Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot Krutch

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Exhale, the new album from Canadian Christian rock band Thousand Foot Krutch, arrives at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, selling 14,000 copies in its launch sales week, ending June 23, according to Nielsen Music.

On the all-genre consumption chart, the Billboard 200, Exhale debuts at No. 34, and simultaneously, starts at No. 2 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 6 on Top Rock Albums.

For Thousand Foot Krutch, the 12-song Exhale, which is the sequel to their 2014 set Oxygen: Inhale, is their third Top Christian Albums leader. Oxygen bowed at the summit, selling 19,000 copies, and their 2012 album, The End Is Where We Begin, opened at No. 1 with 23,000, the band’s biggest sales week to date.

Concurrently on Top Christian Albums, Keith & Kristyn Getty’s new set of hymns, Facing a Task Unfinished, launches at No. 4. The set sold 5,000 copies -- the Northern Ireland couple’s strongest start to date. Of their seven Top Christian Albums appearances, the previous best was their 2012 album, Hymns for the Christian Life, which debuted at No. 7, with 3,000 copies sold.

On Top Gospel Albums, Deon Kipping’s LP Something to Talk About bounds onto the list at No. 1, shifting 2,000 copies, marking the first No. 1 album for the contemporary gospel singer. All of his three Top Gospel Albums appearances have arrived in the top 10; I Just Want to Hear You, from 2012, debuted at No. 6 (3,000), followed by this year’s EP, Place Called Victory, which began at No. 10 (600 copies, Jan. 30).

Over on the Christian Airplay chart, Aaron Shust’s, “Ever Be” hops 11-10 (up 1 percent in spins in the week ending June 26) in its 24th week notching the artist his sixth top 10, and his first since his 2011 No. 1, “My Hope Is in You.”

Finally, on the Gospel Airplay chart, Alexis Spight’s “It Will Be Alright” surges 19 percent and hurdles 13-9. It’s her second single to enter the chart’s upper tier, following the No. 5-peaking “All the Glory,” from 2015