Hillsong No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, Stryper Scores Best Nielsen Music Sales Week at No. 2

Alex Solca
Stryper photographed in Boston in 2015.

Hillsong tallies its 13th No. 1, while veteran Christian metal band Stryper sets a new high.

Christian metal band Stryper, formed in 1983, tallies its highest sales week of the Nielsen Music era and matches its best career rank on Top Christian Albums, debuting at No. 2 with Fallen, which starts with 10,000 copies sold. Stryper's ninth top 10 on the chart matches its best rank, joining 2009's Murder by Pride and 2013's No More Hell to Pay, and narrowly tops the debut sales frame of the latter.

"In the old days, we had the heavy songs and the poppier songs," says Stryper frontman Michael Sweet of Fallen lead single "Pride." "This is a merge of the two. It's got it all." Stryper scored its first top 10 on Top Christian Albums, The Yellow and Black Attack, more than 30 years ago (No. 10, June 1, 1985).

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Above Stryper on Top Christian Albums, Hillsong tallies its 13th No. 1 with Open River/River Wild. In its first week of wide release, it begins with 15,000 sold. Meanwhile, Chris Tomlin's Love Ran Red marks a year on the chart, leaping 9-3 in its 52nd week. It soars by 189 percent to 7,000 sold, bolstered by a $5 Family Christian promotion. It's sold 220,000 to date.

Jordan Feliz earns his first Hot Christian Songs top 10 as his debut single "The River" rises 11-9. On Christian Airplay, it bumps 9-7 (7.1 million in audience, up 18 percent).

On Hot Gospel Songs, Tim Bowman Jr., scores his third top 10, and first in six years, with "I'm Good" (11-9). "How I Got Over" hit No. 3 (2009) and "My Praise" reached No. 8 (2005).