I Prevail Goes Platinum With Taylor Swift Cover
I Prevail currently has the Number Three track at rock radio with "Breaking Down," but the band has just been awarded a platinum certification for another song entirely.
The Michigan act has just been handed a platinum award for sales of its cover of Taylor Swift's "Blank Space," which came out in 2014 and appeared on I Prevail's debut EP, Hearts And Minds, as well as the Punk Goes Pop Vol. 6 compilation album.
The group initially released the song and video on YouTube in late 2014, where it went viral and eventually crossed over to rock radio. The song reached Number Nine on the rock radio chart.
I Prevail vocalist Brian Burkheiser told us that the band wouldn't rule out another left-field cover like "Blank Space" if the right one came along: "The beautiful thing about the Taylor Swift cover was, you know, I think the lyrics and the whole vibe of the song really just worked to be transferred. So if a cover ever does come along in the future, you know, we're not gonna say we'll never do another cover, but right now I think we're just really honed in on kind of the original music."
Back in 2017, Burkheiser addressed the mixed response to the success they have found with the track. He said at the time, "Never once said the cover didn't help launch us into success, but so many f**king bands have had covers blow up and then fallen off. If we had covered 20 songs, I could understand being labeled a ‘cover band,' but we have one cover and 20 original songs."
One of those original songs, "Breaking Down," is currently Number Three. The track is taken from the band's latest album, Trauma.