Demon Hunter, Highlands Worship Score Top 5 Debuts on Top Christian Albums Chart

Demon Hunter
Jeff Carpenter

Demon Hunter

Plus, Brent Jones hits the Gospel Airplay top 10.

Demon Hunter's simultaneous album releases, War and its softer-leaning companion, Peace, each enter Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart in the top five.

War starts at No. 2 on the March 16-dated tally, matching the Seattle-based Christian hard rock band's best rank, earning 13,000 equivalent album units in its first week, ending March 7, according to Nielsen Music. Concurrently, Peace starts at No. 3 (12,000 units).

War concurrently debuts at No. 4 on Hard Rock Albums and No. 8 on Top Rock Albums, while Peace opens at Nos. 5 and 11 on the lists, respectively.   

Demon Hunter ups its count to eight Top Christian Albums top 10s, with all having debuted in the upper tier. War marks the group's fifth album to start at No. 2. Its 2017 set Outlive opened at No. 2 in with 19,000 units, the band's best weekly sum. Demon Hunter first reached the top 10 with its second entry, The Triptych, which entered at its No. 10 peak in 2005. The band first charted in 2004 with Summer of Darkness, which began at its No. 23 high.  

Highlands Worship banks its second Top Christian Albums top 10, as Jesus You Alone enters at No. 4 with 10,000 units, marking its biggest week to date. The set is the third entry for the musical wing of the Birmingham, Alabama-based Church of the Highlands. Its first, Place of Freedom, brought its highest rank (No. 3, 2012). Here I Surrender followed, debuting at its No. 23 best in 2016.

Plus, Brent Jones logs his first Gospel Airplay top 10 as his second charted title, "Open Your Mouth and Say Something," rises 12-9. It follows "He Rose," which reached No. 17 in 2015.

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