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Tauren Wells Scores Career-Best Week on Top Christian Albums Chart With 'Citizen Of Heaven'

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Tauren Wells of the band Royal Tailor performs onstage during the Air 1 Positive Hits tour at Citizens Business Bank Arena on Oct. 22, 2017 in Ontario, Calif. 

Plus, Rhett Walker earns his first Hot Christian Songs top 10.

Tauren Wells notches his highest rank on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, as Citizen of Heaven starts at No. 3 on the list dated Feb. 8.  

In its first week, ending Jan. 30, the set earned 6,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, additionally marking Wells' best weekly total to-date.

Wells, from Battle Creek, Michigan, tallies his second top-five title on Top Christian Albums, after Hills and Valleys reached No. 5 in August 2017.  

He first reached the chart with the EP Undefeated, which hit No. 33 in June 2017.

The new set's lead single, "Like You Love Me," climbs 17-15 on the Christian Airplay chart, up 17% to 3.4 million audience impressions in the week ending Feb. 2. On the Hot Christian Songs chart, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data, "Love" bolts 28-19, also surging by 189% to 535,000 U.S. streams.

Plus, Rhett Walker, former frontman of Rhett Walker Band, achieves his first top 10 on Hot Christian Songs, as his first solo entry, "Believer," pushes 11-10. On Christian Airplay, the song, co-penned by Walker, holds at its No. 6 high, up 7% to 8.7 million in audience. It also sports a 74% gain to 672,000 streams and a 17% uptick to 1,000 sold.

Rhett Walker Band logged three entries on Hot Christian Songs, in 2012-13: "When Mercy Found Me" peaked at No. 15, followed by "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" (No. 46) and "Come to the River" (No. 20).