Bethel Music Bows at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart
Plus, Anthony Brown & group therAPY's "Trust in You" debuts.
Bethel Music's Starlight vaults in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated April 29), earning 20,000 equivalent album units in the week ending April 13 (19,000 in pure sales), according to Nielsen Music.
Recorded during the music collective's Worship Nights Tour, the set is the act's fifth Top Christian Albums No. 1 (and fourth to debut at the summit).
Bethel Music, which launched in 2001 as the musical arm of Redding, Calif.-based Bethel Church, includes in its current lineup, among others, Amanda Cook, Steffany Gretzinger, Melissa Helser and Jenn Johnson, along with guest worship leader Francesca Battistelli.
Concurrently, the new album's "Extravagant" (featuring Gretzinger and Cook) opens at No. 30 on Hot Christian Songs. It enters Christian Digital Song Sales at No. 23 (2,000 downloads sold).
A MATTER OF 'TRUST': On Hot Gospel Songs, Anthony Brown & group therAPY earn their first top 10 debut, and third top 10 overall, as "Trust in You" opens at No. 7. The act led the list for eight weeks in 2015 with "Worth." The Brown-written "Trust" also marks the group's first No. 1 debut, and second total leader, on Gospel Digital Song Sales (2,000). "Worth" has tallied 33 weeks at No. 1 (and currently ranks at No. 6).
"Trust," the first single from the forthcoming album A Long Way From Sunday, pushes 22-18 on Gospel Airplay.