Chris Tomlin Makes Merry Way to No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart
The format vet earns an honor not managed in more than a decade. Plus, moves for Third Day & Jeremy Camp.
Chris Tomlin holds two spots in the top 10 of Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Dec. 12) for a fifth straight week. Adore: Christmas Songs of Worship steps 2-1 for a third week at the summit (11,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music), after opening atop the Nov. 14 list, while Love Ran Red slips 7-8 in its 57th week on the survey (4,000).
Tomlin's twofer streak is the best since Hillsong linked 10 consecutive weeks with two titles in the chart's top 10 simultaneously in July-September 2014 and the best run by a solo male since Michael W. Smith strung together 14 frames with two concurrent top 10s in 2002-03.
The 11-song Adore, a mix of classics and new material, features guests Crowder, Lauren Daigle and others, while two of its tracks debut on Hot Christian Songs: "Noel" (featuring Daigle, No. 30) and "He Shall Reign Forevermore" (No. 32). If that's not enough, Tomlin also breaks a record on Christian Airplay, where "Good Good Father" marches 11-9. The song marks Tomlin's 22nd Christian Airplay top 10, pushing him past runners-up Casting Crowns and MercyMe, each with 21 in the chart's 12-year history.
"I'm thrilled with the success we're seeing from Chris," says Capitol Christian Music Group vp promotion Grant Hubbard. "He continues to deliver hits for our format that not only connect to the radio consumer, but songs that are sung in churches around the world. He is a rare artist."
TGI(B)F: Meanwhile, propelled by Black Friday $5 specials, Third Day and Jeremy Camp each bound back to the Top Christian Albums top 10. Third Day's Lead Us Back: Songs of Worship flies 16-6 (5,000 sold, up 205 percent) and Camp's I Will Follow re-enters at No. 7 (4,000, up 570 percent). Both are former No. 1s on the chart.