1. Michael W. Smith, Christian Music Icon, Leaving Provident For Capitol Christian

    July 18, 2013 10:53 AM EDT For the first time in his 30-year career Christian music icon Michael W. Smith has signed with a new label, exiting Provident Music Group to ink a deal with Capitol Christian Music Group, formerly EMI Christian Music Group. “When you’ve been wit ...

  2. Third Day Look to 'Invite Everyone In' With 'Miracle'

    November 06, 2012 11:30 AM EST 0 0 0 "There's one choice on election day that we guarantee will satisfy you, and that's voting for Third Day ," the band's bassist Tai Anderson says with a laugh. Yes, on the same day as the presidential election (Nov. 6), Third ...

  3. Weekly Chart Notes: tobyMac, Alanis Morissette, Alicia Keys

    September 07, 2012 5:45 PM EDT 0 0 0 Twenty-five years into his career, tobyMac adds to his already impressive history with his first Billboard 200 No. 1. "I'm thankful for the fans, because they're loyal," tobyMac says. "I always attribute that to, hopefully, ...

  4. Tenth Avenue North Warm-Up

    August 30, 2012 7:05 PM EDT Christian act connects with faithful fans on latest album. Though Tenth Avenue North's latest hit single is titled "Losing," it's obvious the band is winning these days. Its third album, "The Struggle", debuts at No. ...

  5. Trey Songz Gets First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Meanwhile, Owl City scores a top 10 debut and Adele ends a 79-week run Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart as "Chapter V" bows atop the list with 135,000 sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's t ...

  6. Trey Songz Scores First No. 1 Album On Billboard 200 Chart

    August 29, 2012 11:00 AM EDT Trey Songz finally nabs his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 as Chapter V bows atop the list with 135,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the R&B singer's fifth full-length studio album and follows 2010's Passio ...

  7. MercyMe Taps Personal Loss and Scores With Seventh Album

    June 07, 2012 7:55 PM EDT 0 0 Propelled by an anthemic lead single and successful spring tour, MercyMe's seventh studio album, "The Hurt & the Healer," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart and at No. 7 on the Billboard 200, with the ti ...

  8. David Crowder Band Dominate Christian Charts

    February 05, 2012 10:00 AM EST 0 0 0 David Crowder Band fans were stunned last year when the modern worship act announced it was disbanding. But faithful followers received a parting gift in the form of "Give Us Rest (A Requiem Mass in C [The Happiest of All Keys])," the band ...

  9. Hilary Weeks First Mormon to Reach Christian Albums Top 10

    November 04, 2011 6:55 PM EDT 0 0 0 Although Christian music is widely known for its imposing diversity in source, style and theme, contemporary inspirational music aimed at Mormons gives the genre an added dimension, as veteran artist Hilary Weeks becomes the first such act to debut ...

  10. Hilary Weeks Becomes First Mormon Artist to Rank in Top 10 on Billboard Christian Albums Chart

    November 04, 2011 1:10 PM EDT Although Christian music is widely known for its imposing diversity in source, style and theme, contemporary inspirational music aimed at Mormons gives the genre an added dimension, as veteran artist Hilary Weeks becomes the first such act to debu ...

  11. Francesca Battistelli Wins Gospel Artist of the Year at Dove Awards

    April 21, 2011 7:19 AM EDT Francesca Battistelli continues her strong surge as Christian music's biggest star. Battistelli won artist of the year at the 42nd annual Dove Awards held in Atlanta for the first time Wednesday night. She also went home with two more awards ...

  12. Chart Beat Thursday: Sugarland, Avenged Sevenfold, Usher

    August 05, 2010 4:05 PM EDT 0 0 0 SWEET AND STICKY: Sugarland 's "Stuck Like Glue" affixes itself to the Billboard Hot 100 , arriving as the Hot Shot Debut at No. 20. The song is the 222nd in the Hot 100's history to enter inside the top 20. (The first was Herman ...

  13. Chart Beat Thursday: "Glee" Gleans 2nd No. 1

    May 27, 2010 5:15 PM EDT 0 0 0 TV SETS: With an album that opens with a cover of the Beatles ' "Hello Goodbye," the "Glee" cast breaks a Billboard 200 record that the Fab Four had held for almost 44 years. Just four weeks after the troupe topped the Billb ...

  14. Chart Beat Thursday: Bon Jovi, Jay-Z, Bad Lieutenant

    November 19, 2009 2:51 PM EST 0 0 0 BORN TO LEAD, NOT FOLLOW: Bon Jovi collects its fourth No. 1 and 10th top 10 on the Billboard 200, as "The Circle" rolls in at the summit. The set also starts atop Rock Albums and Digital Albums. With its last Billboard 200 entry, "Lo ...

  15. PureNRG Brings Faith-Based Tween Pop To The Masses

    August 10, 2009 1:57 PM EDT 0 0 0 Few acts score a No. 1 album before they receive their driver license. Joining that short list is Fervent Records tween act pureNRG . The trio's new project, "The Real Thing," debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums ...

  16. Young Jeezy Nets Second Album Chart-Topper

    September 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Young Jeezy claims his second chart-topper on the Billboard 200 as "The Recession" starts at No. 1 this week. The Def Jam set moved 260,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Young Jeezy claims his second chart-to ...

  17. Backstreet Boys Plot Comeback With October CD

    July 25, 2007 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 After an extended break and the loss of original member Kevin Richardson, the Backstreet Boys will return Oct. 30 with their next, as-yet-untitled studio album for Jive Records. The first single, the After an extended break and the loss of original ...

  18. Camp Turns Catharsis Into Christian-Rock Gold

    November 20, 2006 12:00 AM EST Jeremy Camp seems to have lived a lifetime in less than 30 years, and his ability to color his music with that experience has made him one of the Christian industry's most successful artists. His last three albums have been certified gold, an ...

  19. CHART BEAT CHAT

    October 06, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred discusses corrected charts, Akon, "Weird Al" Yankovic and more with his readers. DIFFERENT CHART, DIFFERENT CIRCUMSTANCES As you know, a Nielsen SoundScan error caused by delayed data from one retailer forced Billboard to recompile mo ...

  20. Furtado Scores First Chart-Topping Album

    June 28, 2006 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Bowing at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, Nelly Furtado's "Loose" is the sole album to sell more than 100,000 copies this week in the United States, according to Nielsen Soundscan. The Mosley Music/Geffen Bowing at No. 1 on The Billboard ...

  21. Ne-Yo's 'Words' Speak Volumes At No. 1

    March 08, 2006 12:00 AM EST 0 0 0 In a hot week for new albums in the top 10, R&B singer Ne-Yo's debut solo release flies straight to No. 1 on The Billboard 200. "In My Own Words" (Def Jam) sold 301,000 copies in the United States In a hot week for new albums in t ...

  22. Billboard Bits: Jim Brickman, Ndegeocello, OK Go

    May 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 News on Jim Brickman, Meshell Ndegeocello, OK Go Although he just released the new album "Grace" via Windham Hill, pianist Jim Brickman has already settled on his next project. The artist tells Billboard he is working on an album of Disney ...

  23. B&E: Kierra "Kiki" Sheard

    September 22, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Breaking & Entering: A look at acts breaking at radio and retail and entering Billboard charts. This week: Kierra "Kiki" Sheard. Profiling acts breaking at radio and/or retail and entering Billboard's charts. INSPIRATIONAL HIP-HOP ...

  24. CMTA Extends Nielsen Ties

    September 15, 2004 12:00 AM EDT The Christian Music Trade Assn. has extended its deal with Nielsen Music, which operates Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems and Nielsen SoundScan. The Christian Music Trade Assn. has extended its deal with Nielsen Music, which operates Nielsen Broadca ...

  25. Switchfoot Plans Another U.S. Tour

    September 14, 2004 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Switchfoot is hitting the road again. The San Diego-based rock act will kick off its fifth U.S. tour in support of its breakthrough album, "The Beautiful Letdown," Sept. 25 in Huntsville, Ala. Switchfoot is hitting the road again. The San ...

  26. In The Spirit

    June 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Fred Hammond's "Somethin' 'Bout Love" bows at No. 1 on the Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian Albums chart. Read Deborah Evans Price's column. Fred Hammond's "Somethin' 'Bout Love" bows at No ...

  27. CHART BEAT BONUS

    August 29, 2003 12:00 AM EDT 0 0 0 Fred Bronson reports on the latest chart feats of Amy Grant, Sting, Seal, Nelly, P. Diddy, Murphy Lee, Tyrone Davis, the Isley Brothers and Johnnie Taylor. GRANTED: Amy Grant debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart with her ne ...