Lauren Daigle's 'Behold' Dashes Back to No. 1 on Top Christian Albums

Lauren Daigle
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Lauren Daigle

Also, new top 10s for Crowder, Big Daddy Weave & Erica Campbell.

Singer-songwriter Lauren Daigle returns to No. 1 for a third frame on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, as her 2016 holiday set Behold: A Christmas Collection lifts 2-1, earning 12,000 equivalent album units in the week ending Nov. 30, up 82 percent, according to Nielsen Music, nearly all from traditional album sales.

The sales burst for Behold is helped by its $5 sale-price at Lifeway Christian bookstores beginning on Black Friday (Nov. 24).

Behold is Daigle's second full-length and second Top Christian Albums leader. Her first LP, 2015's How Can It Be, has spent 11 weeks at No. 1, starting on the chart dated May 2, 2015.

The 10-song Behold, produced by Paul Mabury and Jason Ingram, last led the Nov. 25-dated survey after reaching the summit for the first time on the chart dated Dec. 31, 2016.

Behold accentuates the 26-year-old Louisiana-born Daigle's jazz roots. "I always wanted to do a jazz album," Daigle told Billboard in 2016. "I just had no idea that it would come in the making of a Christmas record. For me, it all comes from being steeped in that love for New Orleans, walking through the French Quarter, late at night, and hearing the sounds of, say, a saxophone being played, coming out of nowhere. I love that."

"O Holy Night," now a single from Behold being promoted to Christian radio, debuts at No. 42 on Hot Christian Songs.

NEW TOP 10s: On Christian Airplay, Crowder's "All My Hope," featuring Tauren Wells, lifts 12-9, although down 12 percent to 4 million audience impressions. (With Christian radio's tendency to infuse playlists with Christmas music this time of year, it's normal for many of the chart's non-holiday titles to dip in audience.) "Hope" is Crowder's fifth Christian Airplay top 10 and Wells' second.

Also ascending to the Christian Airplay upper tier is Big Daddy Weave's "Jesus I Believe" (11-10; 4 million, down 14 percent). The song is his 16th top 10.

Meanwhile, on Gospel Airplay, Erica Campbell banks her third top 10 as "Well Done" hikes by 7 percent in plays and climbs 11-10.


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