the overall Digital Albums Chart
#1 download on iTunes Inspirational and has remained in that spot this week.
Reached #18 on iTunes overall album chart and remains in top 40 overall
Date: 20 March 2006