William McDowell, Regina Belle & Danny Gokey Shine on Christian/Gospel Charts

William McDowell
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William McDowell

William McDowell's The Sounds of Revival Live launches atop Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart, selling 11,000 copies in the week ending Jan. 28, according to Nielsen Music.

The 15-track concert album, recorded last June at the Bethany Church in Baton Rouge, La., is the worship pastor's fourth title on Top Gospel Albums and his third leader. 2011's Arise: The Live Worship Experience launched on top (9,000), followed by 2013's Withholding Nothing, which debuted at No. 2 with 11,000 (just slightly more than his new set's raw starting sum) before rising to No. 1 the next frame. The initial single from Revival, "Spirit Break Out," jumps 24-16 on Hot Gospel Songs.

BELLE BEGINS: Also on Top Gospel Albums, venerable R&B/gospel singer Regina Belle debuts at No. 11 with The Day Life Began. With the bow, Belle extends her Billboard chart history to nearly 30 years. In addition to three titles on Top Gospel Albums, she's sent 17 titles onto Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. She scored her greatest crossover success with her Peabo Bryson duet "A Whole New World," the theme from Disney's Aladdin, which topped the Billboard Hot 100 dated March 6, 1993.

GO, GOKEY: On Hot Christian Songs, Danny Gokey's "Tell Your Heart to Beat Again" marches 14-10, spurred by an 18 percent sales burst to 4,000 downloads sold. Gokey grabs his second top 10 on the survey; "Hope in Front of Me" rose to No. 4 in 2014.


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