Crowder on Top Christian Albums No. 1: 'Seeing the Response Has Me Lit'
"American Prodigal" arrives as his second solo leader. Plus, For King & Country crowns Christian Airplay.
American Prodigal, the second solo album from Crowder (aka, David Crowder, former frontman of David Crowder Band) starts at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Oct. 15) with 20,000 copies sold in its first week, according to Nielsen Music. The set follows Crowder's maiden solo LP, Neon Steeple, which arrived at No. 1 on June 14, 2014 (22,000).
"Having [my] first two solo albums debut at No. 1 is affirming," Crowder says. "It's special to see a thing you have given so much of yourself to connecting with folks.
"American Prodigal is my favorite album I've been a part of and seeing the response to it has me lit."
In 13 Top Christian Albums appearances, starting with 2002's No. 17-peaking Can You Hear Us?, David Crowder Band collected four No. 1s.
The 30-song WOW Hits 2017 compilation bows at No. 2 (9,000) on Top Christian Albums. The set features Francesca Battistelli, Chris Tomlin and Matthew West, among others. Also in the top five, Call Me Old-Fashioned, the first country/Christian album from Bradley Walker, and produced by Rory Feek (of Joey + Rory), opens at No. 4 (4,000). It also begins at No. 9 on Top Country Albums.
Top Gospel Albums welcomes one top 10 arrival, Joe Pace Presents H.B. Charles, Jr. and The Shiloh Church Choir at No. 2 (2,000). The set is the highest-charting among 12 appearances for choir leader Joe Pace, who previously reached No. 7 in 2004 with Joe Pace Presents Sunday Morning Service.
On Christian Airplay, For King & Country ascend 2-1 with "Priceless" (11 million audience impressions, up 7 percent). It's the third leader on the list for brother duo Joel and Luke Smallbone, after "Shoulders" (two weeks, 2015) and "Fix My Eyes" (one week, 2014).