Propaganda Bows, Elevation Worship Elevates on Christian Charts


Christian rapper, poet and pastor Propaganda bounds onto Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated July 22) at a new career best of No. 4 with Crooked. The set starts with 3,000 equivalent album units (2,000 in traditional sales) in the week ending July 6, according to Nielsen Music.

The 38-year-old Los Angeles-based artist (born Jason Emmanuel Petty) previously logged a No. 5 high on Top Christian Albums with Crimson Cord in 2014. His first chart entry, Excellent, reached No. 14 in 2012.

On Christian Airplay, worship collective Elevation Worship achieves its first top 10, as "O Come to the Altar" jumps 14-9, up 12 percent to 6 million in audience, as it jumps 14-9. The song reaches the region in its 29th week, tying Citizen Way's "How Sweet the Sound" (2014) for the song with the second-longest top 10 trip completion; one sonic society's "Great Are You Lord" hit the top 10 in its 32nd week (Nov. 19, 2016).

The song from Elevation Worship, the music ministry for Charlotte, N.C.-based Elevation Church, is from the act's album Here as in Heaven, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums on Feb. 27, 2016. Elevation Worship's latest LP, There Is a Cloud, became its fourth Top Christian Albums No. 1 when it debuted atop the chart dated April 8, 2017. The set was released as "Altar" was continuing its airplay ascent; it had then not yet reached the Christian Airplay chart's top 40.