Skillet's Reissued 'Unleashed' Soars on Top Christian Albums Chart

Joseph Cultice


Plus, chart action for Jeremy Riddle, Sara Groves & Jekalyn Carr.

Skillet's Unleashed flies 19-3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Dec. 9), bounding by 180 percent to 7,000 equivalent album units (4,000 in traditional album sales) in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music.

The set gains thanks to a deluxe reissue (Unleashed Beyond), bolstered with additional tracks. (All versions of the album are merged for sales and chart tracking purposes.) Unleashed debuted atop the chart dated Aug. 27, 2016 (with 58,000 units), earning the veteran band its third No. 1.

The new package features five previously-unreleased songs, including "Breaking Free" (featuring Lacey Sturm), which enters Hot Christian Songs at No. 27, the list's highest arrival.

'MORE' FROM RIDDLE: More, the new solo set from Jeremy Riddle, pastor and worship leader for the Redding, Calif.-based collective Bethel Music, enters Top Christian Albums at No. 4 with 5,000 units. Riddle's second top 10 (and first on his own since he joined Bethel Music in 2011) follows his 2015 No. 1 Sing Along 3, billed as by Phil Wickham with Kari Jobe, Shane & Shane and Riddle.

'ABIDE' ARRIVES: Also on Top Christian Albums, singer-songwriter Sara Groves charts her sixth top 10, as Abide With Me starts at No. 8 (4,000 units). The LP, comprised mainly of newly-recorded traditional hymns, is Groves' first entry on the chart since Floodplain reached No. 8 in 2015. She led the list with Tell Me What You Know in 2008.

CARR RIDES: Over on Hot Gospel Songs, Jekalyn Carr collects her third top 10, as "You Will Win" rises 12-9 (as it bullets at No. 6 on Gospel Airplay, up 6 percent in plays). She previously reached the region with "Greater Is Coming" (No. 7, 2013) and "You're Bigger" (No. 2, 2016).


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