Skillet & Jekalyn Carr Crown Christian & Gospel Albums Charts
Christian rock band Skillet's 10th studio album, Unleashed, bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Aug. 27), selling 58,000 copies in its first week (ending Aug. 11), according to Nielsen Music. It's the second biggest sales week of 2016 on Top Christian Albums, following Joey + Rory's No. 1 debut with Hymns (68,000, March 5).
The 12-song Unleashed is Skillet's third Top Christian Albums No. 1, following Rise (2013) and Awake (2009), both of which also began at the summit.
On the all-genre, consumption-based Billboard 200, Unleashed starts at No. 3, with 62,000 equivalent album units earned, marking the Memphis-based band's third top five. Rise debuted and peaked at No. 4 (60,000), after Awake gave the group its best showing, starting and peaking at No. 3 (68,000).
Unleashed also arrives at No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and Alternative Albums.
Carr's first album, 2013's Greater Is Coming, opened at its No. 3 peak. In 2014, It's Gonna Happen debuted at its No. 9 high.
McCLURKIN CLIMBS: On the Hot Gospel Songs chart, which combines airplay, sales and streaming data, Donnie McClurkin's "I Need You" ascends to the top 10, hopping 11-10. On Gospel Airplay, it gains 8 percent and lifts 13-12, while on Gospel Digital Songs it increases by 27 percent and re-enters at No. 23.
McClurkin notches his sixth Hot Gospel Songs top 10. He led the list for seven weeks in 2005 with "I Call You Faithful."