Briana Babineaux

Briana Babineaux 

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Lafayette, La., vocalist Briana Babineaux, a.k.a. Bri, arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart (dated April 16) with her debut album, Keys to My Heart, which sold 5,000 copies in its launch week, according to Nielsen Music. Meanwhile, "I'll Be the One," the initial single from the 12-song set, bumps 16-14 on Hot Gospel Songs, fueled by a 15-14 lift on Gospel Airplay.

Babineaux, 21, who describes her style as "worship music," launched her career by performing covers on YouTube and now claims 400,000 Instagram followers.

"I never expected for any of this to happen to me, because I was in college, working my way toward becoming a lawyer and just sang for fun," Babineaux told Billboard upon hearing the news of her No. 1 debut. "As much as I love the chart position, what I love most is hearing the testimonies of people who have heard the album and are inspired by it or the message."

TAKE 6 RETURNS: Also on Top Gospel Albums, veteran vocal act Take 6, known for its mix of R&B, jazz and gospel, enters at No. 9 with Believe. The LP, which includes an appearance by Stevie Wonder (on "You Know You're in Love"), is the group's 10th Top Gospel Albums entry and sixth top 10. The act's 1988 self-titled debut remains its highest-peaking (No. 3).

On Contemporary Jazz Albums, Believe opens at No. 2, tying Take 6's best rank on the tally, previously set by So Much 2 Say (1990) and The Standard (2008).