Bethel Music Bows, Stars Go Dim Notch First No. 1 on Christian Charts
Bethel Music, the inspirational worship collective based in Redding, Calif., vaults onto Top Christian Albums at No. 2 with Have It All: Live at Bethel Church, starting with 25,000 sold in its opening week, according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, it arrives at No. 12 (27,000 equivalent album units).
The act's ninth appearance, and ninth top 10, on Top Christian Albums is its first recorded during weekend services at Bethel Church since 2012's No. 2-peaking Bethel Live: For the Sake of the World.
"Our desire as a worship community is to worship God and experience His presence," says Joel Taylor, Bethel Music CEO. "It's exciting to see that so many people around the world are passionate about the same thing and connecting to our music in the same way."
GRAY & WAY: Top Christian Albums welcomes two additional top 10 debuts. Christon Gray, who weaves R&B, rap and Christian, enters at No. 6 (4,000) with his first entry, The Glory Album. Concurrently, Citizen Way's 2.0 arrives at No. 9 (3,000), besting the act's one prior chart appearance: Love Is the Evidence peaked at No. 22 in 2013.
STARS SHINE: On Christian Airplay, pop/rock group Stars Go Dim's first charted single, "You Are Loved," rises 2-1 (11 million in audience, up 5 percent). "We are humbled and grateful," the band tells Billboard. "In a time when there are so many negative voices in the world, it's an honor to speak hope, purpose and love into people's lives."
"Loved," up 8-7 on the airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Christian Songs chart, is from the band's debut self-titled LP, which jumps 33-21 (2,000, up 54 percent) on Top Christian Albums. The No. 16-peaking set has sold 14,000 to date.