Casting Crowns Rule Top Christian Albums Chart With 'The Very Next Thing'

Robby Klein
Casting Crowns

The group notches its seventh No. 1 set. Plus, Big Daddy Weave adds its latest top 10 single.

Casting Crowns collect their seventh No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Oct. 8), as The Very Next Thing debuts at the summit with 26,000 copies sold in the week ending Sept. 22, according to Nielsen Music.

The set is the act's first leader since Thrive spent six weeks on top in 2014. Casting Crowns first ruled Top Christian Albums on Sept. 17, 2005, for the first of two weeks, with Lifesong. Since that date, the collective is tied with MercyMe and Passion (the musical component of Passion Conferences) for the most No. 1s in that span.

Concurrently, the new set's lead single, "One Step Away," jumps 13-7 on Hot Christian Songs, adding top Digital and Airplay Gainer honors, as it bounds 9-4 on Christian Airplay (8 million in audience, up 20 percent) and 21-10 on Christian Digital Song Sales (2,000 sold, up 25 percent).

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Casting Crowns score their 23rd Hot Christian Songs top 10; dating to their first week in the region (Nov. 1, 2003), with "If We Are the Body," their 23 top 10s are the most among groups, breaking a tie with MercyMe, while only Chris Tomlin boasts more (24) in that stretch.

Also on Hot Christian Songs, Big Daddy Weave achieves its 15th top 10, as "The Lion and the Lamb" lifts 12-9. On Christian Airplay, the track pushes 7-6 (7 million, up 2 percent). The song is the second Hot Christian Songs top 10 from the group's 2015 album Beautiful Offerings, following the No. 5-peaking "My Story."