Michael Sweet & Grace Notch No. 1 Debuts on Christian & Gospel Charts
Sweet scores his best solo sales week, according to Nielsen Music.
Michael Sweet, guitarist, vocalist and co-founder of Christian metal band Stryper, scores his first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Sept. 17), as One Sided War, his seventh solo studio album, opens with 8,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen Music, marking his strongest solo sales week.
Sweet had last charted via Stryper's 11th studio LP Fallen, which debuted at No. 2 (the group's best rank, tying 2009's Murder by Pride) on the chart dated Nov. 7, 2015 (10,000 sold). One Sided War is Sweet's first set on his own since 2014's I'm Not Your Suicide (No. 14).
One Sided War also starts at No. 1 on Hard Rock Albums, where it's his first leader, and No. 4 on Top Rock Albums.
SPEAKING OF DEBUTS...: Pop/rock outfit Unspoken's sophomore full-length, Follow Through, enters Top Christian Albums at No. 7 with 3,000 sold, both career bests. The group's self-titled first LP peaked at No. 9 in 2014. The act first charted with the EP The World Is Waking (No. 42, 2013).
GRACE'S STRONG START: All-female group Grace makes its inaugural Top Gospel Albums appearance, bounding in at No. 1 with its self-titled first set (2,000). The five women (Ruby Cavazos, DeeDee, April Nevels, Shana Saint and Candy West) are all members of Bishop T.D. Jakes' Potter's House choir in Dallas.
O, WOW: Finally, Greenleaf, The Gospel Companion Soundtrack, Volume 1, born from the Oprah Winfrey Network's drama Greenleaf, begins at No. 6 on Top Gospel Albums (1,000). Artists featured on the 14-song set include Mavis Staples, Deborah Joy Winans and Shirley Caesar.