Elevation Worship & Houghton Debut on Christian, Gospel Charts

Sean Lyon
Elevation Worship

Plus, new airplay top 10s for Tauren Wells & Micah Tyler.

Elevation Worship, the music collective that represents Elevation Church, in Charlotte, N.C., arrives at No. 2 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart with Hallelujah Here Below. The set starts with 18,000 equivalent album units earned (with 13,000 in traditional album sales), according to Nielsen Music.

Elevation Worship adds its seventh top 10, a sum that includes four No. 1s. Hallelujah marks the act's best rank since live set There Is a Cloud debuted at No. 1 on the chart dated April 8, 2017 (34,000 units). In between, Acoustic Sessions hit No. 8 in November 2017.

On Top Gospel Albums, singer-songwriter and worship leader Israel Houghton debuts at No. 2 with The Road to Demaskus (2,000 units). Houghton adds his third top 10 as a solo artist, following two No. 1s: Love God. Love People: The London Sessions (2010) and The Power of One (2009).

Billed as Israel & New Breed, Houghton has earned three additional Top Gospel Albums leaders: Covered: Alive in Asia (2015); A Deeper Level: Live (2007); and Live From Another Level (2004).

Plus, two songs enter the Christian Airplay chart's top 10. Tauren Wells earns his fourth top 10, as "Known" rises 11-7 (7.2 million in audience, up 13 percent), and Micah Tyler tallies his third, in as many appearances, with "Even Then" (11-10; 6.6 million, up 2 percent).


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