'WOW Hits 2017' Leads Top Christian Albums, Fit for a King Debuts
The 'WOW' franchise continues its annual domination. Plus, Fit for a King scores its best rank & sales week.
In its third week on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Oct. 29), WOW Hits 2017 ascends 2-1 (8,000 copies sold, up 12 percent, in the week ending Oct. 13, according to Nielsen Music).
The latest installment of the annual series includes 30 tracks by genre stars including Francesca Battistelli, Jeremy Camp, Casting Crowns, MercyMe and Chris Tomlin. (The deluxe version sports 39 songs.) Every yearly edition has hit No. 1 since 2003, except for 2008's, which reached No. 2.
Swooping in at No. 2 on Top Christian Albums is Texas-based Christian metalcore band Fit for a King, as Deathgrip starts with 8,000 sold, marking the act's biggest first-sales week and highest debut and rank. Its prior entry, 2014's Slave to Nothing, bowed at its No. 3 peak with 7,000.
Rounding out the top three on Top Christian Albums, Northern Irish rock/worship band Rend Collective's Campfire ll: Simplicity opens with 5,000 sold. The set, which includes a cover of Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)" (which spent a record 61 weeks atop Hot Christian Songs) follows prior Campfire-themed albums Campfire: Worship & Community Reimagined (No. 7, 2013) and Campfire Christmas Volume 1 (No. 4, 2014).
Meanwhile, on Top Gospel Albums, Hart Ramsey & The NCC Family Choir's True Story debuts at No. 5 (1,000). It's the second Top Gospel Albums appearance for the Dothan, Ala.-based worship leader and choir; Next Now! launched and peaked at No. 20 in 2013.