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Colton Dixon's 'Identity' Debuts at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

Colton Dixon
Jeremy Cowart

Colton Dixon

Plus, Anthony Evans earns his first leader on Top Gospel Albums.

Colton Dixon's Identity bows at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated April 15), earning 8,000 equivalent album units (7,000 in pure sales) in its launch week, ending March 30, according to Nielsen Music.

The coronation is the third on the chart for the singer-songwriter, who placed seventh on American Idol in 2012. His debut LP, A Messenger, arrived at No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 16, 2013 (with 22,000 sold, his strongest sales week to date) and Anchor followed with a No. 1 entrance on Sept. 6, 2014 (10,000 sold).

Anthony Evans earns his first Top Gospel Albums No. 1 (in his seventh appearance) as the worship leader's Back to Life rises 3-1 as the Greatest Gainer for a fourth straight week (3,000 units, up 57 percent). Evans' touring presence is helping fuel sales, and he has dates lined up through June 25. He previously peaked as high as No. 2 with Real Life/Real Worship in 2014.

Back on Top Christian Albums, Selah's Unbreakable starts at No. 5 (5,000 units). It marks the trio's eighth top 10 (all logged consecutively since 2004), a sum that includes its lone No. 1, Bless the Broken Road, which bounded in atop the chart in 2006.

Also on the Top Christian Albums tally, David Phelps banks his fifth top 10, as Hymnals: A Journey of Faith Through Hymns arrives at No. 6 (4,000), and worship singer Rita Springer of Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas, makes her chart debut with Battles at No. 9 (4,000).