Tye Tribbett & Alan Jackson Lead Gospel & Christian Album Charts
Plus, chart action for Emcee N.I.C.E. & Gaither Vocal Band.
Gospel music veteran Tye Tribbett's Bloody Win flies in at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart (dated Nov. 4), earning 4,000 equivalent album units, with 3,000 in pure sales, in the week ending Oct. 19 according to Nielsen Music.
The 12-song LP marks Tribbett's fifth Top Gospel Albums leader, among six top 10s, and his fourth to bow at the summit.
The New Jersey-based Tribbett first appeared on the Top Gospel Albums chart dated June 26, 2004, with Life, which debuted and peaked at No. 6. Victory Live! followed, arriving at No. 1 on the June 10, 2006-dated list. He led again with Stand Out (2008), Fresh (2010) and Greater Than, which brought Tribbett's strongest sales week, when it opened at No. 1 on the list dated Aug. 24, 2013, with 30,000 copies sold.
JACKSON JUMPS: Ruling Top Christian Albums, country vet Alan Jackson's inspirational Precious Memories Collection ascends 3-1 in its 18th week, despite a 19 percent decline to 6,000 units. (The set ranks at No. 16 on Top Country Albums after reaching a No. 11 peak a week ago.)
The Top Christian Albums coronation marks Jackson's third on the chart, as each prior Precious Memories installation topped the survey. The original Precious Memories debuted at the summit on March 18, 2006, and Precious Memories Volume ll bowed at No. 1 on April 13, 2013. (The sets peaked at Nos. 1 and 2, respectively, on Top Country Albums.) The new Precious Memories Collection, which includes both LPs, was originally a Walmart exclusive, starting at No. 17 on Top Christian Albums on Dec. 17, 2016. The combined effort has been in wide release since late August.
The set's 18-week trip to the top ties for the longest on Top Christian Albums. WOW Hits 2005 debuted at No. 2 on the chart dated Oct. 23, 2004, and struck the summit on Feb. 19, 2005, also in its 18th frame, and spent three total weeks at No. 1. (Beyond those two albums, Sara Groves' Tell Me What You Know completed the longest rise to No. 1 for a single studio set, having claimed No. 1 in its 16th week in 2008.)
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N.I.C.E. START: Hip-hop artist and producer Aulsondro "Novelist" Hamilton, who answers to the stage handle Emcee N.I.C.E, appears on Top Gospel Albums and Top Christian Albums for the first time with his first inspirational set, Praise. It starts at No. 4 on Top Gospel Albums and No. 21 on Top Christian Albums (2,000 units).
Emcee N.I.C.E., who is the co-host of the Netflix 3D animated music series Da Jammies, also makes his first appearance on the Hot Gospel Songs and Hot Christian Songs charts, which combine airplay, sales and streaming data. Praise's lead single, "I Got Angels," bows on Hot Gospel Songs at No. 7 and Hot Christian Songs at No. 21.
'MOMENT'-OUS: Finally, debuting at No. 4 on Top Christian Albums is Gaither Vocal Band's We Have This Moment (4,000 units). The set is the outfit's 21st Top Christian Albums top 10, a total that includes one No. 1: 2009's Reunion Volume One. The act first appeared on the chart dated July 14, 1990, with its No. 23-peaking A Few Good Men.