The Billboard 200:
There was big news on the Billboard 200 this week thanks to TobyMac.
The singer's "Eye On It" debuted atop the list, becoming the first No. 1 Christian album since 1997. ("Eye" bowed with 69,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.) Elsewhere in the top 10, Slaughterhouse opened at No. 2 with "Welcome to: Our House" and Alanis Morissette scored her sixth top 10 set with "Havoc and Bright Lights."
Let's take a look at some of the other movers and shakers on the Billboard 200 and elsewhere on our album charts…
-- The Lumineers: Like many titles on the chart this week, the band's self-titled set profits from a $6.99 sale tag at iTunes (21,000 sold; up 18%) -- rising four slots to a new peak of No. 11. The album, released in April, also surpasses the 250,000 sales mark this week (total: 259,000).
The album's hit single "Ho Hey" holds at No. 3 on the Alternative Songs chart this week while breaking into the top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100 (jumping 42-37).
-- Chris Tomlin: Last issue, his "And If Our God Is For Us" album re-entered at No. 68 with a 375% gain thanks to sale pricing at Lifeway stores. Now it gets lifted 68-20 with a 112% sales increase courtesy of a $5 promotion at Family Christian. With 13,000 sold, it's the set's best sales week since Christmas 2011.
-- Minus the Bear: The act's "Infinity Overhead," which launches with 11,000 at No. 31, gives the band its second-best sales week and highest charting album ever. It also debuts at No. 1 on the Vinyl Albums chart, as nearly 9% of its first-week were vinyl LPs.
-- Jim Gaffigan: The comedian's "Mr. Universe" bows at No. 53 on the Billboard 200 and also becomes his second No. 1 on Comedy Albums, following 2009's "King Baby." The set extends Comedy Central Records' lead for the most chart-toppers on the Comedy chart, with 21 of its 69 total leaders.
-- Regina Spektor: After a lengthy interview on NPR's "Fresh Air" (Aug. 27), her "What We Saw From the Cheap Seats" re-enters at No. 104 with a 111% increase (moving from 2,000 to 4,000 sold).
-- P.O.D.: A one-day $3.99 sale price at Amazon MP3 (Aug. 31) helps energize "Murdered Love" as it returns to the list at No. 115 with an 82% increase. It debuted at No. 17 on the July 28 chart and then spent two more weeks on the tally until re-entering this week.
-- "Think Like a Man" Soundtrack: Following the film's home video release on Aug. 28, its soundtrack climbs back onto the list at No. 118 with a 192% sales increase (4,000 sold). On Top Soundtracks it zooms 20-3, and on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums it climbs 24-22.
-- Mandisa: An Aug. 27 performance on ABC's "Good Morning America" -- where she performed her top 20 Christian Songs hit "Good Morning" -- helps lift her album "What If We Were Real" by 39% (and back onto the chart at No. 130). It was also discounted at Amazon MP3 for $5.
-- Laura Story: Her "Blessings" album jumps 289% in sales, re-entering at No. 142 thanks to a $5 sale tag at Christian retailer Lifeway. The huge increase isn't surprising, as 75% of the album's overall sales come from the Christian marketplace.