Social Club's Marty Debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart
Plus, moves for New Hope Oahu and Chris Tomlin.
Christian rapper Marty, half of the duo Social Club, launches atop Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart with his debut solo EP Marty for President (7,000 sold in the week ending Sept. 17, according to Nielsen Music). "My overall goal is to change the way Christians make music," Marty tells Billboard. "I want it to be welcoming to everyone."
Social Club (formed in 2011 and rounded out by F.E.R.N.) has placed three entries on Top Christian Albums, notching its best rank and sales sum with Us, which opened and peaked at No. 3 in April (5,000). The pair previously charted with 2014's Misfits 2 (No. 6) and 2013's Rejects (No. 32). "People seem to think that I came out of nowhere, an overnight success," Marty says. "In reality, we have been doing this for many years."
NEW: New Hope Oahu's Greater Together debuts at No. 2 on Top Christian Albums (6,000), marking the highest rank and best sales week for the Honolulu-based collective. The set follows 2013's Hope Is Alive (No. 4) and 2014's Victorious (No. 6).
No. 1 'LOVE': On Christian Airplay, Chris Tomlin achieves his seventh No. 1 with "At the Cross (Love Ran Red)" (2-1). Tomlin ties Jeremy Camp and Third Day for the third-most No. 1s in the chart's 12-year history; Mercy Me leads with 13, followed by Casting Crowns (nine). With "Jesus Loves Me" having led for two weeks in February, Tomlin tallies two No. 1s in the same year for the first time since 2006.