Switchfoot's Jon Foreman Debuts on Top Christian Albums Chart

Chris Burkard
Jon Foreman

Singer/songwriter Jon Foreman, who co-founded and leads Christian alt-rock band Switchfoot, debuts at No. 7 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Sept. 26) with EP The Wonderlands: Darkness. The set starts with 3,000 sold in the week ending Sept. 10, according to Nielsen Music.

Foreman released Darkness as the third of four EPs in his The Wonderlands series. The first, Sunlight, debuted at No. 2 on Top Christian Albums (5,000, June 13), while Shadows opened at No. 4 (3,000, Aug. 8). The fourth and final edition, Dawn, will be released, along with a box set, Oct. 23; the latter will include 24 songs, with each track featuring a different co-producer.

Foreman's trio of 2015 titles (so far) mark his first solo entries on Top Christian Albums since he tallied four in 2008, led by the No. 6-peaking Summer EP.

Switchfoot has charted 13 albums on the chart since 1999. The band has logged three No. 1 sets, including The Beautiful Letdown, which ruled for 38 weeks in 2004-05, powered by the top 20 Billboard Hot 100 crossover smashes "Meant to Live" and "Dare You to Move."

HIGHEST 'PLACE' YET: Kim Burrell, who has described her music as "jazz gospel," notches her best rank on Top Gospel Albums, as A Different Place bows at No. 2 with 3,000 sold. Burrell previously charted as high as No. 4 on the list with Live in Concert in 2001. Her new release is her first since The Love Album, which debuted and peaked at No. 5 in 2011.

The new album's lead single, "Thank You Jesus (That's What He's Done)," re-enters Hot Gospel Songs at No. 16, a new peak, and steps 19-17 on Gospel Airplay.


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