Jesus Culture Feels the 'Love' at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums Chart

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Plus, chart action for Alan Jackson & NEEDTOBREATHE.

Love Has a Name, the new live release from Jesus Culture, bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart (dated Sept. 2), starting with 10,000 equivalent album units (9,000 in traditional sales), according to Nielsen Music.

The act, created as the youth outreach ministry for Redding, Calif.-based Bethel Church and featuring Kim Walker-Smith, Chris Quilala and others as worship leaders, recorded the set at the collective's home church in Sacramento, Calif.

Jesus Culture earns its second Top Christian Albums leader, following Unstoppable Love, which launched atop the chart dated June 21, 2014. The act's 11 Top Christian Albums appearances include eight top 10s, starting with its debut entry, Come Away (No. 10, 2010).

MORE 'MEMORIES': Also on Top Christian Albums, Alan Jackson's Precious Memories Collection re-enters at a new No. 2 high, up 1,043 percent to 5,000 units following its first week of wide release. It also returns to Top Country Albums at a new No. 26 peak. The set combines Jackson's 2006 LP Precious Memories, which debuted atop both Top Christian Albums and Top Country Albums, and 2013's Precious Memories: Volume ll, which bowed at Nos. 1 and 2 on the charts, respectively. The new compilation was originally released as a Walmart exclusive.

'HARD NEWS: NEEDTOBREATHE's Hard Cuts: Songs From the HARD LOVE Sessions EP begins at No. 5 on Top Christian Albums (3,000). The six-song set is a spinoff of the band's HARD LOVE LP, which debuted at No. 1 on Top Christian Albums (Aug. 6, 2016).


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