Passion, tobyMac Rule Christian Charts

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Allie Hine

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Passion's "Worthy of Your Name" enters at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums, while tobyMac's "Love Broke Thru" tops Christian Airplay.

Passion's Worthy of Your Name arrives at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart with 15,000 equivalent album units (14,000 in traditional sales), according to Nielsen Music.

The set, which includes 11 live performances from Kristian Stanfill, Sean Curran, Chris Tomlin, Hillsong United and Crowder, among others, was recorded at Passion 2017, the 20th annual conference held in Atlanta Jan. 2-4 at the Georgia Dome.

"There was so much prayer and expectation as we were writing these songs," Stanfill tells Billboard. "We take very seriously the opportunity to lead 55,000-plus 18-to-25 year olds. More than just words and melodies, this album captures God moving in the hearts of His people. You can hear and feel it, the sound of the Jesus Generation lifting up their King."

For Passion, formerly known as Passion Worship Band, Worthy marks the worship collective's eighth Top Christian Albums No. 1, all of which have bowed at the summit. The act first led with Passion: Awakening in 2010.

RADIO'S GOING FOR 'BROKE': tobyMac notches his eighth No. 1 on Christian Airplay, as "Love Broke Thru" rises 3-1, increasing 4 percent to 10 million audience impressions. On the multi-metric Hot Christian Songs chart, it bullets at its No. 4 high.

Now with eight Christian Airplay No. 1s, tobyMac moves into a fourth-place tie with Chris Tomlin for the most in the chart's history, which dates to 2003. MercyMe leads with 13, followed by Jeremy Camp and Casting Crowns, with nine each.

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