For King & Country Don First Crown On Top Christian Albums Chart With 'Burn the Ships'

Mitchell Schleper
King & Country

Plus, Brian Courtney Wilson notches his first Gospel Airplay leader.

for KING & COUNTRY, the duo of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone, earns its first No. 1 on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, as Burn the Ships sails in at No. 1 on the Oct. 20-dated list. The set starts with a career-best 62,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, the album arrives at No. 7, marking the act's first top 10.

"We spent a year-and-a-half working on this album," Luke tells Billboard. "A lot of these songs are particularly personal. To hear the stories already of people saying these songs relate to them and what they're going through in their life makes the time spent on this album all the worthwhile. We get to write songs for a living and we are grateful to do it."

With its new leader, the act also earns its fifth top 10 in as many appearances. Debut album Crave peaked at No. 4 in 2012, followed by Into the Silent Night: The EP (No. 5, 2013), Run Wild. Live Free. Love Strong. (No. 2, 2014) and Christmas: Live From Phoenix (No. 5, 2017).

Meanwhile, on Gospel Airplay, singer-songwriter Brian Courtney Wilson banks his first No. 1 as "A Great Work," which he co-wrote, lifts 2-1 (up 4 percent in plays). "Work" represents Wilson's eighth Gospel Airplay appearance, a history that includes four top 10s. He first reached the list with the No. 6-peaking "All I Need" in 2010. Wilson's additional top 10s are "Worth Fighting For" (No. 3, 2015) and "I'll Just Say Yes" (No. 10, 2016).