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Elevation Worship & Maverick City Music's 'Old Church Basement' Bows at No. 1 on Christian And Gospel Charts

Elevation Worship
Paul C. Rivera

Elevation Worship

Plus, nine of its tracks hit the Hot Gospel Songs top 10.

Old Church Basement by Elevation Worship and Maverick City Music rockets in atop Billboard's Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums charts (dated May 15). Released April 30, the set earned 19,000 equivalent album units in the week ending May 6, according to MRC Data.

The 13-track LP is the first collaborative album between Christian worship collective Elevation Worship, based in Charlotte, N.C., and the Atlanta-based Maverick City Music.

"There were so many unforgettable moments throughout the writing and recording of this album with Mav City," Elevation Worship frontman Chris Brown says. "We knew the collection of songs was special to us, but to see how the project has connected with so many has been amazing. What an honor to have reached No. 1 on both Christian and gospel charts."

Meanwhile, the set's No. 1 arrival on Top Christian Albums and Top Gospel Albums marks the first double coronation on the charts since Kanye West's first faith-based album, Jesus Is King, which launched atop both surveys in November 2019. West's album led both lists simultaneously for eight weeks, through January 2020, and went on to top the latter for 67 total frames, this week ranking at No. 3; it has yet to leave the top three over its 80-week run so far on Top Gospel Albums.

Elevation Worship adds its sixth No. 1 on Top Christian Albums and its first on Top Gospel Albums. Maverick City Music scores its first No. 1 among three top 10s on the former chart and its second No. 1 on the latter.

The week that Jesus Is King debuted, West added an unprecedented achievement: Thanks to the set's songs individually, he became the first artist to monopolize the entire top 10 on both Hot Christian Songs and Hot Gospel Songs. (The charts, which launched in 2003 and 2005, respectively, are fueled by streaming, airplay and sales data.)

This week, nine of the Old Church Basement songs take over the top 10 on Hot Gospel Songs. Leading the haul, "Jireh," featuring Chandler Moore and Naomi Raine, which debuted atop Hot Gospel Songs dated April 10, rebounds 2-1 for its third total week on top, with 2.7 million U.S. streams and 1,000 downloads sold. On Hot Christian Songs, "Jireh" climbs 12-8 for a new high, after it launched at No. 10.

Here is how the songs break down inside the Hot Gospel Songs top 10 (with Nos. 4 and 6-10 debuts):

No. 1 (and No. 8 on Hot Christian Songs), "Jireh"
No. 2 (No. 10), "Wait on You," feat. Dante Bowe & Chandler Moore (It debuted atop Hot Gospel Songs a week earlier, on the chart dated May 8.)
No. 3 (No. 13), "Talking to Jesus," feat. Brandon Lake (It debuted atop Hot Gospel Songs three weeks earlier, on the chart dated April 24.)
No. 4 (No. 15), "Old Church Basement," feat. Dante Bowe
No. 6 (No. 18), "Mercy," feat. Chris Brown
No. 7 (No. 23), "Million Little Miracles," feat. Joe L. Barnes
No. 8 (No. 24), "Shall Not Want," feat. Chandler Moore
No. 9 (No. 25), "Build Your Church," feat. Naomi Raine & Chris Brown
No. 10 (No. 27), "Used to This," feat. Naomi Raine & Brandon Lake