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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.