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Tim Bowman Jr. Bows at No. 1 on Top Gospel Albums

Tim Bowman, Jr. "Listen"
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Tim Bowman Jr. "Listen" 

"I've been watching these charts since I was a kid, dreaming about being at the top," he says.

R&B/gospel vocalist Tim Bowman Jr. scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart (dated May 28), as Listen, his second full-length, starts with 3,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. Bowman Jr.'s 2012 debut, Beautiful, began at its No. 8 peak (2,000 sold).

"I'm ecstatic to be No. 1 on Billboard," he says. "Growing up in a professional music family [his father is a Billboard gospel chart vet, as his is aunt Vickie Winans], I've been watching these charts since I was a kid, dreaming about being at the top. It's amazing that day is actually here."

Listen's lead track, "I'm Good," topped Gospel Airplay Feb. 27, marking Bowman Jr.'s first No. 1 among four appearances. The new set's follow-up single, "Your Love," goes to radio Monday (May 23).

THEY FIT: Miami-based Christian hip-hop duo Social Club Misfits' EP The Misfit Generation enters Top Christian Albums at No. 4 (4,000). It's the fourth showing on the chart for the pair, formerly known as Social Club. Its 2015 full-length Us arrived at a career-best No. 3 rank (5,000).

PERFECT 10s: Finally, two acts roll into the top 10 on both Hot Christian Songs and Christian Airplay. Canadian Christian rock band Hawk Nelson's "Diamonds" bounds 14-8 on the former and 11-4 on the latter, becoming the act's third top 10 on each survey.

Plus, Francesca Battistelli notches her 10th top 10 on each tally as ballad "If We're Honest" lifts 12-10 on Hot Christian Songs and 12-8 on Christian Airplay.