Satellite (P.O.D. album)

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Satellite
POD-Satellite.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2001 (2001-09-11)
RecordedMarch – May 2001
Studio
Genre
Length53:04
LabelAtlantic
ProducerHoward Benson, P.O.D.
P.O.D. chronology
The Fundamental Elements of Southtown
(1999)
Satellite
(2001)
Payable on Death
(2003)
Singles from Satellite
  1. "Alive"
    Released: July 4, 2001
  2. "Youth of the Nation"
    Released: December 25, 2001
  3. "Boom"
    Released: May 14, 2002
  4. "Satellite"
    Released: August 20, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Cross Rhythms[3]
Entertainment.ie[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[5]
Jesus Freak Hideout[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
Rolling Stone[8]

Satellite is the fourth studio album and the second major label release by the American Christian metal band P.O.D. The album was released on September 11, 2001 debuting at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart with over 133,000 copies sold. It spent five consecutive weeks in the top 10 of that chart.

It went on to sell over three million copies in the U.S., and over seven million worldwide,[9] making it the band's highest-selling album. Satellite was placed at No. 137 on the Billboard's top 200 albums of the decade (2000–2009).[10] It was the 117th best-selling album of 2001[11] and the 26th best-selling album of 2002 in the United States.[12]

Album information[edit]

Satellite produced four singles with music videos; "Alive", "Youth of the Nation", "Boom", and title track, "Satellite".

"Alive" was nominated for the 2002 Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance. Although not released as a single, "Portrait" was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards. "Youth of the Nation" also earned a nomination in 2003 for "Best Hard Rock Performance".

Reception[edit]

  • Rolling Stone (9/27/01, pp. 67–8) – 4 stars out of 5 – "Explodes beyond the confines of what has become a played-out sound... songs on a passion so fierce they're almost exhausting to listen to.... Without resorting to ham-fisted angst, P.O.D. push all the right emotional buttons."[8]
  • Spin (p. 89) – "[They] sang from the heart about school shootings, losing parents, and being truly alive."
  • Q (1/02, p. 106) – 3 out of 5 stars - "...heavy, angry, and very, very loud....many songs have messages of peace and spirituality....their Gen-X angst sounds genuine..."
  • CMJ (10/1/01, p. 16) – "[Its] honest spiritual subject matter coupled with crack-your-skull riffs work like a well-oiled machine."[13]
  • Revolver put Satellite on its list called "10 Nu-Metal Albums You Need to Own".[14]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Sonny Sandoval, Marcos Curiel, Traa Daniels, Wuv Bernardo, except where noted.

Tracks
No.TitleLength
1."Set It Off"4:16
2."Alive"3:23
3."Boom"3:08
4."Youth of the Nation"4:19
5."Celestial"1:24
6."Satellite"3:30
7."Ridiculous" (featuring Eek-a-Mouse)4:17
8."The Messenjah"4:19
9."Guitarras de Amor"1:14
10."Anything Right" (featuring Christian Lindskog)4:17
11."Ghetto"3:37
12."Masterpiece Conspiracy"3:11
13."Without Jah, Nothin" (featuring H.R.)3:42
14."Thinking About Forever"3:46
15."Portrait"4:32
Total length:53:04
B-sides
No.TitleLength
16."Critic" (from the maxi-single Satellite) 
Bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
18."Whatever It Takes" (originally featured in the movie Any Given Sunday, this was a bonus track on European releases)4:02
19."Rock the Party (RTP remix)" (bonus track included on Japanese releases)3:58
20."School of Hard Knocks" 
Re-released bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
20."Alive" (semi-acoustic remix)3:25
21."Youth of the Nation" (Conjure One remix)3:55
22."Boom" (The Crystal Method remix)3:17
Limited edition bonus DVD
No.TitleLength
23."Set It Off" (live)4:42
24."Without Jah, Nothin'"2:47
25."Youth of the Nation" (live)4:18
26."Outkast" (live)5:22
27."Into the Satellite" (behind-the-scenes documentary)6:25
20th anniversary remastered bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
28."Ridiculous" (demo)4:22
29."Hold You Again" (demo)4:12
30."Don't Try to Play Me Out" (School of Hard Knocks Demo)4:19
31."Armageddon" (demo)4:21
32."Critic" (2021 re-release)2:43
33."Sabbath" (track previously released on The Warriors - EP)4:32
34."School of Hard Knocks" (2021 re-release)4:06
35."Rock the Party (RTP Remix)"3:58
36."Youth of the Nation (Mike$ki Remix)"4:08
  • A special edition re-release was released a year after the original album release, and featured the bonus tracks version

Personnel[edit]

P.O.D.[edit]

Ridiculous[edit]

  • Eek-A-Mouse – additional vocals
  • Steve Russell – guitar tech, pre-production assistance

Anything Right[edit]

  • Christian Lindskog – additional vocals
  • Joel Derouin – violin
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • Suzy Katayama – string arrangement and conducting

Youth of the Nation[edit]

  • D.J. Harper, Jonnie Hall, Colin Sasaki, Nils Montan, Laurie Schillinger, Meagan Moore, Ayanna Williams, Healey Moore – children's choir
  • Bobbi Page – contractor

Miscellaneous[edit]

Assistant Engineers / Pro-Tools Editors[edit]

  • Matt Silva and Steve Kaplan – assistant mix engineers
  • Duane Barron – additional assistant engineer
  • Bobby Brooks – additional assistant engineering, Pro-Tools editing
  • Jim Foster – Pro-Tools Editing

Technicians[edit]

  • Andres Torres – guitar tech
  • Gary Girsh – drum tech

Management[edit]

  • Martie Kolbl – project coordination
  • Craig Rosen – project administration

Artwork[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[52] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[53] Platinum 100,000^
Germany (BVMI)[54] Gold 150,000^
Sweden (GLF)[55] Gold 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] Gold 100,000*
United States (RIAA)[57] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Awards[edit]

MTV Video Music Awards 2002[edit]

  • Best Video of the Year for "Alive" (nominated)
  • Best Group Video for "Alive" (nominated)
  • Best Rock Video for "Youth of the Nation" (nominated)
  • Best Direction for "Alive" (nominated)
  • Best Special Effects for "Alive" (nominated)
  • Viewer's Choice for "Alive" (nominated)

2002 Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Best Hard Rock Performance for "Alive" (nomination)

2003 Grammy Awards[edit]

  • Best Metal Performance for "Portrait" (nomination)
  • Best Hard Rock Performance for "Youth of the Nation" (nomination)

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