Hillsong United's 'People' Debuts as Week's Top-Selling Album Among All Genres

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Plus, Lauren Daigle's 'You Say' surges after the BBMAs.

Sydney, Australia-based worship music collective Hillsong United nets its eighth No. 1 (all of which have debuted at the summit) on Billboard's Top Christian Albums chart, as People arrives atop the May 11-dated list with 107,000 equivalent album units earned, according to Nielsen Music.

With 101,000 copies sold, the set starts as the act's first No. 1 on Top Album Sales as the week's top seller across all genres.

The group also achieves its biggest sales week, eclipsing the 47,000 that its 2012 set Empires sold in its first frame.

On the Billboard 200, People begins at No. 2, marking the ensemble's highest rank and third top 10 on the all-genre multi-metric list.

Meanwhile, Lauren Daigle's "You Say" leads the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Christian Songs chart for a 41st week, a reign second only to Hillsong United's "Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)," which dominated for 61 weeks starting in 2013. "Say," which ruled Christian Airplay for 17 weeks starting in September 2018, soars by 50% to 18,000 downloads sold (its sixth-best weekly sum) in the week ending May 2 and tops Christian Digital Song Sales for a 39th frame.

The surge follows Daigle's performance of the song at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards (May 1), as many viewers were likely watching her for the first time, as "Say" garnered the most Shazams (25%) among all songs performed during the NBC broadcast.

The crossover hit also ascends to the Adult Contemporary top five (6-4).