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'The Shack' Premieres at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

'The Shack' Soundtrack Cover Art
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'The Shack' Soundtrack Cover Art

Plus: MercyMe notches its 23rd top 10 on Christian Airplay.

The soundtrack to The Shack, which opened in theaters on March 3, bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated March 18), earning 13,000 equivalent album units in its initial week (ending March 2), according to Nielsen Music. It also starts at No. 6 on the Soundtracks chart.

The movie stars Octavia Spencer and Sam Worthington and is based on William P. Young's 2007 faith-based novel about a father's spiritual journey after the death of a child.

The Shack's soundtrack sports a mix of contemporary Christian and country artists, including Dan + Shay, whose "When I Pray for You" flies 23-11 on Hot Christian Songs (after arriving at its No. 3 high on Feb. 25). It surges by 183 percent to 6,000 downloads sold and rebounds 15-3 on Christian Digital Song Sales.

Also included on the set is Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's "Keep Your Eyes on Me," which reverses course 31-23 on Hot Christian Songs (after debuting at its No. 12 peak) and re-enters Christian Digital Song Sales at No. 9 with 2,000 sold, up 140 percent.

'EVEN' BIGGER: MercyMe banks its 23rd top 10 on the Christian Airplay chart, as "Even If" pushes 11-9 (6 million audience impressions, up 31 percent). MercyMe breaks a second-place tie with Casting Crowns (22) for the most top 10s in the chart's nearly 14-year history; only Chris Tomlin has tallied more (25).

"Even If" is the lead track from MerycMe's ninth studio album, Lifer, due March 31.