William Murphy Notches First No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums Chart

William Murphy
Courtesy of RCA Inspiration

William Murphy

Plus, moves for Jonathan McReynolds, Kings Kaleidoscope & for King & Country.

After more than a decade of appearing on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart, William Murphy earns his first No. 1 at last, as Demonstrate, his fifth entry on the tally (dating to his first in 2005), launches at the summit. The set sold 5,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music.

The Detroit gospel singer and pastor, 42, previously peaked as high as No. 3 on the chart with his prior charting album, God Chaser, which opened at its No. 3 high with 6,000 sold (his weekly best) on the chart dated Feb. 23, 2013.

The 14-track Demonstrate was recorded live at The Church at Chapel Hill in Douglasville, Ga., and features noteworthy gospel artists Tasha Cobbs, Bishop James Morton and Nicole Binion. "Arise (You Are Good)," the lead single from the set, hits a new weekly high on plays and bullets at No. 25 on the Gospel Airplay chart.

Concurrently on Top Gospel Albums, Jonathan McReynolds' new six-song EP Sessions starts at No. 3 (1,000 sold). It's McReynolds' third Top Gospel Albums appearance and follows his first No. 1, last year's Life Music: Stage Two, which sold 10,000 copies its first week (Oct. 10). McReynolds' first charted LP, Life Music, started at its No. 3 peak (4,000 sold) in 2012.

On Top Christian Albums, 10-member Seattle-based band Kings Kaleidoscope arrives at No. 6 with Beyond Control (2,000 sold). The set is the second showing on the chart for the group, following its 2014 LP Becoming Who We Are, which reached No. 9.

Over on Christian Airplay, duo for King & Country (brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone) achieves its seventh top 10, as "Priceless" strides 12-10 (6 million audience impressions, up 7 percent). The pair has tallied two Christian Airplay No. 1s: "Fix My Eyes" (one week, September 2014) and "Shoulders" (two, June 2015).


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