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In 2003, Vagrant Records re-released The Swiss Army Romance once again. This time it entered Top Heatseekers chart and settled on the 39th position there. The LP made it into Rock Sound’s 101 Modern Classics list. However, it only reached the 100th position.
In August 2003, the band released its 3rd studio LP, A Mark, a Mission, a Brand, a Scar, which became a real hit. It debuted on the 2nd spot of Billboard Hot 100 and sold over 122,000 copies during the first week of sales. The LP topped Independent Albums Chart and earned a gold certification from RIAA. Many fans wanted to book Dashboard Confessional for their events.
In 2004, Dashboard Confessional recorded a song “Bidicated”, which became the soundtrack for the movie Spider-Man 2. It brought the band even more popularity. The song was a hit in the USA, Australia, and New Zealand.
In 2005, the group came back to the studio to work on a new album. The lead single “Don’t Wait” appeared in May 2006. It reached the 80th spot of Billboard Hot 100. A month later, the new LP, Dusk and Summer, was released. Just like the previous LP, this one reached the 2nd spot on Billboard Hot 100. It also topped US Top Rock Albums. The album became popular in Canada, Germany, the UK, and Australia. RIAA gave it a gold status.
In 2007, the band recorded an acoustic album, The Shade of Poison Trees. It settled on the 18th spot on Billboard 200 and topped Independent Albums Chart. It also entered the UK and Australian charts.
Dashboard Confession spent the next year working on the sixth album. In November 2009, they presented, Alter the Ending, which came out under the Interscope label. It debuted on the 19th spot of Billboard 200.
After a long hiatus (2011 – 2015), the band reunited to record a new album. At the beginning of 2017, Dashboard Confessional released an EP, Covered and Taped, which consisted of four covers of their earlier songs. In October, Chris announced a new LP, which came on in February 2018. Shadows reached the 53rd position of Billboard 200.