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High 'Tide': Passion Debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

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Passion  "Salvation’s Tide Is Rising" 

Salvation's Tide Is Rising, the new set from worship collective Passion, bounds onto Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Jan. 23) at No. 1, selling 22,000 units in its opening week, according to Nielsen Music. On the multi-genre consumption-based Billboard 200, the LP opens at No. 19 (23,000 total equivalent album units).

Passion, the musical component of Passion Conferences, founded in 1997 in Atlanta by Louie Giglio, was originally named Grace Ministries. The conferences are held in the United States and throughout the world and have become popular enough to sell out venues including New York's Madison Square Garden.

Artists featured on the new 10-song album include Crowder ("All We Sinners"), Matt Redman ("I Turn to Christ"), Kristian Stanfill ("Good Good Father") and Chris Tomlin ("God and God Alone"). The set marks the seventh leader for the Passion collective on Top Christian Albums. It had last led with Even So Come, which launched with 27,000 copies sold (April 4, 2015).

FROM 'TIDE' TO 'OCEANS': On Hot Christian Songs, Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" makes it an even 60 weeks at No. 1, extending its record reign.

GREENE'S DAY: Meanwhile, Travis Greene's "Intentional" steps 2-1 on Gospel Airplay, becoming his first No. 1 on the chart (in his third appearance). At 39 weeks, "Intentional" completes the second-longest climb to the Gospel Airplay summit: Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago's "# War" needed 45 weeks, reaching No. 1 on Aug. 15, 2015.

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