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As they prepare to record a sophomore album, Oklahoma City party-rock band Hinder has reached a new album sales milestone and broken a mobile music format record, according to the band's publicist.

Hinder's debut album, "Extreme Behavior," released in September 2005, was certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on Jan. 24, due largely to constant touring and heavy radio rotation of the ballad "Lips of an Angel" and the rock anthem "Get Stoned."

"Lips" also broke a mobile-format record, having been purchased more than 3 million times as a cell-phone ringtone, said publicist Kim Estlund, in a press release. That makes Hinder the biggest-selling rock band in the history of the new format.

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The Oklahoma five-piece has taken a much-needed two-month break from nonstop touring to spend time with friends and family in Oklahoma over the Christmas holiday, according to bassist Mike Rodden.

Rodden said band members welcomed the the break, but said Hinder is eager to record new material and get back on the road.

Hinder "road-tested" new songs during last summer's "Bad Boys of Rock" tour and will again work with producer/writer Brian Howes for its second album, Estlund said. "Joe Wertz

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