NEEDTOBREATHE Finds 'Happiness' on Hot Christian Songs Chart

Eric Ryan Anderson

NEEDTOBREATHE photographed in 2016.

The rock band scores its second-best debut & eighth top 10. Plus, moves for Decyfer Down & Sandi Patty.

Rock band NEEDTOBREATHE bounds onto Billboard's Hot Christian Songs chart (dated April 23) at No. 5 with its new single "HAPPINESS." The start is the act's second-highest of 22 charted titles, following 2014's "Wasteland," which debuted at No. 4. The new track is also the act's eighth top 10.

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"HAPPINESS" is the first track from the group's sixth studio album, H A R D L O V E, due July 15. NEEDTOBREATHE's last album, 2014's Rivers in the Wasteland, debuted at No. 1 on both Top Christian Albums and Top Rock Albums, marking the band's second trip to the top of each respective chart, and No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

In its first sales week, ending Thursday, April 7, "HAPPINESS" sold 13,000 downloads, according to Nielsen Music, and launches atop Christian Digital Songs, becoming the group's fourth leader on the tally. On Christian Airplay, "HAPPINESS" starts at No. 46 (463,000 in audience).

A second track from the 12-song H A R D L O V E album, "MONEY & FAME," arrives on Hot Christian Songs at No. 19; shifting 5,000 downloads, it opens on Christian Digital Songs at No. 7. NEEDTOBREATHE will hit the road starting Aug. 17 in Raleigh, N.C., on what it has dubbed the Tour de Compadres, with supporting acts that will include Mat Kearney, among others.

On Top Christian Albums, which is led for an eighth week by Joey + Rory's Hymns (21,000 sold), North Carolina-based Decyfer Down opens at No. 9 with The Other Side of Darkness (3,000). The set is the rock band's fourth appearance on the tally, and its second-highest opening; 2009's Crash bowed at No. 3.

Finally, venerable vocalist Sandi Patty, who is in the midst of her Forever Grateful: The Farewell Tour, arrives at No. 32 on Top Christian Albums with new LP Forever Grateful (1,000). Patty has been charting on Top Christian Albums for more than three decades and most recently hit the top 10 with Christmas Blessings (No. 8) in 2015.


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