SNOW PATROL’s GREATEST HITS SET FOR MAY 14th RELEASE

ITUNES PRE-ORDER AVAILABLE NOW

NEW SINGLE IS EDITED VERSION OF “THE LIGHTNING STRIKE” – FEATURED IN TRAILER FOR EPIC, NEW ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

GREATEST HITS DRAWS TRACKS FROM FINAL STRAW (2003); EYES OPEN (2006); A HUNDRED MILLION SUNS (2008); AND FALLEN EMPIRES (2012)

Multi-platinum, Grammy-nominated UK band Snow Patrol launches 2013 with their first single-CD GREATEST HITS package. A newly edited version of the sixteen minute “The Lightning Strike called “The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?)” has been released as Snow Patrol’s new single, and is currently at radio. Originally a sixteen minute song on the album A Hundred Million Suns, fans have been clamoring for the edited version ever since the song was used in the film trailers for films Act of Valor and EPIC. GREATEST HITS is available for pre-order at iTunes now, with “The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) the “instant grat” track, http://smarturl.it/SPGreatestHits. GREATEST HITS will be released physically and digitally on May 14th. It is Snow Patrol’s first new album since Fallen Empires in January 2012, their sixth studio album. See the official trailers for Act of Valor and EPIC featuring “The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?).”

With a history of 12 million album sales and hit singles around the world, Snow Patrol – singer Gary Lightbody, guitarist Nathan Connolly, bassist Paul Wilson, drummer Jonny Quinn, and keyboardist Tom Simpson – personally supervised the GREATEST HITS final track list: 1. The Lightning Strike (What If This Storm Ends?) * 2. Chasing Cars * 3. Run * 4. Set the Fire To the Third Bar * 5. Called Out In the Dark * 6. Chocolate * 7. Just Say Yes * 8. Open Your Eyes * 9. Shut Your Eyes * 10. Crack the Shutters * 11. You Could Be Happy * 12. Spitting Games * 13. Take Back the City * 14. Make This Go On Forever.

GREATEST HITS collects tracks from Snow Patrol’s last four studio albums, since they joined Universal Music (UMG) for worldwide distribution starting in 2003. After two UK-only album releases on the indie Jeepster label – Songs For Polarbears in 1998, and When It’s All Over We Still Have To Clear Up in 2001, Snow Patrol finally broke through to global audiences over the course of their next three albums, released on the Fiction/Interscope/A&M label in the U.S.

The first, 2003’s Final Straw spun off the massive #5 UK single “Run,” which had the distinc­tion of being covered by Leona Lewis and other UK artists. Final Straw was certified RIAA gold in the U.S.; 5-times platinum in the UK (where it hit #3); and 6-times platinum in Ireland (where it hit #1). From Final Straw, GREATEST HITS also includes “Chocolate” and “Spitting Games.”

Snow Patrol’s next album, Eyes Open (2006) did even better, powered by a career-defining worldwide Top 10 single and video, “Chasing Cars,” nominated for a Grammy Award as Best Rock Song. The album was certified RIAA platinum in the U.S. (where it hit the Top 30), 7-times platinum in the UK, and 11-times platinum Ireland (hitting #1 in both territories). From Eyes Open, GREATEST HITS also includes”Set the Fire To the Third Bar,” “Open Your Eyes,” “Shut Your Eyes,” “You Could Be Happy” and “Make This Go On Forever.”

Snow Patrol kept up their multi-platinum pace with 2008’s A Hundred Million Suns, another Top 10 album worldwide, containing the hit singles and videos, “Take Back the City,” and “Crack the Shutters,” both included on GREATEST HITS.

2012’s Fallen Empires was described as taking its cues from LCD Soundsystem’s The Sound Of Silver, U2’s Achtung Baby, and Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs. The album’s first single, “Called Out in the Dark” (with a guitar part from guest Troy Van Leeuwen of Queens Of The Stone Age), hit Top 5 at Triple-A radio, Snow Patrol’s ninth AAA hit. See the “Called Out in the Dark” video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwTXwJg6_VE.

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