TobyMac Debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums: 'I'm So Grateful to See My Music Resonating'
New set 'This Is Not a Test' arrives as the format star's fourth leader on the chart.
TobyMac's This Is Not a Test bounds onto Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart at No. 1, selling 35,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The sum is also good for No. 4 debuts on the multi-genre Billboard 200 and Top Album Sales charts.
TobyMac's fourth Top Christian Albums No. 1 logs the second-largest sales week on the list in 2015. Hillsong UNITED's Empires launched with 47,000 (June 13).
"Every record, I start out writing about my experiences, the good, bad and ugly of my own life," tobyMac tells Billboard. "My hope is that people discover something they did not expect. We all need hope. I'm so grateful to see my music resonating with people and honored by those who went out and represented in the first week. I can only hope these songs stir something up in them that makes their lives richer."
Test is fueled by "Feel It" (featuring Mr. Talkbox), which steps 11-8 on Hot Christian Songs. The single becomes tobyMac's 16th Hot Christian Songs top 10. He remains in fifth place for the most top 10s in the chart's 12-year history, trailing only leaders Casting Crowns, MercyMe and Chris Tomlin, each with 21, and Jeremy Camp (18).
Also on Top Christian Albums, Gungor's One Wild Life: Soul opens at No. 2 (5,000 sold). It's the worship group's best rank among three top 10s, surpassing the No. 3 rank of 2011's Ghosts Upon the Earth.