Lauren Daigle makes a splashy debut at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart with her new studio album, Look Up Child, earning the singer-songwriter her highest charting album and first top 10.
The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 22-dated chart (where Look Up Child debuts at No. 3 and Paul McCartney's Egypt Station bows at No. 1, becoming his first leader in 36 years) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Sept. 18, along with all of Billboard's other charts.
Look Up Child, which also debuts at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums chart, starts with 115,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Sept. 13, according to Nielsen Music. That’s the largest overall week for a Christian music album in 2018, and the biggest for any Christian set since the charts began ranking albums by equivalent album units in late 2014. Of Daigle’s unit start, 103,000 are in traditional album sales — Daigle’s best sales week and the biggest sales frame for a Christian album in nearly nine years. The last Christian set to sell more copies in a single week was Casting Crowns’ Until the Whole World Hears (167,000; Dec. 5, 2009-dated chart).