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Housefires & Hillsong Highlight Christian Album Chart Debuts

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Housefires III Album Cover

Plus, Candy West debuts on Top Gospel Albums.

Housefires lll, the third album from worship group Housefires, arrives at No. 3 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Sept. 3), selling 6,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The arrival marks the best rank and strongest sales week for the Atlanta-based collective, led by songwriter/vocalist Pat Barrett. It follows Housefires ll, which debuted and peaked at No. 30 (Sept. 27, 2014, with less than 1,000).

Notably, a Housefires ll track has helped propel the act's profile, as the set includes the original recording of the Barrett co-write "Good Good Father." Barrett is featured on the version by Chris Tomlin, which crowned Hot Christian Songs for seven weeks earlier this year.

HILLSONG'S 'HOPE' DEBUTS: Hillsong United's soundtrack for the upcoming documentary Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, due Sept. 16, opens at No. 12 on Top Christian Albums (1,000 sold). The movie chronicles the act's rise since originating in 1988 at the Hillsong Church in Sydney, Australia. The set sports live versions of songs featured in the film, including "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)." Sung by the group's Taya Smith, the single ranks at No. 4 on Hot Christian Songs in its record-extending 153rd week; it spent a record 61 frames at No. 1 and has been a top-five fixture since the survey dated Dec. 7, 2013.

SWEET SUCCESS: On Top Gospel Albums, the debut release from singer-songwriter Candy West, Candy West Live, starts at No. 4 (1,000 sold). West serves as a worship leader at The Potter's House of Dallas.