Bethel Music's 'Moments' Bows on Top Christian Albums Chart

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Josh Baldwin of Bethel Music performs at Bridgestone Arena on July 30, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. 

Plus, NEEDTOBREATHE adds its ninth Christian Airplay top 10 & Kaleb Lee takes a classic hymn to No. 2 on Christian Digital Song Sales.

Bethel Music debuts on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated May 26) at No. 2 with Moments: Mighty Sound, which earned 5,000 equivalent album units in its first week, ending May 17, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 4,000 were via traditional album sales.

For Bethel Music, which launched in 2001 as the musical arm of Redding, California-based Bethel Church, Moments marks the collective's 11th Top Christian Albums top 10 (a total that includes five No. 1s) and its 10th to arrive in the chart's upper sector.

The 12-song Moments, recorded live at Bethel Church, includes Bethel Music members Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Brian Johnson and Jenn Johnson, among others.

Bethel Music first made the Top Christian Albums top 10 in its debut chart appearance, as The Loft Sessions opened at No. 3 in 2012.

Meanwhile, having represented Kelly Clarkson's team on the just-completed 14th season of NBC's The Voice, Kaleb Lee turned to the traditional Christian hymn, "It Is Well With My Soul" for his top-8 performance on May 14.

Lee's rendition sold 7,000 downloads and arrives at No. 2 on Christian Digital Song Sales. On Hot Christian Songs, which blends sales, streaming and airplay data, it opens at No. 15. It marks the first Billboard chart appearances for the 32-year-old Lee, based in Ormond Beach, Florida.

Veteran band NEEDTOBREATHE earns its ninth Christian Airplay top 10, as "Walking on Water" skips 12-10 in its 20th week, increasing 16 percent to 5.8 million audience impressions in the tracking week. On Hot Christian Songs, it pushes 14-12, hitting a new high. Among the act's nine Christian Airplay top 10s is one No. 1: 2008's "Washed by the Water," which led for four weeks.

Also on Hot Christian Songs, singer-songwriter Austin French's debut single "Freedom Hymn" rises to the top 10 (11-10). It increases 7 percent to 6.8 million impressions and holds at its No. 9 peak on Christian Airplay.

Finally, Brian Courtney Wilson notches his fourth top 10 on both Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Airplay. On the former, it darts 14-10, sparked by its 11 percent increase in plays, as it bumps 11-9 on Gospel Airplay.


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